Archive for May, 2016

Detroit Graffiti and Techno Inspires International Artists

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Detroit, MI- Russian artists Boytsov Leonidovich and Alik Tyshchenko have announced a broad mixed media show inspired by the music and street art of Detroit that will be displayed in Moscow, New York, and Paris next year.

Evacuation of Shopping Mall

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

San Diego, CA – At 1:53 PM, Police were forced to close and evacuate the food wing and movie theater inside Fashion Valley Mall.  No official statements have been made.

Police and SWAT Team Surround Mt. Hope Cemetery

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

San Diego, CA – The incident, which took place over an hour yesterday evening, is cited as part of a longer investigation. No additional information has been provided.

Spiny Lobster Escapes, Kills Family

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Baltimore, MD – Charlie, the famous 55 pound spiny lobster, broke through the side of his tank today and brutally mauled a visiting family of five, lashing out and goring four of them to death, including two children, with his antennae. The youngest child was carried away as the lobster made an escape to the harbor. It is believed to have returned to the Chesapeake Bay.

Authorities hold little hope for finding the missing child alive.

Anthrax Kills 53 in Koraput

Monday, May 9th, 2016

India – As many as 673 people had been affected by anthrax and 53 of them died since New Year in Koraput district. The Health Minister informed this in the Assembly in response to a question of Congress on Friday.

The disease spread by animals is transmitted to humans, and if treatment is done at initial stages, the patients get cured fully, the Minister said.

The Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) of anthrax-affected districts have been provided guidelines for treatment and prevention of the disease. They have been asked to send doctors’ teams to the affected areas and provide treatment and medicines free of cost, the Minister said.

Harrisonburg Virginia Placed Under Quarantine

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Harrisonburg, VA – Beginning at 6:00 AM this morning the city of Harrisonburg, VA was placed under quarantine in an effort to stop the spread of the illness dubbed “the sweating fever.” A week after the first cases were reported the CDC announced that the mystery illness has reached epidemic levels in the city.

The illness has some similarity to hantavirus and the symptoms are close to that of the “English Sweats” a plague that ravaged the British Isles in the 16th century. The disease runs a course of chills, severe pains, and high fevers. The disease acts quickly, usually progressing in matter of two days. Sixty people have died so far in this outbreak. Anyone who may have had contact with Harrisonburg in the past two weeks who demonstrate these symptoms are urged to seek medical care as soon as possible.

The Government has set up medical aid stations in the city and are working to maintain order in the stricken city.

The Walters Museum Closes for Renovation

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Baltimore, MD – The Walters closed its doors Sunday to undergo widespread renovation. Many of its collections are on loan to the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.  It is scheduled to reopen in the fall.

Riot in the Underground City

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Montreal, QC – A riot broke out in the Underground City last night. Videos taken with a victim’s cellphone show a group of perpetrators fighting with swords and other archaic weaponry

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

San Jose – Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country’s wildlife including several species of native big cats. Any hunters caught breaking the new law will face jail time or hefty fines.

Earlier this fall, an amendment was made to the country’s Wildlife Conservation law. The new hunting ban strengthens this reform. Costa Rica is a very environmentally conscious country, and it has placed a major focus on conserving its rich biodiversity.

Deadly Fire at the Port of Montreal

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Montreal, QC – Multiple structures have been gutted by fire tonight along the Port of Montreal. Several vehicles were reported to have left the scene soon after the fire began, and the remains of several people have already been found.

Giant Insect Attacks Baltimore Man

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Baltimore, MD – Desmond White, a 40-year-old resident of Fells Point, has been hospitalized with traumatic injuries that he claims resulted from an attack by an abnormally large insect that resembled a mosquito.  Mr. White’s neighbors have reported strange noises having heard a struggle in his apartment at the time of the incident, and saw ‘something big’ fly out of his broken window and away.

Bodies Hung from Street Lamps

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Detroit, MI – The bodies of 3 men and 1 woman were found hanging from lamp posts on Thursday morning.  One of the bodies showed advanced deterioration, and is estimated to have been dead for at least a year before it was put on grisly display.

Mystery Illness Strikes Harrisonburg

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Harrisonburg, VA – Health officials have reported an as of yet unidentified illness in the area surrounding Harrisonburg, VA. There have been sixteen cases reported in area hospitals, of which six of the patients have died.

The disease’s symptoms include a rapid onset of chills and severe muscle pains followed by a high fever, uncontrollable sweating, heart palpitations, delirium and then extreme exhaustion. In the cases where death has occurred authorities believe a combination of damage due to Hyperpyrexia and over-stressing of the heart are to blame.

The CDC has put out an alert for the surrounding area, telling people to seek medical attention at the first sign of symptoms given the fast onset time, and the high mortality rate seen thus far.

Nearly 100 deaths recorded in southern Somalia due to a mysterious virus

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Somali Disaster Management Agency announced the registration of nearly 100 deaths in the central province of Juba in southern Somalia. The Acting Director of the agency stated that the medical sources in the province show that the deaths recorded were the result of an unknown virus. The director added that severe acute diarrhea and vomiting are the main symptoms of this strange epidemic. A Somali official stated that there had been about 400 deaths, mostly children and women in Middle Juba province. It should be noted this region lies entirely under the control of al Shabaab rebels, which could hamper any relief efforts.

Violence in the Streets of Saint-Michel

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Montreal, QC – Violence has spilled into the streets of Saint-Michel as gang violence heats up in the neighborhood, which has had a history of problems.  Eyewitnesses have reported unusual levels of activity, increasing over the past few months leading up to the outbreaks that began last Friday.  Five people were killed over the weekend, and three more on Monday night, and the number of injured is currently unknown.  Police are warning residents to avoid the area after dark.

Riots Continue to Spread in East, West Baltimore

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Baltimore, MD – Rioting in East Baltimore has continued and spread to sections of West Baltimore. A strictly enforced curfew is now in effect.

Large Vehicle Accident Closes I-5

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

San Diego, CA – I-5 southbound, at the intersection with I-8, will be closed for an estimate of 6 hours, as a result of a large vehicle collision and 15 passenger vehicle pile-up.

Flat Top Mountain Burns

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Roanoke, VA- A large section of forest along the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Bedford, Virginia caught fire last night. The first call came in at 12:35 AM, and by 2:00 AM, the time the fire had already claimed 3,300 acres of forest.  Emergency personnel from Buchanan, Bedford, and Evington were the first on the scene, with support from Lynchburg this morning.  As of 2:00 PM Sunday, the fire has been mostly contained.
Parts of State Routes 43, 640, and 766 remain closed to non-emergency traffic. Residents on these roads, and guests and staff of the Peaks of Otter Resort have been evacuated.  The resort and its trails have been severely damaged.  Homes, farms, and businesses hear the bottom of the mountain have also sustained damage.

It is believed that the cause of this fast-spreading forest fire was human, probably from a lit cigarette, after an unseasonably dry April.

“Forest fires are a natural thing, clearing out the underbrush and burning off past years’ leaves.  We don’t have them as often as we used to, that, plus a dry spring this year, and you get a big, hot fire.  The challenge we still face is keeping it away from homes and businesses.  In twenty years, I’ve not ever seen [a fire] spread that fast.  The conditions were just all wrong.  I never thought I’d see a fire tornado with my own eyes.” commented Matt Devereaux, chief of the Bedford Fire Department, “My heart goes out to the Peaks of Otter Resort folks.”
UPDATE: 05/01/16 – Heavy rain has pounded the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas, leading to localized flash flooding and offering a reprieve to area firefighters, battling Sunday’s forest fire near Bedford.  With this rain, the fire is now considered to be under control, though flare-ups remain a possibility.