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July 23, 2009

BREVITAS


POLICE BLOTTER

Chicago Sun Times - Two men -- at least one of whom was a contestant in a beauty pageant -- were charged with using a trophy to beat a judge because they allegedly did not like his vote in the West Side competition earlier this month. The attack left the judge with his jaw broken in three places and a gash on his forehead. Leroy Tinch, 28, of the 2200 block of Emerson Street in Evanston, and Anthony Johnson, 23, of the 8200 block of Keating Avenue in Skokie, were each charged with felony aggravated battery, according to Rogers Park District police Lt. John Franklin. . . Tinch, who resembles a woman and appears to have breast implants, was likely the one competing and probably did not win the trophy used in the attack, Franklin said. Tinch, who has a tattoo of "paw prints" on his chest, also allegedly slashed Latta across the forehead with an unidentified edged instrument, according to Franklin.

LOCAL HEROES

Stuff, New Zealand - Defiant Mapua artist Roger Griffiths today made a stand against Westpac by withdrawing his $190,000 savings in $20 notes.
The bank provided a red-and-black carry bag to take away the cash after meticulously counting it in front of Mr Griffiths at its Nelson branch. Mr Griffiths, a loyal Westpac customer for 25 years, decided to withdraw his money after the bank rejected his application for an $80,000 mortgage. "It's about time normal people took a stand." He said the bank turned down his application because he did not have a regular income as an artist. However, he was a successful artist, exhibiting his paintings at the World of Wearable Art complex, in Christchurch and New York, he said. He wanted to buy a $385,000 property in Mapua, had $200,000 in cash and was going to sell his $110,000 campervan. That more than met the bank's criteria for a 20 per cent deposit, and the property which included a home and commercial premises would have returned $500 a week, he said.

ECO CLIPS

We've been running some items lately about urban farming, but missed the fact that Vancouver has had a community garden program for over 30 years. City Farmer had a web site in 1994, a year before the Review had one. You can find out more here

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Press Watch -
A pint of milk a day greatly reduces the risk of developing heart disease and suffering a stroke, a study has found. Researchers found that drinking more than half a litre of milk a day reduces the chances of suffering heart attacks and strokes by up to a fifth. It also reduces the chances of developing diabetes and colon cancer. The findings were announced by the University of Reading and University of Cardiff who analysed more than 324 studies from across the world.

BUSH NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME REPORT

Politico -
President Barack Obama's Justice Department is arguing that former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with prosecutors in the CIA leak case should remain secret for five to 10 years to persuade high-level government officials to cooperate in future investigations. "In making public the vice president's interview, you will chill them," Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith told Judge Emmet Sullivan during a two-hour hearing on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking release of records about the Cheney interview, which took place in 2004. Sullivan sounded highly skeptical of the government's arguments, but he said he had not decided how he would rule in the case. As the hearing concluded, Sullivan said he thought Congress had drawn a "bright line" with language in the Freedom of Information Act that generally exempts information about pending investigations from disclosure, but not closed probes, like the CIA leak case. He also said he would stay any ruling so the government could appeal before he released any documents.

ENTROPY UPDATE

NY Observer -
From Ocala, Fla., and Unity, Maine, the fate of New York doormen may be decided. The two towns headquarter the remote command centers of the Virtual Doorman, a technology that, as the name suggests, acts as a building's doorman in everything but a warm body. Plus, it's cheaper: $9,000 to $17,000 for installation, maintenance extra, while a real, live doorman might run a building $80,000 annually. About 110 apartment complexes in the New York metro area use Virtual Doorman, mostly in Manhattan, and the company that released its first virtual doorman in 2000 is now looking to expand nationwide. There is a tradeoff, however, for the price: Orwellian-like vigilance. "The theme that's happened in the last couple of weeks is we have people that watch their dog walker," said Colin Foster, the founder and marketing head of Virtual Doorman. "'He was out for only 15 minutes-I'm paying him for half an hour!'" And workers from the Florida and Maine command centers can watch female tenants as they walk home alone from their parked cars. If anyone comes from behind, someone from Ocala can intone Eastwood-like, "Sir, you are instructed to leave the building. If you do not leave immediately, we will call the police," or, "We have already called the police, and they are already on their way." And why Ocala and Unity, anyway, and not, say, Brooklyn or the Bronx? The bottom line. "Fifteen to seventeen dollars is a very good salary in Ocala, Florida," Mr. Foster said.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Hertz sucks said...

"Didn't have a regular income".
When I got out of the Air Farce in '67, I intended to rent a car to drive myself and some belongings to my parents home five hundred miles away. They kept asking by whom was I employed and I kept telling them I was an honorably discharged veteran, I didn't have a job. Because I didn't have a current job I had to put my belongings on a bus and fly home. This, after I showed the dumb fuckers the cash.

July 23, 2009 7:21 PM  

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