Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
- The Sideshow4 hrs ago
Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., parents of George Zimmerman, have filed a lawsuit against comedian and former presidential candidate Roseanne Barr, claiming that their lives were harmed after Barr allegedly posted their home address on Twitter in 2012.
- The Sideshow7 hrs ago
Score one for Team Mammal.
In addition to their reputation for being hungry (HUNGRY!), hippos are also known for being rather ruthless, and one of Africa's most dangerous animals. But let it never be said that the hippopotamus doesn't have a heart.
Case in point: This video captures the moment when a hippo came to the rescue of a gnu that had been attacked by a crocodile.
The heroic hippo chases off the crocodile, then does what it can to help the injured gnu get to shore, pushing it along with its snout.
The photographs (below) were taken by Vadim Onishchenko, 34, who was visiting the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.
He told MailOnline: "I've heard of cases where the animal's instinct is to protect other species, I think the hippo's parental instincts took over."
The footage appears to have been taken in 2012. It only recently went viral.
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- The Sideshow10 hrs ago
Crime doesn't pay, especially for the man who tried and failed to rob a convenience store in Victoria, Australia.
The masked man was thwarted by employee Steve Ewart, who wasn't intimidated by the would-be robber's replica gun (despite the robber holding the gun in an I-mean-business sideways manner).
The robber, yet to be identified, had little choice but to turn around and exit. He didn't even grab a loaf of bread on his way out.
The security footage doesn't have sound, but Ewart, 46, spoke to MailOnline.com about the experience. The conversation was part "Dirty Harry," part "Dumb and Dumber."
"He told me 'give me all your money.' And I said: 'It's not going to happen.' Then he pulled the gun out. Now, I've been around guns all my life and I knew he had a replica gun. So I said to him again: 'It's not going to happen.'"
"Then he had another go and said: 'Do you want to test me, mate?'"
- Yahoo News1 day ago
Twenty years ago, doctors told Don Brouillette he had about two weeks to live. But decades later the Omaha resident is still going strong, thanks to a heart transplant that gave him another chance, KETV reports.
In 1994, when Brouillette first got the news that he needed a new heart, the procedure was considered risky. Bypass surgery failed the previous year, according to a blog from the Nebraska Medical Center.
Brouillette told KETV that when he was going down to the operating room, he had a 50-50 chance he'd be coming back.
"We were treading in waters that we hadn't put our feet in yet," Dr. Thomas Sears, a cardiologist at the Nebraska Medical Center where Brouillette received the transplant, told KETV. “He turned out to be our first cardiac transplantation that we actually had that was done at our institution."
- Yahoo News1 day ago
A 9-year-old boy's quick thinking helped save the lives of his mom and brother after a fire broke out in their New Bedford, Mass., home Saturday, WCVB.com reports.
The third-grader remained remarkably calm during the 911 call, reporting that his house was on fire and that people were trapped in an upstairs room.
New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes praised the boy's actions, saying, "He was giving us the information that there were people trapped. Fire safety training is provided to all third-graders in the New Bedford public schools to prepare them to take action during emergencies like this," according to WCVB.
The 911 call, which you can hear via the above video from WCVB, also features the boy's father, who can be heard screaming, "I can't go up there, there's too much smoke!"
District Fire Chief Michael Dandurand told NECN that the boy "heard the smoke detector, woke up, woke up his parents, and made the call."
- Yahoo News1 day ago
After a state audit revealed massive corruption, the Florida town of Hampton could be completely wiped off the map if state lawmakers have their way, CNN reports.
Critics of the town (population less than 500) argue that it has long existed for the sole purpose of enforcing a speed trap on a 1,260-foot stretch of highway. Issued tickets (12,698 between 2011 and 2012, according to the New York Times) resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
But where did the money go? No one knows. Auditors were told by city officials that some of the records were "lost in the swamp," according to CNN.
CNN notes that while it does have a bloated police department, the town isn't filled with McMansions or flashy cars.
- Yahoo News4 days ago
Busted for a crime in the Steel City? Plan to call Dan.
"As a criminal defense attorney and as somebody who is a cinefile and film buff, I'm aware of the trope, which is why I decided to do the sendup of the trope," Muessig, a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, told Yahoo News.
- Yahoo News5 days ago
A lack of clean drinking water is a major problem in many parts of the world. A scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks he may have come up with a low-cost solution: sticks.
Yes, sticks. Rohit Karnik recently co-authored a study published in the journal PLOS ONE that details how xylem can be used to filter bacteria from water, NPR reports. Xylem, for those whose grasp of botany is tenuous, is a kind of "vascular tissue" in trees and plants "primarily involved in transporting water and nutrients."
Karnik told NPR xylem has "membranes with pores and other mechanisms by which bubbles are prevented from easily spreading and flowing in the xylem tissue." Those pores, Karnik found, could also be used in the filtering of bacteria in water.
- Yahoo News5 days ago
This week, high school students were given a surprise gift — the dreaded essay portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test would be going optional in spring 2016, along with a host of other changes to the annual exam.
No longer would stressed students be forced to come up with thoughtful and well-reasoned responses to prompts such as, "Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present?"
The New York Times examined the motivations behind the changes, and it essentially boils down to one thing: money.
The genuine hope and goal of David Coleman, president of the College Board (the organization that administers the SAT), is that the SAT can once again be used as a test that actually helps to level the playing field instead of making a college education less accessible to certain groups.
- Yahoo News6 days ago
A haunting new video from the U.K.-based Save the Children charity asks viewers to remember that although the Syrian conflict is happening far away, that doesn't mean it isn't really happening.
The roughly 90-second clip, shot like a series of one-second-a-day selfies of a young girl, starts with a birthday celebration. Things continue as one might expect: trips to the playground, fun with friends.
But all the while, there are ominous undertones. Newscasters in the background speak of violence. Newspapers feature headlines of martial law. A man shouts at another man about how somebody "deserved to get shot."
Then, things really get rough. There's a bombing. The lights go out. The water stops running. People begin to flee the city en mass. Gas masks are worn, bullets fly, people scream, the girl looks around, saying, "Where are we?"
Which is sort of the point. The video is supposed to be taking place in a nightmare version of Britain. But Save the Children wants viewers to see that the video's chaos and violence is a reality for the children of Syria.