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August 31, 2014

man collapses and dies mowing the lawn. firefighters return and finish mowing lawn


a huge act of kindness, the firefighters of Bayton, Texas finished mowing the lawn for a wife whose husband had collapsed and died of a heart attack half way through the job.

On Tuesday, paramedics responded to a 911 call for a man who fell ill while doing the chore.

However, after they had taken the man to hospital firefighters returned and began to mow the lawn and when they had finished they put the lawnmower away and locked up the garage.

They also left a not behind to comfort the man's wife.

August 30, 2014

Dancer Misty Copeland turns the sportswear company's new empowerment campaign into a huge viral hit

Misty Copeland turns the sportswear company's new empowerment campaign into a huge viral hit

Warning - muscular legs


August 29, 2014

Men walking in unison with other men feel more formidable - i.e. cops marching on protestors

In sync and in control?
UCLA social scientists find that marching in unison makes men feel more formidable

In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation’s attention has been focused on how law enforcement’s use of military gear might have inflamed tensions.

But what if the simple act of marching in unison — as riot police routinely do — increases the likelihood that law enforcement will use excessive force in policing protests?

That’s the suggestion of a new study by a pair of UCLA social scientists.

“We have found that when men are walking in step with other men, they think that a potential foe is smaller and less physically formidable and less intimidating than when they’re just walking in no particularly coordinated manner with other men,” said lead author Daniel Fessler, a professor of anthropology in the UCLA College. “That calculation appears to make men who march with other men feel less vulnerable and more powerful and their potential foe more easily vanquished. We theorize that it also makes them more likely to use violence than they otherwise would be.”

Study co-author Colin Holbrook said media coverage of Ferguson frequently showed police slowly advancing in lockstep on protesters who were standing with their hands up. “Not only can it be quite intimidating to see a group marching in unison, but we’ve also found — and past research supports — that the mere act of moving in sync also makes those in formation feel more formidable and therefore potentially more likely to be aggressive.”

August 29, 2014

Cat Lives Secret Life With 2 Families, now they are fighting over ownership

Cat Lives Secret Life With 2 Families
New Zealand households in catfight over Ming/Cleo
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 9:37 AM CDT

Cleo the cat, left, is the beloved pet of the Smith family.

The same cat is also the Alexander family moggy, Ming, bought by them in 2000. He is pictured with Mackenzie Alexander, 10.

Alice Alexander probably had no idea that the name she gave her new Siamese cat 14 years ago would prove so prescient. She called him "Ming," because he liked to mingle—so much so that he has been going back and forth between her New Zealand home and another one for more than a decade, effectively combining two of its nine lives to live a double one, reports Stuff NZ. Alexander and the Smith family, who call the cat Cleo, are now fighting over ownership of the vagabond kitty, who apparently sees nothing wrong with two-timing each one, notes Gawker.

When Alexander brought Ming home in 2000, he wandered a bit—"Everyone knew Ming, and I would often get calls saying he was in someone's house," she tells Stuff—but then he disappeared completely in 2010. Four years later, he reappeared on her deck, then promptly took off again after she recollared and microchipped him. Glenda Smith contacted Alexander after seeing Ming/Cleo's "missing" posters and told the previous/current owner that her husband had found the cat before they got married and taken him in, assuming he was a stray. "We love him so much and want him to be happy, but [we're] worried the [Smith] family will move," Alexander tells Stuff. Smith counters with, "Cleo is part of the family and been with us for nine years—we can't just push him away now. He loves us and always comes back."



It all started when Alice Alexander bought a pedigree Siamese cat, which she named Ming, in 2000. He had a habit of mingling, thus the name and he once took a nap in a removal truck and ended up in the eastern suburbs, before being discovered.

"Everyone knew Ming and I would often get calls saying he was in someone's house."

When the family moved to Strathmore in 2005, Ming would go wandering, often returning home not hungry and without his collar, which had his name and the Alexanders' phone number.

The wandering became more frequent, then in 2010 Ming disappeared.

Alexander put missing cat posters up around her neighbourhood, but no-one had seen Ming.

In May this year, she was shocked when he "just appeared out of nowhere" after four years.

Alexander had been sitting on her deck when a cat climbed onto the glasshouse roof and began meowing.

"I picked it up and realised it was Ming. I was running scenarios through my head, wondering where he had been."

She got Ming microchipped and put on another collar, but the cat disappeared again. A month later, he returned with a shaved leg and had obviously been to the vet, Alexander said.

"I knew then that someone had him so I put up more missing cat posters and one week later, a lady got in touch to let me know Ming was living with them."


August 29, 2014

police dog funeral




Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, on Aug. 28, 2014.

The dog was stabbed during a burglary

K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect the day prior. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect.


August 29, 2014

"my first rifle" for girls -- pink rifles


match their skirts, flipflops and everything else in their doll-filled bedrooms, the girls have theirs in pink. The boys, of course, choose blue.

But these are not toys, they are real guns — a U.S. gun-maker’s range of .22 calibre, single-shot rifles marketed for young children.

The ‘youth model’ of the Crickett firearm, which is sold in a ‘My First Rifle’ range, are snapped up by American parents enthusiastic to introduce children to the joys of gun ownership. The youngest of the gun-toting girls pictured here is just six, the oldest eight.

Gun girls of America: Innocent faces. Pink rifles. After that horrific shooting by a 9-year-old, children in grip of a nation's troubling obsession 

A US gun company sells 60,000 rifles a year for children between 4 and 10

The Crickett firearm is sold in a 'My First Rifle' range of guns 
Belgian photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn met some gun owners aged from 6
The girls said they were scared of the devil, burglars, zombies and sharks

August 28, 2014

Guy banned from having a dog a college, gets to have a "very large cat"

he master of a Cambridge University college that banned dogs from accommodation has been allowed to keep his canine companion after persuading officials it was "a very large cat".

YoYo the bassett hound lives at Selwyn College with Roger Mosey.

Mr Mosey said cats were allowed but dogs were "technically" banned.

However, after a past master set a "dog-owning precedent" decades ago, the college "tongue-in-cheek agreed YoYo could stay as a large cat", he said.

Mr Mosey, former editorial director of the BBC, became master of Selwyn College in October.

After settling in he asked permission from the college council to have a dog, despite the rules.
'Love your cat'

"Many former masters have kept cats but the greatest master, Professor Owen Chadwick, did keep dogs during the 1950s, 60s and 70s," he said.

Permission was granted by the council, and duly noted in the minutes: "i. College Animal - Noting precedent under the mastership of Professor Chadwick, Council approved the Master's request to adopt a Very Large Cat in the Master's Lodge."

August 28, 2014

Beverly hills police regret arresting a well Connected Black Man With Good Social Media Skill


Charles Belk's Facebook post about being detained by Beverly Hills Police who mistook him for a robbery suspect went viral, the BHPD issued a statement. In it, they both defend their actions and apologize for the "inconvenience."
In the statement issued by the Beverly Hills Police Department yesterday, police say they were looking for the sidekick of the Purse-Packing Bandit. The Purse-Packing Bandit was a woman who carried a handgun in her purse, hence the moniker, and had robbed a number of banks. Witnesses told police she had a male accomplice who would distract other bank employees while she performed the robbery. He was described as a tall, bald, black male wearing a green shirt. Belk was a block away from a nearby Citibank the pair had just hit when he was spotted by police.

Charles Belk—who is a TV and film producer—wasn't in Beverly Hills robbing banks. He was at a pre-Emmys event, working with his client, singer-songwriter and actor Rotimi, KPCC reports. After the event, he went to meet a friend for a meal on Wilshire Boulevard, then went to check on a parking meter before moving on to other pre-Emmys activities at about 5 p.m. It was on his way to that meter on La Cienega Boulevard that Belk says he was stopped by a police officer, then handcuffed and made to sit on the curb. He was then detained at the Beverly Hills police station for six hours before they reviewed surveillance footage, realized they had the wrong man and let Belk go. During this time, Belk said he was not read his rights, nor given a phone call.
According to the BHPD's release:

"After an eye witness positively identified the subject in a field show-up, police arrested Charles Belk for suspicion of robbery. A follow-up investigation by detectives ultimately determined that Mr. Belk was not involved in the robbery and he was released from custody without charges."

The statement goes on to say that the BHPD "deeply regrets the inconvenience to Mr. Belk and has reached out to him to express those regrets and further explain the circumstances. However, based on witness accounts, and his location close to the bank, officers properly detained and arrested him based on the totality of the circumstances known at the time of the field investigation."
What Belk doesn't understand is why it took investigators so long to just look at the tape and realize he wasn't the man they were looking for.

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