4-H 4-Harm 

4-H Queen suspended over animal cruelty charges

May. 30, 2007 03:16 PM

IMLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Four-H Club queen in Michigan has been suspended and could lose her crown if she is found guilty of animal cruelty charges.

Kate Mills has been charged with a felony count of torturing and killing animals at her family's farm. Her father, mother and brother have also been charged.

The family was arrested in March after animal control officers removed seven dead lambs, a dead horse and three undernourished dogs from the farm.

A local 4-H official says Mills was suspended earlier this month based on a clause in the organization's standard of conduct that prohibits cruelty to animals.

Her title is on hold pending resolution of the charges.

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articl ... 4H-ON.html
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Driver Flies Out of Control 

Deer fly causes car crash and power outage

Canadian Press
Jun. 1, 2007 08:01 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Ont. - A deer fly that flew into a truck in Huntsville, Ont., and got behind the driver's glasses caused more than just an itch this week.

Provincial police Const. Harry Rawluk says the pest startled the driver, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and drive into a hydro pole.

The crash knocked out wires and ended up causing a power outage that left about a quarter of the town in the dark.

Rawluk says police knew that pesky flies were common in the area, but they didn't realize just how bad they could be.

The driver was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Neither the fly nor the driver are facing any charges.

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articl ... zz-on.html
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I-Scream for Software 

Ice cream man convicted of selling pirated copies to kids

If only we'd thought of selling pirated DVDs, CDs, and PlayStation / Xbox / PC games out of the trusty Engadget ice cream truck to the impressionable youth we've long since been pushing sweets on, but alas that scam has apparently already landed one William Agnew in the slammer. Dude got busted and fessed up to selling such wares (warez?) by the truckful -- literally -- after being caught with four thousand pirated discs. So to all you would-be software copiers out there looking to get in on the racket, remember: intellectual property theft may well get you put away, so stick to the straight and narrow and just keep on peddling sweets to increasingly sedentary obese kids with type b diabetes, ok?

Source: http://gaming.engadget.com/2006/02/06/i ... s-to-kids/
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One Huge Pi 

Can you think of better ways to spend your time?!?

Philadelphia Man Memorizes Pi to 12,887 digits

Associated Press

UPPER DARBY, Pa., Jan. 24 For the math-challenged, remembering pi equals 3.14 is tough; now a Pennsylvania man has memorized pi to 12,887 digits.

Mark Umile, 40, a fling clerk from Upper Darby, figured the problem by hand, writing down the results 1,000 digits at a time -- and then memorized the number, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

I was really proud of him that he did it, his wife, Maryann, said. I can't remember a phone number.The world record for figuring pi is 67,890 digits and was set in China, but Umile's feat eclipsed the old North American record of 10,980., the Inquirer said. Umile, however, does hold the record for memorizing 905 digits of the mathematical constant e and the first 5,544 digits of the square root of two, the Inquirer said.

Source: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/23439.html
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Hungry Snake 

Huge python makes a meal of 11 guard dogs

Reuters Life!
Fri Jan 26, 9:58 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Reuters Life!) - Guard dogs protecting a fruit orchard in Malaysia have met their match -- a 7.1-metre-long (23-ft-long) python that swallowed at least 11 hounds before it was finally discovered by villagers.

"I was shocked to see such a huge python," orchard-keeper Ali Yusof told the New Straits Times in an article published beneath a picture of the captured snake, which was almost long enough to span the width of a tennis court and as thick as a tree trunk.

Villagers did not harm the snake, which was tied to a tree then handed to wildlife officials, the paper said on Friday.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070126/od_ ... _python_dc

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