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Penn State President Orders Paterno Statue Removal (construction workers there now)

Penn State University will remove the famed statue of Joe Paterno outside its football stadium, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

The university said Sunday that it will take down the larger-than-life monument in the face of an investigative report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh that found the late coach, along with three top Penn State administrators, concealed the abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago in order to shield the university and its football program from negative publicity.

Construction vehicles and police arrived shortly after dawn Sunday, barricading the street and sidewalks near the statue, erecting a chain-link fence then concealing the statue with a blue tarp.

A live video feed posted on the website of the Centre Daily Times of State College showed workers in white hard hats draping a plastic sheet over the statue, preparing for its removal.

That's a start.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 22, 2012, 06:39 AM (35 replies)

FBI: Missing Iowa girls believed to be alive

EVANSDALE, Iowa -- Investigators said Saturday they have evidence that leads them to believe two cousins who vanished last week are still alive.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said that authorities strongly believe 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins have not been killed.

She refused to say what led authorities to that conclusion, but told reporters that investigators are expanding their search beyond Iowa.
Abben also confirmed that investigators had asked a judge to compel Lyric's father, 36-year-old Daniel Morrissey, who faces drug charges but is free on bond, to submit to closer watch by parole officers pending his trial.

He said the request -- which was granted on Thursday -- did not imply that Morrissey, who has stopped cooperating with investigators, was a suspect in the case.

I hope they find them soon!
This is truly weird.

About the father and their reason for order- uh huh.........
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 22, 2012, 04:33 AM (2 replies)

Katherine Jackson, Mother Of Michael Jackson, Reported Missing (Dr.ordered her to leave home?)

Katherine Jackson, the mother of the pop superstars Michael and Janet Jackson, was reported missing to authorities on Saturday night, according to reports.

According to CNN, Jackson's lawyer believed she had been traveling with Rebbie Jackson, her daughter. "I'm concerned that she's not safe," Sandra Ribera, the lawyer, said. Jackson is 82.

Michael's three children have lived with Katherine since their father's death in 2009, Ribera said. Ribera added that Katherine had not contacted the grandchildren in a week.

Early Sunday morning, Paris Jackson, Michael's 14-year-old daughter, said the same on Twitter, and asked for the public's help in finding her grandmother.

Paris Jacksoη

yes , my grandmother is missing . i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now .
22 Jul 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
Paris Jacksoη

if anybody sees my grandmother , please call the authorities or this number— (818)-876-0186 it's the security number .. thank you so much
22 Jul 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

From CNN:
"I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us," Jermaine Jackson tweeted.
"This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period," he added.
Traveling with her was her oldest daughter, Rebbie.
But when Paris, Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter, called her aunts Rebbie and Janet over the past several days, she was told each time she could not speak to her, Ribera said.
Jackson's manager Lowell Henry questioned Jermaine Jackson's claim that a doctor ordered her to leave her home and not communicate with her grandchildren.

Okay. After that CNN info, this is beyond bizarre.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 22, 2012, 04:13 AM (12 replies)

Getting Drunk Will be Super Easy with Water-Flavored “Air”

Do you like getting drunk but hate the taste of alcohol. Are you a vodka/soda guy (or gal) too impatient to mix a simple adult beverage? When you're drinking water, do you often wish you were drunk of your ass already, for crying out loud?

If so, it's possible that you're an alcoholic. But never mind that, for now. What you need to know is that a new beverage is about to come on the market, and it will make your life a helluva lot easier in certain respects. (And probably terrible in others?)

Air Premium Clear Malt Beverage is Fourloko's borrrrrring, carbonated cousin. A simple mixture, just water and alcohol (plus carbonation), Air is advertised to be an alcoholic beverage that tastes like water. 95 calories. A minimalist design. 4% ABV. And a patented process by which fermented malt is made colorless, odorless and without flavor. It's almost as though you're not really drinking at all. Or at least you can tell yourself that, while you drain can after bland can of the stuff. (There are berry and citrus-flavored options, too, if you feel like getting wild.)

The product is set to launch very soon in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, and elsewhere across the country after that. If Fourloko, which was not shy about being an alcoholic beverage, got yanked off the market for its delicious, delirium-inducing drinkability. Air's future is perhaps even more uncertain. It'll certainly be fun to try, though. And then go out for a real drink, of course.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 05:42 AM (6 replies)

The length of time taken to notify some families is inexcusable IMHO:

I know they have to leave the bodies in order to process the crime scene.

There are hundreds of law enforcement people on site. Why can't a team be assigned to try to find out the identity of the victims? They would follow protocol and do as little to the crime scene as possible.

I believe a small trained group could do this and let families know what has happened. It wouldn't be a full report by any means, but it would answer the critical question the families have.

They may not be able to identify all, but any family that does't have to wait hours would be worth it.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 05:23 AM (4 replies)

Diagram of theater showing shooter's movements and other main points:


Dark, noisy, gas spreading, total chaos......
Scary as hell. No, it was hell!

The noise is a lot of what's disorienting especially at the start. Most people have never experienced that level of noise and it can completely disrupt any rational thought. In a dark theater, hearing is critical and the disruption of that sense adds to the panic.

I am not suggesting that is the only thing for anybody ready to jump in.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 04:46 AM (0 replies)

Thousands share Colorado Springs graphic artist’s tribute to theater shooting victims

A Colorado Springs graphic artist’s tribute to the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting is spreading across the web.

Mark Rantal’s blue ribbon image interlaces elements of the Colorado state flag, a heart shape and an outline of Batman (see below). His cover photo includes the words “July 20, 2012 In Memoriam.” The image is reminiscent of a 19-year-old student’s tribute to Steve Jobs, which went viral.

The Denver Comic Con Facebook page grabbed Rantal’s photo and urged fans to “‘like this picture to show your support and love for our community.” More than 3,200 people have shared the post.

A gunman killed 12 and injured 59 others early this morning after opening fire at the Century 16 midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 02:25 AM (3 replies)

Just when you thought financial traders couldn't dig any lower into the sludge:

Question (non-sports) ..is it immoral/amoral or merely unseemly that traders shorted movie theater stocks this a.m.?

I can't say what I want to.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 20, 2012, 12:00 PM (2 replies)

The Spanish athletes are juuuuuust a little upset about their Olympic uniforms:

They were designed by a Russian company called Bosco. They were given free to Spain's Olympic Committee.

Now that's a uniform.....for a worker at ChuckECheese.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 20, 2012, 05:15 AM (32 replies)

Suicide Prevention Smocks similar to those Manning wears:

We want your title to be "Officer" not "Defendant"

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Safety: All of the products from Ferguson Safety are specifically designed to keep problem inmates from hurting themselves and creating more headaches for you and your colleagues.
Security: Ferguson’s Original Safety Smock is designed to allow placement and removal of restraints, handcuffs and shackles.
Savings: Ferguson products last years longer and are considerably more tear resistant than cheap knock-offs -- saving you replacement costs, staff time, and lowering your liability by preventing wrongful death lawsuits. 

The stuff you learn.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 20, 2012, 02:35 AM (9 replies)
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