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Beijing temporarily bans cars to clear air for Olympics

Beijing bans cars to clear air for Games - Yahoo! News

Does this seem like a huge problem to anyone else? When you need to ban cars to ease pollution back down to manageable levels, maybe you're doing something wrong in the first place.

BEIJING - In a dry run for next year's Olympics, Beijing kept hundreds of thousands of private cars off city streets Friday to ease the chronic gridlock and polluted skies that threaten to mar the games.

The four-day test poses a challenge for the Chinese government's relationship with a rising middle class that has fallen in love with private car ownership. Although upwardly mobile Beijing drivers mostly went along with the plan, it wasn't without grumbling.

"We just got used to driving and suddenly we're not allowed?" said Zhang Jie, a stock trader who bought her first car — a Chinese-made Chery QQ subcompact — last year.

"It's not good to forbid so many people from driving," said Zhang, who planned to take a taxi to work. "I feel like the government should be able to come up with a better plan than this."

The ban uses an odd-even license plate number system. Only vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers were allowed on the roads Friday.

Christian boot camp dragged girl behind van as punishment

Boot camp workers indicted : Corpus Christi Local | Caller-Times |

Two San Antonio-based boot camp officials accused of dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van in Banquete were indicted Thursday on aggravated assault charges.

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of Love Demonstrated Ministries boot camp are accused of using a rope to tie camper Siobahn McClintock to a van on June 12 and then dragging her behind it.

The Christian boot camp is a 32-day program in which girls and young women ages 13 to 19 spend 28 days at the facility near San Antonio, then four days at the camp in Banquete.

The Floresville teenager was participating in a morning run when she fell behind other runners, according to an arrest affidavit.

August 16, 2007

The Chessboard Killer

warrenellis.com � Blog Archive � The Chessboard Killer

A serial killer charted his crimes on a chessboard, attaching a number and a coin to each square every time he struck. By the time he was caught, Alexander Pichushkin had filled in 62 of the 64 squares.

Most of the victims were men whom 33-year-old Pichushkin lured to Bittsa Park in south- west Moscow with the promise of a drink. More than 40 died after he threw them into a sewage pit when they were too drunk to resist. The rest he killed with a hammer.

In a televised interview, Pichushkin calmly bragged about his passion for killing.

“For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you,” he said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”

Massive earthquake leaves hundreds dead in Peru

Death Toll Hits 450 in Peru Earthquake

The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets against the winter cold walked like ghosts through the ruins.

Dozens of bodies lay beneath bloodstained sheets at damaged hospitals where doctors struggled to help more than 1,500 injured. Hundreds waited on cots and walkways outside, fearing more aftershocks would send the structures crashing down.

The center of the destruction was in Peru's southern desert, in the oasis city of Ica and the nearby port of Pisco, about 125 miles southeast of the capital, Lima.

The United Nations said the death toll was expected to rise beyond the 450 reported by Peru.

Trapped passengers riot on Continental Air

Travel: Continental Passengers Revolt After Sitting On Tarmac For 5 Hours - Consumerist

Every week it becomes ever more clear why we need a passengers' bill of rights.

Will July 29, go down in history as airline traveler's Stonewall? 120 passengers staged a protest aboard Continental Flight 1669 after waiting on the runway for over five hours.

So passengers began drumming in unison on the overhead bins. The crew freaked out, one steward admonished them "for destroying airline property," and eventually the police were called, who boarded the plane and disembarked the passengers Continental had said were "becoming violent."

70 of the passengers later signed a petition which said:

We did not have water, food, toilet paper.. The toilets were clogged and completely unsanitary. Moreover, there were a number of children and older and special-needs passengers, including a diabetic and a pregnant woman, who desperately needed attention.

August 15, 2007

John Gabriel's Greater Internet Dickwad Theory

Penny Arcade! - Our Continuing Series