Sunday, November 30, 2003

Phoenix - Police to escort firefighters

Police to escort firefighters: "Firefighters will not respond to one south Phoenix neighborhood without a police escort after a fire captain was punched in the face and his crew threatened on a medical call last week."

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

The Sustainable Metropolis | Metropolis Magazine

The Sustainable Metropolis | Metropolis Magazine: "WELCOME TO THE SUSTAINABLE METROPOLIS

If you're looking for ideas that will make our world healthier and more just, you're on the right page."

via Marylaine Block's NEAT NEW STUFF newsletter.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Pit bull attacks S.F. police horse

Pit bull attacks S.F. police horse / Cop, dog, pet owner hurt in Golden Gate Park: "A pit bull was shot, a cop and a dog walker were rushed to the hospital, and a police horse named 'AAA Andy' was badly hurt but alive -- all this after a chance encounter between two animals on a crisp Sunday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. "

Illinois Attorney General sues Bernard Haldane for Fraud

Office of the Illinois Attorney General - Press Releases:"Chicago – With the economy continuing to struggle and jobs hard to come by, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed suit against a career counseling company that allegedly deceived its clients to obtain advance fees for its services."

Woman Too Busy for Free Shopping Spree

Yahoo! News: "MADRID (Reuters) - It would be a dream come true for many: a prize of 6,000 euros ($7,118) to spend on a three-hour shopping spree.

But one Spanish woman turned down just that on Friday, saying she was too busy. "

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates dine at San Francisco's Harris' Restaurant - Bill lets Warren Get the Tab

LEAH GARCHIK: "Carnivores: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, man to man and wallet to wallet, dined a deux last Monday night at San Francisco's Harris' Restaurant on Van Ness.

As to which of the two richest men in the country picked up the steakhouse tab, it was Buffett, second richest, and he paid cash. Sometimes the gracious thing for the big guy to do is to let the little guy feel extravagant. "

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Gr8 trouble in Scrabble world over txt words

Telegraph | News | Gr8 trouble in Scrabble world over txt words: "Players of the lexicographical board game are caught up in an unseemly row over whether to allow words used in mobile telephone text messages."

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Curry 'may slow Alzheimer's'

BBC News | HEALTH | Curry 'may slow Alzheimer's': "A spicy ingredient of many curries may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, say researchers. "

Racial prejudice makes you stupider, new research finds

Racial prejudice makes you stupider, new research finds / Encounters with another race made whites perform worse on cognitive test: "To the litany of arguments against prejudice, scientists are now adding a new one: Racism can make you stupid. "

Jackie Speier -- moving on, moving up

Jackie Speier -- moving on, moving up / Survivor of Jonestown ambush plans run for lieutenant governor:

Incredible story about this woman's life.

Sad - Patient arrested in slaying of physician

Oakland Tribune Online - Local & Regional News: "SAN LEANDRO -- A patient at John George Psychiatric Pavilion in unincorporated San Leandro was placed under arrest Thursday on suspicion of killing a doctor in an examination room a day earlier. "

This is sad. - News - Study: 'Oprah' Fans More Likely To Be Stressed - News - Study: 'Oprah' Fans More Likely To Be Stressed: "According to a new study, fans of the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' have higher stress levels than those who are not fans. According to the study, 5 percent of the country's adult population, or 9 million people, said they feel so much stress that they can no longer cope. Half of those said they were fans of the show. "

Sunday, November 16, 2003 - Authorities say hundreds of identities stolen at job fair - Authorities say hundreds of identities stolen at job fair: "Authorities are investigating a company suspected of scamming hundreds of job-hunters out of personal financial information at employment fairs in as many as six states, authorities said. "

BBC NEWS | Health | Brisk walk can strengthen heart

BBC NEWS | Health | Brisk walk can strengthen heart: "Some experts believe that only strenuous activity has any beneficial effect.
But a study of obese adults found moderate exercise was enough to raise the heart beat to recommended levels. "

Urban Sprawl: the Big Picture

Urban Sprawl: the Big Picture: "Earth-orbiting satellites are collecting valuable data that reveal the environmental impact of fast-growing cities."

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Doh! Homer's health is beyond a joke

Times Online - Health: "Experts at the Institute of Physics have calculated that the US cartoon hero eats an average of 130g of fat every day, more than the recommended 83g for a man of his age. His love of junk food means that most of this would be saturated fat, leading to sky-high cholesterol levels.

His daily lifestyle of driving to work, sitting around at the nuclear plant, then plonking himself in front of the television in the evening would make matters worse. Weighing in at more than 17st, he would be clinically obese, chronically unfit and in severe danger of developing heart disease. "

Fijians apologise for ancestral cannibalism in bid to lift curse

News: "The descendants of an English missionary eaten by cannibals in Fiji 136 years ago will receive an apology today at a ceremony staged in the village where he met his grisly end."