14 June 2007

Useful News

Reading the news every morning, watching it on TV, or hearing it on the radio used to have a purpose some time ago. You keep yourself updated with major issues and important topics going on around the world; but it seems as if this has changed. I guess people try to take anything and blow it up into a news story now - here are a few bits and pieces to give you an idea:

Angry squirrel finished off by crutch
Wed Jun 13, 11:00 PM ET

BERLIN - An unusually aggressive squirrel attacked three people in a German town before its last victim finished it off with a crutch, police said Wednesday.

The rodent jumped through a living-room window in Passau, on the Austrian border, on Tuesday and bit its first victim. With the squirrel hanging on by its teeth, the woman ran out into the street, where she managed to shake the animal off.

The squirrel then bit a builder before fleeing into a nearby garden, where it bit a 72-year-old man who eventually killed it with his crutch, police said.

The dead animal was to be tested for rabies.

I'm sure there were tears all around as the squirrel caught its last breath under the "deadly" crutch. Here's an extra bit of laughs; this was actually in "most popular news". Anyway, lets look at some more, something a little more local from the Gulf Daily News:
Mall car park row pair drop charges
NO. 86 Thursday 14th June 2007

AN angry driver came to blows with a security guard after his car was locked in a mall car park late at night.

The Saudi driver parked his car in the Yateem Centre car park in Manama, then went out for the evening.

By the time he returned, after midnight, the car park barriers were down and the guard refused to let him take his car.

They came to blows and both ended up in a police station, a Public Prosecution spokesman said yesterday.

He said police referred the case to the prosecution, but once there the two men agreed to drop allegations of assault, which each had levelled at the other.

I don't know who i'm most disappointed with, the two featured in this story or the article writer who actually thought it was news worthy. And the next article? Well this is just funny (its suprising how stupid some people can be):
Man Tries Escaping Cops By Dangling 23 Stories Up

(CBS) BRONX An astonishing attempted escape from the police in the Bronx Wednesday morning left a suspect dangling from the side of a high-rise, 23 stories above the ground.

It wasn't a typical sighting for New Yorkers walking outside or living across from the Soundview apartment tower.

"I started to think, 'What's wrong? Is he trying to commit suicide or something?'" said Alex Morales, who, along with his wife Patricia witnessed the suspect's crazy antics.

But Francisco Correra Jr. wasn't trying to kill himself. Instead he was trying to escape from police investigating an assault complaint.

"His foot was on the ledge of the window and he was hanging on a childproof bar," Patricia Morales said.

The Morales' were so taken aback by the scene the pulled out their home video camera and recorded the incident from their home across the street.

The drama actually began though several blocks from the building. Police got a call that Correra had assaulted his father and violated an order of protection. They tracked him down to the roof of that building. (

"The police were on top of the roof and trying to convince him to come in. But then he started to scale down to the 22nd floor. But it looks like he got a little panicked and he scaled back to the 23rd floor," Alex Morales said.

Finally. police were able to break through the window guard on the 23rd floor, and pulled Correra in.

"Honestly, I was thinking today was going to be his last day on this earth because I didn't see how he could hold on that long," Patricia said.

Correra, now under arrest, has been charged with assault and violating an order of protection.

Well, he obviously didn't think his plan through.

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