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March 30, 2007

200-Pound Milk Chocolate Jesus Causes Controversy

The New York exhibition of a milk chocolate, all-nude, anatomically correct statue of Jesus set to go on display Good Friday was cancelled due to Catholic outrage, reports USA Today.
The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the Manhattan hotel in which the exhibition was set to occur. The gallery's creative director, Matt Semlar, resigned in protest, reports USA Today.
Cardinal Edward Egan led the protest, calling the exhibition a "sickening display," according to the Associated Press.
The hotel was forced to cancel the display after some of the angry letters threatened the lives of the artist and the gallery personnel were threatened, reports USA Today.
The artist, Cosimo Cavallaro, is recognized for his creative use of food as art, reports the Associated Press.
"Past efforts include repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper jack cheese on a Wyoming home, and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham," reports USA Today.

Britney Spears Goes To Church and A Gun Is Pulled

A security guard pulled a gun on a paparazzo attempting to get shots of celebrity Britney Spears leaving church Tuesday, reports The Mirror.
Spears had left the church only to be followed by the photographers rapidly giving chase, dodging police attempting to stop traffic. One of the paparazzo apparently came close to one of the traffic officers, reports the Mirror.
The security guard, supposedly a retired police officer, pulled out a gun and stopped the snapper's Lexus 4x4, reports the National Ledger. The photographer was handcuffed and made to sit on the side of the road.
The guard accused the paparazzo of attempting to run over the traffic officer, which the snapper denied, reports AHN.
Spears was not witness to the event, according to the Mirror.

Woman In Critical Condition After Dog Attack

A Minneapolis woman lies in critical condition after being attacked by two dogs earlier this week, prompting their destruction, according to the Associated Press.
Single mother Paula Ybarra was outside her neighbor's house socializing when her 4-year-old daughter asked to go inside to use the bathroom, reports the AP.
Shortly thereafter, Ybarra rushed out of the house, her neck gushing blood. The dogs' owner, Tom Mohrbacker, ensured her daughter was OK and locked up his dogs before he and other neighbor, Desiree Miller, called paramedics, according to the AP.
Ybarra had stopped breathing when rescue workers arrived. On Wednesday morning she was in critical condition, reports the AP.
Bobo and Merlin, the pit bull and American bulldog responsible for the attack had been declared dangerous after attacking and injuring a 7-year-old last December reports MyFoxTwinCities.com.
The dogs were to be euthanized Thursday, according to MyFox.

There's Blood in Our Sewage System

A Minneapolis worker was reportedly showered with blood two weeks ago while cleaning the pipes of a nearby medical facility, causing the Metropolitan Council to re-evaluate its communication with its employees, reports WCCO News.
Ron Huebner was operating a jet machine on a sewer near R & D Systems in Northeast Minneapolis when blood sprayed out of the hole.
"Blood just all over my face, in my mouth, I could taste it. It was terrible. I had it in my mouth and I kept spitting and I couldn't get rid of it," Huebner said, according to USA Today.
The Metropolitan Council has decided to change procedure in lieu of the incident, requiring workers to wear goggles or a facemask when above a manhole, reports WCCO News.
It is legal to dump blood into the sewer system with a permit, according to WCCO. Blood isn't any more harmful than other biological wastes, reports WCCO.

Teen Golfer Falls Victim to the Dreaded Rear Admiral

A 13-year-old Georgia boy allegedly suffered an extreme wedgie late last week landing him in the emergency room and leading to the arrest of two upperclassmen, reports Local 6 News Online.
The boy, who has remained unidentified, was a member of the junior varsity gold team. While riding the bus with the varsity team, he was summoned to the back by two older students, reports Local 6.
The upperclassmen reportedly picked the boy up by his underwear and held him upside-down, according to Local 6.
"It was so extreme it ripped his boxer shorts in two," the boy's mother said. "He was bent over and couldn't hardly walk. He cried for probably 30 minutes," she said, according to USA Today.
The varsity players, who also punched the boy in the stomach and groin, were charged with simple battery, reports USA Today.
The boy, traumatized by the prank, is too afraid to return to school, according to Local 6.

March 23, 2007

Mel Gibson Verbally Attacks Professor

In a university screening of his film Apocalypto Thursday, Mel Gibson got into a heated argument with a professor ending in profanity and her removal.
The argument began when "Alicia Estrada, an assistant professor of Central American studies at California State University, Northridge, accused the actor-director of misrepresenting the Mayan culture in the movie," reports the Australia Herald Sun.
Gibson reportedly used the F-word and told the professor to "get a history book and read," according to the Herald Sun.
The professor stated that her question was in no way aggressive, reports the Associated Press.
Estrada was described as a rude and risruptive heckler, according to Alan Nierob, Gibson's publicist, reports the AP.

Northwest Minneapolis Suburbs Reject Proposed Busway

Northwest suburbs Friday pulled the plug on a prosed busway from Minneapolis to Rogers, reports the Star Tribune.
A partnership consisting of Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Osseo and Brooklyn Park rejected the plan, instead looking to alternatives such as light rail or a trolley system in the corridor, according to Star Tribune.
The rejection has left $20 million in limbo for state appropriations for the busway.
The consideration of light rail comes on the heels of the continued success of the Hiawatha Line light rail line, which runs from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America in Bloomington, reports the Star Tribune.
The proposed bus line has become a "B" alternative, according to the Star Tribune.

Japanese Realtor Attacks Hawaii With Kindness

A Japanese billionaire donated three of his 22 multimillion-dollar homes to extremely poor native Hawaiians Thursday.
Genshiro Kawamoto, a real estate mogul and one of Japan's wealthiest citizens handed over keys to three of his approximately $5 million homes on the island of Oahu. He plans to gift eight homes total, according to the Assicated Press.
The needy families will live rent-free for ten years, but will be required to pay their own utility bills, reports the AP. Kawamoto also gave the families the $100 bills to "help them move on," according to the AP.
"Kawamoto selected the eight low-income families from 3,000 people who wrote him letters last fall after he announced his plan. He has said he tried to pick working, single mothers," according to the AP.
The billionaire has embarked on the venture because it reportedly makes him happy, reports the AP.

Toddler Implicated In Minneapolis Shooting

A Minneapolis man claimed that his 2-year-old son is responsible for a gunshot wound in his arm.
Detrick Jiles, 24, claimed his son had taken a gun from his mother's purse and shot him, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.
No witnesses were present for the incident, leaving the situation over for speculation, according to Earthtimes.org.
Experts call the incident "unlikely," stating that a typical gun requires five pounds of pressure, which is too much for a toddler, reports the Star Tribune.
Police are investigating whether or not child endangerment is an issue in the case, according to the Star Tribune.

Depraved Dog Decapitator Made Video

Police charged a St. Paul man Friday for the decapitation of an unrequited love interest's dog, claiming he made a video of the horror, reports the Star Tribune.
Anthony Albert Gomez is a 24-year-old that lived in the neighborhood of Crystal Brown, the 17-year-old owner of her deceased companion dog Chevy. Brown befriended Gomez, mainly out of sympathy, according to the Star Tribune. When Brown refused to take their relationship to the next level, Gomez allegedly went haywire.
Chevy was reported missing four months ago, causing Brown increased distress in her life. Brown comes from a broken home and a history of drug abuse, reports the Star Tribune. Being a delinquent isolated her from other people. Chevy was her only friend. When Chevy finally returned, however, he was greeted with horror not happiness.
Chevy had been decapitated, his head put in a box with Valentines candy and gift-wrapped.
Gomez was arrested Friday and charged with "one count of killing a companion animal and one count of animal cruelty done to threaten or terrorize another person," according to the Star Tribune.
According to a criminal complaint, Gomez had cell phone video clips of the dog being beheaded with a chainsaw, reports the Star Tribune.
He allegedly was not involved in the decapitation of the dog's body, but he told police that he had told others to do it.

March 16, 2007

Man Climbs White House Fence, That's About Where It Ends

A 66-year-old man climbed over the White House fence Friday bearing a bundle of packages he falsely claimed was a bomb, reports the Associated Press.
Catalino Lucas Diaz, a possible Florida resident, was charged with "unlawful entry, threatening with a bomb and throwing a missile," reports the AP.
The bundle contained three separate packages: a tape recorder, a book and some other items, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow.
The packages were destroyed using a water cannon. They reportedly contained no dangerous materials, reports the AP.
Diaz's escapades put the Whitehouse on security lockdown for three hours, according to the AP.

Oprah Opens Second South African School

Business mogul Oprah Winfrey opened her second public school for underprivileged South African youth Friday.
The Seven Fountains Primary School is intended to be a model of public education, boasting eco-friendly amenities and community-uplifting educational tools.
The school is solar powered. Also, due to an "irregular" water supply, the building uses a system by which rainwater is recycled. Seesaws and merry-go-rounds act as pumps for the water system. Additionally, Seven Fountains has landscaped gardens that provide fresh produce for school meals, according to the Associated Press.
The $1.6 million price tag was covered by Oprah's Angel Network, "a public charity that supports organizations and projects focused on education and literacy," according to the AP.
The school features 25 classrooms, a computer room, a library and two sports fields as well as other amenities. The building is not solely intended for the youth of Kokstad, night classes and open access to the building are being offered to the adults in hopes that educational opportunities will combat poverty, reports the AP.

A Short Time In The Future In A Mailbox Not So Far Away...

The US Postal Service has teamed up with Lucasfilm Ltd. to bring some character to the mail.
To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Star Wars, the US Postal Service will announce a stamp of the famous epic March 28.
As a "teaser" for the upcoming announcement, mailboxes across the country will be fitted with a special covering to make them look like R2-D2, a popular robot from the film.
The approximately 400 special mailboxes will be in 200 major cities nationwide, according to the Associated Press.
People are strongly urged not to tamper with the mailboxes, Anita T. Bizzotto, the post office's chief marketing officer said, noting that it is a crime, reports the AP.

Girl Gets Gift of Valentines Day Candy, Severed Dog's Head

A 17-year-old St. Paul girl was subject to intense depravity in the form of an unassuming present two weeks ago, according to the Star Tribune.
When Crystal Brown's 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix Chevy wandered off nearly four months ago, she was devastated. Chevy was her "therapy dog," and she confided in him with her most private secrets.
Her search included posting up flyers in her neighborhood and going door to door, asking if anyone had seen Chevy.
Then, two weeks ago, Brown received a gift-wrapped package on her front doorstep marked, "Congratulations Crystal. This side up. Batteries included," according to the Associated Press. She thought it was a gift from her cousin, reports the Star Tribune.
When she opened the box she found Valentines Day candy and a black garbage bag. Then she saw the dog's head.
"Is this my dog, Grandma? No! That's not my dog? Is it my dog?" Brown hysterically screamed to her grandmother, according to the Star Tribune.
Police say the attack was an isolated incident, likely done by someone who knows the family, reports the AP. No motive has been identified.
The Humane Society has raised its reward for information about the beheading from $2,500 to $10,000, according to the Star Tribune.
Brown recently got a new puppy that she named Diesel, reports the AP.

Fist Fight On Bus Leaves One Dead

A Minneapolis man was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after a fatal fist fight on a public bus.
Cedric Gibbs, 47, unintentionally killed 60-year-old Randy Korn by repeatedly punching him in the face, causing him to fall out of the number 10 bus and hit his head on the pavement, reports the Associated Press.
The fight started when Gibbs intervened on Korn swearing at the bus driver. Korn pushed Gibbs, causing him to retaliate by punching Korn in the face several times, according to the AP.
The bus surveillance tape indicates that Korn was knocked out by one of the final punches, reports WKBT News.
The incident is indicative of a current wave of violent crimes on the Minneapolis Metro Transit System, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

March 2, 2007

Turn around, every now and then I get a Total Eclipse of the Moon

The first total eclipse of the moon in three years will occur this Saturday night, causing the satellite to turn shades of amber and crimson, reports the Associated Press.
Lunar eclipses occur when the earth is in between the moon and the sun. They are rare, because the moon is never typically directly in the earth's plane of orbit, according to the AP.
The moon will be an eerie reddish hue due to the sunlight passing through the earth's atmosphere.
The event, which has no real scientific value according to Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society, will be best experienced in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, will still be enjoyable for the Americas and Asia, reports the AP.
"Earth's shadow will begin moving across the moon at 3:18 p.m. EST Saturday, with the total eclipse occurring at 5:44 p.m. EST and lasting more than an hour," according to the AP.

Minneapolis officer reportedly implied U.S. Rep. Ellison is a terrorist

An internal investigation has been launched in order to determine if reports by fellow officers are true that a lieutenant made comments implying U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is a terrorist, reports the Associated Press.
Lt. Bob Kroll allegedly made the remarks during a police ethics class and was reported by his colleagues. Kroll denies that any such statements were made, according to the AP.
Police Chief Tim Dolan has come down hard on the issue.
"If these statements were made in the way they relayed to me, I am disappointed and concerned," Dolan said, according to WCCO News.
Mayor R.T. Rybak also villified the statements, saying that, if true, they are "shockingly ignorant and incredibly reprehensible," reports WCCO.
Ellison said that he was grateful to Rybak and Dolan for "setting the right tone," according to the AP.

Three die at Minneapolis veterans home due to neglect

Governer Tim Pawlenty is cracking down after three senior citizens died due to neglect and error at the Minneapolis Veterans Home in the past month.
"My exact words were, 'That's it, I've had enough'" Pawlenty said at a press conference, according to Kare 11 News.
The deaths were caused by neglect and complications due to medication error reports Kare 11. One patient was given morphine and another was given Penicillin, but died as a result of allergic reactions. The third verteran, a diebetic, died after nurses failed to monitor his blood sugar, according to Kare 11.
These errors have caused Pawlenty to order that the home find an outside consultant to take over the day-to-day activities within two weeks, reports the Star Tribune.
The home, which is federally funded, may be shut down if rapid improvements aren't made. The veterans home has been cited for 61 care and safety violations in the past two annual inspections, according to the Star Tribune.