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Journal Journal: They didn't name him Ronald

Jan 11, 4:39 PM EST

Ann McDonald gives birth near McDonald's

UNION, Mo. (AP) -- Ann McDonald knew the baby was coming and there wasn't a hospital in sight, so she pulled over and delivered the child outside - what else? - a McDonald's restaurant.

Chayse Westin McDonald was due Wednesday. But on Sunday, Ann McDonald knew her time was getting near - and fast.

Problem was, there is no hospital in this eastern Missouri town, and the closest one in Washington was 15 minutes away.

McDonald and the child's grandmother, Linda Cuneio, got in the car, but it soon became evident they wouldn't make it to a hospital. So they pulled over at a McDonald's in Union. The baby was born beneath the golden arches.

"I was standing by her and I thought I better get something," Cuneio told KMOV-TV in St. Louis. "I better catch this baby. Just at that instance, the (emergency medical technician) walked up."

The irony of the location wasn't lost on mother or grandmother.

"Of course everyone is like, 'Are you going to name him Ronald?,'" Ann McDonald said.

Ann McDonald's husband is serving in Iraq. He is expected home in April.

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Journal Journal: When pigs fly

Wild pigs a nuisance for airport neighbors

An article from Fort Myers headlined "Pig problems: Wild hogs become nuisance," appeared in FLORIDA TODAY Nov. 14 describing a problem that also occurs locally.

Visit the Fountainhead South neighborhood in Melbourne, or any other homes that border Melbourne International Airport. We are overrun with wild pigs.

They have dug up our yards. We get the grass packed down and the next day we have another trench where they have dug it up.

They not only are digging, but also, contrary to what was described in this article, very aggressive. I stepped out my front door Friday evening and one almost ran me over. On Saturday night, my neighbor was approaching my front door and a pig came out after her. These pigs were not cornered and certainly were not in any danger.

I have contacted the Airport Authority, as have several other residents. To date, I have not had a response on any efforts to control our pig population.

Dianne Hacker

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Journal Journal: Half of adults with HIV are women 1

Half of adults with HIV are women

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Women make up nearly half of the 37.2 million adults living with HIV according to a U.N. report released on Tuesday.

"Increasingly the face of AIDS is young and female," said Dr. Kathleen Cravero, deputy executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

It was also revealed that half of all adults are in fact women. What are the odds of that? This is amazing stuff.

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Journal Journal: Apparently he drinks like a fish, too.

Swimmer Phelps charged with drunken driving
Posted: Monday November 8, 2004 5:05PM; Updated: Monday November 8, 2004 5:59PM

Michael Phelps won six gold medals in Athens.
Al Bello/Getty Images

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- Six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps was arrested last week and charged with drunken driving.

A trooper saw the 19-year-old swimming sensation go through a stop sign Thursday night, state police said Monday. The trooper saw signs of intoxication and arrested Phelps for driving under the influence, police said.

Phelps also was charged with violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21.

"I made a mistake." Phelps told Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly by phone. "I know it's wrong to get into a car when you've had anything to drink. I'm 19 years old and I made a big mistake. I was taught to take responsibility for your actions so that's why I'm calling."

The swimmer from suburban Baltimore won eight medals at the Athens Olympics, including six golds.

Phelps, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey, was introduced to the crowd before the team's game Sunday night

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Journal Journal: Fans "Return to South Fork". Actor returns to his maker.

MGM Star Howard Keel Dies

by Josh Grossberg
Nov 8, 2004, 10:45 AM PT

Howard Keel, the Hollywood hunk who went from singing and dancing in a such classic movie musicals as Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in his youth to going toe to toe with J.R. Ewing on TV's Dallas in his later years, died Sunday morning at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 85.

Keel was apparently too ill to participate in CBS' Dallas Reunion: Return to South Fork, which was taped before his death and aired on the network Sunday night.

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Journal Journal: These guys jump out of planes all the time...?

October 31, 2004
One dead, five injured in Jacksonville skydiving plane crash
Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE - One person was killed and five others were injured when a plane carrying skydivers crashed Saturday at a small airport, officials said.
The identities of the victims aboard the Cessna 206 weren't immediately released.
The plane, operated by Skydive Jacksonville, crashed shortly after noon, Jacksonville police spokesman Ken Jefferson told The Florida Times-Union for its Sunday editions.
Investigators said one person died at the scene. Five others, including the pilot, were hospitalized; one person was critically injured, while the remaining passengers suffered only minor injuries, Jefferson said.
Officials said the plane crashed at Herlong Airport, which is where Skydive Jacksonville is based.
A woman who answered the telephone at Skydive Jacksonville's offices Saturday evening declined to comment.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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Journal Journal: Body Count's body count now stands at three

NEW YORK (Billboard) -- Dennis Miles, the hockey-masked rhythm guitarist with rapper Ice-T's hard-rock band Body Count, has died after a battle with lymphoma.
Miles, whose stage name was D-Roc, died August 17 in California. He was 45.
Two other members of Body Count have already died: drummer Beatmaster V succumbed to leukemia in 1996 and bassist Mooseman was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2000.

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Journal Journal: Homeless left homeless

Jul 7, 11:48 PM
Police clear away camp that sheltered dozen people
PALM BAY -- They lived deep in the woods, an isolated world not far from the rumble of the railroad tracks and across from a school where children played.
But Tuesday that world ended for at least a dozen homeless people as public works officials cleared away tents and other property from four encampments just off of Robert J. Conlan Boulevard in northeast Palm Bay.
"They had a string of commercial burglaries that led us back to that area," said Palm Bay police Officer George Santiago, who patrols the industrial area where the camps were located.
"It's been there at least a year and had gone unnoticed but it had gotten too large. They even had a warning system and running water," said Santiago, describing the camps as "advanced."

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Journal Journal: Thousands of croaker fish live up to their name

COCOA BEACH -- Dead croakers lined the beach as far as the eye could see Wednesday. Each wave brought more ashore. "It sure is difficult to deal with," said A.J. Hutson, assistant city manager for Cocoa Beach. Hutson sent a cleanup crew to the city's beach parks to pick up the fish. Judging by the thousands of fish bodies on the beach Wednesday, that seemed a losing proposition. Croakers stretched along the sand from Cape Canaveral to Satellite Beach. Earlier this month, similar croaker kills fouled beaches in Ocean City, Maryland and as far north as southern New Jersey. Biologists suspect recent hurricanes may have helped trigger a bacterial or viral disease specific to croakers.
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Journal Journal: Record labels dropping metal bands like crazy

I saw this on the Sony Music message board:

Here's Your Updates On Where Your Favorite Bands Stand:
1.Abandoned Pools Dropped By Warner Bros., Leave Exctasy
2.AC/DC Leave Elektra, Sign With Epic
3.Adem Dropped By Arista
4.Apex Theory Dropped By Dreamworks
5.Beastie Boys Leave Capitol
6.Beautiful Creatures Droped By Warner Bros., Sign W/JVC
7.Bionic(Jive) Dropped By Interscope
8.Jerry Cantrell Dropped By Roadrunner/Island
9.Clutch Dropped By Atlantic, Sign W/Navarre
10.Color Red Dropped By Warner Bros.
11.Craving Theo Dropped By Columbia
12.Crazy Town Dropped By Columbia
13.Cyclefly Dropped By MCA/Geffen
14.Cypress Hill Dropped By Columbia
15.Darwin's Waiting Room Dropped By MCA/Geffen & Break Up
16.Deadsy Dropped By Elementree/Dreamworks
17.Dope Dropped By Flip/Epic & Sign W/Artemis/Koch
18.Down Dropped By Elektra
19.Dragpipe Dropped By Interscope
20.Endo Dropped By Columbia
21.Epidemic Dropped By Elektra
22.Everclear Dropped By Capitol
23.Everlast Dropped By Tommy Boy,Sign With Island
24.Five Pointe O Dropped By Roadrunner/Island & Break Up
25.40 Below Summer Dropped By Sire/Warner Bros., Sign W/?
26.From Zero Dropped By Arista
27.Godhead Dropped By Posthuman/Priority/Capitol, Sign W/Reality/Caroline
28.Goldfinger Dropped By Jive
29.Halfcocked Dropped By Megatronic/Dreamworks
30.Headstrong Dropped By Elektra
31.(hed)P.E. Dropped By Volcano/Jive
32.Kottonmouth Kings Leave Capitol
33.Tommy Lee Dropped By MCA/Geffen
34.Len Dropped By London
35.Loudermilk Dropped By Dreamworks
36.Mad At Gravity Dropped By Artist Direct
37.Marz Dropped By Psychopathic, Sign W/Elementree
38.Matthew Good Band Dropped By Atlantic & Break Up
39.Mesh STL Dropped By Jive
40.Meshuggah Leaves Nuclear Blast
41.Monster Magnet Dropped By Interscope, Signs W/SPV
42.NATAS Dropped By TVT, Signs W/Psychopathic
43.Noise Therapy Dropped By Redline
44.Nonpoint Leaves MCA/Geffen
45.Onesidezero Dropped By Maverick/Warner Bros. & Break Up
46.Orgy Dropped By Elementree/Dreamworks, Start Own Label Called D1
47.Outspoken Dropped By Atlantic
48.Pearl Jam Leaves Epic
49.Pete Dropped By Warner bros.
50.Pillar Dropped By Atlantic
51.Powerman 5000 Dropped By Dreamworks
52.Pressure 4-5 Dropped By Dreamworks
53.Professional Murder Music Dropped By Geffen, Sign W/Caroline
54.Project 86 Dropped By Atlantic, Start Own Label Called Team Black
55.Psycho Realm Dropped By Columbia
56.Pulse Ultra Dropped By Atlantic
57.Puya Dropped By MCA/Geffen
58.RA Dropped By Republic/Universal
59.Reveille Dropped By Elektra & Break Up
60.Sepultra Leaves Roadrunner/Island
61.Slaves On Dope Dropped By MCA/Geffen
62.Spike 1000 Dropped By Columbia
63.Stereomud Dropped By Loud/Columbia & Break Up
64.Systematic Leave Music Co./Elektra
65.Trik Turner Dropped By Interscope
66.Unloco Dropped By Maverick/Warner Bros.
67.Union Underground Leave Columbia
68.Cradle Of Filth Droped By Epic/Red Ink Sign W/Roadrunner/Island
69.Nothingface Droped By TVT & Break Up
70.Grade 8 Dropped By Atlantic
71.Kidneythieves Dropped By Extasy/Warner Bros, Sign W/?
72.Depswa Dropped By Geffen

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Journal Journal: Madonna

"The English Roses" : The wonderful new children's adventure from the author and illustrator of "Sex". It's sure to be as exciting and imaginative as her last opus.

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