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  • 2. Obama Sees His Ancient Twin June 5, 2009 “President Obama got an “up close and personal” —VERY personal as it turns out— look at the pyramids before leaving Egypt today. One of the tombs contains a 4,600-year-old relief portrait of a man named Kar, who was a priest, scholar and judge. He also looked exactly like Mr. Obama – big ears and all. Take a look !”
  • 3. Thursday, 4 June 2009 17:39 UK  Spain awarded shipwreck treasure   A deep sea treasure-hunting company has been ordered by a US judge to hand over half a million gold and silver coins to the government of Spain. The company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, raised the haul from a shipwreck in the Atlantic, suspected to be that of a Spanish naval vessel. The Spanish government argued that the treasure formed part of the country's national heritage. But Odyssey intends to appeal, saying it has a claim to the treasure. This is just the latest round of a long-running and sometimes murky dispute, says the BBC's Steve Kingstone in Madrid. The haul of coins - thought to be worth some $500m (£308m) - came to light in 2007, when Odyssey announced the recovery of artifacts from a wreck in the Atlantic. It kept the location of the wreck secret, in what it said was an attempt to deter looters. The haul was brought ashore in Gibraltar and quickly flown to Miami - enraging the Spanish government, our correspondent says, which says the wreck is that of the Mercedes, a naval frigate destroyed by the British in 1804. Just over a year ago, the Spanish government filed a suit with a federal court in Florida - where Odyssey is based - demanding the haul be handed over. Late on Wednesday, a judge ruled that the court lacked jurisdiction over the case, and that the property should be returned to Spain under a principle known as "sovereign immunity". Spain's Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde expressed joy at the decision.
  • 4. Lottery Winner 'Will Not Squander' $232M Prize Struggling South Dakota rancher wins jackpot, wants to buy himself more room to roam PIERRE, S.D. June 6, 2009 (AP) The Associated Press It has the makings of a Hollywood script: A young rancher struggling to eke out a living in one of the poorest corners of the nation claims one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history — $232 million — after buying the ticket in a town called Winner. As he sported a black cowboy hat and a huge grin, 23-year-old Neal Wanless accepted his giant-sized Powerball check at a ceremony Friday. Wanless, who is single and lives with his mother and father on the family's 320-acre ranch near Mission, said he's going to buy himself a bigger spread, repay the kindness other townspeople have shown his family and spend his newfound fortune wisely. "I want to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this great fortune. I will not squander it," he said. Wanless bought $15 worth of tickets to the May 27 30-state drawing at a convenience store in Winner during a trip to buy livestock feed. He will take home a lump sum of $88.5 million after taxes are deducted — an astonishing fortune, even more so in rural Todd County, the nation's seventh-poorest county in 2007, according to the Census Bureau. Arlen Wanless, the winner's father, has been buying and selling scrap metal to make a living in recent years, but his fortunes dropped with the price of iron, said Dan Clark, an auctioneer from Winner and a friend of more than two decades. Dave Assman, who owns farmland next to the Wanless ranch, said he is happy they won't have to worry about money any more. "They've been real short on finances for a long time," Assman said. "They are from real meager means, I guess you'd say." "I hope they enjoy their money," said county assessor Cathy Vrbka, a family friend. "They work hard, backbreaking hard work." Neal Wanless' winnings are certainly enough to set him and his family up for life, but past lottery winners have burned through vast fortunes in spectacular fashion or found that they were better off before they struck it rich.
  • 5. Newark woman graduates Essex County College while living on streets The Star-Ledger Saturday June 06, 2009 NEWARK -- Homeless and without a job, Toni Clark saved her unemployment checks only for the barest of essentials -- meals, and her college education. On Friday, Clark was one of almost 1,100 graduates at the largest commencement in Essex County College's 40-year history. While many of her classmates faced down their own adversity, Clark's entire college career was completed without having a place to sleep at night. John Munson/The Star-LedgerToni Clark waves as her name is announced during the Essex County College commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark. "I lost my apartment and my job, and I didn't want to stay with family, so I went on the street, but God put me right in school," she said Friday, moments after the ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark. The path to higher education was rocky for the 50-year-old Clark, who earned her degree without books, a computer or a proper place to study. She walked almost everywhere she went, often pushing a shopping cart and dragging along luggage. "It's been hard. I was staying in (Newark) Penn Station, the airport," Clark said. "But you know, I was taking care of business and everything, but I just didn't have a home." Officials said the college had no idea Clark was homeless while she was attending classes. At one point before she completed her degree, the college did have issues with her showing up to school with luggage, and denied her access to the computer lab and library, Clark said. Undeterred, she down-sized to one small bag. Clark said she finished her course work with a grade point average of about 2.77.
  • 6. Lamborghini owner laments water restrictions Monday, 08 Jun 2009, 6:38 PM EDT CLEAWATER BEACH - Paul Vitale says he just had to violate water restrictions and wash his cars. "I'm trying to protect is the paint and wax -- the dirt and stuff is actually causing damage," he said. Vitale has a 6-year old Lamborghini and a 2-year old BMW M-6 and estimates his rolling stock is worth about $450,000. He will not entrust either car to commercial car washes or mobile auto detailers, and says the high pressure water hoses at self-serve car washes could also damage their finishes and exterior electronic sensors. "I do everything myself by hand. I use filters to wash the car, I have special soaps, special towels," he said. And he has a special problem, since private car washing is prohibited by water restrictions. Vitale claims he tried for seven weeks to get a variance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. When his request was verbally denied, he washed his cars. "Basically it came down to they left me no choice and I did it anyway," he said. A spokesperson for the Southwest Florida Water Management District says Vitale did not prove an "undue hardship", nor offer an alternative water conservation plan. She says he also rejected Swiftmud suggestions that included driving to a county without water restrictions or pouring bottled water on his cars. Vitale says he is a low-volume water user. He lives by himself in a condominium, so he has no lawn to irrigate nor co-habitants doing laundry and taking showers. He also thinks he only uses a few gallons washing a car. "I only wanted to wash the car twice a month, it wasn't like I wanted to do it everyday," he said. The water management district will decide later this month whether to extend current restrictions past June 30th. Swiftmud says it has granted about 40 variances from water restrictions, almost all of them for irrigation.
  • 7. Man with crossbow arrested while picking psychedelic mushrooms Justine Griffin June 8, 2009 MANATEE COUNTY, Florida - A 19-year-old Manatee County man was arrested Friday after he was found in a cow pasture collecting psychedelic mushrooms while carrying a crossbow, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said. Jeffery Moore and three others were spotted by a Manatee County Sheriff’s helicopter in a cow pasture in the 2400 block of 38th Avenue East. According to the sheriff’s report, Moore was seen lying face down in an attempt to conceal himself from the helicopter’s spotlight. Moore was found holding a small crossbow and sling shot. He told deputies that the weapons were for protection in case the cows in the pasture came at him. Moore also told deputies that he was in the pasture collecting mushrooms for drug consumption. Moore faces charges in the armed trespassing.
  • 8. Mac Motorcycles The concept that any idea can be improved upon sparked life into Mac Motorcycles. Mark Wells and Ian Wride wanted to create something easy to maintain with the posture of a Harley and the handling of a Ducati that put emphasis back on the journey rather than the destination.     $12000    
  • 9. GOD TEXTS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.   - - - - 1. no1 b4 me. srsly. 2. dnt wrshp pix/idols 3. no omg's 4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r) 5. pos ok - ur m&d r cool 6. dnt kill ppl 7. :-X only w/ m8 8. dnt steal 9. dnt lie re: bf 10. dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob. M, pls rite on tabs & giv 2 ppl. ttyl, JHWH. ps. wwjd?
  • 10. Man shoots neighbor, thinks she’s a monkey June 9, 2009 • 11:10 am   A Malaysian woman gathering fruit in a tree was shot by her neighbor after he thought she was a monkey.  Pahang state police said the volunteer Security Corps member came home and saw rustling in one of his trees and fired at what he thought was a monkey. It was only after the woman started screaming that he realized it was his neighbor gathering the sapodilla fruit. The Kuala Lumpur victim was hospitalized with a wound to the abdomen. She was in stable condition Friday. An investigation into the incident is continuing. The shooter could face charges for illegally discharging a firearm, which carries a maximum prison term of two years. Note to self: Never mess with a man’s fruit.
  • 11. Nevada brothel features male prostitutes Jun 5, 2009 LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The owner of a Nevada brothel suffering from the recession thinks she has been ignoring about half the market - the half that prefers men. Bobbi Davis is looking for male prostitutes to help expand the clientele at the Shady Lady Ranch, her small roadside brothel about 150 miles north of Las Vegas. "We've had requests for men in the past, and there's nothing else like this out there," she said. Indeed, the 25 legal brothels scattered throughout 10 rural Nevada counties are staffed by women and cater to men. The Shady Lady, however, isn't the only one thinking about hiring male prostitutes. Nevada Brothel Association lobbyist George Flint says other brothels have approached him with the idea lately to drum up business. Like Nevada's gambling, hotel and convention industries, the prostitution business has hit hard times. Flint estimates that bordellos have seen a roughly 50 percent drop in revenue since the economy turned sour. "Business is so bad right now, I think brothels would do anything to survive. Disposable income is just in short supply at the moment," he said. Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss recently planned to open "Heidi's Stud Farm" near Pahrump, but gave up the effort this year after being arrested on felony drug charges. Flint says other brothels have offered male prostitutes over the years, with little success. He argues that the business model for a brothel that caters to women just doesn't pencil out. "Seducing a woman and seducing a man in a brothel environment are different things completely. One can take a few minutes, the other can take hours. It wouldn't make money," he said. Davis agrees that women customers could differ significantly from men, though she plans at least initially to keep her current prices for services - $500 for two hours, $800 for three. "That may change. We're figuring that women may want a longer period of time, maybe a little more romance. They're not quite like men in that respect," she said.
  • 12. The Largest Animal Ever To Have Lived June 10, 2009 The body of the giant blue whale was found by researchers from Oregon State University in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California. They came across the carcass while out in their small research vessel, the Pacific Storm, operated by the university’s Marine Mammal Institute. Researchers believe the whale may have been hit by a cargo ship in the busy shipping lanes coming out of the city of Los Angeles… The Pacific Storm is 84 feet, or just over 25 metres long - meaning this whale must be roughly 22 metres long.
  • 13. Top 10 Videos Of Hot Girls Farting June 10, 2009 “ Even though they’ll never admit it, women are the most powerful farters on this planet . The reason this is true is because they spend most of their lives holding them in when they’re in public. Once they’re in the privacy of their homes women release the butt hounds and when they do, it’s not a pretty site. I just hope we can one day live in a world where women and men can fart together in perfect harmony.” w/ videos
  • 14. Diesel Helmets Living dangerously doesn’t have to mean that you don’t have to sacrifice living stylishly. Diesel Helmets feature trademark Mohican Crest, high resistance thermoplastic shell, interchangeable UV filtering visor and ergonomic stitched leather neck support. All of that keeps you safe while still looking good. Diesel Helmets are available in black, bronze, green and white.
  • 15.   Cross-dresser on trial for hospital incident  June 4, 2009 When University Hospital nurses walked into the patient’s intensive care room Feb. 17, they saw the wounded man was visibly shaken – and wearing lip gloss. He became even more shaken when he learned the female phlebotomist who had just kissed and groped his exposed penis was really a man. That phlebotomist, Chad Thrasher, also known as Chadea Thrasher, is on trial, charged with sexually touching the patient. Thrasher, 24, lives as a female and appeared in court wearing women’s clothes, jewelry and hairstyle. But it was Thrasher’s alleged conduct in the alleged victim’s hospital room – as he was recovering from the four surgeries he needed after being shot during a crime – that could send Thrasher to prison for up to 18 months. Thrasher had drawn the man’s blood before but this incident was different. The man wasn’t scheduled to have his blood drawn. Thrasher had developed an attraction to the man and began talking to and acting toward the patient in an inappropriate way, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor David Hickenlooper told jurors Thursday. Thrasher started talking about to the man about body parts, about exotic dancing in clubs and that Thrasher had a stalker, Hickenlooper said. Then, Thrasher said the man’s lips looked chapped, so, Hickenlooper said, Thrasher forcibly put lip gloss on the weak patient before forcibly kissing him, grabbed the man’s penis and asked how long it had been since he “had been with a woman.” “This is not the usual interaction between a health care provider and a patient,” Hickenlooper said.
  • 16. World’s Biggest Private Jet June 7, 2009 “Imagine the perfect flying experience - no queues, a reclining seat, perhaps a glass of chilled champagne. Add four-poster beds, a Turkish bath for four and somewhere to put the Rolls-Royce - not to mention a boardroom with holographic screens and a concert hall. Then you’ve got a $420 million flying palace - a superjumbo designed to order for a Middle Eastern prince. When complete in three years time, the converted Airbus A380 will be the world’s largest private jet .”
  • 17. The Thai Rath Carradine Photo Outrage The Thai Rath (aka ThaiRath) is the Thai newspaper abloid that published the hanging death photo of David Carradine and the family of the late actor are furious. The Thai tabloid published leaked photos of the crime scene on their front page. The outrageous photo shows Carradine hanging from a support bar in the closet of his hotel suite with his hands and genitals tied. Upon close inspection you can see discoloration of his skin on the lower extremities, an indicator that he had been dead for hours before being found. With coroners are awaiting results of toxicology tests, Thai media pointed to suicide or accidental autoerotic asphyxiation as possible causes of death. Thai officials have said it could take several weeks before the results of an autopsy performed in Bangkok are released. On Sunday there was some clarification on the photo. The photo is believed to be a police photo, according to new reports. How the paper got the photo is also unclear as Thai Rath does not disclose the source of the image. The photo was released in print on Saturday. There is no indication as of yet if the paper distributed the picture to other mediums including Thai television. We can't help but wonder why the paper decided to publish the disturbing image in the first place when a description would have sufficed.
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