Friday, November 28, 2008

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede

Updated Friday, November 28th 2008, 12:31 PM

Farriella for News

Police tape surrounds a Wal-Mart that was the scene of a deadly stampede.

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: WAL-MART CROWD MOMENTS BEFORE DEADLY STAMPEDE

"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."

The unidentified victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., police said.

The cause of death wasn't immediately available pending results of an autopsy.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the floor during the mad rush. She was hospitalized for observation, police said. Early witness accounts that the woman suffered a miscarriage were unfounded, police said.

Three other shoppers suffered minor injuries, cops said.

Before police shut down the store, eager shoppers streamed past emergency crews as they worked furiously to save the store clerk's life.

"They were working on him, but you could see he was dead, said Halcyon Alexander, 29. "People were still coming through."

Only a few stopped.

"They're savages," said shopper Kimberly Cribbs, 27. "It's sad. It's terrible."

Missing man, 75, and his mother, 100, are found OK near Litchfield

Missing man, 75, and his mother, 100, are found OK near Litchfield
ST. LOUIS
Missing man, 75, and his mother, 100, are found OK near Litchfield
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Police announced that they have found a 75-year-old man and his mother who left their home in O'Fallon, Ill., in the afternoon and failed to arrive at a family Thanksgiving dinner at another residence in the same city.

They were found in Litchfield.

They were were Eugene Titterington and his mother, Alice Philipp, 100, who left home in the 100 block of White Pine Avenue in south O'Fallon about 3:30 p.m. They were seen driving away in their white 1989 Buick Electra, with Illinois Korean War veteran license plate 4787KW. Police said they were headed to a home a mile away on the north side of town.


Illinois State Police in Litchfield said Trooper Adam Belcher spotted the car Eugene J. Titterington was driving shortly after midnight Friday near an exit ramp off Interstate 55.


Troopers said Titterington and his mother, Alice O. Philipp, were unharmed and were turned over to family members who drove from O'Fallon.POST-DISPATCH

Police announced that they have found a 75-year-old man and his mother who left their home in O'Fallon, Ill., in the afternoon and failed to arrive at a family Thanksgiving dinner at another residence in the same city.

They were found in Litchfield.

They were were Eugene Titterington and his mother, Alice Philipp, 100, who left home in the 100 block of White Pine Avenue in south O'Fallon about 3:30 p.m. They were seen driving away in their white 1989 Buick Electra, with Illinois Korean War veteran license plate 4787KW. Police said they were headed to a home a mile away on the north side of town.


Illinois State Police in Litchfield said Trooper Adam Belcher spotted the car Eugene J. Titterington was driving shortly after midnight Friday near an exit ramp off Interstate 55.


Troopers said Titterington and his mother, Alice O. Philipp, were unharmed and were turned over to family members who drove from O'Fallon.

Va. School Board Sued Over Boy's In-Class Haircut

Va. School Board Sued Over Boy's In-Class Haircut


ROANOKE, Va. -- The family of an 11-year-old middle school student is suing the Roanoke County School Board, claiming the boy was given an unwanted haircut by his teacher in class.

Harvey Lutins, the lawyer representing Alexander Allen Brown, says the teacher had complained earlier about the student's prominent bangs.

Lutins says the teacher, who isn't named in the complaint, later "butchered" Brown's hair in front of his class at Hidden Valley Middle School.

Lutins calls the haircut an invasion of privacy and an affront to the student's rights.

The lawsuit seeks $1,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages.

Roanoke County Schools Superintendent Lorraine Lange declined to comment on the complaint, saying it's a personnel matter.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

China executes man for ant-breeding scheme

(11-27) 05:53 PST BEIJING, China (AP) --

China has executed a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme, state media reported Thursday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wang Zhendong, who was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to death in February last year, was executed in north China's Liaoning province on Wednesday.

The death penalty is used broadly in China. Though usually reserved for violent crimes, it is also applied for nonviolent offenses that involve large sums of money or if they are seen to threaten social order.

Wang, chairman of Yingkou Donghua Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60 percent for investors who purchased ant-breeding kits from two companies he ran. Ants are used in some traditional Chinese medicinal remedies, which can fetch a high price. Wang sold the kits, which cost $25, for $1,300, local media reported earlier.

Wang attracted more than 10,000 investors between 2002 and June 2005, when investigators shut down his companies. The closure of his business set off a panic among small-time players who saw their life savings disappear overnight.

Xinhua reported earlier that one investor committed suicide after realizing he had been duped. Investigators put the size of the fraud at $416 million. Only $1.28 million was recovered.

Fake investments and pyramid investment schemes have become common during China's transition from a planned economy to a free market. Chinese leaders have tried to eradicate the scams, fearing widespread losses could add to already percolating social unrest.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Japanese man releases hundreds of worms in train

Tue Nov 25, 10:01 am ET
Japanese man releases hundreds of worms in train AFP/File – Commuters board a bullet train in Japan. A Japanese man was arrested for releasing hundreds of beetle …

TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese man was arrested for releasing hundreds of beetle larvae inside a moving express train to try to scare female passengers, police said Tuesday.

"I wanted to see women get scared and shake their legs," police quoted 35-year-old Manabu Mizuta as saying.

He was arrested on the spot by a patrolling police officer after releasing the creatures on the Keihan line in Osaka prefecture.

"He would go close to women on the train, any woman, and pour out the worms from containers," said a police spokesman.

Local police had been on alert after 18 similar cases of released worms had been reported this month by the same train operator.

"When the arrest was made, the man had nearly emptied a container, which is believed to have held 200 worms," he said. "You cannot count them because there are so many."

Mizuta had 10 containers in his backpack estimated to contain a total of 3,600 worms, police said.

"We have the worms sitting inside the police station right now," the spokesman said. "You see them wriggling inside their clear cases. It's really disgusting."

Cops: Drunk Driver Ends Police Chase by Running Over Himself

SANTA FE, N.M. — A man is in a northern New Mexico jail, accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself.

Roy Travis Aguilar, 21, was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked into the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.

A tip on a police hot line Sunday afternoon reported a possible drunken driver on a highway.

State Police Officer Grace Romero spotted Aguilar's pickup truck swerving across both lanes of the highway, driving slowly and then fast. He refused to stop.

After narrowly missing other vehicles, police said Aguilar drove through a ditch and a barbed-wire fence before stopping. He tried to put the truck into park, but it ended up in reverse.

Police said Aguilar fell from his open door and both of his legs were run over by the front driver's side tire.

Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes

Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes