Fatal Border Agents Shooting

Border agents in fatal shooting had radio contact

By Brian Skoloff
On Oct. 2, three U.S. Border Patrol agents responding to a call mistakenly opened fire on each other, leaving one agent, Agent Nicholas Ivie, dead.

PHOENIX — Three U.S. Border Patrol agents responding to an alarm from a motion sensor were apparently in radio contact as they approached   from opposite directions before opening fire on each other in the Arizona desert, leaving one agent dead, according to a sheriff’s report released Friday.

It was a clear night and the agents were on patrol separately when the call came in at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 2. That the sensor aimed at detecting smugglers had been tripped.

Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, approached on foot from the north. The two other agents walked in from the south when Ivie apparently opened fire, eliciting a deadly barrage of return fire from his colleagues. [Read More]

ADWA Announces Award Winners – Circle H Ranch wins Exotic Breeder of the Year

ADWA Announces Winners for New W.I.L.D. Awards

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Deer & Wildlife Alliance® (ADWA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2011 Wildlife Industry, Leadership & Development (W.I.L.D.) Awards. The ADWA is a non-profit organization working to promote the deer and wildlife industry and the W.I.L.D. Awards help spotlight the people, businesses and products that have made a significant, positive impact.
“The spirit of the W.I.L.D. Awards is to recognize leading innovative approaches in products and to acknowledge the leadership of individuals in growing our industry,” says John Meng, president of the American Deer & Wildlife Alliance. “By showcasing dedicated stewards within our industry and the most innovative products, the W.I.L.D. Awards will promote the industry and help preserve our American outdoor traditions for future generations.”The 2011 W.I.L.D. Award winners with their respective categories are: [Read More]

ADWA – Myths about CWD

ADWA Announces New Campaign to Dispel Myths on CWD

The American Deer & Wildlife Alliance® (ADWA) is proud to announce plans for a new informational campaign to provide sportsmen with the truth about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and dispel the myths surrounding the disease. The new public service campaign will include PSA ads for print, Internet, billboards, video spots, and a new website — www.CWDMyths.com.
“In the recent demonization of the deer industry, some hunting organizations and wildlife professionals have intentionally incited fear among hunters about CWD. They have even suggested that a state’s entire deer herd could be wiped out from a massive contagion of CWD,” says ADWA President John Meng. “This type of incendiary rhetoric is blatantly false and is closing down wildlife commerce and ultimately shutting off opportunities for hunters.” [Read More]

TDA – Article about venomous snakes

Do Not Disturb – Beware of Snakes

By Clint Pustejovsky

Venom—just the word makes you shiver and think “danger.” Venomous snakes are found in every county in Texas, but they are not the threat that most people believe they are. Out of the 15 species of venomous snakes found in Texas, none will strike or bite unless disturbed (whether accidentally or not), provoked or intentionally handled.

Venomous snakes have venom to immobilize their prey and begin the digestive process before swallowing their food.  Once the animal or prey is injected with venom (we’ll use a mouse for illustrative purposes), it will begin to lose control of its ability to move. This can happen rapidly, depending on the type of venom, volume of venom injected, depth of fangs and if any venom entered a major artery. One mouse may only take a few steps and fall over, just kicking its legs and never moving again. Another one may hop and run around, making the snake follow its trail. [Read More]

Biden for President in 2016. Oh NO!!!!!

Biden talks about possible run in 2016

 IMAGE: Joe Biden

REX Features: File. IMAGE: Joe Biden
By Lisa Lambert    of Reuters
The Vice President has been campaigning in Florida while President Obama deals with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

SARASOTA, Fla. – For his political opponents, Vice President Joe Biden might have been playing a trick, but for some of his ardent supporters, he could have been dispensing a special treat on Halloween: mentioning on Wednesday a possible run for president in 2016.

After a rally in Sarasota, Biden swung by Station 400, a train station-turned-restaurant filled with many who had cast their votes already for him and President Obama. [Read More]

Bloomberg endorses Obama. Not a BIG Surprise

New York Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

 Image: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

AP Photo: Seth Wenig. Image: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
By Josh Lederman   of Associated Press
The mayor backed President Barack Obama for re-election, saying the incumbent Democrat will bring leadership that is critically needed to fight climate change after the East Coast devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy.

WASHINGTON — The endorsement from the politically independent and popular third-term mayor was a major boost for Obama, who is spending the campaign’s final days trying to win over independent voters whose voices will be critical in determining who wins Tuesday’s election. [Read More]

$23 million lottery ticket unclaimed

$23M question: Who won Calif. lottery jackpot?

 IMAGE: This surveillance image provided by the California Lottery shows a woman they believe won a $23-million jackpot on a SuperLotto Plus ticket.

AP Photo: California Lottery. IMAGE: This surveillance image provided by the California Lottery shows a woman they believe won a $23-million jackpot on a SuperLotto Plus ticket.
By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer        
A mystery woman who purchased a California lottery ticket worth $23 million has less than a month to claim her prize. [Read More]

Execution in Texas

Louisiana ex-con executed for 2003 Texas killing

 IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.

AP Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety. IMAGE: This handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Donnie Roberts.
 By: Michael Graczyk        
A Louisiana parole violator was set to die Wednesday for killing his girlfriend Vicki Bowen at her home in Lake Livingston, Texas, in 2003.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend’s 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit.

Roberts, 41, became the 12th inmate to be put to death this year in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. CDT. His lethal injection came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case earlier this week, and no additional appeals were filed to try to block the execution.

Roberts was condemned for the fatal shooting of Vicki Bowen, 44, at her East Texas home. At the time of his arrest for the October 2003 killing, Roberts had violated his probation for a robbery conviction in Louisiana by fleeing to Texas after dropping out of a drug treatment program. [Read More]

Making Money from Sandy???

Sandy becomes major money-making opportunity for some

 IMAGE: A workman cuts a tree in pieces in Hoboken, N.J.

Reuters Photo:Gary Hershorn. IMAGE: A workman cuts a tree in pieces in Hoboken, N.J.
By Steven C. Johnson        
On the first day after the storm, scads of businesses owners, street corner entrepreneurs and, occasionally, good old-fashioned hucksters, were out in force to make the most of a rare business opportunity.

As historic storm Sandy pummeled the U.S. Northeast, knocking out power and crippling transportation in New York City and beyond, the enterprising American spirit was running high – mostly for good, though sometimes leading to accusations of gouging.

Giovanni Hernandez, a tree surgeon working in affluent Millburn, New Jersey, said demand for his services had reached “madness” levels with hundreds of phone calls from people with damaged trees on their property. [Read More]

Sandy Aftermath

Deadliest zone: Staten Island reels from devastation; bodies of boys ripped from mom’s arms found

John Makely / NBC News

Little remains of a home on Yetman Avenue in Staten Island where homeowner George Dresch and daughter Angela, 13, perished in Hurricane Sandy. Patricia Dresch is reported to be in critical condition.

By Jeff Black, NBC News

Staten Island, just a ferry ride from Manhattan but often seen as the poor stepchild of the New York metropolis, apparently was the city’s deadliest zone in Superstorm Sandy – accounting for half the human toll.

 On Thursday the bodies of two young boys who were swept away from their mother’s grasp during  the storm surge were recovered, NBC News reported. A missing husband and wife were also found dead Thursday, NBCNewYork.com reported.

That brought the toll on the island to 19, NBCNewYork.com reported. On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Superstorm Sandy is responsible for the deaths of at least 37 New Yorkers. [Read More]

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