Monday, July 12, 2021

Dad duct tapes man accused of breaking into daughter’s room

The father of a 5-year-old girl captured and restrained a 39-year-old man with duct tape after the alleged intruder crawled through the window of the child’s bedroom, authorities said. The suspect was lurking around the home before getting noticed. The family members thought the man had left, but heard a noise moments later. The man took a screen off one of the home’s windows and crawled into the girl’s bedroom. That is when the child’s father entered the room and forced the man outside where they wrestled, The father subdued him in the yard, and his wife helped restrain him with duct tape. Security footage captured the group outside and shows the child’s father pinning the suspect to the ground. Authorities arrived 15 minutes later and arrested the man. His bail was set at $150,000. The suspect turned out to be a registered sex offender and was charged with suspicion of home invasion, peeping and prowling, burglary and child abuse, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. ( KOVR)


How to handle a workplace breakup

Workplace relationships can help you feel understood and supported in your organization, making even the worst jobs tolerable. So when your “work wife” or “work husband” leaves you for a new job, especially without warning, it can feel like you’re being cheated on. Experts offer advice for handling the breakup:

  • Don’t let it hurt your relationship
  • Your workplace friendships aren’t your job
  • Find someone new

(Fast Company)


Police officer arrested after stepson found dead inside bedroom wall

A police officer arrested in Baltimore, Maryland tried to grab the gun of an Anne Arundel County police officer trying to arrest him after officers found his stepson dead inside a bedroom wall after the mother of the teen contacted police the previous afternoon. The charging documents reveal that the 15-year-old stepson was found dead inside a hole in a bedroom wall that also contained a gun safe. As he was being put in the vehicle, Banks told the officer that his handcuffs were not double-locked, according to charging documents. As the officer attempted to double lock one of his arms, Banks tried to run from the cruiser. He was saying that he wanted to kiss his kids. While the officer was trying to push Banks back into the cruiser, Banks grabbed the officer’s service weapon. While the two officers were fighting over the gun, the suspect allegedly said: “You’re gonna have to end this.” Court records the suspect as the defendant in a domestic violence case that was filed in Anne Arundel County approximately a week and a half ago. (WBFF)


Trooper performs Heimlich after motorist chokes on marijuana

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver after a man allegedly attempted to swallow a bag of cannabis when he was pulled over for speeding. The Ohio State Police Sargent conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle that was allegedly traveling at 94 mph in a 70-mph zone. Dash camera video shows the officer asking if the driver could breathe before helping him out of the car and performing the Heimlich. The man expelled a bag of marijuana and apologized to the officer. After the man recovered, the officer asked, “Do you want to die over a minor misdemeanor?” The man received citations for speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt. The man also received a summons for marijuana and was released at the scene. (Ohio State Police Twitter)


Two Florida men involved in Haiti President Moïse’s assassination

Two South Florida men have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, the Miami Herald has learned. One is from Fort Lauderdale and identified as one of the assailants by a minister in charge of Haitian elections. In an undated video interview, he called himself a philanthropist and child advocate who was involved in helping school children from the area where he grew up. The second man arrested in the assassination has been identified from the Miami area. He’s of Haitian descent and about 56 years old, according to a source familiar with the ongoing investigation. Haitian officials have not released the names of the other men arrested, but they said there are a total of 15 Colombians under arrest along with the two South Florida Haitian Americans. Police said three of the assailants, Colombians as well, were killed. Earlier, Haiti police had said seven of the assailants were dead. They did not explain the discrepancy, but said they are still looking for eight other assailants, all Colombians. (Miami Herald)


Beetle that can walk upside down under water surface filmed in Australia in world first

An Australian beetle has been observed walking upside down along the surface of water, the first instance that such behavior has been visually documented. The tiny aquatic beetle, about 6mm to 8mm in length, has been recorded scuttling along the under surface of a pool of water in New South Wales. A PhD student at the University of Newcastle discovered the beetle by accident while researching a frog species in the Watagan Mountains. He had been crouching down next to a body of water, searching for tadpoles, when he noticed what initially appeared to be a bug swimming. In a rare documentation of the behavior, Gould said he then realized the beetle seemed to be walking on the underside of the water’s surface as if it were a pane of glass. While the specific species of beetle hasn’t been identified, the researchers believe it belongs to the Hydrophilidae family of beetles, commonly known as water scavengers. (The Guardian)


NVIDIA launches UK’s most powerful supercomputer for research in AI and healthcare

NVIDIA has officially launched Cambridge-1, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer, which will enable top scientists and healthcare experts to use the powerful combination of AI and simulation to accelerate the digital biology revolution and bolster the country’s world-leading life sciences industry. Dedicated to advancing healthcare, Cambridge-1 represents a $100 million investment by NVIDIA. Its first projects with AstraZeneca, GSK, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London and Oxford Nanopore Technologies include developing a deeper understanding of brain diseases like dementia, using AI to design new drugs and improving the accuracy of finding disease-causing variations in human genomes. Cambridge-1 builds on the UK’s status as a global leader in life sciences, technology and AI by providing advanced infrastructure for current and future generations to carry out groundbreaking research within the country. (Cambridge Network)


Unopened Legend of Zelda game from 1987 sells for $870,000

An unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold this past Friday (7/10). The auction house said it was a rare version that was created during a limited production run that took place during a few months in late 1987. The Legend of Zelda is a popular fantasy adventure game that was first released in 1986. In April, the auction house sold an unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. that was bought in 1986 and forgotten about in a desk drawer for $660,000. (Associated Press)


12-Foot Snake Escapes Zoo, Found In Shopping Mall After 2 Days

A snake that escaped its enclosure at the Blue Zoo Aquarium in the Mall of Louisiana was found after a two-day search. Cara, a 12-foot python, went missing from her enclosure recently. The snake’s flight to freedom forced the zoo to close down for two days as workers searched for Cara. The Blue Zoo is an interactive aquarium that recently opened at the Mall of Louisiana. The zoo flew in a specialist and employees spent the night searching for the python to no avail. The next day, the zoo was shut down again as employees continued the search. Cara was finally recaptured in the early hours of the third day. The snake was found in the wall, ceiling area, according to the chief marketing officer for the Blue Zoo Aquarium. It would appear as if Cara had managed to find her way into a small crawl space in the mall. The zoo shared the good news on social media alongside a video which shows Cara being plucked from the wall. The python was found safe and healthy, the zoo said. (NDTV)


Man and woman fight over who should pick up dog vomit, woman cited as aggressor

According to the Kootenai County, Wasthington Sheriff’s Office, a man and woman were involved in a domestic dispute over dog vomit. They said either of them wanted to pick it up, so they threw it at each other. The woman was cited and released for domestic battery after she was identified as the predominant aggressor. (KKHQ)


South Korean toilet turns excrement into power and digital currency

Using a toilet can pay for your coffee or buy you bananas at a university in South Korea, where human waste is being used to help power a building. An urban and environmental engineering professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has designed an Eco-friendly toilet connected to a laboratory that uses excrement to produce biogas and manure. The BeeVi toilet, a portmanteau of the words bee and vision, uses a vacuum pump to send feces into an underground tank, reducing water use. There, microorganisms break down the waste to methane, which becomes a source of energy for the building, powering a gas stove, hot-water boiler and solid oxide fuel cell. An average person defecates about 500 grams a day, which can be converted to 50 liters of methane gas, the environmental engineer said. This gas can generate 0.5kWh of electricity or be used to drive a car for about three quarters of a mile. The doctor has devised a virtual currency called Ggool, which means honey in Korean. Each person using the eco-friendly toilet earns 10 Ggool a day. Students can use the currency to buy goods on campus, from freshly brewed coffee to instant cup noodles, fruits and books. The students can pick up the products they want at a shop and scan a QR code to pay with Ggool. (The Strait Times)


14-year-old wins spelling bee after only 2 years of practice

Zaila Avant-garde wasn’t focused on her place in history last week when she became the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 93 editions of the competition. Instead, she was thinking about Bill Murray. The 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, won the 2021 crown after correctly spelling murraya, a type of tree, that she associated with the famous comedian. When she realized she won, Zaila gave a little spin and jumped in the air as confetti rained from the sky. To get there, the teen had to navigate her way through words like querimonious, solidungulate, and Nepeta, which she said was the hardest word she had to spell in the competition. The only Black winner before her was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in 1998. Zaila will receive a $50,000 cash prize. The National Spelling Bee competition began with 209 spellers, ranging in age from 9 to 15, from five countries: the US, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana and Japan. And 11 contestants entered the final. (CNN)


FDA narrows use of Alzheimer’s drug

The Food and Drug Administration announced it is reversing its broad approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, recommending that it be given only to patients with early-stage symptoms of the disease. The announcement ensues criticism of the FDA for approving the controversial drug for all Alzheimer’s patients. The revised label will “considerably” reduce the number of eligible candidates and could make it easier for Medicare and private insurers to restrict coverage of the drug, called Aduhelm. The FDA called for a federal investigation of the process that led to the approval of Aduhelm. (Biogen)


Monday Slashes The Weekend Away With:

  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Eat Your Jello Day
  • International Town Criers Day
  • Night of Nights (Maritime Radio)
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Simplicity Day


Historical Events

  • 1191 – Third Crusade: Saladin’s garrison surrenders to Conrad of Montferrat, ending the two-year siege of Acre.
  • 1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace.
  • 1562 – Fray Diego de Landa, acting Bishop of Yucatan, burns the sacred books of the Maya.
  • 1580 – The Ostrog Bible, one of the early printed Bibles in a Slavic language, is published.
  • 1790 – The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is passed in France by the National Constituent Assembly.
  • 1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.
  • 1806 – Sixteen German imperial states leave the Holy Roman Empire and form the Confederation of the Rhine.
  • 1812 – War of 1812: the United States invade Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
  • 1862 – The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.
  • 1967 – The Newark riots began in Newark, New Jersey.