The verdict is in: An undercover DeKalb County [Georgia] police officer violated the Fourth Amendment rights of two vegans by illegally seizing them after they protested a HoneyBaked Ham store on Buford Highway.
A federal jury in Atlanta also found that then-DeKalb homeland security Officer David Gorman acted with “malice or reckless indifference” to the protected rights of vegans Caitlin Childs and Christopher Freeman.
But in a verdict handed down late Thursday, the jury found the vegans’ harm was inconsequential. The jurors’ award: $1 in compensatory damages and $1 in punitive damages for Childs and the same for Freeman.
The Calgary Zoo said it has no plans to remove a dancing elephant statue after a complaint from a Christian group that it’s an inappropriate religious icon. A private donor gave the statue, modeled after the Hindu god Ganesh, to the zoo in 2006 to stand in front of the Asian elephant exhibit.
As CBC News first reported, Concerned Christians Canada sent a letter raising its concerns that the statue was “selective religious partiality” to the zoo on Thursday.
“A lot of people are saying we’re being intolerant. I don’t consider asking that the zoo look at this from a balanced perspective being intolerant,” said national chairman Jim Blake on Friday.
Zoo officials said the three-metre-tall statue has no religious symbols and is meant to simply show the link between elephants and Asian culture.
More via CBC News – Calgary
Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America’s customer service — really, really unhappy.
Chiscolm in August sued the largest U.S. bank and its board, demanding that “1,784 billion, trillion dollars” be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $200,164,000, court papers show.
Attempts to reach Chiscolm were unsuccessful. A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment.
“Incomprehensible,” U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said in a brief order released Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
“He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the bank in New York and received inconsistent information from a ‘Spanish wom[a]n,’” the judge wrote. “He apparently alleges that checks have been rejected because of incomplete routing numbers.”
Following in the footsteps of the disconcerting BigDog robot and the slither tracks of the Robot Snake, here’s the LittleDog. Gone is the chainsaw-like whining of this pup’s pony-sized and scary older brother. Instead, there’s a cute determination that makes you want to root for the little whippersnapper.
There’s video at LittleDog robot–DVICE.
The UK’s largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”.
It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown.
Terry Herbert, who found it on farmland using a metal detector, said it “was what metal detectorists dream of”…
The Staffordshire hoard contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge in Suffolk.
Lots more via BBC NEWS | UK
Dozens of deep-sea-living Humboldt squid washed up along the central coast on Tuesday morning between Florence and Newport, providing a puzzle for scientists and a spectacle for beachcombers.
The creatures take their name from the South American Humboldt Current, where they’re typically found. Their arrival in the Northwest in recent years has been a cause for some concern among salmon fishermen.
Humboldt squid, also known as jumbo squid or red devils, are voracious predators that can reach up to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 100 pounds.
Nobody is quite sure why this is happening although it also happened about a year ago. Even more puzzling is that the Jumbo Squid isn’t usually found in these waters. There’s lots more at the link.
In these tough times, lots of folks are losing their cars to the repo-man — including the cops.
The sheriff’s department of Alexander County, Ill., is turning over five patrol cars to a bank because of nonpayment.
Photo by me
A new ghostshark species has been identified off the coast of Southern California, and it’s darker and weirder than any shark we know. The purplish black ancient relative of the modern shark comes packed with a suite of odd features that give its taxonomical family the name chimaera, after the mythical beast made from the parts of many animals.
“It’s a big weird looking freaky thing,” said ichthyologist Doug Long of the California Academy of Sciences. “They have some shark characteristics and they have some that are very non-shark.”
The little black bar is about 2 inches so at least this one isn’t 12 feet long.
“Man found dead in Pasco lake was lonely drifter”
via St. Petersburg Times.
A thousand-foot-long bridge in southeast China is providing an essential lesson in that country’s culinary tastes: The Chinese are not wild about butter.
The proof is in the fact that Guangzhou authorities have resorted to coating the bridge in butter, in order to hinder suicide attempts and the traffic jams they cause. The result is surfaces too slippery for even the most desperate person to climb. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Get a grip!”
The bridge has been a favorite for some time among people looking to end it all, and officials did everything they could think of to discourage the practice. They put up fences, they positioned guards at each end, but ultimately nothing worked.
A series of spooky lights above parts of the northeastern United States Saturday sparked a flurry of phone calls to authorities and television news stations.
NASA said strange lights seen in the Northeast on Saturday were caused by an experimental rocket.
CNN affiliate stations from New Jersey to Massachusetts heard from dozens of callers who reported that the lights appeared as a cone shape shining down from the sky. However, the lights were the result of an experimental rocket launch by NASA from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a spokesman told CNN.
Keith Koehler said the Black Brant XII Suborbital Sounding Rocket was launched to study the Earth’s highest clouds. The light came from an artificial noctilucent cloud formed by the exhaust particles of the rocket’s fourth stage about 173 miles high.
Brigette Horvath knew she saw something strange in Cameron Lake on Vancouver Island two years ago and a team of researchers say she might be right.
Was it a fish, an eel or some kind of serpent-like creature? She says she didn’t know. But Horvath grabbed her camera and managed to fire off one shot before the batteries failed.
More via Weird News – Canoe.ca.
Called the Bubble Nebula, this eerie, translucent sphere is created by fierce winds from a superhot star 40 times the size of our sun. Moving at nearly 4.5 million miles per hour, stellar winds whip the cloud of gas around the star into a near-perfect bubble, which stands out from the rest of the more stationary gas in this emission nebula.
More via Wired Science | Wired.com.
A Chinese woman, having heard of the dangers of skin cancer from exosure to the sun, decided to make herself a protective suit. It surely works but it scared the bejeebers out of everyone else on the beach.
He has been called the greatest self-promoter in the history of Seattle. And now, more than 24 years after he died at age 79, Ivar Haglund apparently has managed one more fantastic stunt.
Underwater billboards that date to around 1954. Anchored to the bottom of Puget Sound with concrete footings. Yes, at the bottom of Puget Sound. At around 55 to 80 feet in depth, depending on the tide, and near the shore.
You know, just in case you were in a personal submarine cruising along Elliott Bay, or Edmonds, or Alki Point.
More via Seattle Times Newspaper.
Three of the stainless steel billboards have been brought up in the last month.
A young Cincinnati woman was struck by a train when she was trying to flatten a penny on the railroad tracks. Seems she thought you had to hold the penny down. Fortunately she suffered only a slight head injury.
No word on what happened to the penny.
The joke is as old as the hills: “Lost Dog: Three legs, blind in one eye, ear torn. Answers to the name ‘Lucky.’ ”
But for a Petaluma, Calif., box turtle, that name held true and then some after he got his front legs chewed off by a raccoon.
Injured in July, Lucky came within a whisker of being euthanized after his unfortunate run-in with a masked turtle mauler. But thanks to the quick thinking and ingenuity of veterinary surgeon Robert Jereb, the turtle now happily skids his way through life on plastic sliders, stacked two high where his front legs used to be.
More and video at TODAY Pets & Animals.