Palestinians demand Israel be expelled from international football federation

Arab football players 
By: Sarah Weiss

The Palestinians demanded from the international football federation that they expel Israel, according to a statement released by The Palestinian Football Association.

The Palestinian Football Association, also known as PFA on Thursday urged FIFA to expel Israel from the international federation because the country refused to allow teams of young Arabs into the Palestinian territories.

"We asked FIFA for a red card since the yellow card has been raised for a long time now with no results," PFA chief Jibril al-Rujub announced in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"We demand the red card in order to take away the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation and we will not accept any compromise," al-Rujub said.

Al-Rujub said Israel had denied the representatives of the West Asian Football Federation, also known as WAFF, which includes 12 Arabs of the national football associations access into the Palestinian territories to play in WAFF Women's Under-17 Championship, which was to begin Thursday.

Three directors of the Jordan Football Union, two representatives of the United Arab Emirates and 13 Iraqi officials and players were denied entry, he said.

Al-Rujub said it was contacting WAFF FIFA and the UEFA European football federation, in which Israel also belongs to in order to pressure Israel to issue the necessary permits for the tournament to go ahead.
Israel was due to supply all by Sunday.

UEFA will issue a statement on the matter within 48 hours.
The Palestinian territories are also due to host the WAFF Under-21 World Youth Championship the first week of October.

Star of David shaped circle spotted in British crop field

Star of David circle 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A beautiful Star of David was spotted carved into a crop field in the United Kingdom, according to a report in the Algemeiner and video uploaded to the internet.

The circle in the crop field that appears to be in the shape of the Star of David was spotted this week in Hackpen Hill, near Broad Hinton, in Wiltshire, U.K.

Photos of the Star of David were published on the crop circle connector website, and speculation about what the star signals was running wild on social networks.

The symbol, dating back to King David, has been used for centuries as a symbol for Jews and currently adorns the flag of Israel.

A crop circle is a significant pattern created by the flattening of a crop. The scientific consensus is that most or all crop circles are man-made. Star of David as crop circles have been discovered several times in the past.

New Google Glass app ‘JewGlass’ helps Jews get to synagogue on time, find kosher food

JewGlass app 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) There is a new application out there for the Google Glasses that helps Jews get to synagogue on time for prayers and also helps them locate kosher food.

JewGlass tells users when Shabbat starts and ends. The app also helps those on foot or car get to a nearby synagogue and can also display prayers if there is no book of prayer available.

The application, released this week, is also able to scan the menus and Hebrew religious texts, and display them on the Google crystal display or read it aloud.

"JewGlass can help you remember things like prayer time frames, where to find kosher restaurants, what to say and what not to say while praying in the synagogue, and Shabbat start and end times. This is just the beginning, the practical applications are endless," Rusty Brick CEO Barry Schwartz said.

"There is a way to bring people to Judaism, but there is a way to help people, who are already connected to Judaism, to make their life more efficient," he also said.

RustyBrick was founded by brothers Barry and Ronnie Schwartz and the company has about 30 applications targeting the Jewish market.

It already offers an iPhone Siddur prayer-book and a No Chametz app, which helps users get rid of all their leavened bread before Passover.

People who want to refresh their Hebrew can use an application, while there are also functions to guide users through the evening prayer or help young boys prepare for their Bar Mitzvah.

Catholic raised Polish Jews visit Israel after discovering their Jewish roots

Group of Polish Jews at the Western Wall 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A group of Catholic raised Jews visited Israel in order to reconnect with their Jewish roots.

The group arrived in Jerusalem on Wednesday, a Jewish organization that helps estranged Jews reconnect with their roots said in a statement.

The 16 member group aged between 18 and 35-years-old, attended a seminar organized by Shavei Israel, which connects diaspora Jews to Israel. They will travel through Israel, visit Masada and the Dead Sea during the trip. The group is being accompanied by Polish-speaking rabbis and educators, in order to help the group better connect with the Jewish state.

"Since the fall of Communism, an increasing number of Polish people have tried to claim and affirm their Jewish identity. We need to help them in any way we can," Shavei Israel chairman Michael Freund said.

There are approximately 4,000 Jews registered as living in Poland, but according to the organization, there may be tens of thousands of Polish citizens, who are hiding their Jewishness or are unaware of their Jewish identity.

Downplaying the Hamas faction a critical mistake in peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a recent meeting 
By: Anav Silverman

Israel has resumed peace talks with the Palestinian of the West Bank while ignoring the Hamas faction in the Gaza strip, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

Before Israel released 26 Palestinian security prisoners on Tuesday night, Hamas held a press conference the previous evening where it reiterated the movement's blatant rejection of the current Washington-led peace negotiations.

At a Gaza press conference, on Monday August 12, the movement declared that Mahmoud Abbas and his team of negotiators "do not have the right to give up any part of the land of Palestine or any of the people's rights."

According to Hamas's military wing website, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the movement emphasized that the Palestinian people must unite together against the political move. Hamas called the current peace negotiations "futile" and called for active resistance "until the liberation of Palestine, the return of all refugees, the release of all captives and the liberation of Jerusalem."

Further, Hamas described the current negotiations as a cover and called on the Arab League and Arab and Islamic countries across the Middle East to "lift the cover on this negotiating process, amid the Palestinian Authority serious and continued concessions."

The Hamas terrorist group, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, rules over 1.8 million Palestinians living in Gaza.
While Hamas’s words do not play into the kind of peace language that Washington seeks to frame with the renewed talks, does Hamas’s response carry weight as an outside player? Western analysts and Washington peace negotiators prefer to think not.

Western analysts currently say that the Hamas government is growing weaker in light of financial troubles and the Egyptian coup that removed Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, a strong backer of Hamas both financially and politically. According to analyst Jonathan Schanzer in a CNN report, while Hamas still appears to have the backing of Qatar and Turkey, it seems to have “buckled at the knees” following the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Even Hamas officials have admitted that recent events have been taking a toll.
A senior official in the Hamas foreign ministry, Ghazi Hamad described the Gaza Strip as a “big prison as a result of the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing by the Egyptian authorities since June 30,” recently reported by Khaed Abu Tomeh in a Gatestone Institute report.

Since Morsi’s fall, Hamad also added that the number of Palestinian travelers at the Rafah terminal has dropped from 1,200 to 200 per day and that only very few foreign delegations have been allowed to visit Gaza. The Egyptian army has also put more effort into blocking the Hamas underground tunnel smuggling industry that connects Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to Gaza.
But others still point out that while Washington may choose to ignore Hamas during the current peace talks, Gaza’s rulers cannot be overlooked.

“Hamas is the biggest elephant in the room…an elephant in the room that neither Israel nor the United States or even Abbas would like to come to terms with,” Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics recently said in a Politico report about the movement.

No matter what political analysts, negotiators and academics have to say about Hamas, Hamas has had plenty to say about the peace talks, with the movement making it very clear where it stands on Israel, John Kerry, and Abbas with press conferences and frequent statements to the press.

Earlier on July 20, Hamas's spokesman Sami Abu Zhuri told AFP that "Hamas rejects Kerry's announcement of a return to talks and considers the Palestinian Authority's return to negotiations with the occupation to be at odds with the national consensus."
Hamas official, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, told the Hamas daily Al-Resalah on Tuesday that Hamas should act to isolate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and strip him of any representative capacity over his decision to negotiate with Israel, according to the Times of Israel.

“The PA has dealt the final blow to reconciliation talks, and Hamas will never accept the negotiation track and its result,” said Al-Zahar. “We refuse to swap Palestinian principles for politicized money.”

And Hamas will do everything to ensure that Palestinians in Gaza follow suit, with its new Facebook and social media measures monitoring any potential anti-Hamas activism, which include planned protests and hostile opinions from activists and journalists. In addition, public executions and hangings that take place in Gaza despite international objections from human rights groups like Amnesty International, continue to instill fear into the local populace.

With Iran seeming to move into Hamas’s backyard again, the movement’s fundamentalist ideology, actions and verbiage, ignored by many at the negotiating table, do have significant meaning, at the very least, to its Israeli neighbors on the other side of Gaza. That Hamas controls the densely populated Gaza Strip is in itself a concrete question mark for the kind of peace that Washington seeks to implement between the Palestinians and Israel.

First Novel Ever by a Baghdadi Jew from India About Her Community

The Man with Many Hats book cover 
By: Navras Jaat Aafreedi

A few months ago saw the release of the only work of fiction by a member of the Baghdadi Jewish community of Kolkata. The Jewish community of Kolkata was the last of the Jewish communities to settle in India and the first to leave it, but during their stay the Baghdadis made significant contributions to its cultural and commercial life.

The novel The Man with Many Hats, written by Jael Silliman, becomes even more significant as “definitions of who is and who is not an Indian are being increasingly politicized, the identities of place are being essentialized and secular forces are increasingly challenged. In this political context, minority narratives such as this one have an essentially important place.

They resist efforts to seek to communalize India’s past and present and contrast sharply with contemporary histories in India today that are being rewritten to serve communal politics,” as Silliman wrote in her book Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women’s Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope (2001), while working as a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Iowa.

In Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames, Jael explored in clear-eyed non-fiction the history of three generations of her Jewish female ancestors in Calcutta. The Man with Many Hats covers similar ground fictionally, mainly through the eyes of her protagonist Rachel. The novel offers an in-depth insight into Jewish and Bengali customs, a tangible tour of Calcutta in all its glory and an evocation of what, in non-fiction, might be called "cross-cultural exchanges,” as Shashi Tharoor points out in his foreword to the novel.

Silliman is neither the only Indian Jewish novelist nor the only Indian Jewish novelist who writes in English and not even the only woman among the Indian Jewish writers. Her novel is also not the first to be based on the Baghdadi Jewish community of Kolkata, for there has been Gay Courter’s Flowers in the Blood (1990). But with this maiden novel of hers she certainly emerges as the first novelist ever from her Baghdadi Jewish community of Kolkata.

It is a valuable social document as it gives a rare glimpse into the life of the tiny community, now on the verge of extinction, in post-independence Calcutta (now called Kolkata) when it was rapidly getting even tinier as a result of the Jewish exodus from India. The book further delves into the interesting interfaith relations in cosmopolitan Calcutta, and in doing so breaks many stereotypes, like the Jews and Muslims being natural adversaries. She provides us a peek into the emotional bond that emerged between Muslims, who were traditionally employed as cooks in Baghdadi households, and their Jewish employers.

“Jael Silliman evokes an India that has all but disappeared and draws on her personal knowledge of the Jews of India to create a unique and powerful novel about the human heart,” as Chitra Divakaruni, author of Oleander Girl, Palace of Illusions points out.

It provides an insight into the sensibilities and sensitivities of the members of a minority within a minority, which happens to be the smallest religious minority of India, after they stay back in India while most of their fellow members of the community leave for other countries: “The Calcutta Jews had come to the city from Iraq and Syria when the British first came to trade in India, and had grown and prospered under the Raj.

Favoured by the British and commercially successful, many were unsure of their economic futures when India gained Independence. Since they were a tightly knit community, once a few Jews chose to leave, other family members soon followed suit. By the sixties the community had dwindled precipitously. This saddened Morris who had opted to stay – he had a thriving family business, many friends and loved his life in Calcutta. He was optimistic about India’s future and wanted to be part of the new, emerging India.

Morris resolved to be both Jewish and Indian, and quite sure he could fuse the two identities successfully.” While there has been a string of novels by Esther David on her Bene Israel community, short stories about them by Sophie Judah, and a Hindi novel each by Meera Mahadevan and Sheela Rohekar, this is the only work of fiction on the Baghdadi Jewish community from a member of the community.

The novel is dotted with interesting memories of how life used to be for Baghdadi Jews in Kolkata, which makes it so absorbing, like the replacement of French glass cylinders of perfumed water with water pistols for the festival of Simchat Torah, the legendary Nahoum’s Bakery in New Market, the use of Arabic curses like kusemek or ibn kalb, the interesting Jewish visitors from other parts of the world, “how at one time ninety per cent of the buildings on Chowringhee, the main thoroughfare” there, “were either owned by the Ezras, a Jewish dynasty, or by a Mr Aratoon, an Armenian”, “the Yael Choir that met once a week to learn and sing Jewish songs and dance the Hora”, the Jewish Girls Hostel, the Judean Club, the Hebrew lessons, the Baghdadi delicacies, viz., cheese samboosas, kuliches, baklavas, date babas, etc., the synagogues there, viz., the Maghen David, the Beth El and the Neveh Shalome, and many other.

The novel progresses as the protagonist Rachel narrates her life story and reminisces about her fluctuating relationship with her father, “knowing it would take her years to fully grasp the totality of the man with many hats who had been her father.” It could be counted among the best works of fiction exploring the complications and subtleties of a father-daughter relationship.

The author is a Researcher in Indo-Judaic Studies and a Muslim-Jewish Relations Activist, currently employed as an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India.

Detroit female police officers’ bra sizes emailed to entire police force

Measuring bra size 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A Police department is under fire after they sent police officers’ bra sizes to the entire force.

The female police officers at the Detroit Police Department were mortified when they received the email, which included their bra sizes.

The mass email was sent out in order to notify all officers that their bullet proof vests were ready. When ordering new bulletproof vests officers had to give their measurements including height, weight and bra cup size.

The mistake happened when Commander Dwayne Love sent an email to notify everyone that the vests were ready. He did not realize that on the third page of the Excel sheet was the measurements of all women.

It is an embarrassment, but it was a clerical error," Assistant Chief James White said.
Several female officers said they had been ridiculed by fellow officers because of this mistake.

The female officers with the help of the union will be filing two grievances against the department. Even if Love made an innocent mistake, the damage has already been done.

Detroit Police Department’s assistant chief James White and Commander Dwayne Love, will meet with the humiliated female officers in order to apologize and “assure them that it will never happen again.”

Man attempts to urinate out of moving police cruiser on his way to jail

Devin Langford 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man needed to urinate while being transferred to jail so he attempted to aim out of the car’s window.

Devin Langford, 32, of Florida, was arrested for driving drunk and while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car he tried to urinate out the window, but missed and showered the cruiser’s interior with urine, police said.

Langford told the officer he had to pee and asked if he can pee out the window. "I advised him to relax, but Langford then asked if it is okay to urinate out of the window. I advised him that it was not okay and that if he had to go he can go in his pants," the Indian River County officer wrote in the report.

Langford then unzipped his pants, kneeled on the seat and attempted to pee out the window. “His urine landed on the passenger side seat and floorboard of my vehicle,” the report states.
“I’m very, very, sorry that I had to pee in the back of your car,” Langford told the officer.

Langford was originally arrested for speeding when officers noticed he had "red eyes, slurred speech and a lot of empty beer cans" in his truck. He subsequently failed the field sobriety tests that were administered.
Langford was booked on a misdemeanor DUI, and was held in lieu of a $500 bond.

Four men arrested after stealing $10 sandwich from car

The four suspects 
By: John Roberts

A group of men thought that they found something valuable in a car.

They grabbed the bag and ran, but unfortunately for them the bag only contained a sandwich.

The four men were arrested in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, and are accused of stealing a bag from a parked car.

Police received a call about 5:55 pm about a man, who was seen removing a bag from a parked vehicle, Newport Beach Police spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said. The car was locked, but the window was rolled down, she said.
After grabbing the bag, the suspect immediately got into a waiting vehicle. Three other people were seen in the car.

The caller described the vehicle and gave police the car's license plate number. Officers stopped the vehicle, and recovered the stolen bag, which contained a sandwich. All four men were arrested.
The suspects were identified as Oscar Iglesias, 25, of South Gate, Daniel Godinez, 23, and Edwin Yhuit, 27, both of Cudahy, and Daniel Garcia, 28, of Chula Vista, they were all arrested on suspicion of theft and conspiracy, Manzella said.

In another incident of car theft, a boy in Russia was arrested after stealing 10 cars, and dumping some in nearby lake.
The 17-year-old admitted to stealing the 10 vehicles and then dumping some of them into a nearby lake.
The teen has been arrested and faces criminal charges after dumping some cars into the Glinka lake.

"In order to locate and recover the stolen vehicles, which were dumped into the lake, the police requested the help of the search and rescue unit from the regional Emergency Situations Ministry," a police spokesperson said. "After a brief search, divers discovered the vehicles on the bottom of the Glinka lake and brought them to shore," he said.

Police are working to assess the damage to the vehicles, the spokesperson also said.

Arizona woman rips husband's testicles apart during argument

Sylvia Yazzie 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was hospitalized and his wife was jailed after they had an argument that ended with a physical altercation and injuries.

During the argument, Sylvia Yazzie, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona, pulled her husband's testicles causing his scrotum to tear open.

Police said Yazzie and her husband were having a discussion about 4:00 am on Sunday, when the argument became heated. In a fit of rage, the wife grabbed her husband's testicles and yanked them.

According to court documents, Yazzie yanked at her husband's testicles so hard until she ripped the scrotum. The man’s scrotum began bleeding.
The couple lives together and the have three children.

Yazzie was not quite finished at this point, according to the husband, Yazzie then jumped on top of him and began choking him.
The victim told police that he felt like he was going to lose consciousness during the attack.
When questioned by police, Yazzie explained her actions by blaming alcohol. It is alleged that Yazzie is an alcoholic.

Yazzie was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault, temporary disfigurement, domestic assault and aggravated battery.
She faces two felony charges for the attack.

In another incident, a woman was arrested after stabbing her toddler in the groin over a fight with his father.
Krystal Thomas, 23, of Syracuse, New York was arrested after she allegedly stabbed the testicles of her 2-year-old son, in retaliation for an argument that she had with the child's father.

According to police, the incident began when Thomas and her boyfriend, Ron Craven, got into an in an argument that spiraled out of control. Craven decided to leave the house for a while, hoping that Thomas would calm down in his absence.
The discussion moved outdoors where Thomas allegedly got into a car and tried to run Crave over. She accidentally hit the porch and a parked car.

When Crave later returned home, he found Thomas "acting strangely" while holding a butcher knife in her hand. Craven saw that his son was bleeding profusely from the groin area. The child was taken to an area hospital where it was discovered he had been stabbed in the testicles. The child was treated for the stab wound and is expected to recover.

The mother was booked into jail and charged with felony counts of assault, attempted assault and reckless endangerment. Her bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

Married police officer allows drunk woman to walk free in exchange for punch to his groin

Punch to groin illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) In a bizarre incident, a police officer allowed a drunk driver to go free after she agreed to punch him in the groin.

People have different fetishes, which they usually keep private. Thomas Merenda reportedly gets sexual gratification by being punched in the groin.

Prosecutors said that Merenda, 35, who is a married man, a father of two children and a Lauderhill police officer, was arrested after asking a woman to punch him in the groin in exchange of letting her walk instead of arresting her for drunk driving.

The woman complied and punched Merenda in the genitals, according to the Broward State Attorney's Office. Because the officer enjoyed the punch to his groin, prosecutors said he is being charged with unlawful compensation, defined as obtaining a benefit for performing or refusing to perform public duty.

A second officer, Franklin Hartley, 32, who is also a married man and a father, is accused of having sex with the passenger, who was in the same car. According to the arrest reports, Hartley ordered the passenger to perform oral sex on him, and then had sex with her, all while threatening her with arrest if she did not comply, according to the report.

T.J. Maxx manager arrested after stealing $130,000 worth of items from his store

Cornell Poyser 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A T.J. Maxx employee was arrested and charged with theft related charges after he was caught stealing $130,000 worth of merchandise from the store he worked at, according to police reports in New York.

New York Police said that the man stole the items in order to sell the stuff at his own store in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn prosecutors showed off the stolen stash on Wednesday after they arrested against a T.J. Maxx sticky fingered manager accused of selling high-end products that he stole from the outlet at rock bottom prices.

A surveillance video at T.J. Maxx captured Cornell Poyser, 40, throwing bags of merchandise into his vehicle at a loading dock in Long Island. The ill-gotten goods were resold in a store that Poyser opened in Flatbush.

A large table held some of the goods that were found in the shop, called Stefani Boutique. The items included Michael Kors items, Ralph Lauren polo shirts, Juicy Couture Perfume and much more, all apparently from T.J. Maxx.

"This is one of the most daring crimes I have investigated," prosecutor Joseph DiBenedetto said. "Very brave," he said.
Poyser was charged on Wednesday with grand larceny and other charges. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. He owned the Brooklyn store for a year, about the same time he worked at the T.J. Maxx store in Oceanside, prosecutors said.

Old customers of his store in Brooklyn said that designer dresses that usually go for $90 were sold for as little as $10.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said that opening a small business involves a lot of time and money, but the defendant found a creative, but illegal way to avoid that.

Woman who refused abortion gives birth to baby weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, child survives

Esme Poulsom after birth 
By: Debbi Gross

Little Esme Poulsom is a miracle baby, who survived and is doing good, despite the fact that doctors gave her a 1 percent chance of survival.

The baby was born weighing 1 pound and 6 ounces. She was so small she fit into her mother's palm.

Kirsty Barrett, 24, of United Kingdom, went into labor at just 19 weeks into her pregnancy and her water broke four days later.

Staff members at the Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, Wales, told the mother that she either might miscarry or she will give birth within 48 hours, but that did not happen.

After her water broke, doctors advised Kirsty and her partner, Gareth Poulsom, to choose an abortion as the baby had no chance of surviving without water and the baby will not develop normally.
The couple refused to have an abortion and Barrett was discharged from the hospital. She still had contractions and was on bed rest at home.

When Barrett got to 23 weeks into her pregnancy she was told by the hospital that they were not going to give her steroids because they felt she would miscarry. “It felt like they had given up,” Barrett said.
Many times, if a woman is in labor between 24 weeks and 34 weeks of pregnancy, the doctors will give steroid injections to help the baby's lungs mature.

Barrett contacted the Royal Gwent Hospital, and they agreed to care for the woman and her unborn child. They gave her the steroid injection.
"Looking back, I cannot believe that two hospitals in the same area can have a different approach," Barrett said.

"They did not think Esme would survive because she had been without water for five weeks. They thought she would be stillborn, but instead she cried right after she was born. They could not believe it," she added.
Esme stopped breathing twice. Her parents had to resurrect her and the child was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff.

One of the baby's lungs had collapsed. The parents were told to expect the worst, but their daughter with her fighting spirit pulled through and was allowed to return home.

The baby, who is now eight-months-old, is adorable and healthy. The couple is happy with their decision to keep their daughter rather than abort her. Baby Esme joined her two-year-old sister Ava Poulsom.

Couple finds mummified cat during house renovation

Melanie Bruce holding mummified cat 
By: Moses Gold

While doing renovations to old houses, people have found many old and unique things.

Some have even found money that were hidden by previous owners.

Now, a couple has found a mummified cat while renovating their family home.
Melanie and Ian Bruce found the animal under floorboards near the entrance of the house in South Shields, United Kingdom. The couple said they believe the animal could have been there since Victorian times.

They named the unfortunate feline ‘Tutan-cat-mun’. The couple plans to keep the cat in a glass display case, so that people can see it when they visit. “Whenever anyone comes to the house they are mesmerized by the cat, it’s lovely,” Bruce said.

The mother of two, Bruce, 38, believes that the cat may have been mummified by one of the previous owners, who wanted to ward off evil spirits, she now believes that the mummified animal brings good luck.

“Everyone says that the house has a lovely atmosphere. I think Tutan-cat-mun is partly responsible for that,” she said.
The cat is very well-preserved, its tail, claws, teeth, whiskers are all in excellent shape.

"If we sell this property, we would not take it with us. It has been here bringing luck to this home for all these years and we do not want to change that," Bruce said.

TV sports reporter seen on video suddenly falling down during live television report

Nick Collins moment before falling 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Television viewers were shaken up when they suddenly saw their favorite sports reporter falling off screen, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Sky Sports News reporter Nick Collins suddenly fell off screen while reporting live from Wembley yesterday.
Collins, speaking before the Scotland versus England soccer match, suddenly disappeared out of the picture with a loud noise.
He had apparently been standing on a ladder before his fall.

"Now that's the kind of thing you hope never happens on live television," Jim White said coldly when Sky Sports News cut back to him in the studio.

"But obviously it happened to Nick. We are going back to Wembley as soon as Nick Collins will say he is well and fit to convey. Stay with us," White said.

This was not the first time a news reporter was stopped during a live report. As we reported earlier, a television weather girl just freaked out during her live weather report after a large spider appeared on-screen, and it was all caught on video, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The weather girl, who had the shock of her life, was seen running off-screen after the huge spider started crawling towards her during the live weather broadcast.

Meteorologist Kristi Gordon got scared after the giant bug appeared over her head.
The camera crew explained that the spider appeared on the screen after crawling into the camera. The spider caused Kristi to scamper off-screen, saying: “Oh my God, that was creepy.”

She tried to calm down, but when she saw the spider for a second time, she screamed and ran backstage, much to the amusement of her colleagues.

When the newscasters told her that the spider was not actually in the room, she said she knew, but “it really creeped me out.”

Man overjoyed after being reunited with cap he lost 50 years ago

Neil Dyson wearing his cap 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man is extremely happy after he was reunited with his beloved cap he lost 50 years ago.

The man lost his cap in the Greater Manchester theater about 50 years ago, but it was found during renovation.

The hat was found along with cigarette packs and candy wrappers during work at the Stockport Plaza.
Neil Dyson said he does not remember exactly when he lost it as he was a regular visitor to the theater as a child.

The renovation of the theater is meant to give the building the same look as it had in 1932.
Dyson said the cap "was not in bad condition" taking into account how old it is.

The Stockport Plaza opened its doors as a cinema in the 1930s but closed in 1966.
Then, it was used as a bingo hall for 30 years before being acquired by a company.

Dyson, who went to the building in the 1960s, said: "In those days, the school would bring us here as part of history lessons in English to see the works of Shakespeare. I guess I lost the cap during a tour with the school, but I do not specifically remember when I lost it."

His mother had written his name inside the cap, and it was returned to Dyson after a public appeal by staff members of Stockport Plaza.

He said that he probably "got a good scolding" from his mother when he lost it.

Utah beauty queen gives up her crown after throwing bombs at homes

Kendra McKenzie Gill 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A beauty queen was forced to give up her crown after she was accused of throwing bombs at homes, according to beauty pageant officials.

The Utah beauty contest winner, who was charged last week with throwing bombs at homes from a vehicle, said she has given up her crown.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, 18, called the incidents a "stupid mistake" and said she wanted to give her title of Miss Riverton before pageant officials stripped her of it.

As we reported earlier, a beauty queen was arrested and charged with felony charges after she threw bombs at several residential homes, according to police reports in Utah.

Riverton Police said that the winner of the Miss Riverton beauty contest is one of four 18-year-olds accused of throwing bombs at houses.

Investigators said that Kendra McKenzie Gill, who was crowned Miss Riverton two months ago, was allegedly throwing firebombs at several houses in Riverton Friday night to Saturday morning along with John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone.

Unified Fire Authority Captain Clint Mecham said authorities received several calls on Friday night to report that incendiary devices were being ejected from a vehicle at several homes in Riverton.

Police said the group used plastic water bottles containing aluminum foil and a chemical.
Investigators said that one of the bombs was thrown near the house of Stone’s former girlfriend. Eyewitnesses said that Stone was driving a vehicle similar to the one seen being used by the suspects during the attacks.

Police said Stone admitted to scaring people with fireworks as a joke and he implicated Gill, Smith, and Reagh as being involved.
All four suspects admitted to the allegations, police said. They were booked on a first degree felony charge of detonation of an incendiary device.

Man gets 30 years jail after advertising 3-year-old for prostitution on Craigslist

Jason Lloyd Schaber 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of child exploitation related charges after he was caught advertising a little child for prostitution on Craigslist, according to court proceedings in Idaho.

Now, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced that Jason Lloyd Schaber, 40, of Boise, was sentenced in the District Court of the United States to 30 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life after he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children by producing and distributing child pornography.

According to the plea agreement, Schaber’s criminal investigation began last year, after Boise police were contacted by a person, who saw a Craigslist advertisement offering a 3-year-old for prostitution. The investigators worked with Craigslist and Google to trace the announcement to Schaber. Boise Police obtained a warrant to search the house of Schaber where authorities found child pornography.

Schaber has been in custody since his arrest.
"Schaber is well worth the long sentence the court imposed," Olson said.

Florida man hires hitman to kill son, wife, mother-in-law, brother-in-law

Jason Dennis Simione 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder related charges after he hired a hitman to kill his son along with several members of his family, according to police reports in Florida.

Broward Police said that a Florida businessman had tried to hire a murderer from El Salvador to kill his wife, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and 9-month-old son.

Jason Dennis Simione, 39, was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He was also accused of threatening to detonate an explosive device and child abuse, in connection with bomb-making materials found in his house, including galvanized pipe caps, nails, gunpowder, cables and batteries.

A massive stash of arms and ammunition was also found, including more than 70,000 bullets and a .50 caliber sniper rifle.
"The court is concerned with the suspect’s willingness to hire a murderer to kill everyone in his family, including his own son," Broward Court judge John Hurley, who set bail at $5 million, said.

Simione, president of Bulldog Tactical Equipment LLC, a supplier of tactical and assault gear, asked an employee of his company if he knew anyone in his native country who would be willing to commit murder. Then, he offered the man $150,000 to organize the murder of his wife, his mother-in-law, his brother-in-law and the couple's baby, if he did not get child custody in an imminent divorce from his wife Megumi "May" Simione.

Simione's wife filed for divorce in July and filed an injunction against the man on Saturday, saying he was abusing steroids, which makes him paranoid, delusional and violent.

Simione, according to an arrest warrant, also used racial slurs toward employees and often said President Obama should be killed because of his race.


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