BBC journalists nearly stoned to death by crowd who thought they were witch-doctor child killers

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Date: August 14th, 2018

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bbcBBC journalists investigating a string of child murders were nearly stoned to death by a machete-wielding mob who mistook them for the killers.

The team were working undercover in Africa to expose black-magic witch doctors suspected of snatching children and using their body parts as charms for wealthy clients.

One self-confessed killer claimed to suck victims’ blood.

The victims, in northern Malawi in southern Africa, had been beheaded and body parts removed.

The father of one boy told the journalists: “I got a message that his body had been found without a head. I will never forget his face.”

Locals blamed the deaths on black-magic “muti” killers.

Mr Anas tracked down one self-confessed killer, known just as Kamanga, by posing as a businessman trying to increase his wealth with muti magic.

The meeting was interrupted by approaching villagers, who had mistaken the BBC crew for murderers.

Armed with machetes, knives, clubs and stones, they accused the team of being “vampires”.

“You have made a big mistake,” one of the crew warned them, showing a BBC identity card.

The team were eventually saved by community police and a local chief but were injured by the stoning. One of their cars was smashed up.

Reporters from BBC Africa had teamed up with Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an undercover journalist who never shows his face, to investigate the murders.

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Walmart awards woman for returning cart in storm

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Date: August 14th, 2018

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cartSue Johnson became an internet sensation earlier this month for doing what she felt was right in the parking lot of a Walmart.

The shopper in West Virginia braved torrential rain just to return her shopping cart.

The video went viral as countless people online remarked that they would have simply left the cart where it was.

And even though Johnson doesn’t see anything special about her action, Walmart did.

A representative for the company said they were so impressed by what Johnson did that they had to repay her kindness.

Walmart surprised her with a year’s supply of grocery pickup. So she doesn’t even have to get out of the car – or return a cart for the next year.

“All I did was the right thing. I didn’t do anything special, except I got wet,” Johnson said.

She also received a trophy reading: “Sue Johnson. A Walmart legend for her most epic cart return.”

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Fan Escorted Out After Putting on Pads, Trying to Practice with Steelers

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Date: August 14th, 2018

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steelersThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Ray Fittipaldo reported Saturday a fan attempted to reach the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice field while wearing yellow football pants and a yellow Steelers jersey.

Fittipaldo noted the fan didn’t help himself by wearing a No. 43 jersey, a number that hasn’t been used by the team since Troy Polamalu’s retirement in April 2015.

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Lunch Ladies Stole Nearly $500,000 in Cash From School Cafeterias

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Date: August 14th, 2018

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lunchIn the well-to-do town of New Canaan, Conn., families pay top dollar to live on picturesque New England streets, frequent the area’s upscale boutiques and send their children to some of the best schools in the state.

But in recent years, a scandal had quietly been brewing at a couple of those schools: Someone had been taking the children’s lunch money — after it had been paid.

For years, cash was disappearing from cafeteria registers at the high school and middle school, apparently unbeknown to school officials. Nearly $500,000 was pilfered from 2012 through 2017, the authorities said.

On Monday, the New Canaan Police Department announced that it had arrested two women: sisters who worked in the cafeteria system.

Joanne Pascarelli, 61, and Marie Wilson, 67, turned themselves in over the weekend and were released on $50,000 bond. They are accused of underreporting how much cash had been collected and taking the remainder. Each was charged with larceny.

Ms. Wilson told the police that “the only thing she is guilty of is feeding a child who had no money or giving somebody a cookie,” the arrest warrant said.

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Firefighters attempt to rescue ‘potty-mouthed’ parrot

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Date: August 14th, 2018

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Firefighters in London responded to a neighborhood where a “potty-mouthed” parrot had flown onto a neighbor’s roof.

The London Fire Brigade said a crew responded to a Edmonton neighborhood where a Macaw parrot named Jessie was reported to have flown the coop and spent three days on a neighbor’s roof, despite rescue attempts from the bird’s owner and the RSPCA.

The brigade said Jessie’s owner was worried the bird might be injured.

“Our crew manager was the willing volunteer who went up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down. We were told that to bond with the parrot, you have to tell her ‘I love you,’ which is exactly what the crew manager did,” firefighter Chris Swallow said.

“While Jessie responded ‘I love you’ back, we then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement. Jessie also speaks Turkish and Greek, so we tried telling her to ‘come’ in both those languages too,” Swallow said.

Firefighters soon discovered the parrot was not injured when she easily flew to another home’s roof.

The crew was unable to capture Jessie, but the bird returned home on her own Monday, the department said.

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Woman Arrested After Terrorizing Neighbors by Playing Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ for 16 Years

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Date: August 13th, 2018

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neighborsEva N., from the Slovakian town of Štúrovo, was recently arrested after defying the Supreme Court’s decision to stop playing a four-minute aria from Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ on loop every day from early in the morning until late at night.

It’s safe to say that Eva N.’s neighbors on Kossuth Street, in Štúrovo, know Verid’s La Traviata by heart.

After all they’ve been forced to listen to it for 16 years, ever since the woman started playing it from loudspeakers on her balconies almost non-stop during the day.

They’ve been trying to get her to stop for years, appealing to both local police and the justice system, but Eva just defied everyone and kept turning on Placido Domingo’s interpretation of La Traviata every morning at around 6 am, and only turned it off at around 10 at night.

Luckily, after over a decade and a half of audio torture, Slovakia’s Supreme Court recently upheld the decision of a lower court that required Eva N. to stop playing her music at loud volume.

She ignored the ruling as she did the previous ones, only this time, she got arrested.

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Crows have been trained to pick up cigarette butts and put them in a bin

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Date: August 13th, 2018

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crowsA murder of crows have been employed by a French theme park to help make the place a bit tidier.

Six of the birds will pick up cigarette ends and small pieces of rubbish in return for food at the Puy du Fou park to the west of the country. Some of them have already started working at the theme park with the rest set to join them next week.

They pick up the pieces of litter from around the park then put the items in a box that released food for good behaviour.

President of the park Nicolas de Villiers, said: ‘The goal is not just to clear up, because the visitors are generally careful to keep things clean’ but also to show that ‘nature itself can teach us to take care of the environment.’

The birds are said to be ‘particularly intelligent’ and in the right circumstances they ‘like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play.’

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Man with pet parrot on his shoulder is rescued from waist-deep mud at Belleville park

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Date: August 13th, 2018

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parrotHe was just trying to rescue his bird, but he ended up needing a rescue himself.

A Belleville man got stuck in waist-deep mud Sunday afternoon when his pet parrot flew off his shoulder and into the center of one of the dredged lakes at Bicentennial Park.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 4:30 p.m. after a bystander in the park heard the man calling for help. When crews arrived, they faced a sticky situation, Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour said.

“He was probably several hundred feet out into the mud with the parrot on his back,” Pour said Sunday evening.

“It was challenging because you couldn’t just walk out there and hoist him out. It was like quicksand.”

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Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft

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Date: August 13th, 2018

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unicornIt was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.

A sheriff’s deputy and a reserve deputy from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office spotted a group of five women on a large, inflatable rainbow unicorn floating on Fish Lake Saturday.

KMSP-TV reports the deputies pulled their squad car over and asked the women for a photo, but noticed the raft was stuck in weeds.

One deputy threw a rope to the women while the other recorded a video. A sheriff’s office tweet says, “With a handful of laughs and some mad rescue roping skills they were pulled back to the dock!”

Deputy Scotty Finnegan, who threw the rope, says the women would have had trouble getting out of the mucky lake unassisted.

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Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals

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Date: August 13th, 2018

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parisA new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.

One of the bright red “urinoirs” installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

“There’s no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot,” said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

“It’s beside the most beautiful townhouse on the island, the Hotel de Lauzun, where Baudelaire lived,” she said, referring to the 19th-century French poet.

She feared the urinal, installed around 20 meters (22 yards) from a primary school, “incites exhibitionism”.

The designer of the “Uritrottoir” – a combination of the French words for urinal and pavement – said it offered an “eco solution to public peeing”. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.

But Ile Saint-Louis locals said the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight their ultra-chic neighborhood.

“It’s horrible,” said the 50-year-old owner of a nearby art gallery, who declined to give his name.

“We’re told we have to accept this but this is absolutely unacceptable. It’s destroying the legacy of the island. Can’t people behave?”

Local mayor Ariel Weil insisted the devices were necessary, however. Paris authorities have rolled out four of the stand-up loos in spots where public peeing has been a problem, and a fifth is planned.

“If we don’t do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets,” he said. “If it is really bothering people, we will find another location.”

Some have even branded their installation discriminatory.

“They have been installed on a sexist proposition: men cannot control themselves (from the bladder point of view) and so all of society has to adapt,” said Gwendoline Coipeault of French feminist group Femmes Solidaires. “The public space must be transformed to cause them minimum discomfort.”

“It’s absurd, no one needs to urinate in the street.”

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Rogue goat may have helped dozens of farm animals escape

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Date: August 12th, 2018

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goatDozens of goats and sheep brought for slaughter escaped from a New Jersey livestock auction house Wednesday night — and the facility’s manager believes another goat who had bolted to freedom more than a year ago helped them to make their getaway.

The animals escaped through an unsecured gate at the Hackettstown Livestock Auction House on West Stiger Street around 9:30 p.m., cops said.

It took about an hour for police and locals to herd about 60 of the livestock back to their pens with a rope and cracked corn, before police re-secured the gate with a piece of rope, police spokesman Sgt. Darren Tynan told the Post.

Auction house manager Bouwe Postma said that those were the only animals who had escaped — but Tynan said that between 10 and 20 more were believed to still be on the loose.

Locals jokingly point the finger at another goat nicknamed Fred that escaped from the same auction market more than a year ago and sporadically pops up around the town. In fact, cops received reports that Fred was in the area a couple of hours before the escape.

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Myrtle Beach man beaten with club after asking for paycheck

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Date: August 12th, 2018

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clubA Myrtle Beach man was beaten Wednesday night after confronting his boss for unpaid work, according to a police report.

Myrtle Beach police officers were called to Tuscanini’s Restaurant, located at 206 7th Ave. North, at 11:30 p.m. for an assault. When officers arrived, the victim, a 55-year-old man, told officers he went to the restaurant to speak with the suspect about unpaid work.

The victim told police he had not been paid for 94 hours of work, for which he was owed $9 per hour, the report states.

While the victim was speaking to the suspect, later identified as 47-year-old Adel Nassr Mansour, Mansour went into the restaurant and returned with a club in his hand. Mansour hit the victim in the arm and over his back several time, the report states.

The victim had obvious bruising, the officer notes, and police were able to pull up nearby city surveillance cameras to verify the victim’s story.

Mansour was arrested and charged with assault and battery third degree.

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German police save man from baby squirrel terror

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Date: August 12th, 2018

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terrorGerman police have come to the rescue of a man being chased by a baby squirrel.

Officers in the south-western city of Karlsruhe responded to the call for help and arrived to see the creature still terrorising the caller.

The squirrel was taken into custody after it abruptly fell asleep.

A police report of the incident say the persistent rodent has become their new mascot, and has been dubbed Karl-Friedrich.

According to the report, baby Karl-Friedrich is being well looked after in an animal rescue centre.

Squirrels are known to chase after human beings when in need of food or help.

Police spokeswoman Christina Krenz told the Guardian squirrels that have lost their mothers can focus their attention on one person as a replacement.

“It can be pretty scary,” she said, determining that the caller “was certainly feeling a bit threatened”.

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Man sends Snapchat of himself covered in blood, police locate dead woman at his home

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Date: August 12th, 2018

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bloodA Snapchat message sent a concerned man to go check on his friend Saturday, leading investigators to a crime scene, Houston police said.

Police said the Snapchat message was of a man who had blood on his body, saying he had done something wrong. The man who received the image alerted the suspect’s parents.

When the parents went to look for their son, they found him covered in blood on a bed with a knife and a woman dead on the floor nearby, officials said. Police believe the woman was the suspect’s girlfriend.

Police said they were called around 7:45 a.m. to the 900 block of Elton Street. When officers arrived, they ordered the man to put the knife down. When he refused, officers used a stun gun him, they said.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital for his injuries and was taken into custody for questioning, police said.

Neighbors were left in shock.

Francisca Flores says she’s known the family for 15 years and said the suspect’s parents were good people but she was always intimidated by the suspect.

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Don’t light roaches on fire

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Date: August 12th, 2018

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bicI was on Netflix at 3am last night and saw a roach running across my room, it stopped and stayed in a corner.

I figured I would try a different method of killing it so I got a long BIC lighter and lit it on fire.

What happened next just about scarred me for life, that thing was still alive and it was like this tiny flame was running all the way across my room, it reminded me of one of the final scenes from Arachnophobia, and it lit one of my socks on fire.

I threw a used towel at the inflamed roach and used water on a night stand to put out the sock but my smoke alarm in my apartment went off and a significant portion of the hard wood floors were charred by both the sock and the roach.

So, don’t be an idiot like me.

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