Tragic death of a man dressed as Santa


Adam Herr photo from Facebook.

Adam Herr photo from Facebook.

After Philly’s Running of the Santas, a tragic death

BY STEPHANIE FARR  |  Philadelphia Daily News  |  |  December 09, 2013

THE LAST SUIT Adam Herr wore was an outwardexpression of the ideals he embodied – joy, generosity and love.

The last suit Adam Herr wore was a Santa Claus suit.

Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Pa., was in Philadelphia for the annual Running of the Santas on Saturday when somehow, about 10:25 p.m., he found himself in costume and on foot on Interstate 95 South near the I-676 interchange.

Motorist Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was also on I-95 at the same spot at the same time, State Police said. Apparently he did not see Herr or his red suit.

Bangura, driving with a suspended license, struck and killed Herr, according to police. Responding officers said Bangura failed field sobriety tests and his car smelled of marijuana. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and with homicide by motor vehicle.

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Children of abusive mother write honest and chilling obituary


Epigenetics is proving that things like the environment in which one is raised, whether very good or very bad, literally change how our genes are expressed and how our bodies and minds work.  From what I’ve read this woman did not sound like a nice person or good mother. If the goal of this obituary was partly to raise awareness of child abuse than I think they’ve done their job.

Children Publish Scathing Obit On Mom’s Death  |  

RENO, Nev. — The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper — and has since become an Internet sensation.

Read the full obit at the bottom

The obituary opened with a harsh statement about the legacy of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick: “On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children.”

Katherine Reddick said she wrote it about her mother, who died at a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 78.

Now a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas, she said she decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick Reddick. They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother’s home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.

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Fox steals mobile phone and sends text message in fox language


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“Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw,” was the text.

Random image of a fox.

Random image of a fox.


Fox Steals Cell Phone, Sends Text in Language of the Foxes

By Glen Tickle  |  |  November 29th 2012

When a friend of 16-year-old Norwegian Lars Andreas Bjercke got a text message that read “Jlv In ø \ a0ab 34348tu åaugjoi zølbmosdji jsøg ijio sjiw,” he wondered why his pal would send such a random assortment of characters. Little did he know that the message was written by the fox that had stolen Bjercke’s cell phone. What was the fox trying to say? It might have been bragging about snatching the cell phone, or maybe asking for some delicious rabbits. Foxes love rabbits.

To attract a fox, Bjercke had installed an app on his phone that imitated the sounds rabbits make. We don’t know why he was trying to attract a fox, but we’re guessing it’s because they are so adorable.

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Clown car crashes in York PA


I sure hope Dimples, the van’s driver,  is OK.

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

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

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.

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Tulsa school changes policy after chastising 7 year old for ‘faddish’ dreadlocks

Poor kid, sorry she had to suffer for the policy to change. The policy was a stinker that also prohibited “afros.” Does that mean that little boys with kinky hair should straighten it ala Al Sharpton? I like this particular article as it covers the ‘war on natural black hair angle” I think is an important part of this story.


Tiana Parker dressed for school with her "distracting hair." Image Tulsa World, Cory Young/Associated Press

Tiana Parker dressed for school with her “distracting hair.” Image Tulsa World, Cory Young/Associated Press

Image from Fox 23

Image from Fox 23

Principal Deborah Brown and her own crowning glory.

Principal Deborah Brown and her own crowning glory.

Charter School Tells 7 Year Old Student Her ‘Faddish’ Dreadlocks Aren’t ‘Presentable’

by David Badash on September 9, 2013  |

After an Oklahoma charter school told a seven-year old straight “A” student that her dreadlocks are not “presentable,” her father removed her from the school and transferred her to another. The Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa has a written policy that some say is racist. But Tiana Parker was just sad, “because they didn’t like my dreads.

“Hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros and other faddish styles are unacceptable,” the school’s handbook (PDF) states.

RH Reality Check has posted an online petition asking that Deborah Brown Community School “publicly apologize to Tiana Parker and her family, and change their dress code, or have their charter contract terminated.”

Though it’s not clear what other styles the school might consider faddish, the fact remains that two of the hairstyles spelled out as being unacceptable in this school’s policy are worn almost exclusively by African Americans with natural hair. It might as well say that black girls must have their hair chemically straightened or covered with a weave in order to pass muster.

While all young women face crushing pressures to conform to expensive and often unattainable beauty norms, black girls are uniquely singled out to be told that their own natural hair is unacceptable, not presentable, faddish, unserious, and even disrespectful. That this cruelty should be tolerated by public school officials and perpetrated on a seven year old child is no way to teach or model respect for others.

Moreover, it is a violation of this young girl’s basic rights.

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Lead bar falls from sky, crashes thru Seattle home

This is a very mysterious one. It does seem unlikely an aircraft would have lead components. The other possible source I’ve seen says it was a tooth from a wood chipper. Since lead is a very soft metal it seems unlikely to be used to chip wood, but what do I know about wood chipper mechanics.

Image from Seattle Police Department.

Image from Seattle Police Department.


Image from Seattle Police Department.


Image from Seattle Police Department.


Image from Seattle Police Department.


Mysterious metal bar falls from the sky, crashes into Seattle home

By KOMO Staff Published: Jun 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM MDT

SEATTLE — A South Park family got an unwelcome surprise on Sunday when a metal bar mysteriously fell from the sky and crashed into their home.

The family called police on Tuesday to report the oddity, and when police arrived at their South Director Street home they found a three-pound bar and an eight-inch by six-inch hole in the roof and ceiling.

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The alligator that lived in the basement of a city rowhome

Not a new story but worth repeating. File this away so if you ever have neighbor trouble, you can be glad you weren’t these people’s neighbor.

South Philly Row Home Strange Place for a Gator

By Dan Stamm  |  Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009  |

You meet lots of characters in South Philly but nothing quite like a seven-foot-long alligator named Kirt.

Animal officers removed the seven-footer from a home on the 1300-hundred block of Warnock Street Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Some neighbors knew about the gator living in the row home but nothing was done until someone tipped off the SPCA about the large reptile.

When officials went into the home they found the gator living in a basement with a converted pond fully equipped with a pumping system.

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Controversial clown says ‘Nothing Racist’ implied while he was clowning

Clowns by nature are silly, dumb, and show offs. Rodeo clowns also have to be brave and very fast. The few rodeos I’ve seen often had clowns wearing masks. It seems odd to punish a clown for clowning. Personally, I don’t think taste or humor should be legislated or subjected to the same public standards as say workplace practices or housing availability. Doesn’t the first amendment protect parody, satire, humor, silliness, as well as unpopular speech? Part of me wonders is this is a “fake” story initiated by conservatives to make liberals appear petty.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

Listen to the story.

‘Nothing Racist’ Implied In ‘Obama’ Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Mark Memmot | NPR | August 14, 2013

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a , says “nothing racist was ever implied.”

“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” , a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”

As , many others — including Republican and Democratic politicians — have condemned the act as being both disrespectful and racist.

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People fired over fake plane crash names


This is truly one of the most spectacular pranks anyone ever pulled. So epic people getting fired is not out of line, especially since innocent people lost their lives. This incident also shines a light on how many media companies depend on, use, and possibly exploit interns by putting them in positions with high responsibility, little supervisor and usually no compensation.

Tragic event and epic prank.

Tragic event and epic prank.

KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots’ fake names

Matier & Ross | | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit – and a major embarrassment to the station.

Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all sent packing following an in-house investigation into the July 12 broadcast of four fake names of the pilots involved in the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

A fourth – noon news producer Elvin Sledge – told colleagues he was leaving for health reasons.

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‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered


Miss has a deep appreciation for calendars. This is an amazing discovery.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.

‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered in Scottish field

14 July 2013  |  BBC.UK

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world’s oldest lunar “calendar” in an Aberdeenshire field.

Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.

A team led by the University of Birmingham suggests the ancient monument was created by hunter-gatherers about 10,000 years ago.

The pit alignment, at Warren Field, was first excavated in 2004.

The experts who analysed the pits said they may have contained a wooden post.

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Woman claims unfairly TSA searched her “big hair”


Though not new, this story is new to me. Many women, especially black women have a lot of pressure to do unnatural and unhealthy things to their hair. The most shocking part of this is that she had already cleared security and the TSA tracked her down in the airport and publicly touched her hair. It is worth watching the video to see the charming Ms Brantley tell her story in her own words.

Is this natural hair thing new to you? Go check out Ms Brantley’s web site 

Isis Brantley. Image KXAS/NBC.

Isis Brantley and her natural hair. Image KXAS/NBC.

Woman claims unfair TSA search over big hair

Sept. 21, 2011  |


A Dallas hairstylist traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport says she was unfairly singled out for having big hair.Isis Brantley was flying home to Texas when she said two TSA representatives dug down to her scalp checking for weapons and explosives.

“I just heard this weird voice saying ‘stop. Lady, don’t go! The lady with the big hair, stop,’ ” Brantley told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.

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