Friday, June 16, 2017

Man Severely Burned in Hot Spring

A 21-year-old North Carolina man suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring Tuesday (6/13) in Yellowstone National Park, officials said. The National Park Service said Wednesday in a news release the incident occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin off Fountain Flat Drive, just north of the Old Faithful area. Park officials said the man was with seven other people when he fell into a spring. After he fell, the group attempted to evacuate him, and then flagged down a ranger near Seven Mile Bridge on the West Entrance Road, park officials said. He was taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone, Montana, and was flown to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical but stable condition. “Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous,” Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a statement. “We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.” The ground in the area is fragile and thin, with scalding water just below the surface, according to the park.  (National Park Service)


Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Flint Water Crisis

Five Michigan officials were slapped with involuntary manslaughter charges related to the Flint, MI water crisis. Reminder: back in 2014, Flint switched its water source from Detroit to the Flint River in part to save money. Soon, residents noticed that their water looked and smelled funny. And doctors saw higher levels of lead in children’s blood. Lead exposure can lead to long-term developmental issues. The tainted water also caused some residents to get Legionnaires disease. This comes from breathing in droplets of contaminated water, and can be life-threatening. 12 people died from the disease. The state attorney general launched an investigation, charging more than a dozen other officials for their role in the crisis. A few more were just added to that list, since the AG says they didn’t do enough to warn the public about the Legionnaires outbreak. Meanwhile, three years later many Flint residents are still using water filters while the city replaces the pipes. (NPR)


Lawmaker accidentally distributes documents referencing pornography

Democratic Representative Ramon Perez from Rhode Island publicly acknowledged that he accidentally provided his colleagues with a Wikipedia document which showed screenshots of web browser tabs referencing pornographic content. Perez provided the House Finance Committee members handouts of the article to support his push to pass a bill last Wednesday. The document reportedly featured multiple browser tabs referencing the offending websites, though no images were seen. The words “MILF,” and another reference to teenagers were visible in the screenshot. “I made a big mistake of trusting too much in people,” he said. “I know people in here don’t believe me. They say that’s the excuse everybody makes. But I think it is a possibility because I don’t check that page … that stupid page.”Additionally, Perez acknowledged that he was “extremely” embarrassed, but claimed that the document was provided to him by a friend whom he had asked to research the information he was seeking. The browser tabs were discovered by members of the House Finance Committee and were recalled by a clerk shortly thereafter. Perez claimed that he submitted a clean document since then. (Providence Journal)


South Carolina pharmacy’s ‘first customer of the day’ an alligator

A South Carolina pharmacy shared a photo of its first — albeit non-paying — customer of the week: an alligator. The Ulmer Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Bluffton posted a photo to Facebook showing the alligator posing next to one of the business’ signs in the parking lot. “First customer of the day!! Oh my! Don’t worry he was moved to a near by pond. He just wanted to check out the new pharmacy in town. Happy Monday everyone!!” the post said. Commenters suggested the gator was in the market for sunscreen or something to treat his “scaly skin,” which some diagnosed it as having a case of shingles. (Facebook)


Woman disguised dog to visit grandma in hospital

A California woman disguised her grandmother’s dog as a baby so the pet would be able to visit her while she was sick in a hospital. Shelby Hennick shared photos on Twitter of her carrying the small dog in a blanket in order to smuggle the pet into her grandmother’s hospital room. “My grandma is in the hospital right now and wanted to see her dog,” she wrote on Sunday. “So I made it look like I was carrying a baby and we made it.”  The 21-year-old veterinary technician said her grandmother’s beloved pet dog Patsy played along with the plan as she managed to stroll past hospital staff. “Patsy was quiet the whole time and actually kept licking my arm,” she said. Hennick also initially fooled her grandmother into thinking the bundle beneath the blanket was her sister’s baby, but when Hennick placed Patsy on her lap the two shared an embrace as the dog barked and cuddled up to the ailing grandmother. Hennick’s grandmother was later sent home from the hospital and her act of kindness went viral, receiving more than 500,000 likes and 120,000 retweets. (Twitter)


Mystery blonde filmed romping with stranger on Ryanair flight is a mum-of-three, 39, who claims she was only performing a LAPDANCE in viral video

A female passenger aboard a Ryanair flight claims she’s “mortified” after footage of her giving a lap dance to a fellow passenger went viral online. Tracy Bolton, a 39-year-old mother of three, was flying from Manchester, England, to Ibiza, Spain, when she hopped on top of 31-year-old Shaun Edmondson — who himself has a pregnant fiancée at home — for an impromptu dance. According to a friend of Bolton’s, Edmondson’s friends were the ones that convinced Bolton to do the deed, as Edmondson was sad about leaving his wife at home for a bachelor party. “His mates egged her on to tease him because he didn’t want to leave his girl,” Kristy Lawton, a friend of Bolton’s. In footage of the incident, Bolton, who had reportedly been drinking at an airport bar before the flight, can be seen straddling Edmondson and gyrating on his lap as Edmondson grabs her by the hips. (The Sun)


US Navy sailor presumed lost at sea is found hiding in ship’s engine room

A US Navy sailor presumed lost at sea near Japan was found on board hiding in one of the ship’s engine rooms, Pentagon officials confirmed. The sailor, who works on the USS Shiloh, was found over a week after he was reported missing, triggering a wide-ranging search-and-rescue effort that stretched over 50 hours. A Pentagon official tells that Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims is expected to be flown off the ship and given a full medical and psychological evaluation. Mims was reported missing June 8, sparking a wide ocean search. The search was suspended on midnight June 11, but the crew of the Shiloh continued their search on board the vessel. The Japanese Coast Guard assisted in the search that combed more than 5,500 square miles of water off Japan. It’s unclear why Mims was hiding in the ship’s engine room and how he survived a week there. (Navy Times)


It’s FINALLY FRIDAY!!!! And That Means it’s:

*Fudge Day
*Ladies’ Day (Baseball)
*National Flip Flop Shoes Day (3rd Friday)
*Ugliest Dog Day   (Third Friday) 
*Work@Home Father’s Day  (Friday Before Father’s Day)

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