U.S. court rules that beating puppy with baseball bat is not animal torture

Zachary Meerdink 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Animal rights groups are outraged after a U.S. court ruled that beating a dog with a baseball is not considered animal torture.

An Iowa man, who beat a puppy to death with a baseball bat, has not committed animal torture, an appeals court ruled Wednesday in a decision denounced by a group of animal rights activists.

Prosecutors failed to show that Zachary Meerdink, 31, acted with "depraved intent" when he killed a 7-month-old Boston Terrier near an apartment complex outside his girlfriend’s apartment in Davenport, Iowa, the Iowa Appellate Court ruled in a 2 to 1 decision.

The court reversed Meerdink’s conviction of animal torture and imprisonment of two years he received. Meerdink was paroled in April, but the court ordered that he be acquitted of the charge.

Judge Larry Eisenhauer said prosecutors must prove the defendant acted with sadism to support a conviction of animal torture. He said that standard was not met because no one witnessed the killing, it is unclear how many times he was beaten and Meerdink did not seem happy or anxious before and after the slaughter.

What's more, Meerdink killed the dog after it showed aggressive behavior, which was getting worse, even biting a 9-year-old child, Eisenhauer wrote in a ruling joined by Judge Nancy Tabor.

"The court's decision is unthinkable and breaks the barrier of logic," Lin Sorenson of the San Francisco Pet Foundation said. "Beating an innocent dog to death with a baseball bat meets the required level of sadistic intent of the Code of Iowa to be animal torture," she added.

Meerdink’s girlfriend, Jamie Holladay, testified that the puppy had accidents in the home due to a weak stomach, often jumped on people, had bitten her and her three children, and was not responding to coaching.

Holladay said she was running an errand when Meerdink called to ask where the disinfectant spray was because the dog had an accident. When she returned, Meerdink left the house with the dog under his arm. He arrived minutes later carrying a baseball bat, saying that the animal was dead.

Holladay ordered Meerdink to leave and called the police. An officer found the dog dead in the tall grass behind the house.

Police release video showing driver backing into stroller with baby and driving off

Scene of the incident 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Police are desperate to locate a driver, who was seen on video hitting a stroller with a baby strapped inside, so they released a video of the incident.

Michigan Police are expecting that the shocking video clip, which shows how a van backed into a woman in Muskegon, while pushing a baby stroller and dragging the stroller for a short distance with a 1-year-old still in it, raises enough outrage among viewers that someone will come send and identify the driver of the van.

The incident occurred around 10:30 am in the parking lot of Sam's Drink All, 1500 South Getty Street in Muskegon.
The man, who appeared in the surveillance video inside the store, drove off after hitting the shaken mother and baby stroller.

Police said that the mother and child were miraculously unharmed from the incident, which was captured by surveillance video camera outside the store.

The suspect, described as a black man, wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and orange shoes the day of the collision, drove a gold-colored van as he backed into the woman and her child's stroller.

According to the police report, the mother, an 18-year-old Muskegon woman, was pushing the stroller in the store parking lot when the truck began to back.
The truck hit the woman first, knocking her down, and then backed into the stroller. That is when the stroller became stuck in the vehicle, police said.

The van began to drive forward. That is when the mother was able to grab the child from the stroller, police said. The woman suffered a scrape on the knee and the child was not injured in the incident, police said.

The van also had a cracked windshield at the time of the incident, police said.
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Sphinx from Egypt discovered in Israel for the first time

The sphinx found in Israel 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Seeing sphinx in Egypt might be a normal sight, but seeing one in Israel is definitely extraordinary.

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered parts of a single sphinx belonging to one of the ancient pyramid building kings of Egypt.

The remains were found at Tel Hazor National Park, in northern Israel by archaeologists led by Ben-Tor, a professor of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University, and Sharon Zuckerman, also a professor at Hebrew University.

"This is the only known sphinx of King Menkaure, who built one of the Giza pyramids," Ben-Tor said. Ben-Yor was referring to the group of Egyptian Pyramids, located in the Giza governorate near Cairo.

The Sphinx has a hieroglyphic inscription under the legs with the name of King Mycerinus, who ruled Egypt in the third millennium BC. Another inscription reads: "Loved by the divine manifestation that gave eternal life."

Archaeologists estimate that the original statue of granite weighed about 500 kilos.
Ben-Tor said that the sphinx is the only one east of the Mediterranean adding that it was probably brought here from the ancient city of Heliopolis, north of modern Cairo.

However, the archaeological experts are not sure how the statue made its way to Hazor, as there is no evidence of any relationship between Egypt and Israel during the time of Menkaure.

Most likely, the statue was brought to Israel in the second millennium BC during the dynasty known as the Hyksos, which originated in Canaan, the archaeological team said in a statement.

Hazor was a biblical. Its population in the second millennium BC is estimated to have been around 20,000, and was the largest and most important city in the region.

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Oldest ever alphabetical text written on artifact found in Jerusalem

The recent find in Jerusalem 
By: Eva Fett

Israeli archaeologist discovered the oldest ever alphabetical text written on an artifact, according to a statement released by Israeli archaeologist officials.

During archaeology work near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Hebrew University archaeologist Doctor Eilat Mazar has unearthed the oldest ever written text discovered in Jerusalem.

The inscription is engraved on a large ceramic pot, found along with six other pots at the Ophel excavation site. According to Dr. Mazar, the words are in the Canaanite language, and is the only one of its kind discovered in Jerusalem. It is also an important addition to the history of the city.

The pot is dated back to tenth century BCE, two hundred and fifty years older than the first known Hebrew inscription found in Jerusalem.

As a third generation archaeologist working at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University, Doctor Mazar directs archaeological excavations at the top of the City of David and the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

The archaeological findings in Jerusalem, and in particular in the region of the Temple Mount, are of political importance. Some of the findings, such as the recent discovery of evidence supporting contemporary accounts of the Roman siege of the Second Temple, or the possible site of the Tabernacle in Shilo, go against Arab Muslim attempts to deny that the Jewish temple ever existed.

Israeli soldiers help ordinary citizens in need during their spare time

Israeli soldier volunteering 
By: Moses Gold

Israeli soldiers are not only heroes on the battlefield, but also off the battlefield, according to a report on idfblog.com

Israel’s soldiers spend their days defending the citizens of Israel from external threats. Many also contribute hours of their time as volunteers in communities throughout Israel. We present to you three of the volunteer organizations proudly supported by the IDF and its soldiers.

Gesher El Hanoar (Bridge to the Youth)

Gesher El Hanoar is an organization which helps at-risk youth living without financial support from their parents. Many of the youth come to the organization from difficult socio-economic backgrounds.

IDF soldiers play an integral role in the organization, which is responsible for the lives of 43 young people. Soldiers join the organization every week to provide academic tutoring to the young people who receive support from the group.

"Our ambition is to break the cycles that lead to these situations and integrate young people into society by providing them with the tools they need," said Tomer Tiveria, Gesher El Hanoar’s director.

"Young people really appreciate when soldiers come to volunteer here," Tiveria said. He added that teaching is just one part of the soldiers’ contribution. The soldiers also organize activities and mentor the young participants.

“They can speak to the young people on a personal level,” Tiveria said, “and they provide a personal example of how to succeed in the Israeli army.”

When Gesher El Hanoar recently put out a request for volunteer math tutors, the organization received an overwhelming response from soldiers offering their help.

"Officers and senior-ranking officers also arrived here,” Tiveria recalled. “I even saw a colonel come to sit with one of our young people. We know that people of this rank are very busy and they take the time to come here. It is incredible," he added.
The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel

Today, there are nearly 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, with an average age of 82. It is for these people that the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel (FBHVI) exists. From financial aid to legal assistance and apartment repairs, this foundation provides assistance for survivors in all areas of life.

Guy Oren has been responsible for the foundation’s volunteers for the past two years. He and his team find volunteers to pair up with a Holocaust survivors, who then become like grandparents for the volunteers.

"The main purpose of this volunteer partnership is to break the isolation that these survivors experience every day,” Oren said. “Although many of these survivors have families, they still go through waves of loneliness."

Volunteers bring new energy into the lives of survivors and often help with small, everyday problems. In 2012, nearly 1,200 volunteers were paired up with survivors.

Oren explained that many of the organization’s volunteers are soldiers, who come in groups and as individuals to offer their help. “When the survivors see volunteers in uniform, it gives them a special sense of pride. Overall, what is most important is the presence of someone they can count on," he said.

One unit that is actively involved with the organization is the training school at the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The school has adopted two Holocaust survivors for over a year now.

"Every week, we send soldiers to visit Arieh and Sarah. In addition to spending time with them, they also help with household chores, make phone calls or simply run errands," explained Col. Sharon Biton, commander of the training school. The school’s adopted survivors are invited to attend every special event and are given a special place of honor there.

The training school’s partnership with the FBHVI was started after one of the unit’s Druze soldiers participated in an IDF delegation to Poland. The trip was so moving, he decided he had to do something to help Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

“I think it is first and foremost our duty as citizens,” Col. Biton said. “My soldiers receive as much as they give, if not more.” He added that some soldiers continue to visit Arieh and Sarah even after they finish their military service.

"One of the fundamental values ​​of our unit is precisely this kind of education and volunteer program – especially in order to educate soldiers to listen to others, help them and become better citizens,” he said.
WIZO Gardening and Landscape Technology Youth Village

WIZO’s Gardening and Landscape Technology Youth Village was founded more than 90 years ago by Zionist pioneers from Russia. Originally intended only for girls, the youth village later served as a home for orphans who escaped the Holocaust. Shortly after the State of Israel was declared, the youth village opened an agricultural school – one of Israel’s first.

Today, the youth village has 400 students from throughout Israel who graduate high school with a specialization in agricultural studies. The school offers every student the option to live on campus and take advantage of the sport and technology facilities. Altogether, the campus is 63,000 square meters.

Four times a year, combat soldiers – volunteers from the IDF’s Nahal Brigade – arrive at the youth village to tutor the young students. Furthermore, one of the Nahal Brigade battalions offers a special preparatory program for soldiers which includes volunteer work at the youth village. This is a great experience for the soldiers who view it as a way to serve their country as much as they do in the army, simply on another front.

Israel Defense Forces wishes Ramadan Kareem to all Muslims

Palestinians crossing into Israel 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) The Israel Defense Forces extended holiday wishes to all Muslims around the world, according to a video message uploaded to the internet.

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai wished Muslim citizens of Israel and Muslims around the world, a blessed Ramadan. He described how the month of Ramadan represents the value of coexistence, patience, love and peace. He also expressed hope that the month will be one that will bring good news, optimism and blessings, especially for Israel Defense Forces soldiers observing the holiday.

In honor of the month of Ramadan, which starts today, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories of the IDF, or CogAT, has lifted some restrictions at border crossings in order to benefit those who observe the holiday in the biblical Judea and Samaria or the West Bank.

Among the changes, the IDF will extend the opening hours of the border crossings during the holidays, free entry permits will be given to Palestinians over 60-years-old, and special permits will be given to West Bank families to visit Israeli family members.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Austria cancels Israeli-German soccer match after threats by neo-Nazis

Inferno club members 
By: John Roberts

A friendly soccer match between an Israeli and German team was canceled after officials received threats by neo-Nazi groups, according to a statement released by officials in Austria.

The soccer game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and the German team Energie Cottbus, was scheduled to be held this weekend in Austria. It has been canceled due to security fears after threats neo-Nazi groups.

Angerberg Police in the Alpine Tyrol region of Austria, made the decision on Saturday after receiving a notice that about 40 fans, including members of Inferno, a banned Cottbus fan club, were planning to attend the game. the Inferno fan club was banned last month after it displayed anti-Semitic signs.

Last month, Cottbus banned Inferno club members from matches, saying: "Energie will not hesitate to protect their reputation and values ​​with all available means."
During a previous match, members of Inferno held up letters of the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil".

Energie decided to ban the group after an incident in a recent game against Dynamo Dresden. "Juden DD" was written with tape on a plexiglas screen in the stadium. "Juden" is German for "Jews".

Israeli Arab Christians form new political party after splitting from Muslim party

Father Gabriel Nadaf 
By: Sarah Weiss

The Israeli Arab Christian community has formed a new political party after it decided that it can no longer be part of the Israeli Arab Muslim political party, according to a report on JNS.org.

Amid tensions brewing within the Arab community in Israel over the issue of enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, Israeli Arab Christians are trying to forge their own new identity apart from Israeli Arab Muslims through the formation of its own political party.

The new party will be called Habrit Hahadashah, or The New Covenant. The party apparently, is named after the New Testament or the Christian Bible.

"This all began when my nephew wanted to enlist in the army and he was facing difficulties. Now, he is a major in a combat unit," Bashara Shlayan, the founder of the new Christian Arab party, said.

"We also invited the priests of the church to a conference we held in Nazareth Illit. One of them is the patriarch of the Church, Father Gabriel Nadaf, who has drawn the ire of Arab Knesset members after encouraging Christian Arab youth to join the Israeli army. The priest supported us,” Shlayan added.

Shlayan said many Israeli Arab Christians just want to be recognized as loyal citizens.

"The current Israeli Arab leaders think being against Israel is Arab nationalism and if you object to this way of thinking, you are a traitor. This is what needs to be changed. It is utter stupidity. Therefore, we demand that we Christians be recognized as loyal citizens of the state of Israel," Shlayan said.

Israeli soldiers visiting Wales rescue man who fell over a cliff

Cliff illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

Several Israeli soldiers were at the right place at the right time, according to emergency workers in the United Kingdom.

Israeli military rescuers, who are visiting Wales, have helped rescue a man after he fell over a cliff in Gwynedd.

The two Israel Defense Forces Search and Rescue unit members climbed in Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog on Sunday where a 67-year-old man fell.

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team responded to the scene and the injured man was taken to a hospital with a broken leg.
Fourteen rescue members of the Wales Air Ambulance and the Israelis who visited the area for a climbing trip, helped the injured man.

According to the website of the IDF, the search and rescue unit was established in 1983 and specializes in rescuing people trapped under rubble, both in Israel and abroad.

One team member said they were climbing in Aberglaslyn and had offered to help.
The wounded man was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

Hotel offers spa bath filled with beer

Beer filled bathtub 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video)Hotels are looking for business, so some of them go to extremes to get people to walk through their doors.

One Hotel named “Hotel U Sladka” in Prague, Czech Republic, is offering a unique spa service, beer filled spa baths.

The hotel claims that the alcohol bath rejuvenates those who used it. The resort added the boozy bath to help relieve stress, relax muscles and improve complexion.

Hotel U Sladka is located near the Chodovar family brewery. Having the beer spa will be a win win win situation for the brewery, who will sell a lot more beer, for the hotel, who will attract curious customers, and for the guests, who will get an experience of a lifetime, as they bathe in beer.

According to the hotel, the vitamin B and yeast ingredients found in beer are good for the hair and skin. The combination of ingredients also releases the bubbles to the surface creating a beer foam, which acts as a bubble bath. This type of foam is reportedly more sensitive than sticky.

A 20-minute bath for two people in a double tub starts at about $33. A 20-minute beer bath and relaxation day including treatment, a beer-themed dinner along with beer soup and beer crepes, starts at about $160 per person.
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Little girl seen on video stealing iPad and trying to hide it down her pants

Girl attempts to hide the stolen iPad  
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was seen on surveillance camera stealing an iPad, and then she tried to hide it in her pants.

She is very young, but it seems that once this girl has her heart set on something she will go to any lengths to get it.

An electronic store surveillance video has caught a girl in China trying to steal a pink iPad, and then she struggled to hide it in her pants. The video images show the young girl walking into the store with her mother. As her mother stopped to look at some of the items in the display case, the girl eyed some items she wanted.

While her mother was busy shopping, the girl decided to do some shopping of her own. At first, the young child looked around to make sure no one was looking, then, she walked over to a cabinet containing a selection of iPads.

She took a pink iPad. She then walked back to her mother and stood behind her mother's legs while she tried to hide the iPad down her pants. It seemed that the plan of the young girl did not work out as the expensive device did not fit inside her pants.

As her mother started walking away from the display case where she had been standing, the girl pushed the iPad under her dress.
They both walked out of the store, with her mother apparently unaware of what her daughter has done.
It is unclear if the girl was detained by store security or if the mother discovered her daughter's crime.
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Three Ohio women found alive after being held hostage for 10 years speak publicly for first time

Amanda Berry (left), Gina DeJesus (center),
and Michelle Knight (right) 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) In a touching video, the three women who have been kidnapped in Cleveland, Ohio, speak out publicly for the first time.

The brave women, Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, have gotten together to thank people from across the world for their support.

The women and their families are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of kindness, support and money, they have received throughout their ordeal.

Now, they have released heartfelt messages through a video. The women expressed their desire to move forward and help others, while maintaining a strong desire for privacy. They asked that everyone continue to respect their wishes of privacy going forward.

The video was recorded in July 2013 at the law offices of Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio. Everyone involved in producing the video were reportedly working pro bono on behalf of the three women, including the lawyers, PR firm, social media strategist and videographers.

As we reported earlier, three women who disappeared about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, had been found alive on Monday in a Cleveland, Ohio residential area, and three brothers were arrested, police said. The girls had been kidnapped years ago in separate incidents, and were found alive within walking distance of the last place at least two of them were seen.

A neighbor is credited for rescuing the women. “I was eating at McDonald’s when I heard a girl screaming and going nuts trying to get out of the house. I went to the porch and tried to get her out,” the man who rescued the girl said.
The woman then asked the Good Samaritan to call police and she told him that she was Amanda Berry.

When police arrived, Berry told them there were other women upstairs. Police found two other women, who have been missing for a long time, in the house. The three women have been taken to a hospital, where they were reported in good health, police said.
The three women were identified by police as Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight.

Knight disappeared in 2000 at the age of 20, while Berry disappeared at age 16, on April 21, 2003, and DeJesus went missing at age 14, on her way home from school in 2004. Police identified the suspect as Ariel Castro, 52, who worked as a bus driver for the Cleveland public schools.

His uncle, Cesar Castro, owner of a grocery store across the street, said "everybody is shocked." He also confirmed that his nephew is the owner of the house where the women were found. He added that members of his family and of the family of DeJesus, grew up together.

Sadly, Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, died in March 2006. She had spent the last three years of her life searching for her missing daughter, friends said.

“Everyone is happy that the women were found, it is very shocking that they were held by a person who seemed to be normal and held a regular job,” an emotional Mary Davis, of Cleveland, Ohio told YourJewishNews.com after the women were taken to the hospital for observation.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said: "We have many unanswered questions about this case, and the investigation is ongoing. I am grateful that these young women are alive.”
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:00 - :33 Amanda Berry -Survivor
:43 - :47 Gina DeJesus -Survivor
:49 - 1:08 Felix DeJesus-Gina's Father
1:09 -- 1:43 Nancy Ruiz -Gina's Mother
1:48 -- 3:30 Michelle Knight -Survivor

Declared dead woman wakes up as doctors get ready to remove her organs in order to harvest them

Doctors getting ready for operation illustration 
By: David Ross

A woman, who was thought to be dead, woke up, while doctors were ready to remove her organs to donate them to others.

A report of the incident revealed the shocking incident, where doctors mistakenly thought that the woman was dead when she was in a coma.

Colleen Burns, who was 41-years-old at the time, had been misdiagnosed with irreversible brain damage after doctors dismissed claims by nurses, who had noticed signs that Burns was improving. Some nurses claimed that Burns had curled her toes when touched, she also moved her nostrils, mouth and tongue. She was breathing on her own even though she was on a respirator.

Burns initially was found unconscious and surrounded by empty bottles of Xanax, Benadryl, a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory several years ago, according to the report. She was hypothermic and had a weak pulse, but she was still alive. She was taken to the St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York. Doctors performed toxicology tests, which revealed she was suffering from a drug overdose. She was unresponsive and was placed on a ventilator.

According to the report, in August 2010, doctors told the family that Burns suffered irreversible brain damage and had been subjected to cardiac arrest. The family made the difficult decision to remove her from life support and donate her organs the following day.

Shockingly, Burns opened her eyes at the last-minute, and was saved from having the organs harvest procedure.
Hospital officials finally concluded that it is possible that drugs caused the unresponsive medical state which was mistaken for irreversible brain damage, according to the report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Drug overdose can mimic brain death.

Sadly, Burns was so depressed, she committed suicide in 2011. The family never sued. A family member said that Burns was too depressed to be upset over what happened at San Jose hospital.
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Missouri Woman builds a prosthetic leg for herself out of Lego bricks

Christina Stevens 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman who has lost part of her leg in a freak accident has built a prosthetic leg for herself out of Lego bricks.

Christina Stevens, 31, of St. Louis, Missouri, was involved in a terrible accident while changing the brakes on her car. Her foot had been crushed so badly that it had to be amputated below her knee.

Interestingly enough, Stevens is an occupational therapist, who has done a lot of research. She has worked with amputees and with people who use wheelchairs. “I think I have a unique perspective into all this because I've been on both sides of the therapeutic relationship,” Stevens said.

“I think it puts me in a unique position to offer some different ideas to people, who may be going through the same or similar things than me,” she added. The occupational therapist said she got the inspiration for the Lego leg from a colleague, who jokingly suggested it.

In the video below, Stevens is seen building a prosthetic leg out of Lego bricks, and then she takes a few steps with her finished product.
Stevens is not shy about her situation. She has been sharing her daily experiences on Facebook and YouTube, where she shares with her fans what it is like to live without a limb.

She also encourages other amputees from around the world to share their stories. On her YouTube channel, she has videos that explain how to walk with a prosthetic leg. She shares the frustration and pain of being without the limb, and the thrill of getting an amputee tattoo.
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Samuel Adams slammed after latest advertisement omits reference to God

Samuel Adams logo 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Some Samuel Adams fans are angry after the latest advertisement of the company omitted a reference to God.
When Samuel Adams decided to use a line of the Declaration of Independence, it had no idea what it is getting into.

"All men are created equal," the actor in the advertisement for Samuel Adams, which began airing about three weeks ago, said. "They are endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the advertisement continued.

Those familiar with the history of the United States, would recognize the lines as the text of the Declaration of Independence, but it's not an exact quote. This is how the original text reads: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The most obvious difference? The reference to the Creator or God. This change upset some fans of the Boston Beer Company, which produces Samuel Adams. Boston Beer Company, has defended the advertisement in a statement, saying that the omission adheres to a code developed by The Beer Institute trade group.

"We adhere to a code of advertising, established by the Beer Institute, a trade organization in the beer industry. Beer advertisements and marketing materials should not include religion or religious issues. We agree with that, and follow these guidelines and approach to our marketing campaigns with great responsibility," the company said.




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Restaurant caught hiding raw meat near dumpster during inspection

Brandon Huber 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A restaurant manager has lost his job after an employee uploaded a video to the internet showing his company hiding raw meat near a dumpster.

The Golden Corral chain restaurant has fired a manager after a sickening video emerged that showed raw meat stored next to a dumpster outside of the business.

Golden Corral employee Brandon Huber of Port Orange, Florida, took the video of the unsanitary food. Huber claimed that his company ordered employees to put the meat out during an inspection.

He also claimed that after the inspector left, the meat was brought back into the restaurant and was served to customers.
The video showed a selection of different meats, including what appears to be raw hamburgers, raw ribs, steak, among other meats. They were all left outside next to the garbage can. While recording the video, Huber stated that there were flies next to the food.

Eric Holm, who owns the Golden Corral where the video was recorded, said in a statement that the meat shown in the video was not served to customers, and that the manager involved in improper storage of the meat had been fired for not following proper food-handling procedures.
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Casey Anthony’s parents sell off caylee’s toys at garage sale

George and Cindy Anthony 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) People were shocked to see that the grandparents of murdered Caylee Anthony were selling off toys belonging to the toddler in a garage sale.

Eyewitnesses said that George and Cindy Anthony were selling used clothing and toys belonging to their granddaughter, Caylee, in a garage sale in Lake County, Florida.

The Anthonys recently conducted the sale at the home of Caylee Anthony's grandparents in Mount Dora.
Christina Werner said that she came through the garage sale several weeks ago, and recognized George and Cindy Anthony, whom she said, were conducting the sale.

Werner decided to buy numerous items belonging to Caylee, including heart lockets toys, a children’s travel set, a bag of clothes, a Winnie-the-Pooh backpack, a Tigger bag, and some teddy bears.

Werner also claimed to have bought purses that belonged to Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murder in Caylee's death, two years ago.




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Intruder arrested after police find him sleeping on homeowner’s couch

Domonique Pinkard and Julian Evangelista 
By: Eva Fett

A home intruder was arrested and charged with theft related charges after police found him sleeping on the homeowner’s couch, according to police reports in Florida.

Lady Lake Police said that the suspected thief was arrested after he was found sleeping on the couch of the homeowner.
Officials said the homeowner on Winners Circle discovered that her back door had been kicked in.

After realizing that clothing, jewelry and electronics were taken from her house, she decided to call police, according to the police report.

Officials said that 21-year-old Domonique Pinkard was still inside the residence, asleep on the couch of the victim.
"I was in shock to see that my back door was open and I saw something dark moving on the couch," Theresa Becker said. "I stepped inside real quietly and quickly went to my car and called police," she said.

Pinkard had the stolen jewelry in his possession, authorities said.
As detectives continued their investigation, they found 20-year-old Julian Evangelista nearby. The investigators said that the remaining stolen property was recovered from Evangelista.

Police said Pinkard told the arresting officer that he was sitting on the couch of the victim, while Evangelista carried the victim’s television out of the house, but then, he fell asleep.

"He just told me that he had been working hard all day and just needed to sit for a moment, but evidently, he fell asleep," Lady Lake Police Lieutenant Vernon Wherry said.
Evangelista apparently decided not to wake Pinkard and left with the victim's television.

Both suspects were taken to Lake County jail.
Pinkard was charged with theft in an unoccupied dwelling, criminal mischief and grand theft.
Evangelista was charged with burglary in an unoccupied dwelling and larceny.

New Jersey teen arrested after blowing pot smoke into police car

Smoking marijuana illustration 
By: Moses Gold

It can’t get any dumber than this. A man was arrested and charged with marijuana possession after he blew pot smoke into a police car, according to police reports in New Jersey.

New Jersey Police said that a 19-year-old, who allegedly smoked marijuana in a car, was arrested after he blew some smoke into a police car.

At 1:30 am, an agent of the municipal police observed a suspicious vehicle parked on Whispering Pine Way, so he approached the vehicle.

When the officer approached, he saw a person sitting in the driver’s seat smoking marijuana. The officer stopped beside the parked car as the driver turned and blew marijuana smoke out the window to the window of the police cruiser, police said.

Police then arrested the driver, Matthew Moore, 19, of Totowa Moore, New Jersey and charged him with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. He was arraigned in the police headquarters and later released pending a court appearance.

Local Town Hall in Sweden attacked with 250 gallons of horse manure

Horses illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

Angry residents dumped hundreds of gallons of horse manure on a local Town Hall in Sweden, according to police reports in Sweden.

Sweden Police said that employees of the Grums Municipality in western Sweden, were forced to find their way past more than 250 gallons of horse manure on Monday that has been dumped outside the town hall, in a supposed political protest.

"We suspect that people wanted to express their dissatisfaction towards the Grums Municipality, but no suspects were identified," Tommy Lindh of the Varmland County Police said.

The incident has been reported to the police and has been classified as an environmental crime.
People had a bit of fun on Tuesday speculating as to the reasons behind Monday's attack.
Some speculated that the horse manure attack was a statement that local politicians were just like horse manure.

Others speculated that the attack was a statement on the fact that Monday was the first day of work and therefore was not everyone's favorite day.

More right winged elements speculated that the horse manure attack was a response to the immigration and refugee policy of the municipality.

Colorado man pleads guilty after spying on women in public bathrooms

Luke Chrisco 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with sexual harassment related charges after he was caught spying on women in public restrooms, according to court proceedings in Colorado.

Now, the man has pleaded guilty in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.
As part of the plea bargain agreement, Luke Chrisco pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted unlawful sexual contact in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges of theft and one count of misdemeanor criminal invasion.

Two years ago, two women said they saw a man hiding in a tank of a portable toilet at a yoga festival in Boulder. Minutes later, other witnesses said they saw a man covered in feces emerging from the portable toilet.

Chrisco admitted that he was in the bathroom, but insisted that he was not dangerous.
"I just wanted to look and not touch,” Chrisco said.
Chrisco said that this was not his first attempt at spying on women.

"I was basically trying to drill holes insides men's bathrooms so I can see into the women's toilets," he said. "It was more of a general spiritual desire to experience the divinity of what I consider to be a powerful experience," he also said.

Chrisco told police he hid in confined spaces and bathrooms at the University of Colorado, Department of Motor Vehicles and numerous businesses in Boulder for the same reason.

Man arrested for killing son, 3, after he being seen washing blood stained clothes

Jeremy Brent Cramer 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after his son, 3, was found murdered, according to police reports in Montana.

Lacey Police said that the body of a 3-year-old boy was located in southwestern Montana and his father has been arrested after an employee of a convenience store saw him washing blood from his clothing.

Jeremy Brent Cramer, 38, of Lacey was charged Tuesday with murder and ordered held on $250,000 bail during his first court appearance in Montana.

Cramer, who is the child's father, was arrested Monday night after an officer reported that a man in a convenience store, saw him in the bathroom trying to wash the blood from his body and clothing.

A statement from the Montana Department of Justice said that the man was involved a custody dispute.
A family friend said that Cramer asked his wife Natalie if she wanted to go for a walk this morning, and she refused. So he took the child.

"He took his son with him all the time on trips and was seen with him a lot," neighbor Ed West said.
However, the mother called police in Tacoma after her husband was not answering cell phone calls and text messages. She also said that her fuel card was used in Moses Lake earlier in the day.

However, the mother told police she did not think the boy was in danger, so no Amber Alert was issued.
Montana police arrested Cramer Monday night after being contacted by the employee of the convenience store.
Cramer’s vehicle was found 5 miles southeast of Anaconda at dawn Tuesday morning. The child's body was found nearby.


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