Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pop-up supermarket lets shoppers pay what they can

A grocery store in Sydney, Australia, makes shoppers pay only what they can afford. The OzHarvest Market, which is run by volunteers, wants to feed anyone regardless of what they have in the bank. The store works on a “take what you need, give if you can” system. It sells leftover food that has been rescued from cafes, restaurants, hotels and food businesses across the country. The space has been donated by the developer Toga, which is offering temporary shelter for young people at the former Addison Hotel on Anzac Parade as the site undergoes development approval. Food rescue charity OzHarvest’s chief executive and founder, Ronni Kahn, says the project offers a new way to tackle food waste and hunger at the same time. (


Drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman requests booster seat for lawyer’s visits

While complaints concerning drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s treatment in a U.S. federal prison keep mounting, here is a request that should be easy to grant: a booster seat for the 5’6” inmate, who claims he has to stand through his lawyer’s entire visits in order to see him. The prison authorities have consented to give “Shorty” an elevated chair so “he can have a better look at the case materials being handled by his lawyers on the other side of the booth.” The lawyers argue that the booth issue is hampering the defense ability “to effectively review discovery with Mr. Guzman.” The Mexican drug kingpin, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited to the U.S. in January and is being held at a high-security federal jail in Manhattan. In the past few months his lawyers have complained that Guzman’s jail conditions are so harsh that his health is deteriorating. He is kept indoors 24/7, locked in his cell for 23 hours a day, and no family visits are allowed. (Fox News)


Colorado teacher placed on leave after student’s mouth taped shut

School officials in Colorado are investigating what they are calling some “deeply troubling” reports that an eight-grade student’s mouth was taped shut during class last week. The incident allegedly happened at Campus Middle School in Greenwood Village last Wednesday (4/29). It was unclear whether the teacher allegedly taped the student’s mouth or allowed another student to do so. That teacher has been placed on administrative leave. The police have been notified. A spokesperson said there may be video footage of the incident, which wasn’t reported to the district until this past Monday (5/1). The teacher will not be disciplined or suspended until the outcome of the district’s investigation. (Denver Post)


Scottish surfer found clinging to board after 32 hours at sea

A surfer in Scotland was found clinging to his board with severe hypothermia Monday(5/1) after spending some 32 hours lost at sea, officials said. The 22-year-old man, of Glasgow, was rescued off the western coast of Scotland and taken to Belfast Hospital in Northern Ireland to be treated for hypothermia. He had disappeared early Sunday, but officials reportedly weren’t notified for 24 hours, which made it harder to trace his whereabouts. Video of the rescue showed a crew member grab him from the surfboard before both were lifted into a chopper. His surfboard and thick wetsuit helped him survive according to officials. (Sky News)


Parents in YouTube ‘prank’ videos lose custody of kids following investigation

A father and stepmother, who faced backlash for posting controversial online prank videos involving their children, have lost custody of two of them to their biological mother. The couple had been under fire for the extreme videos posted to their DaddyOFive YouTube channel. Videos with names like “Psycho Clown Attacks Family” and “Dad Punches Kid In The Face” show extreme pranks involving the family. Last month, many members of the online community who viewed the videos claimed the children featured were being abused and that child protective services should step in. An online petition was also created in an attempt to get Child Protective Services to step in. In a video posted online Monday, the biological mother of two of the children said that she had emergency custody of the children, saying “they’re doing good. They’re getting back to their playful selves.” (Fox 5 DC)


North Carolina students allegedly catfish teacher to get nude photos

Two North Carolina teens are facing charges after they catfished their French teacher and then shared nude photos of him, officials said. The students, both 16, were charged with misdemeanor disclosure of private images, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Officers said the teens used a fake social media account to contact David Laughinghouse, a French teacher at Swansboro High School in North Carolina. The teens obtained X-rated photos of the 51-year-old teacher, which they shared with other students at school. They were taken into custody last week and each released on $5,000 bail. “This investigation remains an active one and we are potentially looking for other incidents of catfishing,” according to Sheriff Hans Miller. FYI: “Catfishing” involves creating a fake account on social media to trick people into thinking you are someone else. (JDNews)


Arizona border agents find 67 pounds of marijuana in casket

At an immigration checkpoint near Tombstone, Arizona, Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse and found more than 67 pounds of marijuana concealed in a casket. A white hearse was traveling north of Tombstone when the agents conducted an immigration vehicle stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 82. After several inconsistent statements with the driver and the overall unusual circumstance of a hearse being driven at night in the location, the agents had a Border Patrol canine unit check the hearse. The canines detected an odor that led them to unload the casket and reveal multiple bricks of marijuana worth over $33,000. Along with the bricks were several bags of manure in attempt to cover up the smell of marijuana. The driver is a 28-year-old male U.S. citizen who was arrested for narcotics smuggling and is being processed for contraband smuggling per Tucson Sector guidelines. (Fox 10)


Humpin’ It Through The Week brings us up to:

*Buddah Day (Celebration Date)
*Garden Meditation Day
*Great American Grump Out (First Wednesday)
*International Day Against DRM
*Lumpy Rug Day
*National Day to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy (First Wednesday)
*National Special-abled Pets Day
*National Textiles Day
*National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
*Paranormal Day
*Public Radio Day
*SAN Architect Day
*World Press Freedom Day

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