Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • No pictures! Squirrel pulls a Baldwin on selfie-taking teen

    Park-dwelling squirrels and Hollywood celebs have something in common: Neither like to have their picture taken.

    A teenage boy and his mother were hiking through John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor, Fla., when they came across a particularly adorable squirrel.

    Brian Genest, 17, stopped to take a selfie with the rodent. At first things went well. But then, a moment later, chaos.

    The squirrel went haywire, leaping onto Brian's back and then down his shirt, all while his mom snapped pictures of the melee with her own camera.

    The initial selfie and the ensuing behind-the-scenes madness quickly went viral. Brian spoke to WFTS about his run-in with the furry creature.

    "I just started flailing around," Brian said. "The only way I could get it off me was I ended up doing a stop-drop-and-roll kind of thing."

    As for mom, she ended up helping her son, but only after she got a few snapshots of the battle between man and beast.

    Something tells us Brian's going to remember this when Mother's

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  • Hero dies from knife injuries after fighting off stranger's attacker

    Not all heroic deeds have happy endings. Sometimes, they result in tragedy.

    Southern California resident Troy Cansler, 47, is no doubt a hero. After witnessing the stabbing of a woman who was holding her toddler in a grocery store parking lot on Sunday evening, Cansler intervened. The attacker ran off with the woman's purse and then stabbed Cansler, who had given chase. Cansler died from his injuries.

    The woman, Krystina Hanrahan, is now recovering at home. She was stabbed five times, twice in the arm and three times in the chest. The child was apparently unhurt.

    Speaking to KTLA-TV about the incident, Hanrahan said, "He was an angel, I mean, I talked to his mother today and I told her, 'I thank you so much for raising somebody that would put their life on the line for — he had no idea who I was."

    Cansler's 12-year-old daughter, Jordyn Glazier, told KTLA-TV, "I'm very proud. He was everything I could ask for in a dad. Everything and more."

    Speaking to CBS-Los Angeles, Jordyn said, "He

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  • Pit bull that mauled young boy finds home in shelter run by 'Sheriff Joe'

    Attorney who represented dog explains how Mickey's life was spared

    A pit bull that attacked a 4-year-old Arizona boy earlier this year will live out the rest of his days at a jail-turned-animal shelter run by controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and staffed by sheriff's deputies and inmates with special privileges.

    In February, Kevin Vicente wandered into a backyard where Mickey the dog was chained. The dog reportedly attacked the boy, biting into his face. Kevin required multiple surgeries following the attack.

    A month later the dog was sentenced to be defanged, neutered and sent to live in a no-kill shelter. Following that ruling, attorneys representing the dog's interests were tasked with finding a shelter that would take in Mickey.

    Yahoo News spoke with John Schill, who served as attorney for Mickey. "Back in February, I was contacted by a group called the Lexus Project that establishes trusts for the defense of dogs," he explained.

    A Facebook page titled "Save Mickey" has more than 70,000 likes. Schill pointed out that no donations

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  • Surreal exchange during legal deposition recreated by New York Times

    'When you say "photocopying machine," what do you mean?'

    Will you laugh? Yes. Will you cry? Yes. Will you, after watching the above video, wish you could sit in on a deposition whenever you wanted to be entertained?

    If they were all like this one — absolutely.

    This video, produced for the New York Times, recreates an actual word-for-word conversation between a lawyer and a man being deposed for a court case involving the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office in Ohio.

    The lawyer's initial question involved photocopiers. Does the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office have any? A seemingly simple inquiry that took a turn for the surreal after the witness, an IT expert, asked the lawyer to define what he meant by photocopier.

    Their exchange is maddening, a mixture of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" and the absurdity of "Catch-22." And it's all verbatim. Somewhere, several years ago, people actually had this conversation as a stenographer took notes and, presumably, did his or her best not to jump out a window.

    The actual case that inspired the

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  • Denver neighborhood fights back against racist letter

    Copies of an anonymous and hateful letter left in the Whittier neighborhood of Denver ended up having the opposite effect than their author likely intended.

    Instead of dividing the neighborhood and frightening residents, the letter served to bring the community together and rally behind "Miss Monica," an 81-year-old African-American woman who was the target of the letter. It read, "the n----- at [her address] needs to hg [sic] to the ghetto theres [sic] no room for n------ or jews in this area," according to CBS-Denver.

    The woman was unaware that she'd received the letter until police came to her door and told her about it.

    Via ABC-7:

    "Police came up and rang the doorbell. He asked me if I had been having any problems with the neighbors, I told him 'no.' He asked me if my kids have been having problems at school, I told him 'no.' He said, 'Well, has anybody bothered you?' I said 'no.' He said, 'Well I don't really want to show you this. I have a letter in my car that's been distributed

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  • It's all Greek, and then some: $1K offered to decipher strange notes in Homer's 'Odyssey'

    University of Chicago hopes to solve mystery of margin text in 1504 edition

    A page from Book 11 of Homer's Odyssey with unidentified margin notes. (University of Chicago)

    Once upon a time, somebody read this 1504 edition of Homer's "Odyssey," and, apparently taken by it, wrote in the margins of Book 11, which describes the journey to the underworld of Hades.

    The man who donated the book to the University of Chicago wants to solve the mystery of what was handwritten around the text, and is offering $1,000 to whoever can successfully decipher the notes.

    The unidentified donor suspects the script is a kind of 19th-century shorthand, possibly French, but "he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date," according to the University of Chicago.  The notes appear on only two pages.

    It may be worth noting the University of Chicago is the same institution where, in 2012, a mysterious package arrived, addressed to "Henry Walton Jones, Jr.," better known as Indiana Jones. It turns out the item was a replica from the 1989 film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." The piece of memorabilia had apparently been sold online

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  • In your car when a tornado strikes? Here's what to do

    Sunday's deadly tornadoes that struck the central and southern United States left at least 16 dead and many more injured or dealing with devastating property damage.

    While many who found themselves in the paths of the storms took refuge in safe rooms or shelters, others were caught behind the wheel, in a car. If this happens to you, what are you supposed to do?

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offer similar tips on how to stay as safe as possible. One of the main rules: Don't hide under the embankment of an overpass. While it may seem like a safe move, you're actually increasing your risk of injury or worse, according to You're more likely to be struck by debris, the wind is stronger than at ground level, and the wind will change direction as the vortex passes, according to a 1999 presentation from the National Weather Association.

    Other things to remember: Get to shelter if you can, which is the preferable option.

    But assuming you're in the

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  • Video shows ferry captain abandoning ship


    Newly released footage from the Republic of Korea Coast Guard shows Captain Lee Jun-seok abandoning his sinking ferry with the help of rescue personnel.

    The ferry capsized on April 16 off the coast of the island of Jindo. A total of 476 people were on board the ferry, many of them high school students. Nearly two weeks later, officials have confirmed the deaths of 187 passengers, but many are still unaccounted for and are presumed to have drowned. Including the captain, 174 people were rescued.

    In the video, Lee can be seen wearing a dark sweater and underwear. The ferry appears to be at a steep incline as the captain is assisted onto a rescue vessel. The footage is only a few seconds long.

    Lee had 40 years of experience at sea at the time of the sinking. He has said he is "deeply ashamed" of his actions. He was arrested and charged with negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. He faces life in prison.

    Lee has drawn heavy criticism from all sides, including South Korean

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  • Wedding crashers apologize to bride after footage of shenanigans goes viral

    Public service announcement: You're not Vince Vaughn. You're not Owen Wilson. The crashing of weddings is best left to the professionals.

    An unidentified couple who imposed on a wedding in Valley Forge, Pa., in January learned that the hard way when they were busted after footage of their shenanigans went viral.

    "It's tacky. I think it's rude, because that's somebody's special day and you're impeding on it," bride Krista Reilly told WPVI.

    The bride discovered the crashers when the reception was in full swing.

    "They were sitting at a table where it was just my cousins. ... I knew they didn’t belong," she told

    "They were dressed to go — they were ready for the wedding," Reilly's mother, Suzanne Lamlin, told the local news station.

    The mystery crashers were eventually escorted from the reception without incident, according to WPVI.

    But after the wedding photos and video came back, Reilly saw the crashers were all over the place, and she wanted to find out who they were.


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  • Gay veteran denied right to be buried with wife in Idaho cemetery

    Madelynn Taylor, 74, served six years in the United States Navy. When she passes away, she says, she wants to be buried with the ashes of her late wife, Jean Mixner, in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

    But there's a problem. Because gay marriage isn't recognized in Idaho, Taylor's wish has been denied, even though the cemetery allows opposite-sex spouses to be buried or interred with veterans, reports. 

    "I'm not surprised," Taylor said to "I've been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well discriminate against me in death as well as life.

    "I don't see where the ashes of a couple old lesbians is going to hurt anyone," she continued. The couple were first married in 1995 and then legally married again in California in 2008. Mixner died in 2012.

    "I could take the same documents and get buried in Arlington if I needed to, with no problems," Taylor told "But here they said it's a state veterans cemetery, not a national cemetery. So we have to

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