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Rare Spix's Macaw seen in Brazil for first time in 15 years

A rare blue parrot which was believed to be extinct in the wild has been spotted in Brazil for the first time in 15 years.

A solitary Spix's Macaw was caught on video flying through trees in the state of Bahia.

Pedro Develey, head of the Brazilian Society for the Conservation of Birds, said he believed it had been freed by a poacher trying to avoid arrest.

A search of the area had just been concluded.



When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers


A Tennessee woman slipped into a coma and died after an ambulance company took so long to assemble a crew that one worker had time for a cigarette break.

Paramedics in New York had to covertly swipe medical supplies from a hospital to restock their depleted ambulances after emergency runs.

A man in the suburban South watched a chimney fire burn his house to the ground as he waited for the fire department, which billed him anyway and then sued him for $15,000 when he did not pay.

In each of these cases, someone dialed 911 and Wall Street answered.


Weekend Toon Roundup



The Issue

Kansas to borrow $900 million, may delay payments to school districts

Kansas will have to borrow $900 million to get through next fiscal year and may have to delay payments to school districts to get through the current year.

It also will take more money from the highway fund and could tap a Medicaid fee fund.

The state faces a $45 million budget hole for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. That could grow if June tax revenues fall short, budget director Shawn Sullivan told the State Finance Council on Wednesday.

Gov. Sam Brownback blamed the shortfall on the global economy, though a top Democrat pointed to the governor’s 2012 tax cuts as the cause.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article85257002.html#storylink=cpy

Rio Games drug lab suspended after 'disturbing' technical errors

Bonnie Ford

The Rio de Janeiro laboratory responsible for processing all athletes' drug test samples at the Summer Olympics has been suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA spokesman Ben Nichols confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

The news was first reported by the New Zealand website stuff.co.nz, which quoted outgoing WADA director general David Howman saying the suspension was due to technical errors and called it "pretty disturbing."

WADA issued a statement Friday saying the lab was shut down Wednesday and is prohibited from "carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood samples."

The lab has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In the meantime, all samples will be transported "with a demonstrable chain of custody" to another WADA-accredited laboratory "as soon as possible," according to the statement.



Georgia judge tells defendant he ‘looked like a queer’ in bizarre courtroom exchange

Patrick Saunders

A Superior Court judge in Rome last week told a defendant during a hearing that he “looked like a queer” and challenged him to masturbate in front of him in the courtroom after the defendant threatened to kill members of the judge’s family.

The incident occurred June 17 as defendant Denver Fenton Allen, who is accused of beating fellow inmate Stephen Rudolph Nalley to death last August, was trying to get a different public defender. Things turned ugly quick between Allen and Judge Bryant Durham Jr.

The AJC retrieved a transcript of the hearing. Here are the lowlights:

During the hearing, Allen told Durham he would murder his whole family. “I’ll cut your children up into pieces,” Allen said. “I’ll knock their brains out with a (expletive) hammer and feed them to you. … The babies will be going, ‘Daddy, daddy, help me.’”

When Durham told Allen he didn’t have any children, Allen said, “Then I’ll get your nieces, your nephews, your sisters.”

Durham said he had none of those either and told Allen he’d “be in jail so long you won’t have a chance.”



I can sort of understand the Judge losing it, but keeping your cool is a requirement of the job.

Friday TOON Roundup 3 - The Rest





Friday TOON Roundup 2 - Orange you sad you are Broke?

Friday TOON Roundup 1 - Sit and spin

Bernie Sanders: Here’s what we want

By Bernie Sanders
June 23 at 6:00 AM

As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want.

And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.

They understand that the United States is the richest country in the history of the world, and that new technology and innovation make us wealthier every day. What they don’t understand is why the middle class continues to decline, 47 million of us live in poverty and many Americans are forced to work two or three jobs just to cobble together the income they need to survive.

What do we want? We want an economy that is not based on uncontrollable greed, monopolistic practices and illegal behavior. We want an economy that protects the human needs and dignity of all people — children, the elderly, the sick, working people and the poor. We want an economic and political system that works for all of us, not one in which almost all new wealth and power rests with a handful of billionaire families.


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