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Slain woman predicted her own death

By Bill Torpy
Donna Kristofak was terrified and letting the court know it. John S. Kristofak, who was her husband for 19 years, had been arrested six months earlier as he chased her in a Wal-Mart parking lot. In his car were a butcher’s knife and what police called “a suicide note.”

During a court hearing Oct. 12, Mrs. Kristofak begged a Cobb County judge not to release him from jail. “I fear for my life,” she told Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, telling the judge that a court-issued order of protection would not stop her crazed ex-spouse.

Early Thursday, fugitive squads arrested Kristofak, 58, after a short struggle at a Motel 6 in Union City, ending a publicized five-day manhunt. He was charged with doing exactly what he’d promised earlier this year: murder.

Late Saturday morning, Kristofak allegedly entered the garage of his 48-year-old ex-wife’s East Cobb home and stabbed her once in the upper torso, according to a warrant. She died later at a hospital.

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http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/slain-woman-predicted-her-own-death/nTgj4/

Volunteers toughen up bobcat kitten who's too nice

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.


The friendly baby bobcat was only a few weeks old and had burned paws and infected eyes when fire crews found her in August while battling a 75,000-acre fire in the Plumas National Forest. They named her Chips, after the wildfire.

Volunteers at the Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville now are trying to toughen the kitten up, with plans to release her back into the wild next spring, The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/WTOqHJ ) reports.

As part of her training regimen, Chips has had to start chasing down her own mice and rabbits for meals and stop sleeping on a soft bed like the one she'd grown accustomed to while she was receiving medical treatment.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Volunteers-toughen-up-bobcat-kitten-who-s-too-nice-4149186.php

What cities would look like without light pollution



Have you ever wondered what the night sky might look like with all the city and street lights turned off? Thierry Cohen from Paris did, and through his imagination and exploration, created a digital project called “Darkened Cities.”




http://thierrycohen.com/pages/work/starlights.html#

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http://www.visualnews.com/2012/12/26/darkened-cities/

Dozens of Cement People Dangling from Umbrellas in a Prague Office Building





These cement figures dangling from umbrellas within a narrow space inside the EBC office center in Prague are part of a installation titled Slight Uncertainty by Czech artist Michal Trpák. Check out much more of his sculptural work on his website.

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http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/12/dozens-of-cement-people-dangling-from-umbrellas-in-a-prague-office-building/

A Cathedral Made from 55,000 LED Lights








The Luminarie De Cagna is an imposing cathedral-like structure that was recently on display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The festival was host to almost 30 exhibitions including plenty of 3D projection mapping, fields of luminous flowers, and a glowing phone booth aquarium, however with 55,000 LEDs and towering 28 meters high the Luminarie De Cagna seems to have stolen the show. ( via stijn coppens, sacha vanhecke, sector271)

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/01/a-cathedral-made-from-55000-led-lights/

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Senate OKs Warrantless Email Snooping

by Andrew Kaczynski
BuzzFeed Staff

Posted Dec 26, 2012 7:45am EST
Legislation sent to President Obama this week quietly removed language in a bill that would have — for the first time — forced law enforcement to obtain a warrant to read Americans' email. Currently, private email that has been stored by a third party for more than 180 days can be accessed by the government without a warrant.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had added a provision to legislation demanding that law enforcement or government agencies show probable cause for email searches. The provision was added to a bill aimed to allow users the ability to post on their Facebook feeds what they are watching on video services. The bill, the Video Privacy Protection Act, changed laws passed in 1988 that made it illegal disclose someone's video rental history following the leak of failed-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork's video history to the Washington City Paper.

The bill was praised by Netflix as a modernization of the law "giving consumers more freedom." It passed the Senate on a voice vote, but without the language that would have forced law enforcement to obtain warrants rather than simply subpoenas to snoop into private emails.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the removal.

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/senate-approves-warrantless-email-snooping
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