writes: "(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ — Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged. People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either."
All I have to say is: Let the disorder, destruction, and chaos..... BEGIN!
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writes: "FTA: PARIS — Scotch tape is not only see-through, it can also see through, for the product can be used to take X-rays, bemused scientists say.
Peeling tape from a roll of Scotch releases tiny bursts of X-rays that are powerful enough to take images of bones in fingers and hands, researchers have found.
The unusual discovery was made by a University of California at Los Angeles team, intrigued after hearing that Soviet scientists in the 1950s found that sticky tape, when separated at the right speed, released pulses in the X-ray part of the energy spectrum.
Reporting in Thursday's issue of the British-based science journal Nature, the investigators used a motorised peeling machine to unwind a standard roll (25.4 metres in length by 19 mm) of Photo Safe 3M Scotch tape at a speed of three centimetres (1.18 inches) a second."Link to Original Source
writes: "A California man who has defaulted on nine homes and expects banks to foreclose on all of them, forcing him into bankruptcy, says he now considers it a mistake to have invested in the real estate market." — With the current U.S. housing crisis still claiming victims by the thousands, if not millions, and talk of a Government-bailout going around, do we want this types of homeowner (the kind who own MULTIPLE houses) to recieve government help, along with the rest of us who are struggling to own just ONE house? Aside from the fact he owns 10 houses, Mr. Forgaard knew full well that he was playing a dangerous game that he shouldn't be playing, yet still did: "I knew I was sitting on time bombs...I knew the market was going to go soft and I knew that property values would decline. But I figured that I had enough equity to survive the storm and sell or take the loss and refinance". The vast majority of homeowners caught up in the housing crisis own just one home; The one they currently live in. Should taxpayers foot the bill to bailout multiple-home owners like Mr. Forgaard as well as your average single-home owner? A "Heartbreaking Story", or "Just Desserts"?Link to Original Source
writes: Frivolous lawsuits have reached a new low: Roy L. Pearson Jr. is suing a family owned and operated dry cleaning business in Washington, D.C. for losing a pair of his pants. The amount he is asking for: $54 million, which is down from his original asking of $67 million, and has so far rejected three attempts at a settlement. He is also seeking $15,000 for the use of a rental car so he can take his dry cleaning to a different cleaners for the next 10 years. If you are already one who is peeved by such outlandish lawsuits, their is one last twist: Roy L. Pearson is currently an Administrative Law judge for the City of Washington, D.C., and is no longer seeking damages in regards to the pants. The old adage "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client." couldn't be truer, especially since Pearson is representing himself.
Full Story: http://www.komotv.com/news/national/7965977.htmlLink to Original Source
writes: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — When the aliens finally invade Earth, you may wish you had listened to Travis Taylor and Bob Boan. And if the invasion follows the plot of a typical Hollywood blockbuster, they might also be the guys called in at the last minute to save the day. After all, they have written "An Introduction to Planetary Defense", a primer on how humanity can defend itself if little green men wielding death rays show up at our cosmic doorstep. And yes, they're serious.
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0 934498720070425?src=042507_1221_ARTICLE_PROMO_also _on_reuters