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25 July, 2014

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Trivia Question of the Day


The ____?_____ ______?______ Effect is the process by which a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health clinician mistakes the patient's perception of real events as delusional and misdiagnoses accordingly.

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


What was the name of the last known living passenger pigeon?


      Martha                                                      Source


Martha (c.1885-September 1, 1914) was the last known living passenger pigeon; she was named "Martha" in honor of the first First Lady Martha Washington.        Source






Lois Glad That Cows Can't Fly In Oregon was first, and correct, with:
   The last Passenger Pigeon was named Martha, after George's wife, 'cause everybody knew the old girl shit on George every chance she got, and George signed an executive order to kill all them damn birds 'cause they reminded him of Martha. Or not. In any event, it reminds me of a joke:
  For decades, two heroic statues, one male and one female, faced each other in a city park until one day, an angel came down from heaven.
  "You've been such exemplary statues," the angel said, "that I'm going to give you a special gift. I'm going to bring you both to life for thirty minutes, during which time you can do anything you want."
  And with a clap of his hands, the angel brought the statues to life.
  The two approached each other a bit shyly and dashed for the bushes, from whence there came a good deal of giggling, laughter, and shaking of branches.
  Fifteen minutes later, the two statues emerged from the bushes with wide grins on their faces.
  "You still have fifteen more minutes," said the angel, winking at them.
  Grinning even more broadly, the female statue turned to the male statue and said, "Great! Only this time you hold the pigeon down and I'll shit on it's head!"

  P.S. Deborah, thank you so, for the kind acknowledgment. You made my day!




Charlie wrote:
   Martha
  Passenger pigeons were driven extinct by humans, of course.




Alan J said:
   Martha



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   she was named "Martha" in honor of the first First Lady Martha Washington.



Deborah replied:
   The last known living passenger pigeon was named Martha, after Martha Washington.



Adam answered:
   Martha.



Dale of Hot Diamond Springs in Norcali, said:
   The alleged last passenger pigeon was named "Martha" in honor of the first First Lady, Martha Washington. There were billions of these birds flocking and foraging throughout North America befour the settlers arrived. The settlers moved West and destroyed forest habitat, so bye bye birdie in just 150 years' time. They tried the same with the native population of human beings, but failed! Can you imagine how much dung was left behind by da boids?




Marian responded:
   Martha, my dear.



DJ Useo answered:
   Is it "Yankee Doodle Pigeon"? Lol.




MAM   wrote:
   "Martha" in honor of the first First Lady Martha Washington.

                         Martha (1885 - 1914)                    Habitat Garden on the grounds of the National Museum of Natural History




Joe S     took the day off.
  



Sally is on hiatus.
  



BttbBob   has retired.
  
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Middle Class Political Economist

Fun and games with transfer prices




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic | The Onion



Why I'd like to be Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird | Film | theguardian.com



World's coolest bookstores - CNN.com



How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore : NPR



'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought - Yahoo News



Hobby Lobby and religious freedom: Will the company lose in state court?



Nestle, Arrowhead tapping water from Morongo reservation



The Right-Wing Media Echo Chamber and the "Science" of Speaking in Tongues



NRA commentary: Let's have mandatory gun classes in schools




Thanks, Michelle!


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David E Suggests


Elf Time Management Blog Blog Archive How much time do you waste at work?



David


Thanks, Dave!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


HOW MUCH STUPID DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN? EVIDENTLY, NOT MUCH.

MUST BE A REPUG!

THE NEVER ENDING BATTLE TO SURVIVE CONSERVATIVE MADNESS!

FURTHER PROOF THAT CONSERVATIVES ARE CERTIFIABLY INSANE!

THE CONSERVATIVE INSANITY OF "TEXASS."

WHY DAISY GETS HERS FIRST.

CONSERVATISM IS A "CULT"!

NOW CONSERVATIVES ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BUTT CRACK!


IT'S A NAZI FAMILY TRADITION.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Hot. Just plain old, way-too-effing hot.


13 years ago tomorrow, the first official e-page debuted.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'CSI: The Original One', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 7/10/14) are Michael Douglas, Paul Morrissey, and Kiesza.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Bradley Cooper and Lisa Joyce.



NBC starts the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Crossbones'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jon Hamm, Brit Marling, and Martha Stewart.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/9/14) are Taye Diggs, Andy Serkis, and Neon Trees.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/7/14) are Marc Maron, Kaiser Chiefs, and Chuck E. Weiss.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/21/14) are Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Classixx.



The CW offers a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by another RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then 'Colin & Brad: Two Man Group'.
On a RERUN Arsenio Hall (from 3/14/14) are Kid Cudi, Jason Brown, Erik Griffin, Ralphie May, and Tiffany Haddish.



Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN '24'.



MY has an old 'Monk', followed by another old 'Monk'.



A&E has all 'Criminal Minds' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'Tremors II: Aftershocks', followed by the movie 'Men In Black', then the movie 'Men In Black', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC WORLD NEWS
 [7:00AM]    BBC WORLD NEWS
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Midnight
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Turn Left
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Stolen Earth
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [1:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Park's Edge
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 18 - Episode 6
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 18 - Episode 7
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Ensign Ro
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Silicon Avatar
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Disaster
 [9:00PM]    QUANTUM OF SOLACE
 [11:30PM]    THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007
 [1:30AM]    BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Silicon Avatar
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Disaster     (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Game Of Crowns', 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', and another 'Real Housewives Of NJ'.



Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and still another 'Tosh.0'.



FX has the movie 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'.



HBO offers a FRESH Bill Maher.



History has all 'Pawn Stars' all night.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE
 [6:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-PLAYING THE PONIES
 [6:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-POP GOES THE EASEL
 [7:15AM]    BATMAN-FINE FEATHERED FINKS
 [7:45AM]    BATMAN-THE PENGUIN'S A JINX
 [8:15AM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-THANKSGIVING
 [8:45AM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM FILMS REESE
 [9:15AM]    MARON-THE JOKE
 [9:45AM]    THE EYE
 [11:45AM]    TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE
 [1:30PM]    SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
 [4:00PM]    BATMAN-THE BOOKWORM TURNS
 [4:30PM]    BATMAN-WHILE GOTHAM CITY BURNS
 [5:00PM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-THANKSGIVING
 [5:30PM]    MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM FILMS REESE
 [6:00PM]    LAKE DEAD
 [8:00PM]    LAND OF THE DEAD
 [10:00PM]    THE EXORCIST
 [12:45AM]    THE EXORCIST
 [3:30AM]    LAND OF THE DEAD
 [5:30AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-HELPFUL TIPS    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Sneakers
 [8:45AM]    Do the Right Thing
 [11:15AM]    The Outsiders
 [1:15PM]    Notting Hill
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Denial
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Navy Blues
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Harvest
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Stalker
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Disappeared
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Burden
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Myth of Fingerprints
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-The Fire This Time
 [12:00AM]    Firestarter
 [2:30AM]    Firestarter
 [5:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Never Lie to Your Lawyer    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Black Swarm', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then 'The Almighty Johnsons'.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      The Last Flight (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      Heroes For Sale (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      They Gave Him A Gun (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      Marianne (1929)
 [12:30 PM]      The Shopworn Angel (1938)
 [2:00 PM]      The Better 'Ole (1926)     SILENT 
 [3:45 PM]      Shoulder Arms (1918)    SILENT 
 [4:30 PM]      Doughboys (1930)
 [6:00 PM]      King Of Hearts (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      Random Harvest (1942)
 [10:15 PM]      Waterloo Bridge (1940)
 [12:15 AM]      Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)
 [2:45 AM]      Mata Hari (1931)
 [4:30 AM]      After Tonight (1933)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  07/26/14

TCM features 3 films by master cinematographer Karl Freund.
 [6:00 AM]      Julius Caesar (1953)
 [8:15 AM]      The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
 [10:15 AM]      Carson on TCM: Dudley Moore (5/18/79) (2013)
 [10:45 AM]      Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase (1939)
 [12:00 PM]      Valley of the Dragons (1961)
 [1:30 PM]      The Winning Team (1952)
 [3:15 PM]      The Nun's Story (1959)
 [6:00 PM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Metropolis (1926)
 [10:45 PM]      The Seventh Cross (1944)
 [12:45 AM]      The Mummy (1932)

 [2:15 AM]      Spider Baby (1964)     [AKA: 'Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told']
 [3:45 AM]      The Rain People (1969)
 [5:30 AM]      Time Out for Trouble (1961)     (ALL TIMES EST)



TNT has a FRESH 'Cold Justice'.




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network

Me-TV

RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV


Al Jazeera






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U.S actress Zoe Saldana arrives for the European Premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy at a central London cinema, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Photo by Jonathan Short

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Turned Down Photo Op

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet, the "Modern Family" better half -- and now husband -- to Jesse Tyler Ferguson's character "Mitch," says that he is shocked how many anti-gay conservatives want to get their picture taken with him. The 42-year old Emmy Award-winning actor told the Huffington Post yesterday that at a recent White House Correspondents Dinner -- which has become a who's who of Hollywood elites -- Rick Santorum asked Stonestreet to pose for a photo with him.

"Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me," Stonestreet told Huff Post Live on Wednesday. "It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it.' It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"

Stonestreet was also asked if he thinks "Modern Family" has played a role in advancing same-sex marriage and equality for LGBT people.

"President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they're in tears," Stonestreet told HuffPo's Caitlyn Becker. "To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in power and leadership are watching the show [is incredible]."

Eric Stonestreet

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Eddie Vetter, lead singer for the rock group Pearl Jam, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Chicago.
Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast

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Council of Canadians

Detroit

Activists in Windsor, Ont., lugged 1,000 litres of water across the river to Detroit today to help residents who have had their water cut off.

The protest by the Windsor chapter of the Council of Canadians comes after Detroit's utility shut off water to thousands of residents.

The utility says it is trying to educate customers on how to make payment plans, and that it is owed nearly $90 million on past due accounts.

The Canadian group says it will also call on U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency, saying water is a human right.

Detroit

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More Works Found

Cornelius Gurlitt

More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.

A "small number" of further works was found at Gurlitt's apartment by officials securing his estate, the task force said in a statement. It declined to elaborate on the number.

Experts are now working to identify the pieces after the court-appointed administrator of Gurlitt's estate asked them to determine whether the works were stolen by the Nazis.

Shortly before he died, Gurlitt reached a deal with the German government under which hundreds of works he owned would be checked for possible Nazi-era pasts while staying in government hands. Authorities say that deal is binding on any heirs.

Cornelius Gurlitt

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Sen. Wendy Davis, left, looks at one of the Loteria cards a student made for the fundraiser as Sen. Leticia Van de Putte signs one of the art pieces Thursday, July 24, 2014 during the Minority Advancement Project's annual shrimp boil at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The gubernatorial candidate also stopped by the Nueces County Democratic Party headquarters to greet phone bank volunteers during her visit.
Photo by Michael Zamora

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Son Speaks

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabouts of his remains a month after his death.

"It looks like it is the case [that Kasem is in Canada]," says family spokesman Danny Deraney. "But we are not 100 percent sure. Kerri, Mike and Julie [Kasem] deserve the right to know where their father is buried. Nobody is asking to negotiate. It's a right they, along with his family and friends, deserve."

Asked why Casey's widow, Jean Kasem (who prefers to be called Jeannie), might be hiding his father's corpse from his children, Mike Kasem tells THR that she's "demonstrated what we have known for 30 years: She's bat-sh*t crazy."

Mike Kasem also poses 10 questions regarding the sincerity of his stepmother's love for his father: "If she loved him, then where was she at the end of his life when we reached out to have her by his side. Why would she leave his remains for weeks before making a move? Why would she recite scripture while hurling raw hamburger meat at my sister? Why would she cut him off from everyone he loves, friends included & are we all a**holes? Why would she rip him out of a care facility at 2 a.m. against doctors' orders to take him on a road trip he is not equipped to handle? Why would she list their residence on the death certificate for the last 18 years as 'Jerusalem, Israel'? Why would she play actress, fall to the floor in front of cameras outside the courtroom, screaming, 'They have blood on their hands,' and then go hang out with her boyfriend? Or tell a judge he's incompetent? Why would she call a nurse at the hospital a fat-ass? Why wouldn't she ask the doctors why we took him off life support? Because your husband was choking on his own fluids! Which you would have known if you had cared to be there or inquire! Pattern much? Would anyone care for some nuts? I've had too much over the last 30 years, no thanks."

Casey Kasem

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Wake-up Call


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Groundwater Levels Drop

Southwest

Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

The study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, shows that groundwater in the Colorado River basin has dropped by 40 million acre-feet over the past five years, the equivalent of two of the nation's largest reservoirs.

"If drought conditions like this continue, there is a possibility we will entirely deplete our groundwater storage," said researcher Stephanie Castle, the report's author.

As drought conditions have continued, the underground water in the basin - not to be confused with the water in the river itself or the huge reservoirs it feeds - receded at a far faster rate than expected, Castle said.

Southwest

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U.S actor Mark Hamill, centre, Marilou York, right and Chelsea Hamill, left, arrive for the European Premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy at a central London cinema, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Photo by Jonathan Short

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Rejects GMO Grain

China

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

Trade sources said China issued the new requirement affecting distiller's dried grains (DDG), a popular livestock feed that is a by-product of corn ethanol manufacturing.

Traders say China is demanding certification that DDG imports do not contain the MIR 162 GMO strain. Grain traders say the U.S. government does not issue zero tolerance certification.

Sleight said China had also made the new requirements effective immediately, causing serious disruptions.

China

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Jack Black, right, walks outside the convention center in a Stormtrooper mask on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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Corporate Interests Über Alles

FDA

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy allowing the use of various antibiotics in animal feed, even if such use might endanger the public health.

Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the FDA was empowered to reject two citizen challenges to its policy, which discourages but does not ban the use of penicillin and some tetracyclines in feed for chickens, cows and pigs, even if they are not sick.

Critics and some scientists say the prolonged, widespread use of the feed to promote weight gain in animals can foster "superbugs," exposing humans who contact or eat the animals to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They said the FDA should have followed through on its 1977 proposal to ban the feed entirely.

Writing for a 2-1 appeals court majority, however, Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch said the FDA deserved deference, even if agency officials had scientific concern about the feed's safety.

FDA

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Cast member Ian McShane (L) and wife Gwen Humble pose at the Los Angeles premiere of "Hercules" in Hollywood, California July 23, 2014.
Photo by Danny Moloshok

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Bleak Future

Honduran Deportees

Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

Then the killers came looking for her.

Ramirez had seen Facebook messages and heard from relatives that mothers travelling to the United States with children would be allowed to stay if they made it across the border, so she took off for the North with her 8-year-old, Sandra, and 5-year-old Cesar, named for his dead father.

Two weeks and many thousands of miles later, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight brought Ramirez back to the badlands of Honduras in Colon province, still fearing her husband's killers and now lacking a plan for survival.

Overwhelmed by unaccompanied minors and women with children crossing illegally, U.S. authorities have stepped up deportations back to Central America. Ramirez was one of 58 women and children who returned last week on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Honduran Deportees

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Actor John Malkovich, who voices "Dave", poses with the character "Skipper" at a press line for the movie "Penguins of Madagascar" during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 24, 2014.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni

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Amputated By Mistake?

Alabama

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis.

Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said.

"We intend to defend all counts aggressively," Kate DeWitt Darden, spokeswoman for Baptist Health System, said in a statement.

Alabama

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Candidates of the Miss Las Pinas Water Lily beauty pageant pose with their gowns made from dried water lilies during a media presentation in Las Pinas city, south of Manila July 24, 2014. According to the event organiser, the contest is part of events to celebrate the city's annual Water Lily festival. Local residents make gowns, bags and ornaments from parts of the aquatic plant as a source of livelihood.
Photo by Romeo Ranoco

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Natural Trap Cave

Wyoming

For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 85 feet deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals - including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs - shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide opening until they were plunging to their deaths.

Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists what may be their best look yet at the variety of critters that roamed the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains during the planet's last glacial period around 25,000 years ago.

The cave is perpetually cold and clammy, with temperatures in the mid-40s and humidity around 98 percent. Even Bureau of Land Management regional paleontologist Brent Breithaupt, who isn't one to get the willies from lots of animal bones, describes it as a tad creepy.

The remote site is exceptionally well preserved. It's far too challenging and dangerous to have been trammeled in by casual spelunkers. The Bureau of Land Management installed the grate to keep people and animals out in the 1970s.

Wyoming

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England's Stephani Sherlock performs with the ribbon during the women's rhythmic gymnastics team competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24, 2014.
Photo by Jim Young

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Top 20

Concert Tours

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. (1) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $1,478,686; $97.32.
    2. (2) Bruno Mars; $1,184,010; $88.65.
    3. (3) Cher; $1,122,522; $89.85.
    4. (New) Zac Brown Band; $1,061,892; $47.67.
    5. (4) Dave Matthews Band; $1,059,266; $54.34.
    6. (5) Romeo Santos; $812,171; $82.14.
    7. (6) Journey/Steve Miller Band; $714,809; $55.56.
    8. (7) James Taylor; $692,328; $72.69.
    9. (8) Cirque du Soleil - "Michael Jackson: The Immortal"; $675,522; $85.68.
   10. (New) Rascal Flatts; $548,354; $33.19.
   11. (New) Brad Paisley; $516,110; $33.98.
   12. (9) Tim McGraw; $476,912; $36.13.
   13. (10) Backstreet Boys; $410,876; $49.34.
   14. (11) Florida Georgia Line; $375,544; $40.43.
   15. (12) Widespread Panic; $313,800; $44.81.
   16. (13) Lana Del Rey; $256,465; $46.91.
   17. (14) Eddie Izzard; $244,668; $58.04.
   18. (16) Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas; $234,036; $56.91.
   19. (15) Brantley Gilbert; $209,141; $29.35.
   20. (19) Foreigner/Styx; $203,839; $40.18.

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