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for the week ending 4 March 2018

Seven Feet Of Snow In Northern California
Puts Screeching Halt To State's Drought

(The DC) — A massive snowstorm Friday in Northern California could bring the state's lengthy drought to end while leaving two feet of snow in the mountains near Los Angeles.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains has seen two feet of snow and winds gusting over 100 miles per hour.

More than 22,000 Montecito residents evacuated their homes as rain continued to pound the area – California's weather comes as a nor'easter clobbers parts of the East Coast.

"The worst of the storm has passed, and we are cautiously optimistic that due to a significant amount of pre-storm preparation we have come through this with minimal impact," Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, said in a statement.
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Former Crack-Smoking DC Mayor
To Have Statue Erected On Pennsylvania Avenue

(WFB) — Former Washington, D.C. mayor and city council member Marion Barry will have a statue erected in his memory on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barry, a Democrat, served four terms as mayor of DC from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999. He served several terms as a member of the D.C. City Council and did so until his death in 2014.

Barry rose to national attention after the FBI filmed him in 1990 smoking crack cocaine with a former girlfriend, as part of a sting operation. His defense after being arrested was, "Bitch set me up."

After his release from prison in 1992, he ran again in 1994 and won in what was considered an impressive political comeback, the Associated Press reports.
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 Feral Cattle Terrorize Hikers And Devour Native Plants
In A California National Monument

(LA Times) — Sand to Snow National Monument is a quiet place – its mountainous high desert and cascading streams a draw for those seeking panoramic views, tranquility and solitude.

But on a recent morning, the serenity was ruined by a menacing bellowing, making it clear passing hikers weren't alone.

On a ridgeline near a popular stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, five feral bulls, each the size of a small car, were snorting, stomping and pawing the ground – postures indicating they were ready to charge.

The bulls gazed down on human observers; some lowered their footlong horns. Then they lumbered on, trampling the trail and devouring native vegetation in one of California's newest national monuments.
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 Busted: Drug Dealer Accidentally
Sends Text To Sheriff Deputy

SUMTER, S.C. (WACH-Fox57) — Three men are now facing charges after a local deputy received a text from the wrong number Thursday.

Around 2 p.m. a Sumter County Sheriff's Deputy received a text from an unknown number asking to sell a quantity of marijuana.

The deputy replied to the text and contacted the county's drug unit.

An agreement was made between the deputy and the unknown texter to meet at a location on Broad Street. The texter also gave a description of the car that he would be in.

About two and a half hours later, deputies located the vehicle matching the description and immediately conducted a traffic stop.
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Frozen 2 Might Have A Lesbian Elsa

(NY Post) — The director of the 2013 smash hit "Frozen" is leaving the door open for the beloved character to have a romance with a woman in the upcoming sequel.

While no details have been confirmed about the follow-up to the film that had children and adults everywhere singing "Let It Go," director Jennifer Lee is teasing her new movie, "A Wrinkle in Time," and sharing some details about the Disney princess Elsa's future.

When the film debuted in 2013, fans far and wide perceived LGBT themes in the character, calling the hit song a "coming out" anthem. For those unfamiliar, the story of "Frozen" focuses on a young woman who has hidden her ice powers from the world for years for fear of being seen as different.

 However, when she finally reveals how powerful she is to the world, it takes the help of her sister to bring her out of exile and discover acceptance in her own kingdom.

Since the film's release, many have latched onto the perceived themes and called for Disney to make Elsa a LGBT character.
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CNN Ratings Hit Rock Bottom
Beaten By The Hallmark Channel

(The Horn News) — It's one of the most humiliating ratings defeats of all time.

CNN – once the most powerful name in cable news – has now sunk so low that it was defeated by The Hallmark Channel!

Maybe – just maybe – that would be a little understandable in December, when the channel linked to the greeting card company runs the nonstop Christmas movies that are a secret guilty pleasure for so many viewers.

But this didn't happen during the yuletide season. This happened just last month!

CNN's nightly primetime ratings dropped so low the network fell out of the top 10 and all the way down to 13th place. And if something doesn't change soon, some are speculating there could be a major shake-up in the network.
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Apple Employees Walking Into Glass Walls At
New Building Just As Predicted

(Gizmodo) -- Last month, reports emerged that Apple’s new “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, California -- which hosts roughly 13,000 employees behind around 3,000 giant panes of glass -- had resulted in the company’s employees repeatedly injuring themselves by walking straight into the semi-visible walls.

Cupertino building officials allegedly warned Apple that the $5 billion Apple Park design would lead to just that happening, and per a public-records request by the San Francisco Chronicle, we now have 911 call records from at least three times those officials were proven right. On January 2nd, 2018, area 911 services fielded two separate calls regarding distracted Apple workers who slammed into glass walls, as well as another two days later.

All three of the injured happened to be men. In the second incident, the person in question conked into the wall hard enough that on-site medical personnel deemed he was likely to need stitches.
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Alaska Peak Weighs New Rules For Climbers' Poop

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Climbers on North America's tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably is not decomposing the human waste.

Michael Loso, a glacier geologist, calculates that 36,000 climbers between 1951 and 2012 deposited 152,000 to 215,000 pounds (69 to 97 metric tons) of feces onto Kahiltna Glacier, part of the most popular route to Denali's summit.

For more than a decade, the National Park Service has required that climbers keep waste off the Alaska mountain's surface. Mountaineers captured their poop in biodegradable bags held by portable toilets and pitched it into deep crevasses on the glacier.

However, Loso's research indicates human waste never reaches the bottom of the glacier, will never be exposed to extreme temperatures and disintegrate, and likely will reappear downstream as stains on Kahiltna Glacier's surface where melting exceeds annual snowfall.
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 Nudist Community Upset
USPS Mail Carrier Won't Deliver

FLORIDA (CBS) — A nudist community in Florida is picking a fight with the postal service over a carrier they say refuses to deliver their mail.

Residents of an RV resort say the problem has been going on for months.

A carrier for the postal service says she refuses to enter the community because she is offended by their "naked lifestyle."

"It offends me that she does not do her job because if she can't do this job, she shouldn't be having this job," said nudist Eileen Hudak.

"The postal creed doesn't say anything about them not coming into a nudist resort. I pay for a service and I expect that service," said nudist Leonard Rusin.
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I'm Sorry, But If Your First Thought Upon Seeing A Statue Of A Gorilla Involves Black People, Then You're The Racist

CORSICANA, Texas (Instapundit/Daily Wire) — A statue of a gorilla in a community playground was removed because some people found the children's plaything racially insensitive.

The gorilla, which had stood for 19 years in the playground in Corsicana, Texas, was removed by city workers.

"We can understand this, because we have an obligation to listen to all our citizens, to determine what is offensive and not, especially in public places," said Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow, CBS-DFW reported.

"Denbow saw an uptick in complaints about the playground primate during the last few weeks. There were more and more phone calls, and personal discussions, and he, the city manager and a city council member, decided it needed to come down," the TV station said.
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Talk About Big Bucks:
Deer Semen Donations Are Fueling South Texas Campaign

AUSTIN (Dallas Morning News) — Donations of deer semen, one of Texas deer breeders' most precious commodities, account for more than half of the contributions to a South Texan's state House campaign.

Ana Lisa Garza, a Starr County district court judge, is challenging Rio Grande City Democrat Ryan Guillen for the District 31 seat he's held for eight terms.

According to her last campaign finance report, Garza received $36,500 in monetary donations and $51,000 in in-kind donations, which are usually in the form of campaign advertising, polls or food and venue space for events.

In Garza's case, the contributions were listed as individual donations of deer semen straws from deer breeders.
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China's Condoms Are 'Too Small',
Says Zimbabwe's Health Minister

( — It's an uncomfortable issue. How does one bring it up?

Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa chose to get straight to the point.

"We import condoms from China and some men complain they are too small," he told a recent HIV/Aids conference.

Comfort is crucial.

And a good fit means they'd be employed more often.

"Youths now have a particular condom that they like, but we don't manufacture them," New reports Parirenyatwa as saying.
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Western Men's Sperm Counts Are Dropping,
And Scientists Don't Know Why

(Livestrong) — It sounds like something straight out of a dystopian nightmare, but new research shows sperm counts are drastically dropping across the Western world.

Researchers from Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem announced this week that sperm count in men residing in developed countries has dropped by a whopping 50 percent over the past 40 years. They claim this alarming trend could potentially result in a decline in male health, fertility and possibly even extinction if the trend doesn't turn around.

"This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count," explained study co-author Hagai Levine.
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World War II-era Rocket Found
Inside Wall In Newport News Home

(Daily Press) — A couple remodeling a Central Newport News home found a World War II explosive device inside a wall Monday night, a fire official said.

The Newport News Fire Department Bomb Squad, firefighters and police responded to the home in the 100 block of Keith Road about 8:45 p.m., Battalion Chief Jerry Reed said at the scene.

Two neighboring homes were evacuated and other nearby residents were told to shelter in place, as a precaution, while crews inspected the device. They identified it as a World War II-era M6 60 Caliber Bazooka anti-tank rocket, Reed said.

Bomb squad crews determined it was safe to remove the device from the home.
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