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Memo to Crook: Look on the back of the note before leaving it behind

Police investigating a bank robbery [in Riverhead, New York] didn’t have to work hard to find their suspect: she lived at the address that was on the back of the note announcing the holdup.

“I don’t think anyone realized what was on the other side,” Riverhead police Detective Sgt. Joseph Loggia said Friday morning.

Charmaine Williams Stein, 30, of Riverhead, was arraigned Thursday in Suffolk County Court on one count of grand larceny, accused of holding up the Chase Bank on Main Street on June 10 and making off with $22,000.

Detectives determined that the bank teller, John Mueller, 20, was an accomplice of Stein’s, Loggia said. Mueller gave her the money and didn’t hit the alarm until she was out of the building, police said. Mueller, of Coram, was charged with grand larceny earlier this month.

The note demanding money was on a bulk mail advertisement that had Stein’s address on the back, the detective said.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Memo to Crook: Look on the back of the note before leaving it behind

Hospital delivers 6 sets of twins in 32 hours

It all began with Chastity Keeler, who delivered twin boys. Keeler gave birth at 9:05 a.m. and 9:06 a.m.stork_baby.gif Tuesday. Over the next 32 hours, five more mothers gave birth to twins at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital.
Sparrow nurses, doctors and officials think that’s probably a record for the hospital.

“We have a number of experienced nurses, and it’s the first time within their collective memory that we’ve had six sets of twins born in such close proximity,” Sparrow spokeswoman Nan Simons told the Lansing State Journal for a story Friday.

Keeler, of Jackson, said it’s a story she’ll tell her sons, Nick and Ty, as they grow up.

“That was an extraordinary couple of days, and they were part of it,” Keeler said. “They will forever be known in Sparrow history, and that’s kind of cool.”

Five sets of the twins were boys. The other two infants were girls.

“It’s fun for Sparrow to mark a record like this,” Simons said. “Six sets of twins: That’s a lot of babies.”

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Medical, People, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hospital delivers 6 sets of twins in 32 hours

Docs remove 119 nails from woman’s stomach – Yahoo! News

nails.jpgVietnamese doctors removed 119 rusty nails from a mentally ill woman’s stomach after she apparently swallowed them months ago, a doctor said Friday. The 43-year-old woman arrived Wednesday at Hospital No. 121 in the southern city of Can Tho City, complaining of a severe stomachache.

“After having her stomach X-rayed and scanned, we found a stack of strange objects and decided to operate as soon as possible,” said Dr. Tran Van Nam. During the surgery, doctors removed 119 2.8 to 3.2-inch nails. Many were rusty, indicating they could have been in her stomach for months, Nam said. The patient’s stomach was scratched by the nails, but she did not suffer any major injuries, he said.

“Her life is not at risk now, and she is recovering,” Nam said, adding the patient was expected to be discharged soon.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Docs remove 119 nails from woman’s stomach – Yahoo! News

Going Away present is a real hit


A [going away] present for an advertising salesman has entered the online music charts.

Manuel Battista’s colleagues recorded a specially-written song to mark his departure after 15 years. ‘Hasta la vista, Manuel Battista’ reached No 70 as so many colleagues at publishers Emap logged on to hear it.

“Who knows, Manuel could find himself on Top of the Pops. He’s got five weeks before it goes off air. Now, that would be a unique leaving present,” said Andrew Bailey, editor of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Going Away present is a real hit

Motorway shortcut for OAP in wheelchair

An elderly man in Switzerland told police his bus hadn’t come and he was taking a “shortcut” to town in his electric wheelchair when they removed him from a freeway.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Motorway shortcut for OAP in wheelchair

You have to expect these things when you buy cheap stuff.

Wimbledon staff are having a problem with their new uniforms – with 60 pair of trousers splitting.

The cream Ralph Lauren trousers have torn open as line judges bend down in matches.

All 355 officials have had them double stitched by a tailor from the firm.

According to The Sun umpire Stuart Taylor said: “There were lots of accidents and ripping sounds. It was embarrassing.”

A Ralph Lauren spokesman said: “We have had the odd problem but theses have been fixed. Everyone is happy.”

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Well, maybe not the people whose pants split in front of the world.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on You have to expect these things when you buy cheap stuff.

Those grapes were probably sour anyway

Archaeologists in Egypt expecting to find a mummy during their excavation of a burial chamber in Luxor have instead discovered a garland of flowers.

The 3,000-year-old garland is the first to be discovered. It was found in the last of seven coffins which archaeologists had hoped would contain the mummies of royal queens or even Tutankhamun’s mother.

Researchers and media had been invited into the chamber, near Tutankhamun’s tomb, to watch the coffin’s opening. The chief curator of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum said the surprise find was “even better” than discovering a mummy.

“I prayed to find a mummy, but when I saw this, I said it’s better – it’s really beautiful,” said Nadia Lokma. “It’s very rare – there’s nothing like it in any museum. We’ve seen things like it in drawings, but we’ve never seen this before in real life – it’s magnificent,” she said.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Those grapes were probably sour anyway

Put down the camera. Just enjoy.

A photographer from Brighton in southern England is urging the people of the world to take a day out and stop taking pictures.

Becca Bland has launched “non-photography day” – planned for 17 July – through a website together with a sticker and flyposter campaign in various cities in England.

Ms Bland told BBC World Service’s Culture Shock programme that the idea has “gone global” with interest in Manchester, Leeds, London and Brighton, and even further afield in Australia and Japan.

She explained that she wanted people to “put your camera down and appreciate the moment you are in”.

“Experience life in an unmediated fashion, without anything in front of your eyes. Live in the moment,” she added.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | People, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Put down the camera. Just enjoy.

Ants pedometers

Desert ants have an internal system – like a pedometer – that keeps track of how many steps they take, according to a new study. The insects seem to rely on this system to find their way back to the nest after foraging. Other insects may also possess this pedometer-like system.

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ants pedometers

Honest, officer. I only swished, didn’t inhale swallow.

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A Polish former MP has escaped a drink driving ban after telling cops he had only been using vodka as mouth wash.

Grzegorz Gruszka was arrested after being pulled over by police in a routine check and failing a breath test. He was acquitted after he told prosecutors he had not actually swallowed any alcohol, and had only rinsed his mouth with “jogobelka” – a popular local mixture of vodka and mustard.’t

June 29, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Honest, officer. I only swished, didn’t inhale swallow.

India is an interesting place.

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Bandits in India are using trained pigeons to prey on truckers who are convinced that those lights floating around are ghosts and abandoning their trucks to flee. These bandits in Bengal, Orissa and Bihar then loot the trucks. Thirteen to fourteen gangs are releasing black pigeons with battery powered red lights attached to them along national higways. Drivers, who often are both inebriated and superstitious, flee and the bandits move in. Why don’t they flee in the trucks? Beats me. A suspicious mind might think they were in on the looting.

June 29, 2006 Posted by | People | Comments Off on India is an interesting place.

Twinkie Burritos? Twinkie Lasagna?

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Twinkies, they’re not just for dessert anymore. The new “Twinkies Cookbook” has recipes for everything from a Twinkie Burrito to Twinkie Lasagna.

Theresa Cogswell compiled about 50 recipes for the book. Many were submitted to Hostess, as part of Twinkies’ 75th anniversary celebration last year.

Cogswell t[said] that one of her favorites is a berry-laden Patriotic Twinkie Pie. It’s red, white and blue [and ] Cogswell says it makes a great centerpiece for a Fourth of July picnic, [and] you can also eat for dessert.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Twinkie Burritos? Twinkie Lasagna?

When robbing an armored car be sure the bag you take has money in it.

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Police said they are searching for two robbers who targeted a Brinks armored truck outside a Cutler Ridge, Florida, bank on Monday afternoon.

Authorities said a Brinks guard was robbed as he left the Community Bank on South Dixie Highway in Cutler Ridge at about 1:15 p.m. with an empty money bag, NBC 6’s Carlos Vergara reported.

“When he was opening the truck he at that point felt that there was a firearm placed to his back by a subject that had a ski mask on. At that point he raised his hands, not to have any resistance. The subject removed the bag from his hands and with the same hand removed the employee’s gun,” said Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade County Police Department.

Police said the money bags only had only deposit slips — no money — inside.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on When robbing an armored car be sure the bag you take has money in it.

You have to love Canadians. They have their priorities straight.

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A newly released survey by MasterCard Canada’s 2006 Priceless Index indicates that a majority of Canadians polled have selected beer as their most priceless national beverage and Celine Dion as their most priceless Canadian star.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on You have to love Canadians. They have their priorities straight.

Whatever you do, don’t grab it by the tail.

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Police in North Yorkshire have warned farmers and villagers to be on guard amid reports a tiger is on the loose.

One woman, in her 30s, said she saw a tiger leap over a fence and cross the road in front of her as she drove to work in the Selby area. And a second report came from a farmer who spotted the animal on his land near Tadcaster, reports the Northern Echo.

Police dispatched search teams to the area. A spotter plane from RAF Linton-on-Ouse was also called in but no trace of the big cat has been found.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Whatever you do, don’t grab it by the tail.

Sick!—1,000 pet rats

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A Californian man who kept 1,000 pet rats in his one bedroom home has admitted his colony “had gotten a bit out of control.

Roger Dier, 67, of Petaluma, insisted the rodents loved him and he loved them, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. But he has been charged with animal cruelty and had his pets taken away.

Nancee Tavares, the city’s Animal Services manager, said it was an unusual case: “Not many people like rats,” she said. “They have a bad rap.”

Dier told authorities that he wanted to protect the rodents, but they began breeding uncontrollably, and soon he was overwhelmed.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ananova – Roofer mistaken for jumper

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A German roofer is facing a big bill after emergency services mistook him for a potential suicide jumper.

Police sealed off a busy main road and called out the fire brigade and negotiators to talk to Dieter Holmblutter, 30, who was on the roof of a five storey building in Saarbruecken. But the roofer was so busy talking on the phone to his girlfriend he failed to notice the commotion below until she asked him what the sirens were for.

Once the mistake was realised, emergency services left the roofer to finish preparing his estimate. But officials say he will be presented with the bill for wasting their time – reported to be several thousand pounds.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ananova – Roofer mistaken for jumper

Cops track wooden cow rustlers

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Los Altos Hills [California] residents reported a crime Saturday that’s become all to common in the quiet community — wooden cow theft.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies are on the case, and, this time, they have a key piece of evidence in surveillance camera footage that captured two young men and a young woman shoving the 3-foot-by-3-foot wooden cow into the back of a tan Honda minivan.

That’s more than law enforcement has had to go on in the past. Last November, the area suffered a spate of wooden cow thefts — eight in two weeks — as apparent cow fanciers made off with the wooden bovine that are equal parts public art whimsy and political protest.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cops track wooden cow rustlers

Keep your head down on July 3

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon’s average distance from Earth.

Astronomers will attempt to get a more accurate assessment of the asteroid’s size by “pinging” it with radar.

And skywatchers with good telescopes and some experience just might be able to get a glimpse of this cosmic rock as it streaks rapidly past our planet in the wee hours Monday. The closest approach occurs late Sunday for U.S. West Coast skywatchers.

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | Astronomy, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep your head down on July 3

Need a little scratch?

Scientists are offering parents £20 for their children’s head lice.

Researchers are trying to find new ways to treat new super-lice, which are becoming resistant to conventional cures.

Now a team at Bristol University want to collect as many parasites as possible in order to find new treatments.

Some will be studied at the university’s veterinary department in Langford, Somerset, while the rest will be sent to researchers in the US.

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need a little scratch?