Thursday, August 27, 2020

A 150-pound tortoise that escaped more than two months ago has been found nearly a mile away from its home in Cheatham County, Tennessee

Solomon’s owners were so worried about the fate of their 15-year-old African Sulcata Tortoise that they offered a reward for any information that would lead to the pet’s safe return. They also took to social media to ask locals for help, spent weeks searching nearby woods, and even contacted law enforcement. The owner appeared on local TV asking neighbors for help locating Solomon, saying that she has had the turtle since it was a hatchling. 74 days after it went missing, a father and son found Solomon gracing in a valley and contacted the owners. Upon its return home, Solomon was treated to a plate of collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bananas, and watermelon rinds. (WKRN)


NASA-funded scientist charged with also working for China

A NASA-funded scientist has been charged with fraud and conspiracy, federal prosecutors announced earlier this week, saying he was working as a Chinese researcher at the same time he was taking U.S. government money. The FBI says the man hid his Chinese associations, including being part of China’s Thousands Talents Program that seeks to illicitly siphon U.S. research. If his involvement had been known, he wouldn’t have been allowed on the NASA-funded project. So he lied about his ties to Texas A&M University, where he was working and which had the NASA contract, the government charged. The NASA research gave the man access to International Space Station resources. He also was able to improve his standing in the eyes of China’s TTP, the FBI said. (The Washington Times)


Historic graveyard containing more than 1,500 bodies discovered in Japan

Archaeologists in Japan have uncovered a historic graveyard that contains more than 1,500 bodies. The graveyard in the city of Osaka dates back to the Edo period, according to officials. The Edo period began in 1603 and ended in 1868. The Osaka City Board of Education and the Osaka City Cultural Heritage Association have been conducting excavations at the site since 1991, officials explained in a statement. The graveyard is the city’s “Umeda Tomb” or “Umeda Graves,” one of seven historic Osaka cemeteries. The remains excavated, including human bones, are currently in the process of being sorted and analyzed. In addition to humans, animals are also buried in the cemetery, with more than four piglets in the northern part of the cemetery and two horses in the southern part. A cat bone contained in a skeleton has also been found. (Fox News)


Scott Peterson’s death sentence in murder of pregnant wife overturned by California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned Scott Peterson’s 2005 death sentence in the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, but left the door open for prosecutors to try again for the same sentence. The court also agreed that potential jurors improperly were dismissed from the jury pool after saying they personally disagreed with the death penalty but would be willing to impose it per California law. Scott Peterson also claimed on appeal that he couldn’t get a fair trial because of the massive publicity that surrounded his case, even though his trial was held nearly 90 miles away from his Central Valley home of Modesto to San Mateo County, south of San Francisco. Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager did not immediately say if she would seek the death penalty again. Scott Peterson has been housed on San Quentin State Prison’s death row since he was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005. He has pleaded not guilty and has always maintained his innocence. (Fox News)


As the coronavirus pandemic gained traction in the United States, internet searches related to panic attacks and acute anxiety spiked

Google searches for anxiety symptoms from mid-March to mid-May were the highest they’ve been in the history of the search engine, according to researchers at the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Data Driven Health at the University of California San Diego. In particular, anxiety and panic attack searches corresponded to major news events, including March 16, when social distancing guidelines were put in place nationally; and March 29, when those guidelines were extended. Queries also spiked on April 3, when US President Donald Trump announced face mask recommendations; and on April 11, when the US surpassed Italy in the number of coronavirus deaths. The results could give leaders and policy makers perspective on how to manage the general population’s perception of public health directives, and could inform how we empower those in crisis to seek help quickly, researchers said. (Journal of the American Medical Association)


A 20-year-old woman ruled deceased by paramedics and a coroner was taken to funeral home where morticians discovered her still breathing—and alive

A 20-year-old woman who paramedics and a coroner declared dead was taken to a Detroit funeral home — where she was discovered alive by morticians. The drama began with paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department arriving at a home in Southfield Sunday morning in response to a call for an unresponsive woman. There was no indication of foul play, so the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and given the medical data about the woman. “The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements with a funeral home of their choosing,” officials said. Upon her arrival at the funeral home, the staff confirmed she was breathing and called EMS. Paramedics transported her to the hospital. Her condition there wasn’t divulged. (WDIV)


Schools closed after to a Ransomware attack

In a statement released by the Haywood County Schools Superintendent in North Carolina, school staff discovered the Ransomware attack. The third-party attacker has requested ransom to stop the attack. Similar attacks have occurred in other school systems. Law enforcement will be involved in the investigation and resolution of this attack. After discovering the attack, officials say they took services offline to contain the attack, activated key partners to investigate and respond, contacted North Carolina Department of Public Safety. A call with the Division of Emergency Management, FBI, SBI, Microelectronic Center of North Carolina (MCNC), North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT), National Guard, and other agencies. What information was accessed has not yet been released by officials. (WLOS)


Officials warns public of Facebook Marketplace scam

The Waynesboro, Pennsylvania Police Department is warning the public of a scam on Facebook Marketplace involving a property that placed for rent. The person who has this listing is asking for personal information to be sent via email and asking for money to be sent to them electronically, according to police. Authorities say if you see this ad on social media, please report it. If this happens to you, do not give any information out, cash or write any suspicious checks or send money of your own. Police also say please be aware of the scam tactics when there is a requesting of iTunes cards, Google Play cards and other gift cards and also, winning an excessive amount of money through emails, letters and text messages. (Fox 43)


Google confirms Android 11 will limit third-party camera apps because of location spying fears

Google is making a change in Android 11 that will force apps that want to take photos or video to use the phone’s built-in camera app, even if you’ve made a different camera app, like OpenCamera, your default choice for photos. Android engineering team say apps that call on the camera would need to explicitly name each and every third-party camera app they’d like to support. Google’s reason behind this is that it’s to keep bad actors from potentially harvesting your location. Many camera features will still work exactly the way they used to. It also mirrors the way the camera works on the iPhone. Starting this year, Apple allowed alternative third-party app defaults only for email and browser apps. (The Verge)


Wisconsin officer knocked out by brick thrown during riots in Kenosha

A Wisconsin police officer apparently was knocked out by a brick as an angry mob cheered and shouted during riots in Kenosha, according to a viral video. The footage shows a handful of cops trying to help a Kenosha police vehicle leaving the area as it is mobbed by dozens of people recently during riots sparked by the police-custody shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake. As one officer walks away from where a Molotov cocktail appears to have been thrown, he suddenly collapses forward onto his face, as seen in the video viewed more than 1.8 times in the first 12 hours. “He just got bricked! He just got bricked!” someone close to the cameraman screams, as others in the mob cheer, clap and shout, “F–k the police!” Shouts of “Officer down!” are heard on the police scanner as his colleagues rush over and try to drag him to safety. It was not clear if the knocked-out officer was from Kenosha police or another law enforcement agency brought in to help. It was also not immediately clear how seriously he was injured. The violence erupted after protesters first gathered at the scene where Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back by a police officer as he tried to get into his car with his kids this past Sunday. Police did not say what led up to the shooting but said that officers offered immediate aid and at least half a dozen witnesses have come forward saying the man had been trying to break up a fight between two women. They said cops tased him and that they heard seven gunshots ring out. Kenosha police do not have body cameras due to the already tight budge but do have body microphones. The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will launch a probe into the incident. The shooting drew condemnation from the Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night. (Law Officer)


Kenosha delayed body cameras for years before Blake shooting

City and law enforcement leaders in Kenosha, Wisconsin, unanimously endorsed the use of body cameras in 2017 as a way to increase police accountability and collect evidence at scenes of domestic violence, among other benefits. But since then, they have balked at the price tag, raised policy concerns and put off implementation. The delays meant that officers who were on the scene of Sunday’s shooting of Jacob Blake while responding to a domestic call weren’t equipped with technology that could give their perspective on an incident that has roiled the nation. Instead, the public has only seen video captured by a neighbor that shows an officer shooting an unarmed Blake, 29, in the back several times as the Black man tried to get into a vehicle with his three children. It doesn’t show what happened before or after the shooting like body camera footage would. The shooting has prompted civil unrest in Kenosha, a city of 100,000 people between Milwaukee and Chicago. (Associated Press)


KFC suspends use of ‘finger lickin good’ slogan

Kentucky Fried Chicken has temporarily dropped the use of one of its oldest slogans amid the coronavirus pandemic. After 64 years, use of the saying “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” will be paused in light of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement by KFC’s global chief marketing officer: “We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment. While we are pausing the use of It’s Finger Lickin’ Good, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn’t changing one bit”. (The New York Daily News)


American Airlines plans to furlough 19,000 employees this fall

It’s estimated this fall is when the restrictions on job cuts that the airlines agreed to in exchange for federal aid will end. When combined with the thousands of employees who have taken buyout packages or agreed to take long-term leave, the furloughs mean that the airline will have at least 40,000 fewer workers on Oct. 1 than it did before the coronavirus crisis began, a decline of about 30 percent, the airline’s top two executives said in a letter to employees. The executives called on Congress to extend more support to the aviation industry to protect jobs. (The New York Times)


Thursday Thrashes Out With:

  • Just Because Day
  • Pots De Creme Day
  • The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day

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