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  • Originally posted by ffbam24 View Post
    PORTLAND, Ore. - Bomb-sniffing dogs being used for a TOPOFF exercise in northeast Portland on Thursday detected the real thing, prompting police to cordon off a hotel, close nearby streets and shut down the MAX.

    According to Brian Schmautz with the Portland Police Bureau, as officials were doing a sweep of the Doubletree Hotel located near the Lloyd Center, bomb-sniffing dogs got a hit on several vehicles in the vicinity.
    Police immediately cordoned off the area so they could investigate. They later discovered that the dogs had detected traces of explosives in police and military vehicles that were involved in the exercise that was being staged. The bomb residue is something common in those type of vehicles.
    So as the Portland Police Bureau PIO, is that a "Successful Drill" or a "Whoops "




    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
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    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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    • There was a fire in my hometown a few years ago that was pretty wierd. A squirrel nibbled off some of the wires that lead to the house, and the sparks lit the shingles on fire and the house was ruined. Another wierd thing was that a firefighter owned the house, and was working when the fire started.
      "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up"-Steven Wright

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      • Cats Uninjured
        POSTED: 7:45 am EDT October 22, 2007
        UPDATED: 11:54 am EDT October 22, 2007

        LOCKLAND, Ohio -- A pair of cats are down to eight lives and a Lockland police officer is recovering at home from injuries suffered when his cruiser hit a building early Monday morning.

        Investigators said the officer was driving to back up officers responding to another call when he swerved to avoid the cats in the road, WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported.

        Police said the officer lost control, hit a car and a tree before the nose of the cruiser rammed through the side of a building. The officer, who has not been named, was treated for minor injuries at Bethesda North Hospital and released.

        The cats were not injured. The crash remained under investigation Monday.

        Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.
        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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        • Update on post #2545

          He's dead Jim.

          Story Updated: Oct 23, 2007 at 11:00 AM PDT
          By Associated Press
          SEATTLE (AP) - A man who was shot at a Highway 2 rest stop near Leavenworth died over the weekend at a Seattle hospital.

          Jay Kneer, 45, had been shot in the head Oct. 11 while demanding a ride.

          The Chelan County sheriff's office declined to pursue criminal charges against a 66-year-old Lynnwood man who admitted shooting Kneer.

          Dennis Shaw told investigators that Kneer grew angry and swung a whiskey bottle at him when Shaw refused to give him a ride.

          Shaw says he fired the gun in an attempt to scare Kneer away.

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          • Space elevator prize eludes Saskatchewan team

            Darren Bernhardt, CanWest News Service Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

            SASKATOON -- A team of engineers from Saskatoon came within four seconds of winning a half-million-dollar prize in a NASA-sponsored competition to build a model of a space elevator.

            For the third consecutive year, the University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team placed first in Elevator: 2010, also called the Spaceward Games.

            But for the third straight year, it appears they came a breath shy of reaping the reward.

            Competitors had to build a robotic climber capable of ascending a strand of carbon-fibre ribbon suspended from an overhead crane. The climber had to use a wireless power source on the way up but descend in a controlled fashion on its own.

            The team reached the top of the 120-metre ribbon in 54 seconds. The allotted time was 50 seconds.

            Officials are re-measuring the ribbon length and double-checking the final results, but Saskatchewan team president Clayton Ruszkowski wasn't holding his breath.

            "It was close, but we've still shown what we can do. It's not just luck that we've won three times in a row," he said from Salt Lake City, Utah, where the three-day event was held this past weekend.

            Still, Ruszkowski hailed this year's event as a success. Only one of the other 21 teams from around the globe reached the top and they were 30 seconds slower.

            The team's performance this year has earned members an invitation to speak at an aerospace conference in Europe.

            Last year, the Saskatchewan team aimed a high-powered spotlight on their craft's solar panels to make it climb. This year, they developed a laser that could track the craft autonomously. Unfortunately, the solar cells malfunctioned and the team was forced to use back-up panels, which added to the overall weight.

            The games are intended to encourage research into creating a way to transport payloads and people into orbit without using costly rockets. Ultimately, the idea is to have one end of the ribbon tethered to the Earth and the other end connected to a counterweight in space. As the Earth rotates, the tether would be held taut and vehicles would travel up the ribbon like a conventional elevator on a cable, powered by a beam of energy projected from Earth.

            © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007


            I have a SF book of short stories at home, with a story that includes a description of a similar device.
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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            • Perty kuul

              27 Years Later, Wedding Pictures Delivered. Photographer Finds Album Stored Away

              POSTED: 11:18 am EDT October 24, 2007

              MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Karen and Mark Cline finally have their wedding photos -- just in time for their 27th anniversary.

              They were just teenagers when they got married, and they didn't have enough money to pay the photographer the $150 they owed him. So they never got the photos.

              Last week, the photographer tracked Karen Cline down at the diner where she works in Ohio, and surprised her with a photo album.

              Photographer Jim Wagner, who's now 80, said he was cleaning out some old things and found it. He said he knew the Clines "didn't have any money back then," and that he "just thought she might like to have it."

              Cline said when he showed up with the photos, she "just stood there and cried and cried and hugged him."

              She also wrote him a check for $150.

              Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.

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              Stick a sock in it has a whole different meaning for dogs. Underwear, pantyhose also top list of pets' favourite treats

              Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service Published: Thursday, October 25, 2007

              If you swear your dryer is eating your socks, have your dog X-rayed.

              According to an American pet insurer, socks top the 10 most common items surgically removed from pets.

              Dogs and cats also have a predilection for lingerie, with underwear and pantyhose ranking second and third respectively.

              Other digested foreign objects for which pet-owners have made medical claims include swallowed pagers, hearing aids, drywall, batteries, rubber bands, toy cars, hair ties and sand with bacon grease poured on it, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance.

              The one thing not on the list: your kid's homework.

              "I've seen rocks, stones, golf balls, Popsicle sticks," says Dr. Wayne Eldridge, a San Antonio, Texas, veterinarian who, for teaching purposes, keeps a small museum of items he's removed from animal intestines. "Leftover paper plates, wooden skewers."

              Dogs have highly developed olfactory senses. They like things in their mouths that have a scent, and they gravitate toward items that smell like their owners, says Eldridge, a field representative for Veterinary Pet Insurance.

              "Underclothing and socks are very likely to be tempting."

              Canadian pets are no more discriminating. Ottawa vet Dr. Miki Shibata has removed tennis balls, golf balls, marbles, peach pits, chewy rope toys and pennies from pets' gastrointestinal tracts.

              Canadian pennies minted between 1997 and 2001, and American pennies minted after 1982, both of which contain zinc, are particularly hazardous. If not treated, they can cause fatal hemolytic anemia, where red blood cells are broken down and destroyed.

              Stones are among the most common items ingested by dogs.

              "I've seen dogs with stomachs so full of stones I've had to open them up and physically take them out, they're so loaded down," says Dr. Lynn Webster, chief veterinary officer with Pet Plan Insurance in Winnipeg.

              Small items can pass through pets naturally, but larger items can get stuck in the stomach or intestinal tract, causing an obstruction that can lead to pain, vomiting or internal damage requiring emergency surgery.

              "Another thing we see is string gut," Shibata says. If a pet ingests a "linear foreign body" such as dental floss, string or Christmas tree tinsel, it can tighten like a purse string around the intestine and saw through it.

              "It can be huge surgery from the standpoint [of] how much bowel is viable and how much can be removed," Webster says.

              In some cases, removing a swallowed object can be as simple as "going down with an endoscope, getting hold of what's in the stomach and pulling it out through the mouth," Webster says.

              Bored or anxious pets, pets under two and Labrador retrievers, which are "very orally oriented because of their retrieving nature," Eldridge says, are among those pets most likely to swallow items they shouldn't.

              Signs that a pet may have swallowed something inedible and needs to see a vet include continual vomiting, dry heaving or coughing.

              - - -

              COMMON ITEMS REMOVED SURGICALLY FROM PETS

              1. Socks

              2. Underwear

              3. Pantyhose

              4. Rocks

              5. Balls

              6. Chew toys

              7. Corncobs

              8. Bones

              9. Hair ties/ribbon

              10. Sticks

              © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007
              Last edited by MalahatTwo7; 10-25-2007, 12:56 PM.
              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

              IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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              • Yoda Stamp Makes Debut. Jedi Master Won Fan Vote

                POSTED: 5:15 pm EDT October 25, 2007

                WASHINGTON -- Buy these stamps, you will.

                The U.S. Postal Service sought to harness the force Thursday, releasing a new postage stamp featuring Star Wars' enigmatic Yoda, known for his odd syntax as well as his wisdom.

                The Jedi master's stamp was originally part of a multi-stamp Star Wars set and is now available as an individual stamp following a public vote on which of that set should receive special attention.

                Also on Thursday the post office released its annual Christmas and holiday stamps.

                The set of four holiday stamps features classic wintertime knitting design imagery.

                "The new holiday stamps provide another way for people to express warm winter greetings on all their mailings sent this season to family, friends or customers, " said Katherine C. Tobin, a member of the post office's governing board.

                Inspired by traditional Norwegian sweaters, the stamps include a stag, a snow-dappled evergreen tree, a snowman sporting a top hat and a whimsical teddy bear.

                The Christmas stamp is a traditional Madonna and child. This year's image is from Bernardino Luini's "Madonna of the Carnation," painted around 1515 and now part of the collection at the National Gallery of Art.

                All of the new stamps carry the current 41-cent first-class rate and had their first day of issue ceremonies at a stamp show in New York.

                Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
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                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                • They should've combined the holiday and Yoda stamps....picture Yoda wearing a Santa hat.....

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                  • Originally posted by firecat1 View Post
                    They should've combined the holiday and Yoda stamps....picture Yoda wearing a Santa hat.....
                    HAHAHAAHAAA tooo FUNNY!!!
                    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                    impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                    IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                    • Parrot on patrol

                      MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 23) - A noisy parrot that likes to imitate sounds helped save a man and his son from a house fire by mocking a smoke alarm, the bird's owner says.

                      Shannon Conwell, 33, said he and his 9-year-old son fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie. They awoke about 3 a.m. Friday to find their home on fire after hearing the family's Amazon parrot, Peanut, imitating a fire alarm.

                      "He was really screaming his head off," Conwell said.

                      The smoke alarm had activated, but it was the bird's call that caught Conwell's attention.

                      "I grabbed my son and my bird, and got out of the house," he said.

                      The fire destroyed the home's dining room, kitchen and bedroom, Muncie fire officials said. It remains under investigation.

                      Aside from Peanut, Conwell said the fact that he and his son fell asleep on the couch helped save them. They may not have heard the alarm or the bird if they were asleep in their bedrooms.

                      Conwell said he runs an air conditioner and a breathing machine in his bedroom and they drown out a lot of noise around the house.

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                      • Unbelievable!

                        From a pop-up that didn't get blocked......

                        "Need a doctors note to get out of writing that big test? Or do you just want a refund on your unused gym membership without the pentaly? The Excused Absence Network has your back. For around $25, students and employees can buy excuse notes that appear to come from doctors or hospitals. Other options include a fake jury summons or an authentic-looking funeral service program complete with comforting poems and a list of pallbearers."

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                        • That story is actually a headline in the "Weird News" of NBC 4 online. It seemed too bizarre even for me to read. LOL
                          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                          IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                          • Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
                            That story is actually a headline in the "Weird News" of NBC 4 online. It seemed too bizarre even for me to read. LOL
                            Crazy! What I'm curious about tho is, has anybody been stupid enough to actually send $$ for this? Just too stupid for words!

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                            • Originally posted by firecat1 View Post
                              Crazy! What I'm curious about tho is, has anybody been stupid enough to actually send $$ for this? Just too stupid for words!
                              So you don't think I will get my "call in dead to work" paperwork??

                              Damn, where did I put that phone number now.......
                              Jason Knecht
                              Firefighter/EMT
                              Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                              Eau Claire, WI

                              IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                              http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                              EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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                              • Originally posted by Dickey View Post
                                So you don't think I will get my "call in dead to work" paperwork??

                                Damn, where did I put that phone number now.......
                                Just make sure you get it notarized.

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