Budgets are tight across America and spring is prime season for unwanted kitten births. His employers are standing behind the officer and their policy of um, instant euthanasia. However, his choice of executing his duties so near small children and a house is surely in bad taste and perhaps unsafe. If the local communities disagree with the animal control policy hopefully their many rallies, increased awareness, and possibly crowd sourced alternatives will make the changes they want. There’s no changing the past but tomorrow is another day.
North Ridgeville Officer back on the job after shooting kittens
Jun 13, 2013 | WKYC-TV
NORTH RIDGEVILLE — We were told Humane Officer Barry Accorti would be back on the job today and that’s where Channel 3 found him.
He is the officer who responded to the call made by a woman who wanted a feral mother cat and her litter of five kittens removed from her backyard wood pile.
Fishermen are known for telling great stories, and this is a doozey. According to some news reports the mako did $5,000 worth of damage to their boat during the two hours it was alive on the boat while the fishermen hid.
MANASQUAN (APP.com) – Two anglers shark fishing east of Manasquan Inlet got a surprise when a 303-pound, 8-foot, 4-inch mako shark leapt into the bow of their 31-foot boat. Then proceeded to eat the boat.
“It was epic. He back flipped right in,” said Clint Simek, of Brielle, who still sounded stunned by the shark’s theatrics as he retold the story Wednesday, a day after the wild encounter.
On Tuesday a Janus, or two faced, kitten was born in Oregon and named Deucy by her owners. Although given a clean bill of health by vets Deucy passed away today, perhaps due to her condition or maybe because of all the extra attention she was getting instead of sleeping in a box full of blankies. Just goes to show how tough life can be when one’s own mother rejects you.
Click here to read about a Janus cat that lived to be 12 years old and here to read about another Janus kitten who didn’t last long.
Two-faced kitten born in Oregon dies
KGW Staff | KGWNews | June 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM
AMITY, Ore — A very rare two-faced kitten born in Amity, Ore. Tuesday morning died Thursday, her owners said.
“Deucy” was born with two faces, one body and an apparently healthy set of organs, veterinarians said. But she died Thursday from health complications.
One of the best headlines of the year, and good news to boot. In the late 1980s thru the 1990′s the crack epidemic created a whole generation of children born addicted to crack. Back then crack babies were reported to have holes in their brains, mental impairment, and shorter attention spans.
Crack baby epidemic not as bad as originally thought
Researchers said poverty, other factors played bigger role in children’s development
Andrea K. Walker | The Baltimore Sun| May 28, 2013
Many predicted the 1980s crack epidemic would create a generation of children with major developmental and behavioral problems, but a new study found much of that hype hasn’t panned out.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that the effects of crack cocaine in utero had only small effects on adolescent behavior, cognition and school performance. Crack is a more addictive, crystalized form of cocaine that is smoked for a intense high.
The problems traced to maternal crack cocaine use, such as a 1-point difference in IQ scores, weren’t clinically meaningful, said Maureen Black, a professor and one of the lead authors of the study.
Pop star recovering from surgery on 24-karat throne
By Lauren Musacchio | March 13, 2013 | rollingstone
Trust Lady Gaga to turn injury into spectacle. After canceling the rest of her Born This Way Ball Tour and going into surgery for an inflammatory joint infection called synovitis, she is currently confined to a wheelchair – but, per usual, the chair is an elaborate one covered in 24-karat gold.
According to the Daily Beast, the chair was commissioned by Gaga’s stylist to jewelry designer Ken Borochov. Borochov, of the label Mordekai, completed the throne with only a week’s notice and worked with manufacturers across the country on each costly component. “It was a huge undertaking,” Borochov said. “It was made all over the United States. My assistant had to run around everywhere.”
The venerable New York Times flubbed and thus tipped their cards about how they feel about women. Shame shame. All humans have the capability to excel in both personal and professional aspects of their life. One would expect “a big fancy obit” to lead to lead with the stellar professional details. This can be interpreted as one of the many things that contributes to “rape culture.”
Stroganoff and rocket science: For Yvonne Brill’s obit, Douglas Martin must be punished
Posted by Melinda Henneberger | March 31, 2013 | www.washingtonpost.com
Gentle reader, do not take the above headline too literally, as its intent is not, in fact, to argue for punishment in the case of the Internet v. Douglas Martin, the New York Times writer who stands accused of you-gotta-be-kidding sexism. Only, the way I read him, he was kidding — yes, in an obit — but his attempt to be light sailed straight into space.
His obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill attempted to underscore her accomplishments by placing them in the context of other 88-year-old women who followed husbands around the country and stayed home to raise children for long stretches
It began this way: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.
Perhaps one of the best falls a child has ever made, great height, 2 somersaults, landing on his feet, unhurt, and he was wearing a Superman shirt.
Dylan Hayes was hospitalized for 20 hours, but left with barely a scratch. PHOTO: KCNC
Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall, Lands On Feet
8:47 AM, Mar 4, 2013 |http://www.wusa9.com
AURORA,COLORADO (CBS/KCNC) — A four-year-old boy from Colorado survived a three-story fall, miraculously landing on his feet.
The third-story window where Dylan fell from
Dylan Hayes fell out the window of his Aurora apartment while his mother was shampooing her carpets, CBS Denver affiliate KCNC reports. She had moved her couch to the wall when Dylan climbed on it to talk through the windows to the downstairs neighbors.
“I fall … really, really far,” Dylan told CBS reporter Evrod Cassimy.
When Hollywood cranks out dismal and dumb plots it is such as shame. All they have to do is read some history to find out that magical and wondrous things truly do exist. Analysis reveals it is from the Chinga meteorite, as “it is the rarest type of meteorites you can find.”
The statue itself measures about 24 centimetres (9.4 in) and weighs 10 kilograms (22 lb).
The undated photo provided by University of Stuttgart shows an ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II. The statue was carved from a meteorite which crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science this month. Elmar Buchner of the University of Stuttgart, said Thursday Sept 27 2012 that the statue was brought to Germany by the Schaefer expedition. The Nazi-backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race _ a cornerstone of the Nazis’ racist ideology. The existence of the statue _ known as “iron man” _ was only revealed in 2007 when its owner died and it came up for auction, Buchner told The Associated Press. Image AP Photo/University of Stuttgart, Elmar Buchner
Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from meteorite
By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service | 27 September 2012
An ancient statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite.
Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel.
They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago.
The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man.
The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana Jones film script than sober scientific research.
It was discovered in Tibet in 1938 by German scientist Ernst Schafer. His expedition was supported by the Nazis, in particular by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and was keen to recover objects from the area.
Rarely do company names become parts of speech. That is only the start of how Photoshop has transformed our culture. Personally I remember the introductions of layers in version 3.3 I think. Prior to that “calculations” had to be applied which would often take eons to process.
Adobe Photoshop Source Code
Len Shustek | Computer History Museum | www.computerhistory.org | February, 16, 2012
pho·to·shop, transitive verb, often capitalized \?f?-(?)t?-?shäp\
to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop software or other image-editing software especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes)
– Merriam-Webster online dictionary, 2012
When brothers Thomas and John Knoll began designing and writing an image editing program in the late 1980s, they could not have imagined that they would be adding a word to the dictionary.
Thomas Knoll, a PhD student in computer vision at the University of Michigan, had written a program in 1987 to display and modify digital images. His brother John, working at the movie visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, found it useful for editing photos, but it wasn’t intended to be a product. Thomas said, “We developed it originally for our own personal use…it was a lot a fun to do.”
Gradually the program, called “Display”, became more sophisticated. In the summer of 1988 they realized that it indeed could be a credible commercial product. They renamed it “Photoshop” and began to search for a company to distribute it. About 200 copies of version 0.87 were bundled by slide scanner manufacturer Barneyscan as “Barneyscan XP”.
The fate of Photoshop was sealed when Adobe, encouraged by its art director Russell Brown, decided to buy a license to distribute an enhanced version of Photoshop. The deal was finalized in April 1989, and version 1.0 started shipping early in 1990.
Over the next ten years, more than 3 million copies of Photoshop were sold.
Prince Bertil and his companion Lilian Davies smile on Jan. 13, 1976, shortly before their marriage. Image Keystone-France via Getty Images
A young Lilian. Image Added by: Lucy Caldarelli to www.findagrave.com
Princess in Sweden’s best-known love story dies at 97
By Patrick Lannin, Reuters
STOCKHOLM — The British-born Swedish princess whose secret 33-year romance with her royal husband became Sweden’s best-known love story, died on Sunday at the age of 97, the court said.
Princess Lilian was the commoner wife of Prince Bertil, who died in 1997. They met and fell in love in London during World War Two, but had to keep their relationship secret for decades for the sake of the crown and to avoid a constitutional crisis.
“It is with sorrow that I have learnt that H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness) Princess Lilian is dead,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.