Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thieves swipe Twinkies, leave tracks in snow

It also included cupcakes, Twinkies and other snack cakes from the Merita Bread Company.
A report from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in reporting 34-year-old James M. Denoon and 18-year-old Anthony Stout were found hiding under a truck at the bakery late Friday night.
The deputies found about $300 worth of stolen snack cakes stacked on the ground nearby.
Finding the accused thieves was easy: The deputies only had to follow their footprints. There was more than an inch of snow on the ground by Friday night.

Ultrasound Misses Birth Defect

Ultrasounds Can Detect Hundreds of Deformities, But Not Babies Missing Eyes
When Taylor Garrison gave birth in October, she was astonished that doctors whisked her daughter, Brielle, out of the delivery room without much explanation.
"They took her out of the room, and they wouldn't let us see her," said Garrison, 15, of Wellington, Fla.
Finally, after six hours of tests, Garrison got to look briefly at her baby and see what doctors were so concerned about.
"She looked like a normal baby, but I could just tell something was wrong," Garrison said.
Brielle was born without any eye tissue at all, a condition called anophthalmia that leaves a person irrevocably blind.
Garrison also learned this rare diagnosis was one that is almost always missed by ultrasound -- even though hundreds of genetic diseases and deformities once discovered at birth can now be detected with the latest ultrasound technology.

Baby gorilla pictured 'relaxing' in human-like pose

Seemingly without a care in the world six-month-old lowland gorilla baby Yewande leans back with her arms behind her head.

Dana the Lemur

Dana really enjoys the attention she gets after she's been out on the ropes in the
animal demonstration area - it's her perfect reward!

2 Winning Powerball Prizes Unclaimed in Arizona

The Arizona Lottery says time is running out for the holders of two winning Powerball tickets to come forward and claim their money.
Lottery officials say a $10,000 winning ticket for the Powerball game last Aug. 15 and a $200,000 winning ticket for the Aug. 19 Powerball game still have not been cashed in.
They say the $10,000 winning ticket was bought in Tempe while the $200,000 winning ticket was purchased in Wikieup.
Lottery officials say the deadline for claiming the $10,000 prize is Feb. 11 and the deadline for the $200,000 prize is Feb. 15.

Rare ailment makes girl, 13, look like she’s 50

Zara Hartshorn has lipodystrophy, which makes her look old before her time
For some folks, turning 50 can trigger a midlife crisis. But due to a cruel blow of nature, Zara Hartshorn is forced to deal with it at the tender age of 13.
Though barely a teen, Zara has the appearance of a 50-year-old, something that saps her confidence just when most young people are striving for self-esteem. The Rotherham, England, teen suffers from lipodystrophy, a syndrome that causes the supporting fatty tissue under the skin to crumble even while the skin continues to grow, often at an alarming rate.
The hereditary condition is extremely rare — only about 2,000 people around the world have it — and for Zara, it has devastating social effects.

Couple Offers $1K Reward For Stuffed Bears

We've all heard of people offering big rewards for lost pets. But an Oakland couple is offering a $1,000 reward for two tiny stuffed bears worth $10, over their sentimental value.
Christopher Ferreira is ready to shell out what might be a second mortgage payment to some, for stuffed bears that are now lost. The professional piano player and his girlfriend bought them two years ago in Japan.
To Ferreira, they aren't just any bears. He has photographed the Korilakkuma-style toys, named Number 1 and Number 2, while traveling the world and has made elaborate home movies.
On January 24th, Ferreira said they were dropped accidentally at the AMC Bay Street 16 Theater in Emeryville. Since then he's posted flyers, held up signs and started a website where you can contact him about the bears.

School Principal Suspended for Calling Students 'Stupid'

The principal of Litchfield Elementary School has been put on administrative leave after a letter he wrote as a joke commenting on their children's math skills apparently found its way to parents.
Principal Ron Sterr apparently distributed the letter to teachers last week as a joke -- but one teacher who thought it was real sent it home to parents of her second grade class.
The letter read in part: "The math we do is really easy. If your child is either too lazy or too stupid to finish it in class, I'm sending it home so that you can work with them and judge for yourself whether it is laziness or idiocy that inhibits your child's progress."
The principal was put on administrative leave following a flood of phone calls from outraged parents, and is pending further disciplinary action.
Other parents think the district is blowing the letter out of proportion.