Archive for April, 2016

Widespread Rioting in East Baltimore

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Baltimore, MD – What began as a protest by dock workers has grown to widespread rioting in Baltimore’s industrial sector and spread through some of the nearby low-income residential areas.  At this time, Baltimore City Police are focused on containment.

Demolition Reveals Mass Grave

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Detroit, MI – The city’s Blight Demolition Program happened upon a grisly sight today as the charred husk of a strip mall was torn away, revealing a utility basement filled with human bones and other remains. The singed concrete walls are covered in unreadable graffiti.

The businesses all closed between 2007 and 2010, and it has set abandoned since. The first fire took place in 2011, the second in 2014.

Construction Equipment Hits Gas Main

Monday, April 25th, 2016

San Diego, CA – An accident at a work site in City Heights resulted in a small explosion, after heavy equipment hit a gas main.  Two workers were killed.

Water Taxi Disappears from the Inner Harbor

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Baltimore, MD – A water taxi, full of passengers, seemingly vanished on Tuesday.  Eye witnesses claim to have seen no signs of distress, but that it was simply there, and then gone.  Rescue teams have found no sign of wreckage, or of the missing passengers or captain.

Thirteen Bodies Dumped in East Side Intersection

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Detroit, MI – Thirteen people- nine men and four women- were shot and left in the center of an intersection.  Residents of the neighborhood have had enough.

“Those people have been lying there dead for two days, for everyone to see. We live here. We have to raise our families here, cause we can’t afford anywhere better. It’s a s*** hole, but we still have to pay taxes. It’s the city’s job to come clean them up,” remarked long term resident Shandri Brown, “It is an upsetting thing to see.”

The bodies all appear to have been killed by gunshot, and were moved to the intersection after the time of death. All are believed to be Detroit residents, though no positive identifications have yet been made.

23 Hour SWAT Unit Standoff Results in Suicide, Arson

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

San Diego, CA – Police and SWAT Units surrounded the apartment building of a student at National University’s technology department.  The student was reported by neighbors to be holding several of his classmates hostage.

The standoff ended with the death of the suspect, and the rescue of the hostages.

Major Route Closed

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Charles Town, WV- Route 340/Route 9 is closed near Charles Town. Reports indicate an ongoing clash between heavily armed private militias. West Virginia State Police have staged a blockade at the intersection with Augustine Ave. Virginia State Police are monitoring the state line at 340 and Summit Point Rd.

Police Helicopter, Drones Collide

Friday, April 15th, 2016

San Diego, CA – Lighting up the night sky with some unplanned fireworks, a city man’s drones crashed into a police helicopter over Emerald Hills Park at 11:17 PM last night. The park will be closed to the public today for debris removal.

Earthquake in Costa Rica

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

At 5:20 AM CST, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, centered 9 miles southwest of San Jose, shook Costa Rica. Initial reports indicate that damage was minimal, compared to the 2009 and 2012 quakes.  It is not yet known how many were injured, but that number is also expected to be lower than in 2012.

Fox Attack in Greenwood

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Two people are being treated after being potentially exposed to rabies in Coronaca, SC in Greenwood County, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control. One person and a dog were bitten by a fox that had made its way into a home on Monday. Another person was attacked exiting a car about 1 mi from the first attack, also on Monday.

The fox was sent to DHEC for testing and tested positive for rabies on Tuesday. This is the first animal from Greenwood County to test positive for rabies in 2016. The total number of rabies cases in South Carolina this year is now 92.

DHEC is reminding people that all bites and scratches from wild animals need to be reported. Anyone between the Coronaca and the Saluda River who has been bitten or scratched by a fox should contact the Upstate Environmental Quality Control Office.

45 Dead from Legionnaires Desease

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

A statement that 2 more people in the Flint area [Michigan] have been added to the death toll of the legionnaires’ disease outbreak has been released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. That outbreak may be linked to the city’s contaminated water supply.

Public health officials reviewed hospital data and discovered 13 more cases; 6 of those people died. Now 45 people are dead from legionnaires’ disease in that city in this particular outbreak. 462 confirmed cases of the illness were diagnosed from June 2014 through October 2015, after a city manager changed the city’s water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River to save money.

Power Outage May Affect Travel

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – Thousands throughout the Atlanta Metro area were without power Thursday morning due to an overnight outage that began with a transformer problem in Forest Park, authorities said.

The outage occurred at 9 p.m. at the Georgia Power Facility. As many as 8,700 were without power as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to the Atlanta Department of Water and Power. By 5:30 a.m., power was restored to about 3,700 customers. Atlanta  residents could be seen using smartphone lights to guide their way down the street amid the darkness. Part of Forest Park remained closed early Thursday.

Shipwreck Found in Middle of Atlantic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Geologists studying the Atlantis Massif and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge have returned with photos showing the remains of a ship from the sixteenth or early seventeenth century. The sunken vessel appears to be well-preserved where it rests, approximately 2,800 feet below sea level.

Protests Continue in Atlanta

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – The third day of protests continue in Atlanta with the occupation of the Centennial Olympic Park. Early this morning an effort by police to clear with tear gas and fire hoses, the previously peaceful situation turned violent. 112 of the protesters were hospitalized while 9 of the police officers were injured.

The People’s Party of Georgia has taken responsibility for the fire which has ravaged the ‘Georgia Lottery Corporation’ claiming that the lottery was ‘an instrument of oppression by the oligarchy’, At this time lottery sales have not been disrupted.

Del Mar Heights SWAT Raid

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
San Diego, CA – A SWAT team raided a home in Del Mar Heights on Sunday, and authorities have not said why.  Neighbors report having seen several flash grenades go off, the SWAT team take down the front gate and front door with a battering ram, several investigative teams scour the property for evidence, and boxes of evidence removed from the scene.

The property in question is a rental, and was unoccupied at the time of the incident.  No arrests have been made.

16 Test Positive for Jaundice in Baltimore

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Jaundice, which spread its tentacles in Baltimore, where 16 persons were tested positive in South East Baltimore on Thursday, 7 Apr 2016.

Preliminary investigation revealed that use of municipal water, which appeared to be contaminated, was the reason behind the water-borne disease. Disinfection of the pumping station and lines feeding the neighborhood was carried out. However, that was not the only area of the city where the disease outbreak was reported.

Another 5 persons have been tested positive for jaundice during the 1st 4 days of the month. Use of contaminated supply water was the reason there too. Public Works Department water supply was found to have come in contact with sewer lines leading to the outbreak.

Economic Trouble in Argentina

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina – As a result of rising worries among Argentines about a peso devaluation and a deposit freeze, overnight interest have been rising sharply. Moreover the spread between US Treasury bonds and Argentine government bonds have increased by over 5,000 basis points. There have been six bank holidays in the last two weeks to prevent a bank run. This afternoon the Minister of Economy announced a freeze on bank deposits.

Economists predict the dwindling central bank reserves will put pressure on the country to get out of the mess quickly this time around which is good for anyone interested in the market. Global markets are already showing that this isn’t being seen as a global-economic blow.

Anti-Corruption Protests in Atlanta

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – Police have arrested more than 400 protesters over the last two days. The mostly calm and orderly demonstration resulted in arrests for what the Police called “unlawful demonstration activity” such as crowding and obstruction. The protesters are demanding accountability of police, bureaucrats, and elected officials whom the protesters assert have been abusing the people of Atlanta for years.  The claims include police brutality, bureaucratic corruption, and elected officials taking bribes from rich and placing their desires over the needs to the people.

The protesters have claimed that anarchists and other extremists have been antagonizing the police and inciting violence. There are reports that some of these extremists have begun occupying city owned buildings and abandoned homes.

Part of Met Collection Replaced with Forgeries

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

New York. NY – An undisclosed number of works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been revealed to be forgeries. Some of the pieces had been in storage for a decade or more, others had been on long term display, and one was acquired by the museum in 2012. The forgeries themselves are of extraordinarily good quality, some betrayed only by high-resolution analysis, otherwise perfectly matching the original pieces, obverse, reverse, and edges. It is expected that more forgeries remain to be uncovered.

It is already amounting to one of the greatest art thefts in decades.

Deadly Riots in Toledo

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Toledo, OH- Fighting broke out in the streets of Toledo, Ohio on Friday night and carried into Saturday. The city is expected to remain under police lock down with a strictly enforced curfew in place through Tuesday. Reports differ, but it is believed that two separate riots began, one outside a political rally and the other at a student protest, and turned to fighting the other.

A sizable portion of the commercial district was burned, there has been considerable property damage throughout the city, and the death toll is estimated to be in the dozens.

SWAT Standoff at Blood Center

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

San Diego, CA – Police called in a SWAT team after an unidentified man shot open the front door of HemoCare after hours and barricaded himself inside. Shots were fired, and the suspect killed. Unused explosives and a mechanical detonation device were found on the scene.

55 lb. Spiny Lobster Caught in Northern Chesapeake

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Baltimore, MD – The largest recorded lobster was caught in the northern Chesapeake Bay this week. Weighing 55 lbs. 3 oz., “Charlie” has beat the size record for any species of lobster by more than ten pounds. Whereas the American Lobster can grow to sizes that held the previous records, spiny lobsters tend to weigh less than 20 pounds. It has been identified as being of the species Panulirus stimpsoni, or Chinese spiny lobster, rather than the Caribbean or Florida spiny lobster, Panulirus argus.

“Charlie” has been taken to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and will be featured in the crustacean exhibit beginning on April 15th.

Swine Flu in Mexico

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Mexico City – Mexico has seen a sharp jump in cases of influenza A, popularly known as swine flu, killing 195 people in the past week. The total number of deaths from flu cases since October 2015 has increased to 572. Of them, 378 people died of swine flu. Mexico has reported 9000 cases of infection by various influenza viruses.

Earlier, the Mexican government emphasized schools should not shut their doors due to the flu, however, many private kindergartens and schools before the start of the spring break decided to suspend classes.