Headlines » Quick Fix http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines The latest Headlines, news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:03:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Video Shows Giant Chinese Shark Tank Exploding http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/video-shows-giant-chinese-shark-tank-exploding/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/video-shows-giant-chinese-shark-tank-exploding/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:08:43 +0000 Karson Yiu http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=463629

When a 33-ton shark tank suddenly exploded last week in along busy Shanghai pedestrian shopping mall,  it happened so quickly that not even one camera-happy bystander was able to film it.

The moment, however, was all captured on closed circuit security camera.

The dramatic just-released video shows four people standing immediately in front the gigantic 23 ft-by-10 ft shark aquarium at the Oriental Shopping Center moments before it shattered.  Pedestrians could be seen passing by behind them.

One unidentified man, who was the closest the glass, is seen holding up what seems to be camera to take pictures of the sharks. Three others are shown engaged in conversation, not even paying attention to the tank.

Suddenly something changed off-screen and silent security video showed all four stopped in their tracks. Before any of them had time to react, a rush of water and large shards of glass swallow them all in an instant, pushing them all out onto the street.

The video shows that the force of the explosion was so strong, it tore down cosmetic stands inside the shopping center on the other side of aquarium.

The December 19 explosion left 15 bystanders injured and three sharks dead.

The Shanghai Daily reported that eight of those injured were believed to be customers while the other seven were all mall staff.

There is still no official explanation as to why the shark tank exploded. The popular shark tank was only two years old but it has been speculated that a sudden cold snap that day in Shanghai may have contributed to thick aquarium glass shattering.

Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping center management, told the Shanghai Daily that after this accident that they “will not build an aquarium again in the future.”

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‘Alien’-Like Skulls Found in Mexico http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/alien-looking-human-skulls-found-in-mexico/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/alien-looking-human-skulls-found-in-mexico/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:17:31 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=463168 ht deformed skull mexico ll 121221 wblog Alien Like Skulls Found in Mexico

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Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered 25 “alien”-looking human skulls with in a cemetery in the northwest state of Sonora, they said today.

Some of the skulls showed “deformities,” said Cristina Garcia Moreno, who worked on the excavation project with Arizona State University, which analyzed the bones. The bones are about 1,000 years old, dating from 945 A.D. to 1308 A.D.

“This was an Hispanic cemetery with 25 skulls, and 13 of them have deformed heads,” Moreno told ABC News today. “We don’t know why this population specifically deformed their heads.”

Moreno said that scientists had found skulls in other parts of Mexico, including Guasave, south of Sonora that also showed similar deformities in certain groups of people. Scientists believe they put beams of wood on the front and back of individuals’ heads and wrapped the wood with bands to exert pressure on the skull, Moreno said.

“We know that in some parts of Mexico, people deformed their heads because they wanted to distinguish important people or they wanted to distinguish people from one group from another,” she said.

Moreno said that skulls like this had never before been found in Sonora, and that many of the skeletons in the cemetery were those of children.

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Foul-Mouth Bird Banned to Solitary Confinement http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/foul-mouth-bird-banned-to-solitary-confinement/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/foul-mouth-bird-banned-to-solitary-confinement/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:08:27 +0000 Karson Yiu http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=462949  

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BEIJING – An exotic bird is in solitary confinement at a Chinese Zoo after spewing a toxic expletive involving one’s mother.

It started out innocently enough.

In an apparent attempt to cash in on the human weakness for talking birds, the Jiufeng Mountain Forest Zoo in the central Chinese city of Wuhan imported eight myna birds from Vietnam back in 2010.  The birds, indigenous to South and Southeast Asia, are known for their vocal prowess in mimicking human speech and song.

Four of the myna showed enough proficiency in the Mandarin language that they were dubbed the “Chinese Faction,” according to the Wuhan Evening News.  They were immediately put on display at the zoo’s World of Birds exhibit to dazzle visitors with their linguistic acrobatics.

The “Chinese Faction” would greet visitors with “Ni Hao” or “Hello,” followed immediately with a “Gong Xi Fa Cai,” a traditional Chinese New Year blessing wishing one prosperity.  They were also known to serenade visitors with the Chinese folk song ”Oh Little Swallow, Wear Your Floral Dress.”

The mynas chirped the welcoming greetings without incident for two years. But little did the Faction know that there was a rebel among them.

The mynas’ caretaker, Li Yun, did a double take recently when one of the birds instructed a group of visitors to perform an aggressive sexual act on their mothers.

Li immediately separated the bird from the flock, fearing that the foulness would spread to the others.

“The bird has a good memory,” Li  told the Wuhan Evening News. “It’s possible that some visitor taught it how to say these things.”

Li mentioned that he and others have seen some visitors try to teach the birds to curse.

In the case, Li has inundated the mischievous myna with soothing pleasantries, hoping to correct its vocabulary.  If it disrespected Li’s mother, he said, he would deprive it of food.

The zoo has since had to warn guests that “human actions will affect the animals.”  Only humans, after all, can truly appreciate the low-brow humor of a foul-mouthed fowl.

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Woman Accepts LEGO Video Proposal http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/woman-accepts-lego-video-proposal/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/woman-accepts-lego-video-proposal/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:18:32 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=186501
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Nealy Dozier and Walter Thompson,(l), began their engagement with a stop-motion LEGO film proposal. Courtesy Walter Thomson, Nealy Dozier; Walter Thompson/Firepit Pictures.

Walter Thompson did not want to offer a traditional proposal.

“I didn’t want to do something lame like drop on one knee and pop the question.”

Rather than a lame start to their married life, Thompson spent four days, hundreds of dollars and thousands of photographs creating a stop-motion LEGO film to recreate the romance he had with his now fiancee, 28-year-old Nealey Dozier.

Thompson said that he wanted to propose by the end of their third year together, which meant that before Jan. 4, 2012, he had to have a ring and a plan.

“When it came time to start looking for a ring, I started building on the idea that telling a story with a stop-motion LEGO world would be kind of cool,” he said, adding that it “became a lot more work than I originally anticipated.”

Thompson matched their outfits from their first meeting– he in overalls, she in Auburn University gear–to the LEGO dolls’ clothing in the video. He found a LEGO table that matched uncannily a table in the couple’s kitchen, and reenacted scenes from the couple’s courtship.

“We kind of had this ongoing joke where I would do her food photography and give her the memory card with a LEGO figure in the background,” Thompson said, referring to his habit of taking photos of her while she was cooking. “Every so often this LEGO guy would show up on the back of the pictures and she would laugh.”



Beside the 30 hours of posing the figures, photographing them, and editing the pictures together into a movie, Thompson had the added stress of keeping the project a secret from Dozier while he worked on it in their shared home.

“I had to do the whole thing in my room with the door shut and just assume she knew what was going on,” Thompson said, noting that he had to screen the DVD at a neighbor’s house to make sure it worked.

“I was very shady about it. It’s an engagement based on lies,” he joked.

On Jan. 3, Thompson told Dozier that he had a surprise for her later that night. For their past anniversaries, he had written poems to give her, and said that for this anniversary he had an epic poem he wanted to share with her. Meanwhile, he had secretly discussed his plans with Dozier’s parents over Christmas and arranged for both sets of parents to surprise Dozier at the couple’s home shortly after the proposal.

When he sat her down to watch the DVD, he said, Dozier knew something was up.

“I’m sitting there trying not to pound a bottle of red wine when I’m waiting,” he said. “She said that she could feel my heart beating, just pound and she had an idea pretty quickly that it wasn’t really just an anniversary poem.”

Thompson said that after he pressed “play,” everything became blurry for him, but for Dozier, “her eyes kind of welled up and she didn’t say anything.”

“By the time you see the last frame, she tried to run around and look at me, and when she turned around, I went on one knee and had the box, with two LEGO figures, the bride and groom, he had ring in hand,” Thompson said.

Dozier, stunned, peppered her then boyfriend with questions about the film for 20 minutes before realizing that she hadn’t yet agreed to his proposal.

Dozier, of course, said yes, and the couple’s happy video became history.




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Thieves Arrested After Pocket-Dialing 911 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/thieves-arrested-after-pocket-dialing-911/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/thieves-arrested-after-pocket-dialing-911/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:10:12 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=159482

Two thieves who couldn’t stop bragging about their loot of video games and DVDs from a Target store were surprised to find that someone was listening in on their conversation– a 911 operator.

According to police in Madison, Wisc., one of the shoplifters accidentally pocket-dialed 911 following the Dec. 13 heist, discussing how smoothly the operation went and deriding other thieves for getting caught.

The men, in their late 20s, allegedly stole the goods and then began discussing their plans to resell the games and movies for a profit to a local video game store. Their conversation was recorded for an hour by the 911 oeprator, who at first was befuddled by the conversation before catching on.

Police–clued in by the 911 dispatcher– beat the thieves to the video game store and awaited their arrival with guns drawn.


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Man Misspells ‘Slut’ in Vandalism Attacks, Gets Caught By Spelling Test http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/man-misspells-slut-in-vandalism-attacks-gets-caught-by-spelling-test/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/man-misspells-slut-in-vandalism-attacks-gets-caught-by-spelling-test/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:58:52 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=151532 A Vermont man has been apprehended on criminal charges after his failure to spell correctly gave him away to police.

Adam Hall, 34, is accused of vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s car by bending the license plate frame and scratching the word “sult” into the hood, according to a Bennington, Vt., police affidavit. Hall’s former girlfriend, Brittany Speckman, and police believe that Hall was trying to spell the word “slut.”

After Speckman discovered the vandalism, she notified police that she thought Hall was the perpetrator. Hall had allegedly been saying bad things about Speckman the night before the vandalism to one of Speckman’s friends at a bar, the document states.  The pair had broken up a month earlier, and Speckman was dating someone new, according to the court papers.

Police called Hall into the station and issued him a citation. Hall denied any involvement with the vandalism, but when asked to write the sentence “You are a slut,” on a piece of paper, Hall wrote “You are a sult,” instead. The misspelling matched that of the vandalism.

Hall is charged with unlawful mischief.




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Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Over Alleged Monopoly Cheating http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/woman-stabbed-boyfriend-over-alleged-monopoly-cheating/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/woman-stabbed-boyfriend-over-alleged-monopoly-cheating/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:58:45 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=92742 ht laura chavez monopoly stabbing ll 111028 wblog Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Over Alleged Monopoly Cheating

Laura Chavez is shown in this Santa Fe County Jail booking photo. (Santa Fe County Jail)

Laura Chavez, 60, of Santa Fe, N.M., is accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend,  Clyde “Butch” Smith, 48, when a family game of Monopoly went terribly awry.

Chavez began to argue with Smith while playing  the board game with her 10-year-old grandson. The boy told police that Chavez accused Smith of cheating at Monopoly, and then sent the boy to bed around 11 p.m. mid-argument.

According to a probable cause statement released by police, the couple’s dispute escalated until Chavez hit Smith over the head with a glass bottle, then grabbed a knife and began to cut  him on his head, neck, face, arms  and hand.

Chavez’s grandson slept through the physical altercation, waking up when police arrived in his bedroom, according to the statement.

Police said Smith was in stable condition at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he was taken by ambulance after the attack. Doctors told police Smith was “very intoxicated” when he arrived. Police said Chavez’s apartment was covered in blood from the assault.

Chavez was held on a $5,000 bond.

This Monopoly-inspired attack is not the first incident of board game rage. In September, a Florida man allegedly choked his wife over a game of Yahtzee, and in 2009 a Michigan man went to jail for assaulting his Monopoly foe when she would not give up Park Place and the Boardwalk.

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Nevada Man Arrested for Bouncing Mom From Wedding http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/man-arrested-for-throwing-mom-out-of-wedding-in-nevada/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/man-arrested-for-throwing-mom-out-of-wedding-in-nevada/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:54:48 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=84252 ht justin harris nt 1111024 wblog Nevada Man Arrested for Bouncing Mom From Wedding

Justin Lew Harris has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and coercion. (Douglas Coutny Sheriff)

A Nevada man was arrested after he forcibly removed his mother from his church wedding and carried her to her car when she objected to his impending nuptials.

Justin Lew Harris of Gardnerville, Nev.,  requested his mother’s presence at the wedding at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, according to the Record-Courier.  But when the 56-year-old showed up and instead objected to the ceremony, Harris allegedly carried her out of the church.

A scuffle between mother and son ensued when the mother tried to dial 911 from her cell phone, according to a volunteer at the church.

“As soon as I walked in church, Justin grabbed me by the neck of my shirt and drug me out of the church,” the mother said in a statement to police obtained by the Record-Courier.

Harris contends he simply carried her to her car because of leg problems, according to the report.

Harris, 35, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and coercion. He was taken to Douglas County jail and later released. The wedding vows were not exchanged, the newspaper reported.


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Bridge Stolen and Sold For Scrap http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/bridge-stolen-and-sold-for-scrap/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/bridge-stolen-and-sold-for-scrap/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 19:37:52 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=73332

Two Pennsylvania brothers have been charged with stealing a bridge and selling it piecemeal to a scrap yard.

Police say Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander William Jones, 25, of New Castle, Pa., dismantled a 40 by 15 foot bridge by using a torch to take apart pieces. Between Sept. 16 and Sept. 28, 2011, the brothers stole the entire bridge and then sold the steel for $5,000.

Owners of the rarely-used bridge that spanned a small creek finally noticed it missing and notified police, according to State Police Trooper Randolph Guy, who investigated the theft. Scrap yard employees helped lead police to the Joneses.

The bridge was once used to access a fireworks manufacturing plant, but was no longer regularly used. It was owned by the New Castle Development Corporation and located in a wooded area in North Beaver Township, according to police.

The brothers are facing felony charges including criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal conspiracy, and are being held on $25,000 bail.


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Cities Cut Streetlights, Playgrounds, Police in Tough Times http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/cities-cut-streetlights-playgrounds-police-in-tough-times/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/cities-cut-streetlights-playgrounds-police-in-tough-times/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:05:44 +0000 Colleen Curry http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=67192 Topeka, Kan., became the latest city to take drastic measures to deal with budget shortfalls when it repealed its domestic violence law Tuesday. The city is fighting with the county and a district attorney over who should pay for prosecuting domestic violence criminals.

Cities around the country have been forced to cut basic services such as laws and streetlights because of budget woes in recent years:

  • Say Goodbye to Streetlights: The embattled city of Detroit lost 1,400 streetlights in one of its most impoverished neighborhoods, Highland Park, when it couldn’t afford to pay its electrical bill, according to Michigan Live. The neighborhood owed $4 million in unpaid bills when the utility came to collect the poles.  Dark streets and sidewalks in the city lead some critics to predict crime will rise.
  • Say Hello to Potholes with KFC Logos.: A suburban town with a serious budget problem, Naperville, Ill., once considered a deal in which Kentucky Fried Chicken would pay for pothole repairs in exchange for stamping the new potholes with the chicken chain’s logo, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Hello, Officer? The  city of Alto, Tex., population 1,200, decided to cut its entire police force for six months, laying off five officers and increasing emergency response time from three minutes to 15 minutes, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Citizens will rely on sheriff’s officers in the meantime, though the county force is already stretched thin after nearby Wells, Texas, laid off its sole police officer earlier in the year.
  • No More Playtime for You! Kids in Clearwater, Fla., lost nine playgrounds – with six more scheduled to go – because of budget cuts, according to the St. Petersburg Times.  Replacing the aging playgrounds had become too expensive for the struggling city, so the playgrounds were demolished, instead.
  • One Square Per Person: Parks Department employees in Coney Island, N.Y., doled out squares of toilet paper to bathroom patrons near the Coney Island boardwalk last summer, leaving the toilet paper canisters in stalls empty. The rationing was said to be prompted by to budget constraints on the department, according to the New York Post, though a city spokeswoman denied the claim.
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