Archive for May, 2008
DETROIT – The only races seen at the Detroit River on Saturday were the ones shown on jumbo video screens.
Wind forced the organizers of the Red Bull Air Race World Series to postpone qualifying rounds.
Twelve pilots had been expected to reach speeds of up to 230 mph as they zipped through inflated obstacles in the river. But winds gusting to more than 59 mph prevented the planes from flying as scheduled. Continue Reading »
Ford Motor Co. confirmed it will build its new global car, the Fiesta, in Mexico for future sale in North America as part of a $3 billion investment in the country. Chances are that the car will become popular with locals in the country of Mexico as the Fiesta will have a body shell made of straw with bright colors. Also expected to come as standard accessory with each car is a baseball bat and a blindfold. Continue Reading »
14-year-old Sam Hawthorne of Dudley England was “attacked” by a shark in his bedroom while sleepwalking. The teen was caught in the jaws of the beast for 15 minutes and drenched in blood before his parents could free him. The holiday souvenir on the wall left a small scar and the boy took a few days off from school.
A 50-year-old Florida man hired a maid to clean his home in the nude. Authorities say the women who arrived in a skimpy light colored one-piece dress was left alone in the bedroom to clean. When the man’s wife returned home from vacation she discovered the maid had stripped the home of valuables.
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The United States is “stuck” with its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba because it cannot figure out what to do with suspects who cannot be charged or set loose, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.
Gates told lawmakers that he still believes the prison should be closed, but has not found a way to do it.
“Senator, I think the brutally frank answer is we’re stuck. And we’re stuck in several ways,” he told Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Continue Reading »
A U.S. Navy plane apparently accidentally crossed into Venezuela’s airspace Saturday night, triggering protests from that country, according to a U.S. defense official familiar with the report.
The S-3 Viking aircraft, based in Curacao, was on a training mission in international airspace near Los Roques Island, Venezuela, and experienced “intermittent navigational problems,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Continue Reading »
Microsoft Corp. has blamed computer makers for some of the problems users have encountered after updating to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), according to a company support document.
The document also showed that the “endless reboot” problem some users have reported after installing XP SP3 was neither unanticipated or new; Microsoft updated the document on the same day it released the service pack, and the company indicated that the same thing happened nearly four years ago when it rolled out Windows XP SP2. Continue Reading »
As of December 2006 there wer 2,258,983 prisoners in Federal or State prisons or in local jails. Approximately 2% of those prisoners were in for check fraud. None of those prisoners could hold a checkbook to Chrles Ray Fuller though. Fuller attempted to cash a check at a Forth Worth Bank for $360 billion.
Apparently the cashier was suspicious of the check amount and called the check’s original owner. Fuller’s girlfriend’s mother stated she knew nothing of the check and that Fuller was not authorized to take or cash the check. It seems that she didn’t bother telling the bank employee whether her account balance could cover the amount. Continue Reading »