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Florida man arrested, squawks, calls himself "Pterodactyl"

When Polk County sheriff's deputies asked him his name, he squawked.

"Pterodactyl," he told them after a brief chase through the Legoland Florida water park.

Richard Campagna, 36, of 23040 Bradford Ave. in Port Charlotte, was arrested at the end of the incident that lasted about 30 minutes on Wednesday after causing a ruckus at the water park, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

The Sheriff's Office said he is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony, for splashing water on a deputy, as well as disorderly conduct and resisting officers without violence.


http://www.theledger.com/article/20140710/NEWS/140719901/0/PHOTOS51?p=1&tc=pg

UAW to establish local union for Chattanooga VW plant

Source: USA Today

The United Auto Workers union will announce Thursday that it's forming a union local in Chattanooga to represent employees at the Volkswagen plant there.

Participation will be voluntary, and the German automaker will not recognize the union formally until a majority of its workers have joined, UAW officials confirmed.

"We will be announcing a local, and we would fully expect that Volkswagen would deal with this local union if it represents a substantial portion of its employees," UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel of Ashland City, Tenn., said Thursday. "It's dependent on the employees and what they want to do."

Read more: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=post&forum=1014

U.S. Senate confirms San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head HUD

Source: Houston Chronicle

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be President Obama’s next housing and urban affairs secretary, a post that will raise his profile in national politics.

The vote was 71 to 26, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joining the GOP opposition.

With Democrats in control of the Senate, and only a majority vote needed to confirm Castro’s nomination to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there was little open debate about the 39-year-old mayor.

The vote was widely expected after Castro won the public backing of fellow Texan John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. In a Senate hearing last month, Cornyn called the 39-year-old mayor an “example that the American dream is still very much alive.”

Read more: http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2014/07/u-s-senate-confirms-san-antonio-mayor-julian-castro-to-head-hud/

Woman only eating pet food for 30 days

Chew on this: A woman in Richland, Washington, is on a 30-day mission to eat nothing but pet food.

Dorothy Hunter embarked on the bizarre diet June 19 while stocking shelves at her business, Paws Natural Pet Emporium.

"I didn't have time to go get a snack, so I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, wow, you know, these read better than normal people treats," she told KNDO TV. "So I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days."

So far, she doesn't have a bone to pick with the foods she's eating -- to a point.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/dorothy-hunter_n_5567082.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

Domino's store accidentally charges a guy $300,000 for one of their disgusting pizzas

A teenager who ordered a pizza from Domino’s ended up with a massive overdraft charge on his bank account after a cashier accidentally charged him more than $300,000.

The pizza price gouging happened in the town of Newport in England to a high schooler named Nathaniel Bolwell. He found himself feeling hungry late one night and since most of the restaurants and shops were closed, he gave his local Domino’s Pizza a call. He ordered a large pie, some drinks and a couple of sides, an order that normally costs around $30 but the next time he tried to use his debit card, it came back as overdrawn. Bolwell didn’t have a lot of money in his account but he knew it shouldn’t have been overdrawn because he didn’t make any huge purchases and his card hadn’t been stolen. So he called the bank to find out that his account was overdrawn to the tune of 178,000 pounds or roughly $300,000 in American dollars.

Needless to say, the Domino’s Pizza franchise that ran his order made a mistake. The cashier who charged him for his order accidentally tacked on his four digital bank authorization code onto the price of his purchase and they failed to notice their little mistake in time. The bank and restaurant realized the error and Bowell’s extreme overdraft charges have since been corrected.

The amazing part is that the bank who handles the restaurant’s transactions still charged Bowell 178,000 pounds. Who in the hell would spend $300,000 on pizza with one order? I mean besides affluent stoners who are so spoiled that their math and financial comprehension skills were already in the toilet before they toked up.


http://coed.com/2014/07/08/dominos-charges-teen-300k-for-pizza-not-this-one/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

Since it's from Domino's, I'm not even sure it's worth $.30, much less that amount.

Hillsborough County (you know which state!) construction hacked, displays very obscene message

Sarah Carpenter saw that message as she drove home from the drive-in movie theater in Ruskin.

Her 11-year-old brother and 6-year-old son were in the car with her.

"We are driving and I look over and I have to do a double take,” Carpenter said. “I am like what does that say?"

The sight distracted her as she tried to merge into an open lane. Her brother sat in the passenger seat of her car.


http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/road-construction-sign-hacked-in-hillsborough-county

Florida man steals police cruiser while 'cuffed

A Florida man is in Houston County jail after a deputy said he stole his cruiser Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, 21-year-old Seth Ray Stewart, was handcuffed - behind his back - when he allegedly took the car.

Capt. Ronnie Harlowe told 13WMAZ that just after 1 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Brett Sanders pulled Stewart and another man over on I-75 for speeding.

"He'd stopped a violator for 87 in a 70. He got the vehicle stopped and there was also a passenger in that vehicle," he said.


http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/local/warner-robins/2014/07/07/man-accused-of-stealing-deputys-vehicle/12296919/

Guy raises $15,000+ on Kickstarter - for potato salad

The man behind Kickstarter’s $44,000 $15,000 (and counting) campaign says he’s ready for the challenge. In fact, after more than 1,900 people inexplicably committed their hard-earned dollars to fund Zack Danger Brown’s quest to make his first-ever batch of potato salad, Brown said in an interview that he feels “no pressure at all.”

“We will not be letting the Internet down,” Brown said confidently in an interview Monday from Columbus, Ohio.

The potato salad “project” is in some ways a classic encapsulation of the Internet’s promise and potential peril. Brown kept his goal simple: Help him raise $10 to try his hand at a bowl of potato salad. Mayo or vinegar based? He didn’t even know.

“Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet,” he wrote Saturday.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/07/07/44000-for-potato-salad-the-man-behind-the-bizarre-kickstarter-campaign-explains/

This Bus Is Transforming The Lives Of San Francisco's Homeless

Motivated by the belief that everyone has the right to be clean, Doniece Sandoval founded LavaMae, a non-profit with an innovative idea: take old, unused city buses and retrofit them with fully functioning showers for homeless people to use. Last weekend, LavaMae, a play on the Spanish word for “wash me,” launched its first mobile bus.

“Our buses were designed in consultation with homeless people,” Sandoval told ThinkProgress, a process that has taken over a year.

For example, many homeless women expressed concern for their safety and privacy while showering. As a result, Sandoval and her team designed two individual shower pods in each bus, one of which is accessible for persons with disabilities.

Each pod includes not only a shower, but also a toilet, sink, and a space to temporarily store one’s things. Each bus will permit around 30 people to shower on a given day. Once all four buses are running, Sandoval estimates they will be able to provide more than 2,000 showers per week.


http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/07/02/3432315/san-francisco-mobile-shower-buses/

Former monk plans to use $115 million lottery prize to support the arts

Cockrum, 58, bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville on June 11. Before becoming a millionaire, he worked for 20 years as an actor and stage manager for theater and TV productions.

He later became known as Brother Roy, as he followed a call to religious service with The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal religious community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to the society's "Rule of Life," members of the monastic order take "lifelong vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience in an enduring fellowship."

Cockrum said he plans to use most of the money to start a foundation that will support performing arts organizations around the country.

"It's going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches," he said during a news conference. Beyond that, Cockrum had little to say and let lottery officials do most of the talking.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/04/roy-cockrum-powerball-jackpot_n_5558398.html
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