Los Angeles Bans Animal Traps that Grip or Snare


In a victory for animal rights, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban traps that grip or snare foxes, coyotes, and other such animals in the city, labeling such traps as inhumane.   The new rule disallows commercial trappers from using any traps that grip or snare the animals in any way. However, such traps can still be used for mice, rats, and other small rodents.   Cage traps that utilize a locking door can still be used by commercial trappers, which will … [Read more...]

Scanning Techniques Chart Baby Brain Growth

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According to a study conducted by JAMA Neurology, human brains grow at their most rapid rate just after birth and within three month have reached half their adult size.  The use of new scanning techniques have also uncovered that male brains grew quicker than those of females did. The areas of the brain connected with movement were the ones that grew the quickest while areas connected with memory were slower to develop.  Scientists working on the study say that the data may be useful in … [Read more...]

Michael Brown shooting spurs protests


The death of an 18-year-old in Missouri has led to widespread riots and anger at the police who shot the teen in an incident that has been described as a struggle for an officer’s gun on Aug. 9, 2014, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. News reports say that Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot. The shooting occurred after an officer from the Ferguson Police Department came upon Brown and an unidentified individual on the street Saturday afternoon. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon … [Read more...]

Venice Beach Lightning Storm Kills 1, Injures 13


  A 15-minute lighting storm struck the southern portion of Venice Beach on Sunday afternoon, killing one California man and injuring 13 others. The rare weather phenomenon produced four direct lightning strikes that sent beachgoers scrambling for cover. Weather conditions that set the stage for the lightning storm are expected to dissipate today, making it safe for people to return to the beach. However, the freak meteorological occurrence left residents of tourists of the … [Read more...]

Caffeine Overdose Kills Teen


An Ohio teen died just a week before graduation from what toxicology results indicate was caffeine poisoning. The young high school student recently voted Prom King, at his high school is believed to have ingested caffeine powder. Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio a top student and star wrestler might have believed the powder helped him work out. For most Americans the use of caffeine comes casually with a cup of coffee in the morning and perhaps a beverage with lunch or while on break. The … [Read more...]

Hurricane Arthur Intensifies


As the 4th of July approaches, Hurricane Arthur makes his march toward the North Carolina coast, forcing residents and tourists to seek shelter and hunker down.   The storm has officially been labeled a Category 2 hurricane as it developed an inner eye wall, making it all the more dangerous for those in its path.   Morehead City, North Carolina has received the early brunt of Arthur as the hurricane brushes along the coast.  Heavy rain consistently fell in the city … [Read more...]

Suspect in Slender Man stabbing deemed unfit for trial

The girls accused in the so-called Slender Man stabbing recently appeared in court.

One of the young women accused in the so-called “Slender Man” stabbings in early June has undergone a mental health evaluation and been deemed “not competent to stand trial, according to multiple U.S. media reports. This is not the first time that 12-year-old Morgan Geyser has undergone a competency evaluation and been deemed incompetent to stand trial. On July 2, a judge ruled that Geyser will undergo a third evaluation - called the NGI test (so-called because it often goes along with … [Read more...]

Justina Pelletier Returns Home


Embattled Connecticut teenager Justina Pelletier is back with her family in West Hartford, Conn., after a judge in Connecticut’s juvenile court system ruled that her parents had met all of the conditions placed on them by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Over the course of 16 months, Justina Pelletier and her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, have struggled to understand the situation and to get the doctors and state to understand the young girl’s condition as well as … [Read more...]

The Impact Of Sport’s Teams Name


In society sports is viewed on many different levels.  Some see it as a diversion, a way to escape the doldrums of their life and immerse themselves in a sporting event for a couple of hours.  To others, it is just another example of big business, and a select few billionaires throwing around their money for fun, or squeezing every last dollar from the fan to increase the revenue of the team, and subsequently the profits for the owners.   Others see it as a rite of passage, a celebration of a … [Read more...]

Han Solo Injured? The Show Must Go On.


The actor who is synonymous with tough guy characters, Harrison Ford, has been struck down by a piece of his famous ship, the Millennium Falcon.    This week in a British studio, while filming a scene for the upcoming Star Wars movie, a door from the well known starship apparently fell onto Mr. Ford’s ankle, casing a serious enough injury that insertion of plates and screws may be necessary.   When it was first reported, the injury was not expected to be serious, but according to Mr. Ford’s son, … [Read more...]