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October 16, 2007

Woman charged for swearing in her own home

The Times-Tribune - West Side woman faces jail time for swearing at toilet

A West Scranton woman could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300 for allegedly shouting profanities at an overflowing toilet while inside her Luzerne Street home.

Dawn Herb, whose potty mouth caught the attention of an off-duty police officer, was charged with disorderly conduct recently, prompting her to fire off a letter to the editor and vow to fight the charge.

“It doesn’t make any sense. I was in my house. It’s not like I was outside or drunk,” said Ms. Herb, who resides at 924 Luzerne St. along with her four young children. “A cop can charge you with disorderly conduct for disrespecting them?”

Limbaugh threatened to destroy life of journalist writing story on him

Media Matters - Limbaugh says he told journalist writing story on him: "[W]e're going to find out where your kids go to school"

Complete scumball.

Limbaugh said his target was a reporter, whose name he said he would not "mention," who was writing "a cover story on me coming out of one of the big news magazines, and it was going to totally mischaracterize me and what I do and how I do it." Limbaugh continued: "[W]e found out who was writing it and made a couple phone calls to the person writing it. And we said, 'You know what? We're going to find out where your kids go to school. We're going to find out who you knocked up in high school. We're going to find out what drugs you used. We're going to find out where you go to drink and do -- we're gonna find out how you paid for your house. We're going to do -- and we're going to do exact -- and we're going to say that, you know what? You are no different than Al Goldstein. You both masturbate.' "

Limbaugh then claimed: "And the guy started screaming on the phone, just went -- 'You can't do that.' We said, 'Watch us.' And it changed the tone of the story by about 60 percent, I would say, from what it was going to be. But nobody does that to these people. Nobody does it to them. And that would be so much fun."

October 15, 2007

It'll take at least two days to make a quality forgery of that police form

library_mofo: I'd need at least 48 hours to do a job I'd be proud of.

You want me to help you edit a document after scanning it in, and I'm sorry, but there are two completely different reasons that I can't help you do what you want.

The first reason isn't your fault: the library is too cheap to have the full version of Adobe Acrobat. If it were up to me, you'd be able to create and edit .pdfs to your heart's content. However, Adobe charges a fortune for their licensing and the administration hasn't really made that a priority. I am sorry about that.

However, even if the software existed to do what you want, I'm still not going to help you. Those are police forms, and you just want to "change some things and print it out". One of the things it doesn't look like you need to change is your court appearance date, which happens to be later today. I know the county court is just down the hall, but unfortunately there just isn't enough time to adequately help you before your deadline. Quality forgeries take time and I don't like to be rushed.

Pep rally tug-of-war leads to severed hands

Pep rally tug-of-war results in severed hands - Other Sports - MSNBC.com

PARKER, Colo. - It was supposed to be a celebration at Lutheran High School southeast of Denver, but the homecoming festivities turned into a tragic accident.

During a pep rally inside the school's gymnasium Friday afternoon, the senior football players took to the court to play a game of tug-of-war with the junior football players.

Witnesses say during the competition, two juniors, who had the rope wrapped around their hands, started to scream.

. . .

"Hearing it was pretty gross. There was like a lot of people screaming and just all blood flying everywhere and just people running out of the room," she said.

October 13, 2007

Michigan forcing thousands of schoolkids to retake test after paper publishes two questions

After News Article on Test, Michigan Orders Retesting - New York Times

DETROIT, Oct. 12 — Michigan’s Department of Education is making thousands of fifth- and sixth-graders retake a part of the state’s standardized writing test because a newspaper published a brief article about the test that revealed the topics of two questions.

The retesting is expected to cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” a spokesman for the department, Martin Ackley, said Friday, at a time when Michigan is entangled in its worst-ever financial crisis. State lawmakers this month narrowly avoided a government shutdown by voting to raise taxes to help close a $1.75 billion budget deficit.

State officials say the article, published Tuesday in The Jackson Citizen-Patriot newspaper, could give an unfair advantage to students who had not yet taken the test. Not all schools administer the examination on the same day. The test, which determines compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind law, has to be identical for all students.