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July 1st 2008 In the news

An Escape of Tall Proportions!

a giraffe- not the perpetrator
Amsterdam police say 15 camels, two zebras and an undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly escaped from a traveling Dutch circus after a giraffe kicked a hole in their cage.

"The other animals walked out with him," said Amsterdam police spokesman Rob Van Der Veen.
They made their break about 5:45 a.m., wandering about a residential street and riling up a neighborhood dog, police said. Officers and circus employees rounded them up before they could get too far and returned them to their pens.
"It must have been a funny sight," Van Der Veen said. "Waking up in the morning and looking out the window to see those animals walk through the street


New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will play a free concert in Central Park on July 12, . The show, billed as an "All-Star Concert in Central Park," will take place in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which is set for July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

"We've gotten the chance to bookend what is the most successful tour in the world this year with a free concert for anyone in New York," frontman Jon Bon Jovi said at a news conference alongside New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on the park's Great Lawn and will not be televised. Fans will be allowed to enter the area beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning July 2 at baseball parks as well as at events throughout New York.

Guns and Suicides

Some recent facts from the CDC

  • Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation's nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Gun-related suicides have outnumbered firearm homicides and accidents for 20 of the last 25 years. In 2005, homicides accounted for 40 percent of gun deaths. Accidents accounted for 3 percent. The remaining 2 percent included legal killings, such as when police do the shooting, and cases that involve undetermined intent.

  • Public-health researchers have concluded that in homes where guns are present, the likelihood that someone in the home will die from suicide or homicide is much greater.

  • More than 90 percent of suicide attempts using guns are successful, while the success rate for jumping from high places was 34 percent. The success rate for drug overdose was 2 percent, the brief said, citing studies.
Pregnant woman murdered for fetus

Police said a pregnant woman was fatally stabbed multiple times in the chest and her nearly full-term baby was cut from her womb. A 23-year-old woman has been arrested.

The baby boy was hospitalized at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane in critical condition.

Another woman has been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder and is accused of trying to pass the infant boy off as her own in calls made late Friday night to emergency dispatchers.


Jeff said...

I wish I were there to see the Circus animal breakout! Ha Ha Ha

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