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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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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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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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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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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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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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