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Killer whale pod rallies around orca trapped in fisherman's net

A young killer whale is trapped in a fisherman's net. A pod of distressed whales cries out frantically as the youngster struggles to get free. Sightseers aboard a whale-watching boat that arrives to help are stunned at what they see.

"It's a very rare thing," said Nicole Mackay, co-owner of Port McNeill-based Mackay Whale Watching. "I never want to see it again."

While she was out on on the water with customers near Port Hardy Thursday morning, a fisherman radioed Comox coast guard asking for help because a whale had become entangled in his net.

The captain of Mackay's boat realized they were very close to the fisherman's location, and they went to assist. They didn't know what to expect, but something they had heard just minutes earlier gave a clue.

"We had the hydrophone underwater and they were sounding very frantic — their calls weren't their typical calls," Mackay said.



Ready for the Burger Wars

The Daily Edge @TheDailyEdge
Even more worrying then the militarization of the police: The militarization of hamburgers


Mike Luckovich Toon- Threat Response

SpaceX rocket explodes over Texas

By Taylor Hatmaker

A SpaceX rocket appears to have exploded during a test launch at its facility near McGregor, Texas. Reports popping up from McGregor locals who witnessed the failed launch suggest that the test spacecraft was one of SpaceX's unmanned Falcon 9 Reusable rockets (F9R), which were due to undergo tests at low altitudes. 

SpaceX just issued a formal statement addressing the launch via its official Twitter account.



15,000 expected at Staten Island rally for Eric Garner Today

STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – Thousands of marches are expected to descend on Staten Island Saturday for a rally against police brutality in memory of a father who died after being put into an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer.

Eric Garner, 43, died July 17 near Victory Boulevard and Bay Street while he was being arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in front of a bodega.

Witness video shows a police officer put Garner in an apparent chokehold – a move that’s been prohibited for some 20 years – and Garner repeatedly telling officers he couldn’t breathe. Minutes later, he was dead.

On Saturday, some 15,000 supporters will march through Staten Island demanding further investigation into Garner’s death and an end to what they call violent and harassing tactics used by officers.



Facebook post about Ferguson leads to firing

HOUSTON -- As racial tensions continue to flare up in Ferguson, back home in Houston one woman's Facebook post about the controversy landed her in the unemployment line.

She wrote, "The police need to just start mowing them down with machine guns, purge them," on her personal Facebook page.

"Very racist," said one man, who didn't want to be identified. "I was highly offended."

This man saw the woman's post online, and he looked into it further. He learned the woman, KHOU is choosing not to name her, worked at Memorial Hermann Southeast.

"It shouldn't be tolerated when you're a professional," said the man. "A hospital is a place where you're supposed to have compassion upon people of all races."

That controversial post on Facebook was never truly private. Nothing on Facebook really is. Within hours, it had been shared multiple times, and it wasn't long before Memorial Hermann found out about it too. They took swift action.



The Mystery of the Missing Bullet

Woman shot at Ferguson protest: Police took the bullet and now claim they don't have it
by sosadmin

Mike Brown’s death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson was the first shooting death in some time in the suburban St. Louis community of Ferguson. Thanks to sustained protest and outcry from the community and people concerned about civil rights nationwide, the whole world knows Mike Brown's name. But just days after Brown was gunned down by the officer, another person was shot in Ferguson. The circumstances around the shooting are completely bizarre, and raise yet more troubling questions about the police. Also troubling is how little the media is mentioning the name and circumstances of Mya Aaten-White.

On August 12, Mya Aaten-White was walking back to her car after leaving a protest near the now infamous Quik Trip in Ferguson, Missouri. Shots rang out. She remembers a young man telling her she’d been shot in the head. She remembers police on the scene questioning her. She took a photo of herself in the ambulance and posted it to Instagram.

The media immediately reported that it was a drive by shooting. But Aaten-White doesn’t understand why the press is saying that; she doesn’t remember any cars, just the young black men who helped her to safety, and the cops on the scene who questioned her while she lay prone with a bullet in her skull.

Doctors didn’t remove the bullet for a few days, worried that they’d injure her worse. After they operated and dislodged the bullet, police officers showed up at the hospital and took the evidence. Her lawyer has since tried to find out where the bullet went. Neither county nor Ferguson police officers have any idea what bullet they’re talking about.


36 Felonies, no shoot

Woman Charged with 36 Felonies for Crimes in Williston

Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
By Tom Gerhardt, News Director - email

A Williston woman is jailed on at least 36 felony charges for two separate crime sprees through residential neighborhoods.

Brittany Foote allegedly went into several homes and in some cases entered residences while the homeowners were doing yard work. Most of the charges are for burglary and theft.
Authorities say Foote was found with cash, credit cards, gift cards, a hospital employee badge and painkillers.

Police say Foote was arrested last week when she went into a house that was occupied and got into a scuffle with a resident.

She was charged with terrorizing, simple assault and reckless endangerment for that incident.

She also faces several drug charges.

pic at link

I-79 IS BACK OPEN: Chickens and ammo to blame for shutdown

UPDATE 8:40 a.m.: Just before 4 a.m., Seth Grim was driving an early model Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania plates and rolled it over on Interstate 79 near Amma, WV. A dog tried to jump out of the window. Unfortunately, the dog later died and the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his upper torso.

Here's where the story gets wacky. In the back of his explorer were 35 to 40 chickens along with an AK 47 and a large amount of ammunition. Also in the back of his vehicle was a device that police were extremely concerned about. The "improvised explosives" prompted a higher level of response.

The West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad out of Williamson, WV was sent to the scene and removed the device.

Initially, all of the chickens were reported to have made it out alive. Our reporter, who was on site during the shutdown of the interstate, tells us that some of the chickens did die and some survived.

I-79 is now back open, and charges will be filed shortly against Seth Grim. He's being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.


Poor animals.

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