Man arrested for killing cross dressing prostitute after discovering she was really a man

Charles Sargent 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he killed a prostitute, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Police said that a man was arrested for the murder of a transvestite prostitute and dumping body parts in a vacant lot.

Charles Sargent, 43, thought he had sex with a female prostitute and allegedly grew angry after he learned that she was actually a man.

Sargent used an ax and a screwdriver to kill and dismember the unidentified victim, authorities said.
His girlfriend said he confessed to the murder when she came home unexpectedly to find him dragging what looked like a body wrapped in sheets.

"You are next. You and your children, if you scream," he told his girlfriend.
Despite the threats, the woman alerted police, who took Sargent into custody. Once in custody, the man admitted to the charges.

The body parts of the dead prostitute were discovered in a vacant lot in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city.
"We have an individual in custody now. It was he who told us where we could find the body," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "It's a huge vacant lot with weeds that are 3 to 4 feet high. The body was dismembered, and several parts were found in different places," he said.

Sargent was charged with murder, possession of a weapon, abuse of a corpse and making terroristic threats.
The man has been previously charged with rape and aggravated assault.

California mother arrested after restricting her 10-year-old son with padlock

Irma Navarro 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested and charged with child abuse related charges after she was busted for placing her child in a padlock, according to police reports in California.

Santa Ana Police said that a 37-year-old mother of three children of California was arrested after her 10-year-old son was found with a chain wrapped several times around his ankles and secured with a padlock.

Authorities were called to the apartment complex Thursday after two women saw the boy, who previously had run away from home, crying and leaning against a tree. The women observed steel chains on the boy’s legs, and he told the women: "My mom did this."
Once the police removed the chain with bolt cutters, they noticed bruising and redness around the ankles of the child.

His mother, Irma Navarro, has three children, police said, and the oldest was in school, while a young boy was left with a babysitter. However, Navarro, a housekeeper, said she could not afford a nanny for two of her children, and was having discipline problems with her middle child. Police said that the 10-year-old has a history of being rebellious, and his mother was concerned that he might get into trouble while she was at work.

"She basically left him in his underwear with a chain around his feet. She took the key to the lock with her, but she did leave him with food. She also left him with games to play," Santa Ana police officer Anthony Bertagna said.
Narvarro said she did not want her son to get "caught up with the wrong group of kids," according to a statement.

"Basically, it was a last resort to try to get control of her child. Unfortunately, it is not the right method," Bertagna said.
The three children were placed in protective custody of social services, and Narvarro was booked on intentional cruelty to a child charges. She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Jews in Scotland voice concern of rise in anti-Muslim incidents

Anti Muslim protest illustration 
By: David Ross

Jewish organizations in Scotland have recently voiced their concern about an increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the country over the past few months.

Anti-Muslim incidents have been increasing in the region since the tragic death of a soldier Lee Rigby.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of killing Rigby in Woolwich, on May 22 and they will be tried for murder later in the year.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, or SCoJeC, said it was "deeply concerned" by a reported increase in anti-Muslim sentiment and promised to "stand with the Muslim community".

Ephraim Borowski, SCoJeC director, said: "Scotland's Jewish community is deeply concerned about the growing number of hate crimes against Muslims since the death of Drummer Rigby.”

He added: "According to a recent U.K. parliamentary report, there have been over 240 reported incidents against Muslims, especially verbal abuse, much of it on the Internet, but also attacks on people, arson, and even two explosive devices found outside mosques. As the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has indicated, hate crimes not only affect its immediate victims, but to all those who share the identity of the group. Therefore we stand with the Muslim community and we condemn the irrational hatred that keeps an entire community responsible for the crimes of a small number of extremists."

SCoJeC noted the historical and contemporary experience of anti-Semitism as Jews, which gives them an idea of ​​anti-Muslim prejudice.

The statement added: "The experience of the Jewish community of anti-Semitism, in its ancient and modern forms allows us to better understand and relate to acts of hatred against Muslims in Britain today."

The Maccabiah Games: Uniting Jews from near and far

The Maccabiah games 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) The Tazpit News Agency reported that every four years, the Maccabiah Games, the world’s third largest sporting competition following the Olympics and FIFA, are held in Israel.

Also called the Jewish Olympics, the games date back to 1932, when they were first held in the then British Mandate of Palestine with 390 Jewish athletes competing from 14 different countries. This year the quadrennial sports competition is hosting 9,000 athletes from 78 countries, some of whom have traveled from the most remote Jewish communities in the world to take part in the historical competition.

Among the 78 delegations, there are 21 nations participating for the first time in the history of the Maccabiah Games, with a tennis player from Mongolia, and athletes from Nicaragua, Ecuador and Cuba. The Jewish athletes from those respective countries among others were able to compete in the faraway Jewish state thanks to two Jewish visionaries, Jeffrey Sudikoff of Los Angeles and Macabi Carasso of Israel.

According to a JTA report, Sudikoff, a venture capitalist, realized that there were a surprising number of countries where Jewish people resided that did not compete in the games after attending the 2009 Maccabiah Games. He then proposed to the Maccabi World Union, the international Jewish sports organization formed in 1921 that organizes the Maccabiah, to bring Jewish athletes to the games from countries that had never participated during the 81 years of the sports competition.

With Sudikoff funding the project called Small and Lost Communities, a 61-year-old Israeli aptly named Macabi Carasso, set out on a mission to recruit Jewish competitors.

Carasso, whose family immigrated from Salonika to Israel in 1924 and established a successful automobile-import business, traveled to 18 countries in the past two years looking for athletes.

Visiting a number of remote places in Latin America, the Caribbean, and countries of the former Yugoslavia, among others, Carasso discovered areas with tiny Jewish populations.

“What we’re looking for in these communities is not a super-athlete — someone who jumps the highest or is a tennis champion — but to create a link between these communities and the Jewish world,” Carasso told the JTA.

Indeed, the Maccabi World Union is the largest and longest running Jewish sports organization spanning over five continents, with more than 60 countries, 450 clubs, and 400,000 members worldwide. As a Zionist organization, the primary goal is to utilize sports as a means to bring Jewish people of all ages closer to Judaism and Israel according to the organization’s website. Its signature event, the Maccabiah Games, highlights the organization’s message of unity and continuity.

That message was certainly highlighted for the 55-member delegation from Cuba, as noted in an article by the New York Times. Although Cuba has no diplomatic relations with Israel, the official delegation of Jewish athletes and coaches were able to visit because of recently relaxed travel restrictions for large groups departing from Havana according to the Times.

There are approximately 1,500 Jews living in Cuba and hundreds have immigrated to Israel in the last few years. The Gonzalez siblings are from Cienfuegos on the Cuban coast, a city of 150,000 whose Jewish population in is 25 people. Rafael, 24 and his sister, Roxana, 25, are competing in archery.

Others like Andrew Szabo of the West African nation Guinea-Bissau, one of two delegations representing Africa in this year’s Maccabiah, sees the games as an ideal way to unite Jews across the world. “I think the Maccabiah is the ultimate form of Jewish unity,” he told the Times. “It’s not a cutthroat competition, but about getting together, the camaraderie.”

E.U. directive against Israeli settlements is legally flawed legal forum claims

Israeli settlement illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

The Tazpit News Agency reported that this past week the European Union issued a directive banning its members from cooperating with Israeli entities operating beyond the "Green Line" in Judea and Samaria.

The directive, which will come into effect in 2014, adds a territorial clause to agreements between EU members and Israel, and effectively bans settlements, colleges, universities and research institutions in Judea and Samaria from cooperation with European countries, especially in the economic sphere.

The Legal Forum for Israel's International Action Division, headed Alan Baker, a former legal adviser to Israel's Foreign Ministry and Israel's former Ambassador to Canada, has prepared a response to this problematic directive in the form of a letter to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and other EU officials and foreign Ministers.

In the letter, the Legal Forum protests the EU's legally flawed and incorrect assumptions regarding both the legality of communities in Judea and Samaria and the status of the pre-1967 Armistice lines as Israel's border, as well as the complete flaunting by the EU of the rights of Israel and the Jewish People in the area.

The letter has already received support from lawyers and legal experts in Israel as well as in the United States, Canada and Europe, most notably from former Minister of Justice Yaakov Nee'man.

The Legal From posits that the long-held view of the EU as to the illegality of Israel's communities in Judea and Samaria is a misreading of the relevant provisions of International Law, and specifically Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is neither relevant to the unique circumstances of Israel's status in the area, nor was it ever applicable, or intended to apply to Israel's circumstances in Judea and Samaria.

Mr. Baker stated that the publication of guidelines by the European Commission is the culmination of a concerted policy initiative led by Ashton, directed against Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria to press the Israeli government into making territorial and political concessions. "This unprecedented and hostile EU fixation with Israel and its settlements is based on a series of long-standing and deliberately misleading and flawed legal and political assumptions regarding the illegality of Israel’s settlements and the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel’s border", he told Tazpit News Agency.

Nachi Eyal, Director of the Legal Forum for Israel, told Tazpit News Agency: "I was pleasantly satisfied by the international rallying to this important statement. The letter has caused an international resonance, as the response should have."

"The position taken by the EU and the action presently being taken pursuant to its directive, regarding Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria, is, in our view, incompatible with the EU’s standing as a member of the international Quartet, and serves to neutralize any pretentions it might have to serve a useful function in the negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians.

"Frankly, the EU cannot, in all sincerity, presume to come with clean hands and claim to be an impartial element in the negotiating process. The EU has taken sides and as such, in its actions against Israel, it is undermining the negotiating process. The position and actions of the EU against Israel are all the more unfortunate and regrettable in light of the tragic Jewish history in Europe, which cannot be ignored or forgotten. One might have expected that realization of this factor would guide the wisdom and logic of the actions of the EU," the letter concludes.

Mother posts Craigslist advertisement looking for woman to take virginity of her son, 18,

Mother’s Craigslist advertisement 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A mother became the target of many jokes after she tried hooking her son up on a date through Craigslist.

The woman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who claims that her son is socially awkward, was looking to hook him up with a stranger before he goes off to university.

Is he the ultimate mama’s boy or is she just the world’s most overprotective mother? Either way, its time to cut the cord.

The Craigslist advertisement began with the words: "This is going to sound strange," and she was right, it was so strange that it got media attention. It was eventually flagged and removed by Craigslist.

The advertisement title was: "Looking for a sugar baby for my son". The mother went on to explain that she is looking for someone to give her son a good time and take the virginity of her 18-year-old son before he goes off to Harvard University.

The mother was looking for a girl, 19 or 20-years-old, to take her son out to a concert and give him a good time. “He is very handsome and very fit, but he never had a girlfriend, I know he is a virgin. I want to find a cute girl to date him and turn him from high school nerd to cool college kid,” she wrote.

The mother also described how she wanted the date to go. She apparently had his life all figured out. She wanted to buy 4 concert tickets, two for her son “who will take along a male friend since he does not have the guts to ask a girl out,” she explained, and two tickets for a girl and her friend.

“You and your friend will sit next to him, then, you spring into action, start talking to him during the concert, ask him out and ditch your friend. Then, you seduce him and take his virginity. You will keep dating him until he goes to college so he has the confidence to date girls once he is in college,” the advertisement read.

In exchange for dating her son, the woman offered: "In return I'll make your financial issues disappear."

Man releases video showing blond woman repeatedly pooping on his property

Dog cleans poop from street illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man is outraged after a young woman chose his house as her personal bathroom.

The New Mexico man is trying to discover the identity of the blond woman, who has pooped next to his house on at least four occasions.

The man, who goes by the name Bobby of Albuquerque, has been the victim of the stinky mess. The first time he found poop near his house was on Easter Sunday and the latest incident occurred this weekend.
After initially discovering the fecal matter near his house, the man thought that a homeless person was responsible, but when it happened a second time, he realized that he was wrong.

When he reviewed a video surveillance camera nearby, he was surprised to see that it was not some old homeless person with no other place to do the deed, rather, it was a woman, who was jogging in his neighborhood.
She was seen entering an alley next to his house, running to the wall, pull down her shorts and relieve herself. After she was done, she went on with her jogging.

Instead of going to the police, the man went to the media for help. He hopes that the female jog-pooper will see herself in the media and will stop doing it before she gets caught.

Police said that if the woman is caught, she can face a misdemeanor charge for public nuisance or disorderly conduct.
"If it happens again, I will run out there and hose her down,” he said.

Wealthy man builds 150-foot aquarium fence on his property

Aquarium fence  
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A wealthy man has built a beautiful mansion and surrounded it with a massive tank holding different fish.

Mehmet Ali Gokceoglu of Turkey, who is a businessman, built the house of his dreams and he has also created an oasis around his house. The man built an impressive 150-foot aquarium.

Replacing an old fence in front of his property in the coastal town of Cesme, the eccentric structural engineer spent thousands of dollars creating the stunning aqua-fence.

The property is located a few feet from the shores of the Aegean Sea. It has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city, as many tourists want to see the aquarium for themselves.
More than 1,000 fish now live in the man-made wonder including eel and octopus.

The hardest part of building the structure was linking the aquarium to the Aegean Sea. This link was accomplished through a 400-foot long pipe buried under the sand, so that the water could be changed continuously to maintain a clean aquarium and keep its inhabitants happy.

To accomplish this, Gokceoglu hired a private team of divers to carry out the task. The project ended up costing him approximately $21,000.

The owner has reportedly set up more than 17 security cameras with facial recognition technology outside his house to make sure no one damages the fence or tries to enter the property.

Bride and groom arrested during wedding ceremony for having sex under a tree

Saint Ramirez and Miaya Smith 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A Bride and groom were arrested during their wedding ceremony, which was held at a public park.

The newlywed couple of Nebraska was so eager to consummate their marriage on Tuesday, that they slipped away from their friends and family and did the deed under a tree.

However, the risky romp quickly ended when a police officer arrived and arrested the groom, Saint Ramirez, 23, and his bride, Miaya Smith, 31.

The officer noted in the arrest report that three teenagers alerted them to the actions of the groom and bride. The actions took place under a pine tree about 30 feet from a playground in Gering, Nebraska. Officials said it was still before dark and a number of children were playing in the area. Swimmers in a nearby pool were also able to witness the romp.

The officer saw the pair under the pine tree and headed towards them in his patrol car. Despite parking his car near the couple, they ignored his presence and kept going at it. The officer allegedly had to ask them twice to stop what they were doing before they finally obeyed.

As they were getting dressed, the couple laughed and told the officer that they were having sex because they just became a married couple.

The bride also revealed that her 5-year-old daughter was at the celebration and was being looked after by family and friends, who were nearby.

The officer reportedly told her that the child should remain in the care of a friend, while she was handcuffed and taken to jail with her new husband.

The wedding ceremony, which was held in the Oregon Trail Park just before their arrest, was recorded and posted on Facebook.
There were apparently about two dozen of their friends and relatives at the wedding celebration.
Both Ramirez and Smith, pleaded guilty to public indecency. They will now spend the first 30 days of their marriage behind bars.

Wisconsin man builds life-size working Tonka truck

Eva Fett  
By: Brad Doane shows off his Tonka truck

(Scroll down for video) A man built an impressive life-size version of his favorite childhood Tonka truck.

As a young child, Brad Doane, like many other children, collected many Tonka trucks and cars, and he wanted to replicate one of the trucks into a real working vehicle.

Doane, 40, is finally living his childhood dream of driving a Tonka truck. Doane is a tow truck driver, who works for his family business called Irvington Garage Towing in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Doane has spent a year converting a pickup truck into an exact replica of the 1969 Mighty Tonka Tow Truck.

Having grown up in the garage of his family’s towing business, Brad knew a thing or two about building cars. He was inspired by the Tonka tow truck and decided to put his plan into action.

He took an old Chevy pickup, which he bought for $700, and spent an entire year cutting, bending and welding the steel, in order to make it into a Mighty Tonka Wrecker. The truck is 12 times its original size.

The white body of the vehicle is identical to the classic toy, from the cabin to the hand-crank-operated towing arms.
He registered the vehicle and he can now legally drive it. Doane said that the fully functional Tonka truck turns heads wherever he goes.

Doane plans to show off his 16-foot long, 10-foot high Tonka truck at the Spirit of the Lakes parade in Mound, Minnesota, the place where the legendary Tonka toy company was founded.

Since the 1980s, the metal Tonka trucks are sold worldwide and they earned the reputation of being strong and everlasting. The metal toys were gradually replaced with plastic.

New machine turns sweat into drinking water

The sweat machine in action 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Are you in desperate need of some water? Now, you can turn your sweat into delicious drinking water.
A group of Swedes decided to build a machine that takes the sweat from gym clothes and turns it into drinking water.

Stefan Ronge, creative director at Deportivo, an advertising agency that supported the project together with UNICEF, said the idea of the invention was to highlight the shortage of fresh water in some regions of the world.

Countries like Sweden have plenty of fresh water per person and the infrastructure is there to deliver it to the people, but in many parts of Africa and Asia, that is not the case. UNICEF and Deportivo are showing off the machine this week at the Gotha Cup, a youth soccer tournament. Players will receive a cup of water after they turn in their sweaty clothes.

Called “The Sweat Machine”, and built by engineer Andreas Hammar, the high-tech component in the filter was developed at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

To remove water from sweat, which is 99 percent water itself, the group put sweaty clothes in a dryer. The dryer then spins and squeezes the sweat out of the clothes. The sweat gets heated, exposed to UV light and pushed through high technology filters in order to remove salts and bacteria. The water then passes through a coffee filter in order to remove fibers. The result: distilled water.

It takes a full load of sweaty shirts to make a pint of water. The group said that 500 people have already tried it out.
Ronge said the idea came from NASA. Long space travel requires recycling everything including urine and sweat.

Leaving aside the ick factor, the water seems to taste good.
"One person, who had a taste, said it was sweet," Ronge said.

Man jailed for killing his friend after spilling beer in his car

Stephen Rozier Jr. 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he killed his friend when a fight broke out over beer that spilled inside his car, according to court proceedings in Missouri.

St. Louis Police said that it all began when an argument broke out over spilled beer and ended in the death of a Missouri man, 29, and the imprisonment of his 34-year-old friend.

Held without bail for murder is Stephen Rozier Jr. of St. Louis. The victim has been identified as Rozier's friend, Mario Shackelford.

According to St. Louis police, the two men, along with a third unidentified man, were traveling in a car, drinking alcohol before midnight on Thursday. While traveling near the intersection of Seventh and Market Street, Rozier allegedly spilled his beer inside the vehicle, prompting an argument.

The argument allegedly escalated into a fight, which led to Rozier pulling a gun and firing several shots into the chest of Shackelford. After the shooting, Rozier tried to flee the scene, but was chased by the other individual, who was traveling in the vehicle.

Police said Rozier attempted to shoot his other friend, but the gun malfunctioned. A struggle ensued, and the man was able to subdue Rozier. A witness safeguarded the gun in the trunk of a vehicle until police arrived.

Shackelford was pronounced dead at the scene. Rozier was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a head injury. The third man, identified only as a 27-year-old, was treated at the scene for minor cuts and abrasions.

Rozier has been charged with second-degree murder, first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Rozier has previous drug and weapons convictions.

Florida man bites off piece of officer’s arm after gun malfunctions

Akil Asim Horsford 
By: Shifra Unger

A police officer was left in terrible pain after a suspect bit off a piece of his arm during a traffic stop, according to police reports in Florida.

Orlando Police said that a fight began almost as soon as a police officer stopped a car with faulty lights.
During the fight, Akil Asim Horsford’s weapon malfunctioned, so he decided to take a bite out of an officer's arm.

Horsford, 23, began arguing when officers ordered him to come out of his car parked at Pershing Pointe Apartments after they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car on Wednesday night, according to a police report.
Horsford, police said, pulled a gun, pointed it at an officer and pulled the trigger. Luckily for the officer, the gun malfunctioned.

That is when a physical altercation began, and at some point, Horsford bit the police officer.
Finally, the police detained the man and charged him with a number of crimes, including attempted murder of a police officer.
He's a former convict, who served time for armed robbery, aggravated assault and sexually abusing a teenager under 16 years of age.

The traffic stop occurred shortly before 11:00 pm and quickly became a fight with Horsford attacking Brian Wood, police said.
"The defendant rolled onto his back, pointed a black handgun at officer Wood and pulled the trigger," the arrest report states. "However, the gun did not work," it continues.

The officer tried to pull his own gun. That is when Horsford bit off a piece of his forearm.
The police charged Horsford with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer with a firearm, aggravated assault against a police officer and aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm.

He was also charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a concealed firearm, two counts of resisting an officer of the law without violence and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.

Florida sheriff punished for bringing Skittles and tea to work

Chris Wood 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Florida police officer was punished after he brought some Skittles and tea to work, according to a statement released by Florida Police.

A senior Brevard County sheriff faces a reprimand for his handling of the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin incident.

Corporal Chris Wood told his supervisors that he was trying to send a message when he brought Arizona iced tea and a bag of Skittles to the Brevard County Jail on Saturday morning.

He told the supervisors that he was trying to send a message about professionalism, but the message was lost in translation.
In the 10 years with the Sheriff's Office, Wood has never had any disciplinary action taken against him until this incident.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said Wood made ​​a bad choice, but otherwise has been a stellar employee.
These two items were focal points in the trial of Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted for the murder of 17-year-old Martin.

"His delivery of that message was completely insensitive not only to the people in the room, but to our community and our society. That is what encouraged us to act," Ivey said.

Wood faces a written reprimand. Ivey said he has already met with supervisors about the items he brought to the jail and apologized.

"He is going to attend a sensitivity training and move on," Ivey said.
Ivey said Wood decision reflected poorly on the sheriff department, and said he wants everyone to learn from his mistakes.

Man arrested after beating himself up in order to get his neighbor jailed

Man punching himself illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was arrested and charged with filing a false police report related charges after he beat himself up and then called police to pin the attack on his neighbor, according to police reports in Alaska.

Alaska Police said that in an attempt to imprison his neighbor, a man in Fairbanks beat himself up and called authorities on Sunday night.

A call came in to the Alaska State Police at 8:00 pm on Sunday night to report an assault. The call was made by a 50-year-old man living in Fairbanks. The man was identified by police as Tony Gesin. The man reported that he had been assaulted by his neighbor.
When police officers arrived at his home, he gave the same story he told the police dispatcher.

After an extensive investigation and interviews, Gesin finally admitted that he had beaten himself in the face several times and then called the authorities in an attempt to frame his neighbor so he would be jailed for assault.
State Police then arrested Gesin for filing a false police report. No charges were filed against the neighbor, police said.

New York Senator Charles Schumer complains about rats invading his Washington apartment

Inside Charles Schumer's house in Washington 
By: Eva Fett

Rats do not know that they need to keep away from Senator Charles Schumer, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat, New York, confirmed today that a rat has infiltrated his Washington group home he shares with Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat, Illinois.

Officials said that immediately following the complaint of Schumer, mouse traps were set around the house, owned by Representative George Miller, Democrat, California, in an attempt to catch the rat. Senator Schumer was also is heard talking on his cellphone about exterminators.

Schumer issued a statement confirming the presence of rodents in the house.

"Durbin and I are united in our hopes that the rat is dead, but if not, I hope that the rat is on the top floor while he hopes it is on the ground floor," Schumer, who supposedly lives on the ground floor, said.

Man dies shortly after winning beer drinking contest

Beer illustration 
By: Moses Gold

A man has died shortly after being declared the winner of a beer winning contest, according to hospital officials in Spain.

Joaquin Alcaraz Gracia entered a beer drinking contest in Spain on Wednesday, and after reportedly drinking six liters of beer within 20 minutes, he won the first prize. The contest was part of the annual drinking festival.

However, shortly after the contest, Gracia began vomiting and did not stop.
People on the scene believed he suffered from alcohol poisoning and contacted emergency services. When medical personnel arrived, Gracia was already in cardiac arrest. The 45-year-old died shortly after his arrival at a hospital.

Murcia Mayor Jose Manuel Gracia said that according to an initial investigation, the winner had only consumed two to three liters during the contest, much less than previously reported.

Although alcohol seems to have been a contributing factor of Gracia’s death, authorities have not yet released a specific cause.
The annual drinking festival that took place in the Gea y Truyols district of Murcia, has been held for over 15 years. For the competition, contestants need to drink as much beer as possible within 20 minutes.

In light of the tragedy, the festival organizers have announced that the annual event will be canceled.