Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is officially a record-breaking storm

Harvey has dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Texas. More than any storm ever in the continental US. Yesterday, officials in a county outside of Houston told people to “get out now” after a levee there failed. Two Houston-area dams overflowed, adding to the city’s already-extreme flooding. Houston’s mayor imposed a curfew to cut down on looting and keep drivers off the roads. The country’s second largest oil refinery was damaged, and others have been forced to temporarily shut down – which could lead to gas shortages across the country. Rescue workers are still responding to emergency calls. They’ve saved more than 13,000 people in the Houston area so far. At least 18 people have been killed, and the death toll is likely to rise. Tens of thousands are expected to need shelter. Now, officials are worried about the impact of all the standing water – which can lead to health issues like E coli and Zika, and safety issues like gators, snakes, and floating fire ants. President Trump has visited the area to check in on recovery efforts and lend his support. However, Harvey is still not over as it hit again in Louisiana, and is expected to keep heading into the state. (ABC News)


Illinois AG sues Chicago over police reforms

The Illinois Attorney General took Chicago to court for its police department’s tactics. In recent years, Chicago’s law enforcement has gotten a lot of heat for civil rights violations, particularly against minorities. Under the Obama administration, a Justice Department investigation  found that Chicago officers have not been properly trained, often use excessive force, and the dept. doesn’t have solid processes to hold officers accountable. So the Justice Dept. started working with the city to figure out a plan of action to reform the police department. But US Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t so sure the feds should be involved and has pushed potential reforms to the ‘maybe’ pile. So Illinois is trying to go around them. The AG is suing Chicago in order to hopefully get a federal judge to monitor and help the department change its ways. (CNN)


Interpol Has Issued an Arrest Notice for Fugitive Red Bull Heir 

Interpol has issued an international request for the arrest of the billionaire heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, stepping up of the hunt for the fugitive Thai playboy wanted in a 2012 hit-and-run incident that left a traffic policeman dead in Bangkok. Thai police spokesman said Monday (8/28) that his department had been notified by the international police network of the “Red Notice,” a worldwide request to find and provisionally arrest an individual, pending extradition. Vorayuth Yoovidhya skipped Thailand at the end of April, just before authorities issued an arrest warrant after he repeatedly failed to meet with prosecutors since the September 2012 crash. He flew to Singapore on one of the family’s private jets. His trail has since gone cold. (Time)


Jet ski-riding hero rescues grandma from her flooded living room

Volunteers have been out in forced helping to rescue the people of Houston and Southeast Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfalll. Many have been using boats to help rescue people who’ve been stranded by rising floodwaters, but as a picture shared to Reddit shows, even those with smaller watercraft are joining in the effort. In the amazing image, a grandmother sits in her completely flooded entryway, waiting to be whisked away to safety on the jet ski by a volunteer. (AOL)


“A mermaid” told man to drive his car straight into the sea

36-year-old Lim Pin Jing has been accused of endangering the personal safety of others after he drove his car into the sea, at Ocean Drive off Sentosa Cove last Friday (8/25). In a truly bizarre incident, Lim was seen crashing through the safety barricades and plunging into the water, while he was hotly pursued by Sentosa Rangers on motorbikes. It is unclear why Lim was being chased. In the traffic altercation that ensued, one ranger suffered a cut on his right knee. As for Lim, his car had sunk to the bottom with him trapped in it. He was only rescued when a Super Yatch captain who happened to be nearby jumped in the water to pull Lim out from his car. Roberts managed to loosen the man’s seatbelt through a small opening underwater  but could not open the car doors. He resurfaced and got a rock from a bystander, using it to break through the windows and pull Lim out. An eyewitness told the Chinese daily that Lim spoke repeatedly of dying and said that “a mermaid” told him to plunge into the sea. Lim has since been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health. He will appear in court on September 8th. (The Independent)


Triceratops skull, skeleton dug up by workers building new police, fire station

Construction workers working on the new public safety building in Thornton found a rare triceratops skeleton and skull Friday (8/25). The find is one of three triceratops skulls found along the Front Range and has likely been laying there for at least 66 million years, Denver Museum of Nature and Science curator of dinosaurs Joe Sertich said in a statement. The crew has unearthed a horn and shoulder blade so far, according to the museum. Triceratops had two big horns over its eyes and a smaller nose horn. Most fossils found in Denver are from the Ice Age roughly 10,000-12,000 years ago, belonging to mammoths, camels and the like, Sertich said. DMNS scientists will stabilize the area, carefully expose the fossil and look for any other bones to be safely extracted. The site is not visible from the street and city of Thornton is providing security. (Denver Post)


**WARNING: Language**

Mother at Houston Shelter Goes Off on CNN Reporter for Putting ‘Microphone in My Face’

CNN’s Rosa Flores spoke to a mother at a shelter in Houston, and the clearly distraught mother made an emotional plea on camera for reporters to stop putting microphones in the faces of people going through “their worst times.” “We got through four feet of water to get them food on the first day,” she said. “Yeah. That’s a lot of shit. But y’all trying to interview people during their worst times. Like, that’s not the smartest thing to do.” She continued: “People are really breaking down and y’all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us. And you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face! With me shivering cold, with my kids wet! And you’re still putting a microphone in my face!” (Mediaite)


Thirsty-Thursday brings us joy and all this:

*International Overdose Awareness Day 
*Love Litigating Lawyers Day 
*National Diatomaceous Earth Day 
*National Matchmaker Day 

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