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October 23, 2007

Soccer mom beats coach in face with lawn chair after receiving bad directions

Soccer mom charged in assault on coach -- Newsday.com

A soccer mom got more than a red card after she allegedly attacked a coach with a lawn chair Sunday, upset at the e-mailed directions to the game.

She got arrested.

Nassau County Police said Alicia Vigil, 33, of 168 Main Street, East Rockaway, was angered at the directions that the coach for the Lynbrook / East Rockaway Soccer Club had e-mailed to her for the Sunday game at Sewanhaka High School. So, following the game between the two club teams -- police did not identify the age of the girls on the team, but a Web site says the program is for girls between 4th grade and junior high school age -- Vigil confronted the coach and, police said, began a verbal altercation. When the coach started to walk away, police said Vigil swung a folding chair, striking the coach's face and cutting his lip and cheek. The coach was not identified.

With water scarce in the South, Duke hoses down astroturf

newsobserver.com | Fake turf watered as supplies dry up

But in the midst of what may be the worst drought ever in North Carolina, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are watering the synthetic turfs used by their field hockey teams.

. . .

Durham, which has about 69 days left in its water supply at the current use rate, has banned all outdoor watering. Duke, which could not supply a number for the gallons used on turf watering, gets a business exemption to spray the field and other places on campus as long as overall consumption decreases by 30 percent.

Marrying young leads to obesity

USATODAY.com

Many married and single people in their late teens and early 20s gain a significant amount of weight — an average of 15 to 30 pounds — over five years. But newly married men and women in that age group gain 6 to 9 pounds more than their peers who are single and dating.

These are among the findings of a study released Monday at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, a group of weight-loss scientists and professionals.

The study confirms other research that shows young adults are especially vulnerable to putting on pounds, and gaining weight is socially contagious.

October 22, 2007

Delta rains passengers' luggage across Chicago

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Helicopter crew caused thousands of dollars in damage while spying on sunbather

Helicopter crew 'spied on sunbather' - Times Online

EASTBOURNE The crew of a Ministry of Defence helicopter broke low-flying rules, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to a Sussex mansion, so that they could spy on an au-pair who was sunbathing, the High Court was told yesterday.

Barry and Anna George, owners of the Old Stables, in Eastbourne, East Sussex, claimed that the 14-tonne Merlin hovered at lower than 500ft (152m) so that the crew could “communicate” with their au-pair. The couple’s barrister, Daniel Crowley, said that the downdraft damaged their glass conservatory. The Georges are claiming �250,000 in damages for what Judge Jonathan Foster, QC, described as an “alleged frolic”. The eight-day case is likely to generate hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs. If the MoD loses, the taxpayer will foot the bill.

October 20, 2007

Japan, WTF? Wear the hiding place

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October 19, 2007

Why is moonshine still illegal?

Why is it against the law to make moonshine? - By Michelle Tsai - Slate Magazine

You can legally make your beer and wine, why not liquor?

Two Georgia men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of operating a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest. One of the bootleggers faces up to 35 years in prison for his crimes: making the brew, selling it, and not paying taxes on the proceeds. Back in college, the Explainer had friends who brewed their own beer, and that wasn't against the law. So why is moonshine still illegal?

Because the liquor is worth more to the government than beer or wine. Uncle Sam takes an excise tax of $2.14 for each 750-milliliter bottle of 80-proof spirits, compared with 21 cents for a bottle of wine (of 14 percent alcohol or less) and 5 cents for a can of beer. No one knows exactly how much money changes hands in the moonshine trade, but it's certainly enough for the missing taxes to make a difference: In 2000, an ATF investigation busted one Virginia store that sold enough raw materials to moonshiners to make 1.4 million gallons of liquor, worth an estimated $19.6 million in lost government revenue. In 2005, almost $5 billion of federal excise taxes on alcohol came from legally produced spirits.