West York Police Sgt. Brad Thomas speaks with a clown who was in a van involved in a crash in the borough on Wednesday. Image www.yorkdispatch.com
Clown van in U-turn crash in West York
GREG GROSS | The York Dispatch | 09/12/2013
A U-turn, not clowning around, caused a crash involving a van full of clowns in West York Wednesday evening.
The van was going south on South Highland Avenue when its driver attempted a U-turn near a gate of the York Expo Center and collided with another van that was also heading south about 5:45 p.m., according to West York Police.
The van with the clowns in it was also pulling a trailer with a clown car on it.
A sleepy bank employee dozed off briefly with his finger on the number 2 key of his computer, and by the time he woke up he had transferred 222,222,222 Euros ($293 million) to a person’s account instead of the 42 Euros ($80) that was supposed to be transferred.
The employee didn’t immediately notice the mistake and neither did a supervisor. The bonanza was transferred by a German bank on April 2, 2012.
The original ruling on this case was distressing to all interested in using dunes to preserve ocean front property. The value of dunes was proven when the home of these individuals survived hurricane Sandy.
A jubilant-sounding Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham said the ruling is “not just great news for us, but for all of the Island and the Jersey Shore.”
The oceanfront property owned by Harvey and Phyllis Karan in Harvey Cedars. Photo by Ryan Morrill.
N.J. Supreme Court Sides With Harvey Cedars in Karan Easement Case
Jul 08, 2013 | Eric Englund | www.thesandpaper.villagesoup.com
The New Jersey Supreme Court has sided with Harvey Cedars in the borough’s eminent domain compensation case against oceanfront property owners Harvey and Phyllis Karan. In a unanimous decision announced Monday morning, the five justices agreed with Harvey Cedars’ contention that the beach replenishment project offered a special benefit to the Karans.
Earlier last year, a state appellate court ruled that the borough must pay $375,000 to the couple to compensate them for having a portion of their property taken for beach replenishment. The $1.7 million residence was one of 11 properties seized by the borough through eminent domain in a process that began in July 2008. The beach replenishment project was completed in 2010.
The homeowners did not voluntarily turn over their easements to the borough. None of them accepted the initial $300 award determined in 2009 by Donald Molliver, an appraiser hired by the borough to deal solely with easement issues.
Good job Marilyn! She is one tough kid and I am so glad she and her little sister are safe. She and her other family members also have some lovely names.
12 Year Old Uses TV Knowledge to Scare Off Gunman
Lauren Bale | www.komu.com | Jun 27, 2013
COLUMBIA – A shaken aunt in Columbia says her young niece is the reason why an armed intruder left their house on Bicknell Drive without causing violence.
12-year-old Marilyn Wildflower said she was woken up by a man masturbating by her bed early Thursday morning. Wildflower said the man had a gun, which he used to try to pull her blankets off her bed. Wildflower said she remembered watching a CSI episode that said not to show fear in these situations, and so she looked the man in the eyes and told him he was not allowed to touch her.
This is a depressing story about a repeat offender who got slapped with a tiny fine. Personally, I am convinced that unless the demand in Asia for exotic species is reduced, whether as pets or parts in “medicine,” many species of animal will soon become extinct. As long as people are willing to make animal dealers like Montri Boonprom-on rich it is inevitable.
Images variously attributed to AP and Reuters depending on where they were found on the interweb.
14 Albino Lions Discovered in Bangkok Pet Shop Raid
By Hannah Osborne | June 11, 2013 | www.ibtimes.co.uk
Fourteen rare albino lions have been found in a warehouse belonging to a pet shop owner in Thailand.
The lions had been imported from Africa and they were found along with hundreds of other protected animals being stored at the warehouse near Bangkok. Up to 1,000 animals were seized in total during a police raid.
Montri Boonprom-on, the pet shop owner, has been arrested and faces charges of illegal wildlife trading.
If found guilty, he faces four years in jail and a fine of up to 40,000 baht (£840). Boonprom-on says the lions were imported legally and were going to be transferred to a zoo in the north east of Thailand.
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.
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.
302-Pound South Carolina Man Busted For Clobbering Burger King Worker With Food Tray In Dispute Over Cold Onion Rings
February 19, 2013 | www.thesmokinggun.com
A South Carolina man has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly striking a Burger King employee in the head with a food tray during a dispute over cold onion rings.
Kristopher Wiggins, 32, was collared last week in connection with the January 29 confrontation at the fast food restaurant in the town of Santee (pop. 955). Free on a $5000 personal recognizance bond, Wiggins is set for a March 20 trial on the misdemeanor charge.
There are plenty of misleading headlines about this story. As far as I can the order of events is as follows. Priest appears to be a sexually active cross dressing homosexual who uses sex toys and cavorts in the rectory with adults. Priest is asked to step down. Ex-priest begins doing and perhaps selling meth. Ex-priest begins dealing meth and tries to buy sex and smoke shop called LAND OF OZ AND DOROTHY’s PLACE perhaps to launder funds. Ex-priest gets busted.
Let me look into a crystal ball. Ex-priest goes to jail, writes a book, is subject of movie starring Kevin Spacey and falls off and on the wagon.
Priest Charged In Meth Sting Tried To Open Sex Shop, Feds Say
January 18, 2013 | By EDMUND H. MAHONY, firstname.lastname@example.org | The Hartford Courant
(Courtesy of Only In Bridgeport )
A Catholic priest indicted earlier this week for his role in a bicoastal, crystal methamphetamine distribution ring may have been trying to launder thousands of dollars in weekly drug profits through an X-rated video and sexual novelty store, according to authorities.
The indictment on narcotics charges Tuesday of Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, has stunned the Diocese of Bridgeport, where he formerly served in positions that included personal secretary to successive bishops, including Edward Egan, later appointed a cardinal.