Friday, December 31, 2010
'A woman can only take so much,' she told a deputy."
The fossils were originally discovered in a limestone quarry in Ferrara, Italy, in 1955 after workers sliced a huge block into four slabs and found the bones trapped inside.
'When the owner noticed the bones, he decided to save' the slabs, said study co-author Federico Fanti, a geologist at the Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini in Italy.
Scientists performed only a cursory examination of the fossils—enough to determine that they belonged to an ancient crocodile—before the slabs were transferred to two museums in Italy.
The fossils sat unstudied until 2009, when scientists decided to examine them again in more detail."
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Geraldine Hoff Doyle of Lansing, the woman behind an iconic image of a bandana-clad, muscle-flexing Rosie the Riveter during WWII, has died, according to her family.
Doyle was 86 upon her death, a lifetime older than the 17-year-old factory worker who was captured in a United Press International photo in a metal-pressing plant near Ann Arbor.
Her photo was later used by the U.S. War Production Coordinating Committee in an illustrated poster called, 'We Can Do It!'"
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the Everybody Loves Chris and Grounded For Life producer was discovered by his wife on Christmas morning while the couple vacationed in the town of Waikoloa."
According to PopEater, the Jersey Shore star's plan to become a human hamster during the network's giant ball drop was cancelled after authorities deemed the plan unsafe.
'The Snooki ball drop isn't going to happen in Times Square,' a source said."
Kenneth Gegerson called 911 after finding his wife's body on the bedroom floor next to the neck massager."
For while they may resemble the dramatic surface of the Red Planet they are actually the eye-catching images of the human iris in all its glorious detail - each one as unique as a fingerprint."
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Von Trapp, 97, died Tuesday at a hospice in the Baltimore suburb of Towson after suffering congestive heart failure in November, said Mary Louise Kane. Kane and von Trapp lived together for five decades and ran a kindergarten at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish in nearby Glyndon until 1993.
Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian naval Capt. Georg Ritter von Trapp. His seven children by his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, were the basis for the singing family in the 1959 play and 1965 film, which won the Oscar for best picture."
The cause was heart failure, said his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.
Dr. Taylor, as he preferred to be called (he earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975), was a living refutation of the stereotype of jazz musicians as unschooled, unsophisticated and inarticulate, an image that was prevalent when he began his career in the 1940s, and that he did as much as any other musician to erase.
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.
So Mr. Rehme, by his own recollection, did what any really enterprising publicity executive of the era would have done: he set out to rig the game."
Engraved with text dating back to the Roman period, the small potsherds have been found by Italian archaeologists on the west side of the temple dedicated to the crocodile god Soknopaios in Soknopaiou Nesos, an Egyptian village in the Fayoum oasis."
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
It was the first and last time in 34 years of public service that Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire, 60, a married father, had fired his gun on the job. He planned to retire in October."
Forgotten stashes of photographs, records and letters have revealed that although the capital was carved into different fiefdoms by various male villains, one all-female gang ruled part of the gangland underworld for almost two centuries."
The 29 robots, about one metre (3.3 feet) high with a TV display panel for a face, were said to have started teaching Monday, with Engkey, a white egg-shaped robot developed by the Korea Institue of Science of Technology, leading at 21 elementary schools in the southeastern city of Daegu."
Sandy McGriff, cofounder of the Church of the Living God, told The Dallas Morning News on Monday that she used poor judgment when she entered a church member's home through a broken window and removed valuable property."
The store was closed for the holiday and nobody was working during the break-in, which was discovered Saturday afternoon. Although the store carries a wide selection of tools, wine and groceries, the only thing that appeared to be missing was beer."
Monday, December 27, 2010
The closest to realism was Christopher Nolan's topsy-turvy puzzle game Inception - the point of which was to subvert the real. Each top 10 grosser was made wholly or partly on a computer."
A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said Monday they found teeth about 400,000 years old. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half that old.
Archaeologist Avi Gopher said Monday further research is needed to solidify the claim. If it does, he says, 'this changes the whole picture of evolution.'"
To repeat, that is the average compensation of all the workers who move musicians' chairs into place and hang lights, not the pay of the top five."
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture - and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well.
'Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul,' she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting 'Congo Square.' That album would turn out to be her last."
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
What started as a simple online photo competition has become an unstoppable internet force.
Internet blogger Ze Frank asked his readers to recreate childhood photos in a compelling 'then and now' experiment."
Friday, December 24, 2010
Moore, who is in his 61st year at the helm in Richmond, turned 90.
'I couldn't be better,' Moore said as he answered the phone Wednesday afternoon. 'I feel fortunate. God has been good to me. I'm blessed with a wonderful family, and while I have had what some people consider serious illnesses, they haven't gotten me down so far.'"
The first jury ruled for Scrabble. The next one decided that he had lied.
So Tommy Sheridan, a former member of Scotland's Parliament, has been told by a judge to get ready for jail when he returns to a Glasgow court next month for sentencing."
By week's end, police brass appeared to concede they were stumped, even backing away from earlier notions that a serial killer may be responsible."
Enjoy this selection of some of the beautiful books with celestial-themed cover design available."
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The incident happened at Towne East Mall, where dozens of people had lined up top buy Nike's new Air Jordan 11 Retro, which went on sale at 6 a.m.
Sisters Laurie and Lorraine Martinez, who said they had been in line since 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, described the scene as frightening and chaotic."
Alyssa Gutierrez, 11, took matters into her own hands Tuesday when police said when Miguel Marquez, Eduardo Zubiate and Jesus Quintana broke into her home.
Gutierrez armed herself with a loaded rifle.
'I was planning, if they came right next to me, I would shoot them,' Gutierrez said."
The new species is named after the cave where the 30,000 year-old finger bone was found. Researchers had been searching for Neanderthal bones in the area, and were surprised to discover what they initially thought was a fossil from an early human's little finger. To find out more, they shipped the bone off to the Max Planck Institute in Germany, where evolutionary biologist Svante Paabo had already sequenced several Neanderthal genomes. Paabo's tests gave a shocking result: The genome sequence they got from the bone showed that it was neither human nor Neanderthal."
And the bigger question: Could the ingredients of these ancient tablets still work to help with modern illnesses?
Around 130 B.C., a ship, identified as the Relitto del Pozzino, sank off Tuscany, Italy. Among the artifacts found on board in 1989 were glass cups, a pitcher and ceramics, all of which suggested that the ship was sailing from the eastern Mediterranean area.
Its cargo also included a chest that contained various items related to the medical profession: a copper bleeding cup and 136 boxwood vials and tin containers.
Inside one of the tin vessels, archaeologists found several circular tablets, many still completely dry."
'Not since Category 4 Hurricane Betsy made landfall in 1965 has one woman done as much damage in Nassau,' said one November 2006 document, apparently written by Deputy Chief of Mission D. Brent Hardt.
The cables said a quickie grant of permanent Bahamian residency to the ill-fated former Playboy playmate led to the ouster of a top government minister while the alleged bungling of her son's treatment and death cut short the careers of other officials."
But this year, Anderson decided to turn his years of stories -- which up until now he has recorded in nearly 30 journals -- into a blog: Santasays.org.
'For years, when kids have said something I want to be sure to remember, I've jotted it down,' said Anderson, 57. 'Of course they think I'm writing down that they want this doll or that truck but I'm not.'"
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, the boy was spotted “in possession of a permanent marker” by Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside. The 50-year-old educator told cop Miguel Campos that the student was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.”"
His daughter says he died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89.
Nancy Foy says her father landed the job as the announcer on 'The Lone Ranger' radio program in 1948. Radio historian Jim Harmon says Foy's introduction and narration was so good it 'made many people forget there were others before him.'"
“I see it as a blessing,” says Shaeffer, 27. “I used to think I was a superhero.”
As a kid, Shaeffer impressed his friends with stunts like spinning his head around 180 degrees to look over his back and wrapping his arms around his entire waist and touching his fingers together."
Police said alcohol apparently played a big role."
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Police Lieutenant Ray Evers says police found out about the Facebook posting mid-Monday morning. The fan page had a photo of a man and his address.
“This fan page was saying this man was the Kensington Strangler. Looking at this picture, we notified Homicide and Special Victims and they said, no this male is not a subject in this investigation and is not wanted in this investigation.”"
Not a likely mix? In Glasgow's East End in the 1980s, the four went hand in hand."
Canadian Jean-Guy Laquerre has 25,189 Santa Claus items in his collection, and Guinness World Records has announced that it officially is the largest collection in the world .
Seventy-four-year-old Laquerre said, 'I've been collecting [Santas] since 1988. Various people give me these items as gifts. I purchase them here and there, and then friends will give them to me,' according to AOL News ."
Initially, a dozen police-issue flak jackets, which fit under a shirt or jacket, will be given to drivers of livery cabs in tough areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, NY1 television reported."
Monday, December 20, 2010
The evidence: Of the 20 highest-rated telecasts of any kind so far this television season, 18 have been N.F.L. games on CBS, NBC or Fox. In terms of the best of 2010, nothing else comes close. Of the 50 highest-rated programs during the calendar year, 27 have been N.F.L. games, including 8 of the top 10."