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Post  Sammie on Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:39 pm

I think this is so cool!

Airline strictly for pets

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 23 (UPI) --


The Florida owners of a pets-only airline that is expected to begin operations July 14 say flights are already filling up with reservations.

Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder said the Pet Airways server briefly crashed earlier this week due to the amount of interest in the company, which is offering animal-only flights to and from five cities at a price of $149 each way, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

"If you own a pet, you get it," Binder told the newspaper. "They're in the main cabin, not cargo. There is always an attendant with them. ... There's fresh circulated air, like any passenger would have. It's well-lit. It's a whole different service than cargo."

Binder said the company even provides the carriers for the pets. Each of the remodeled planes used by Pet Airways can hold 50 carriers.

"And we're flying at night, when skies are calmer and the animals are calmer," she said. "Everything we're doing, we're doing around the pets."

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Post  Sammie on Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:58 pm

April 25, 2009
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Ketchikan, Alaska - For over twenty years, the M/V Christian has traveled the waters of southeast Alaska, visiting isolated communities to provide pastoral care and opportunities for worship and fellowship. Today the Christian is sitting in dry dock in Wrangell, Alaska; its mission suspended and its future uncertain due to a decline in giving, attributed to the national recession.



M/V Christian

The M/V Christian, a 65-foot, 75-ton vessel has been used for ministry since it was launched in 1971. Originally a Lutheran outdoor ministry for youth in the Puget Sound area, it was brought to Alaska in 1988 to begin outreach to remote villages in Southeast Alaska. Two years later Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots U.S., based in Wisconsin acquired the boat.

Just as Alaska's state ferry system serves as a highway link for coastal communities, the M/V Christian is unique to the Lutheran Association's network of pastors. Originally staffed by airplane pilots who traveled to Native American and Canadian villages, the M/V Christian is the only sea going vessel sponsored by the association and its only Alaskan outreach program.

Pastor/Skipper Stan Berntson and his wife, Sharon Geldaker

Pastor/Skipper Stan Berntson, former pastor of First Lutheran Church in Ketchikan took over the helm of the M/V Christian in April 2008. His wife, Sharon Geldaker serves as nurse advocate/first mate and joined him in September. Together they sailed throughout southeast Alaska carrying out the M/V Christian's tradition of cross-cultural ministry providing worship services, pastoral care, counseling, sacraments, vacation bible camps, and education classes.

When the M/V Christian returned to its homeport of Wrangell in February, word was received from the Wisconsin head office that the vessel would need to be put up on blocks until financial support could be re-established. Annual costs for operation of the M/V Christian average $180,000 and major gifts expected for its support did not materialize with the current recession. Berntson and Geldaker traveled to the Midwest to meet with Lutheran Association's director, as well as with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)'s Alaskan bishop, to seek expanded support. They have also visited congregations and called upon friends and supporters in locations throughout the US to share the M/V Christian's story and expand partnerships for long term support.

ELCA churches throughout Alaska have pledged varying amounts of support, and many individual donors have contributed as well. Fundraising efforts continue with a "ReFloat the Boat" dinner, dance and auction in Ketchikan at the US Coast Guard's Crow's Nest on May 2, hosted by First Lutheran Church.

Lutheran Association has committed to re-launching the vessel if $150,000 in contributions and pledges can be raised over the next few months. According to one friend and supporter, Berntson and Geldaker are well suited for this mission. "Stan and Sharon's calling to the M/V Christian was bittersweet. Stan had been my family's pastor for fifteen years and Sharon is a dear friend so it was hard to say goodbye. But I also knew that they were perfectly suited for this work and had a real passion for outreach to the Native and isolated people of Southeast Alaska."

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Post  Sammie on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:29 pm

I actually checked on eBay and this thing is selling for almost $3000!!! CRAZY


'Hand of God' available on eBay

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, April 26 (UPI) --


An Idaho man says he believes a rock formation in his backyard is a divine sign, and worth at least a few earthly bucks on eBay.

Paul Grayhek, 52, of Coeur d'Alene, listed the rock formation he calls "Hand of God Rock Wall" on the Internet auction site and had a high bid of $250 as of early Sunday, CNN reported.

The formation looks like a 9-feet tall hand and appeared in Grayhek's backyard after a rockslide. He says the shape and the fact it showed up during the Christian season of Lent added up to a "symbol the hand of God in my life."

"People think I'm some holier-than-thou person trying to get rich. I'm not," Grayhek said. "The purpose is to spread the story of God and eBay is just a vehicle."

The winning bidder won't get the actual rock formation but will have exclusive rights to it.

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Post  Jessica on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:05 pm

A Love Story Between One Man And One Shark












This would scare me to death, I tell you... Shocked


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Post  JoshAllen on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:16 pm

Wow, that shark story is amazingly creepy! I would be scared too! Of course, everyone knows I'm scared of the water.

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Post  J-Bob on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:28 pm

Shocked wow... "amazingly creepy" says it rather fittingly
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Post  marsella on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:40 pm

American West Steamboat Company, LLC Pleads Guilty to Pollution Charge
Related to Empress of the North Grounding May 14, 2007





April 25, 2009
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Friday, Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy sentenced American West Steamboat Company, LLC for violating a state criminal law that makes polluting state waters illegal. The charge arose out of the May 2007 grounding of the Empress of the North.

Judge Levy ordered the company to pay a $200,000 fine and serve 18 months of probation, with the condition that it not violate any more laws, including any environmental laws and regulations, and abide by its Safety Management System and Fleet Instructions. Judge Levy suspended $150,000 of the fine. The remaining $50,000 will be deposited into the state's General Fund and credited to the Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Prevention and Mitigation Account. The legislature created the Mitigation Account to provide funds to investigate, contain, and clean up spills of oil and other hazardous substances and to protect human health and the environment.








American West Steamboat Company operated the Empress in Alaska waters during the 2007 summer tourist season. On May 14, 2007, the Empress struck Rocky Island as it negotiated a turn from Lynn Canal into Icy Strait. Rocky Island, about 20 miles southwest of Juneau, is charted and marked by a navigation beacon. The allision punctured the hull of the vessel and caused it to drift and then ground on Hanus Reef.

The Empress crew, Coast Guard and Good Samaritan responders transferred all 200-plus passengers to other vessels. (Image 2). No one was hurt. Had anyone fallen into the water during the allision or the transfer to other ships, they could have sustained significant injuries. The Coast Guard described the accident in a subsequent letter to American West Steamboat Company as "the most significant marine casualty in Southeast Alaska this [2007] summer" because it "imperil[ed] hundreds of lives and threaten[ed] pristine waterways just miles from the entrance of Glacier Bay National Park."






The Empress was under the command of Captain Dale Orgain. Captain Orgain assigned Third Mate Marino Cacciotti to stand the nighttime watch between Skagway and Glacier Bay. Cacciotti was brand new to the Empress and to Alaska waters.

Coast Guard regulations require that a watch officer must have observed or stood watch from the wheelhouse on the route he's working at least four times, one of those at night, before he is qualified to be in charge of the watch. This was Cacciotti's first time in these waters in any capacity, other than as a tourist. He had never stood watch while the Empress was underway, and he was not familiar with how the Empress turned or handled. Captain Orgain assigned Cacciotti to stand watch anyway.

Under Alaska law, it is illegal to pollute waters of the state. This offense is a class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and a year in jail for individuals and a $200,000 fine for business organizations. Organizations are liable for the criminal acts of their agents acting within the scope of their employment and for the benefit of the organization.

Assistant Attorney General Daniel Cheyette of the Alaska Department of Law, Criminal Division, Office of Special Prosecutions, prosecuted the charges. The National Safety Transportation Board also investigated the grounding.

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Post  marsella on Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:21 am

Swine Influenza (Flu)

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 28, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 10 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 45 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 6 cases
TOTAL COUNT 64 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health Organization
The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. Internationally, the situation is more serious too, with additional countries reporting confirmed cases of swine flu. In response to the intensifying outbreak, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 4. A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level” outbreaks.” The increase in the pandemic alert phase indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.
CDC has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the agency’s emergency response. CDC ’s goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this swine influenza virus. Yesterday, CDC issued a travel warning recommending that people avoid non-essential travel to Mexico. CDC continues to issue interim guidance daily on the website and through health alert network notices. CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is releasing one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help states respond to the outbreak. The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and new information as it becomes available.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them
What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.
Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at
CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.
Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.
How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.
What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Confusion
Severe or persistent vomiting
How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.
Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

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Post  Sammie on Fri May 01, 2009 8:17 pm

Alaska man shoved officer to join brother in jail

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -An Alaska man shoved a police officer just so he could join his brother in jail.

Thirty-five-year-old David Jacob Ginnis pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault on a police officer and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with the full sentence suspended.

Ginnis' brother was accused of getting into a fight on Monday night in Fairbanks and was arrested on a criminal trespass charge.

Police say Ginnis, who appeared intoxicated, approached the arresting officer and asked if he could speak with his brother, who was in the back of a patrol car.

After five minutes, Ginnis asked if he could join his brother in jail if he assaulted the officer.

The officer told him that would "not go well" for him, but Ginnis shoved the officer with his fist.

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Post  marsella on Tue May 05, 2009 12:15 am

Dr Pepper recipe outa the can

Poking through antiques stores while traveling through the Texas Panhandle, Bill Waters stumbled across a tattered old ledger book filled with formulas.

He bought it for $200, suspecting he could resell it for five times that. Turns out, his inkling about the book's value was more spot on than he knew. The Tulsa, Okla., man eventually discovered the book came from the Waco, Texas, drugstore where Dr Pepper was invented and includes a recipe titled "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters."
Dr Pepper's manufacturer says the recipe is not the secret formula for the modern day soft drink, but the 8 1/2-by-15 1/2 inch book is expected to sell between $50,000 to $75,000 when it goes up for auction at Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries on May 13.

"It probably has specks of the original concoction on its pages," Waters said.

Waters discovered the book, its yellowed pages stained brown on the edges, underneath a wooden medicine bottle crate in a Shamrock antiques store last summer. A couple months after buying it, he took a closer look as he prepared to sell it on eBay.

He noticed there were several sheets with letterheads hinting at its past, like a page from a prescription pad from a Waco store titled "W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store." An Internet search revealed Dr Pepper, first served in 1885, was invented at the Old Corner Drug Store in Waco by a pharmacist named Charles Alderton. Wade Morrison was a store owner.

Faded letters on the book's fraying brown cover say "Castles Formulas." John Castles was a partner of Morrison's for a time and was a druggist at that location as early as 1880, said Mary Beth Webster, collections manager at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in Waco.

As he gathered more information, Waters took a slower turn through the book's more than 360 pages, which are filled with formulas for everything from piano polish to a hair restorer to a cough syrup. He eventually spotted the "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters" formula.

"It took three or four days before I actually realized what I had there," Waters said.

The recipe written in cursive in the ledger book is hard to make out, but ingredients seem to include mandrake root, sweet flag root and syrup.

It isn't a recipe for a soft drink, says Greg Artkop, a spokesman for the Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He said it's likely instead a recipe for a bitter digestive that bears the Dr Pepper name.

He said the recipe certainly bears no resemblance to any Dr Pepper recipes the company knows of. The drink's 23-flavor blend is a closely guarded secret, only known by three Dr Pepper employees, he said.

Michael Riley, chief cataloger and historian for Heritage Auction Galleries, said they think it's an early recipe for Dr Pepper.

"We just feel like it's the earliest version of it," he said.

He hasn't, however, tested that theory by trying to mix up a batch. Neither has Waters; he's thought about it but would need to find someone to decipher all the handwriting.

Jack McKinney, executive director of the Waco museum, surmised that Alderton might have been giving customers something for their stomachs and added some Dr Pepper syrup to make it taste better.

"I don't guess there's any definitive answer. It's got to be the only one of its kind," Riley said.

McKinney said the ledger book was bound to be popular with Dr Pepper collectors because it's from the time the drink was invented.

Riley said the book was probably started around 1880 and used through the 1890s. It's not known who wrote the Dr Pepper recipe in the book, but they don't think it was the handwriting of Alderton or Morrison. Some of the formulas have Alderton's name after them.

At first, Alderton's drink inspired by the smells in the drugstore was called "a Waco." "People would come in and say, 'Shoot me a Waco,'" Riley said.

Soon renamed Dr Pepper, the drink caught on and other stores in town began selling it. Eventually, Alderton got out of the Dr Pepper business and Morrison and a man named Robert Lazenby started a bottling company in 1891.

Flipping through the pages of the ledger book takes one back to a time when drugstores were neighborhood hubs, selling everything from health remedies to beauty products mixed up by the stores' chemists. And among the formulas being mixed up in drugstores were treats for the soda fountain. A two-page spread in Waters' book has recipes for "Soda Water Syrups," including pineapple, lemon and strawberry.

"There were very few national brands," Riley said. "Their lifeblood was all their formulas."

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Post  Sammie on Tue May 05, 2009 5:49 pm

That's really cool!

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Post  Sammie on Tue May 26, 2009 8:18 pm

Men don heels to protest violence

CAMP HILL, Pa., May 26 (UPI) --


About 40 men walked a mile in women's shoes in Pennsylvania to protest rape, sexual assault and violence against women.

The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event, organized by the Stop the Violence Project of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, took place Monday in Camp Hill, Pa., as part of the Memorial Day parade, the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News reported Tuesday.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, who led the walk, said the men raised about $5,000 for Rape Crisis of Cumberland County and Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties.

"We average one reported domestic violence a day in Cumberland County," Freed said. "Over the past 20 years, half our homicides have been from domestic violence. The problem is not decreasing even thought there is more awareness about it."

Freed said domestic violence cases require tougher court-ordered punishments.

"A first domestic violence offense generally gets probation," he said. "We have maneuvered batterers into a 26-week counseling program that has changed some behavior. But it's rare to see significant jail time for domestic violence cases. A short jail sentence might scare some of the offenders straight."

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Post  Sammie on Thu May 28, 2009 5:26 pm

Woman, 66, Britain's oldest mum

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 28 (UPI) --


A 66-year-old woman became Britain's oldest mom after giving birth to a baby boy this week, hospital officials in Cambridge, England, said.

Elizabeth Adeney, who underwent invitro fertilization treatments in Ukraine, and her newborn son were reported doing "extremely well" in a Cambridge hospital, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

The child, weighing 5 pounds and 3 ounces, was delivered before Adeney's due date by Caesarean section Tuesday after Adeney developed a complication, doctors said.

Adeney has defended her decision to become pregnant, saying, "It's not physical age that is important - it's how I feel inside. Some days I feel 39. Others, I feel 56."

Adeney overtook Patti Farrant who had a son at age 62 three years ago, the Telegraph said.

She is expected to return to her job as managing director at Delmore Ltd., a Suffolk plastics and textiles firm and has hired a nanny, the newspaper reported.

Adeney is separated from Robert Adeney, former chairman of Swaine Adeney Brigg and Sons, a London luxury leather and hunting goods company.

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Post  Sammie on Thu May 28, 2009 10:38 pm

When Cats Fly? Furry Feline Grows Wings!
STRANGE, CUTE

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a … cat? A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings! Though born looking completely normal, once the cat hit the age of 1, he began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reports.
While some think the bony limbs may be a mutation of some kind – or even a Siamese twin growing inside the cat – others speculate it's a genetic change perhaps caused by chemicals ingested by the kitty's mother while she was pregnant.

According to the cat's owners, he doesn't seem to mind his new wings – and he’s loving the attention he's received because of them!

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Post  Sammie on Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:01 pm

Stolen wallet found years later in tree

NEW YORK, July 7 (UPI) --


A New York woman said a wallet stolen nearly 27 years ago in Central Park was found in inside a hollow tree.

Ruth Bendik, 60, said she was greeting runners at the end of the New York marathon Oct. 24,1982, and "when I got out of the crush of people, I realized my purse was much lighter," CNN reported Tuesday.

Josh Galiley, tree-care supervisor for the Central Park Conservancy, said he was chopping down a 65-year-old hazardous black cherry tree in the park last week when he found the blue leather wallet in the hollow trunk.

"I started poking in the soft stuff and this wallet turned up. Having been that low in the tree ... the location indicated it had been there for quite some time," Galiley said.

He said finding a wallet inside of a tree was a first for him.

"When you're cutting a tree and it's hollow, you expect stuff inside, shreds of material, old marbles, really just knickknacks compared to this," he said.

Bendik praised those who found her wallet and tracked her down to return it.

"The lengths they went to find me, the extent that they went through and the fact that they were concerned about my feelings really impressed me," she said.

She said all that was missing from the wallet, which still contained her driver's license and credit cards, was $20 cash.

"Twenty dollars was a lot of money then," she said.

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