Published on December 30, 2008
Doctor Allegedly Used Body Fat As Fuel Liposuction Remains Supposedly Used For Biodiesel POSTED: 5:43 am PST December 23, 2008 A Beverly Hills surgeon used body fat taken from his patients during liposuction to fuel two SUVs, according to a report on Forbes.com . The site said Dr. Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat into biodiesel, which is more commonly made from vegetable oils, though analysts said about half of the U.S. supply comes from beef or pig byproducts. "The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel -- and I have more fat than I can use," Bittner wrote on his Web site, Forbes said. The site was not functional Tuesday morning. "Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth." Forbes said it is illegal in California to use medical waste to power vehicles, and Bittner was being investigated by the state's public health department. The fueling operation was reportedly discovered when patients complained about Bittner's medical abilities. Forbes also said Bittner has closed his practice and moved to South America. Bittner's lawyer did not return calls from Forbes.
Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years her senior Last updated at 9:49 AM on 22nd December 2008 A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty. The divorce plea was filed in August by the girl's divorced mother with a court at Unayzah, 135 miles north of Riyadh just after the marriage contract was signed by the father and the groom. Lawyer Abdullar Jtili said:"The judge has dismissed the plea, filed by the mother, because she does not have the right to file such a case, and ordered that the plea should be filed by the girl herself when she reaches puberty." Grooms take part in a mass wedding ceremony in Riyadh in June. Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman and a local group organized a mass wedding for about 1600 couples to help people unable to afford expensive ceremonies. "She doesn't know yet that she has been married," Jtili said then of the girl who was about to begin her fourth year at primary school. Relatives who did not wish to be named said that the marriage had not yet been consummated, and that the girl continued to live with her mother. They said that the father had set a verbal condition by which the marriage is not consummated for another 10 years, when the girl turns 18. The father had agreed to marry off his daughter for an advance dowry of £5,000, as he was apparently facing financial problems, they said. The father was in court and he remained adamant in favour of the marriage, they added. Mr Jtili said he was going to appeal the verdict at the court of cassation, the supreme court in the ultra-conservative kingdom which applies Islamic Sharia law in its courts. Arranged marriages involving pre-adolescents are occasionally reported in the Arabian Peninsula, including in Saudi Arabia where the strict conservative Wahabi version of Sunni Islam holds sway and polygamy is common. In Yemen in April, another girl aged eight was granted a divorce after her unemployed father forced her to marry a man of 28. Mail Online
Teacher Accused Of Sexual Relations With Student At Home, On Dirt Roads Thursday, December 18, 2008 – updated: 5:53 am EST December 19, 2008 TROUP COUNTY, Ga. -- The Troup County Sheriff's Office said a former cheerleading coach has been arrested on charges of having an inappropriate relationship with a young teenage boy. Investigators charged Elizabeth Gaddy, 45, a current teacher at Callaway Middle School in Hogansville, with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. Gaddy is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old male student. Police said Gaddy had been having sexual contact with him for several months. Sgt. Kelli Ellington said some of the alleged behavior occurred at Gaddy's home in Hogansville and also on dirt roads in Troup County. Ellington said none of the alleged behavior occurred on school grounds. Gaddy was already on administrative leave because of a previous investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact with students. Ellington said parents of cheerleaders complained about inappropriate close relationships between Gaddy and cheerleaders. "(The parents said) she was too close to them. (She was) writing them notes, text messaging them on certain occasions," said Ellington. "The information that we received from concerned parents and the investigation that was ongoing at the school involved allegations of professional misconduct, but it was actually the Troup County Sheriff's Department who uncovered the sexual misconduct allegations," said Ellington. Gaddy is being held in the Troup County Jail.
2008-12-16 - AHN Staff Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist Gets Job Offer, $10M Bid For Shoe Thrown At Bush Iraq (AHN) -- The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad has received offers of a job and $10 million for one of the shoes. The Lebanese television channel NTV aired a bulletin on Monday saying that if Muntadhar al-Zeidi, 29, of the Al-Baghdadia TV channel takes its job offer, his salary will be retroactive to the day he threw his shoes at Bush. The incident happened on Sunday. A manager of NTV also told Agence France-Press the TV station is willing to post bail for Zeidi should he decide to accept the job offer. Zeidi is currently under Iraqi police custody and is facing a two-year imprisonment for insulting a visiting head of state Meanwhile, a 60-year-old Saudi entrepreneur was reported by Saudi media as offering $10 million for one of Zeidi's pair of shoes thrown at Bush. An Iraqi businessman is also offering any price for the shoes while the technical director of the Iraqi football team Adnan Hamad offered $100,000 for the footwear that has become a symbol of the Iraqi people's disgust over what they see as Bush oppressive policies against them.
General George S. Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book George S. Patton, America's greatest combat general of the Second World War, was assassinated after the conflict with the connivance of US leaders, according to a new book. Last Updated: 5:09PM GMT 21 Dec 2008 The newly unearthed diaries of a colourful assassin for the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, reveal that American spy chiefs wanted Patton dead because he was threatening to expose allied collusion with the Russians that cost American lives. The death of General Patton in December 1945, is one of the enduring mysteries of the war era. Although he had suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Manheim, he was thought to be recovering and was on the verge of flying home. But after a decade-long investigation, military historian Robert Wilcox claims that OSS head General "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered a highly decorated marksman called Douglas Bazata to silence Patton, who gloried in the nickname "Old Blood and Guts". His book, "Target Patton", contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck while his fellow passengers escaped without a scratch. Mr Bazata also suggested that when Patton began to recover from his injuries, US officials turned a blind eye as agents of the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, poisoned the general. Telegraph
A suicide bomber's foot is seen at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 22, 2008. The bomber killed three civilians and wounded one more in the attack, a police official said. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)
In this Jan. 11, 2008 photo, eagles await transfer to a warm U.S. Fish and Wildlife warehouse after being rescued from the cold in Kodiak, Alaska. They were among 50 eagles which dove into the back of an uncovered dump truck full of fish guts and became too wet to fly away.
Injured Indian security personnel lie at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. The two men later died from their wounds. (AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza)
Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Copper Theft Trio Accused In 15 Copper Thefts EST December 19, 2008 SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A Spartanburg man was given a 25-year prison sentence Friday for his role in a copper theft ring. Carl Parris, 39, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of accessory after the fact of a felony, 11 counts of petty larceny and two counts of malicious injury to real property. Parris' sentence is followed by five years probation. He must also pay $14,000 in restitution. Parris was part of a group that took or attempted to take copper coils, copper tubing and copper pipes from 15 downtown Spartanburg-area businesses and sold the property to scrap metal businesses between July 28, 2007, and April 27, 2008. Investigators said that the crime spree caused significant damage to local businesses, a church and a building owned by Spartanburg School District 7. “This sentence should send the message that copper theft is a serious crime with serious consequences,” Principal Deputy Solicitor Barry Barnette said. Parris' co-defendant Brenda McCoy, 35, has pleaded guilty and she is awaiting sentencing. Charges are still pending against 27-year-old Jackie Anderson Jr.
Chinese Girl Has Basketball for a Body Qian Hongyan, who was forced to use half a basketball as her prosthetic body, has inspired millions recently with her ambition to compete as a swimmer in the 2012 Paralympics in London. Qian swims about 2000 meters a day and trains really hard. “Qian Hongyan studies hard. She never grouches in training although she was confronted with many difficulties at the beginning, ” her coach said. The 10 year-old was injured trajically in an auto accident when she was only 3 years old. To insure her survival, the doctors were forced to amputate her legs. Qian’s family, living in Zhuangxia, China, was unable to afford modern prosthetics and instead used a half a basketball to get around on. Once on the ball she uses two wooden props to help her move around. Qian now has a pair of proper prosthetic legs, but still says she likes to use the basketball from time to time as it is easier for her to get in and out of the pool with.
John Lennon's Nip Slip Dec 21st 2008 For $40,000, you can hear a wasted John Lennon sing about sucking nipples. Today, the auction house Bonham's is selling Lennon's outtake of the 1973 song "Just Because" to the highest bidder. On the track, according to the NY Post, you hear the former Beatle slur, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight, all them people that James Taylor had... I wanna suck your nipples, baby!" We're guessin' Carol is Carole King and the other chick with the nipples must be Carly Simon. P.S. -- Lennon re-recorded "Just Because" for his "Rock 'n' Roll" album in 1975.
2008-12-17 - AHN Dubai Hotel Plans To Refrigerate Beaches To Keep Guests Cool Miami, FL (AHN) -- A Dubai hotel is planning to refrigerate its beach so beachgoers won't burn their feet on the sand, a move likely to anger environmentalists who are concerned it will increase the country's carbon footprint. The proposal comes from the Palazzo Versace Hotel, and when completed, will include a system of heat absorbing pipes under the sand to make it more comfortable for people to walk on. The hotel is scheduled to open in either late 2009 or early 2010. It will also feature a cooled swimming pool for guests visiting the steamy Persian Gulf nation, where temperatures are known to climb as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit. But the move has some environmental groups steaming. Rachel Noble, of the environmental organization Tourism Concern, said the project contributes to the country's decadent image and its contribution to global climate change. "Dubai is like a bubble world, where the things that are worrying the rest of the world, like climate change, are simply ignored so people can continue their destructive lifestyles," Noble was quoted saying in the Daily Mail.
Face Transplant Sat Dec 20, 1:12 AM ET Photos from The Lancet of Li Guoxing, a Chinese man who was mauled by a bear in October 2004. He had a face transplant in April 2006. Li has died, his doctor and a government official confirmed Saturday, highlighting the risks of a recent groundbreaking US operation.
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