Sunday, March 30, 2008


Teen's School Project Burns Home
CARY , Ill. (UPI) -- A house in Cary, Ill., sustained about $75,000 in damage when a teenager working on a school assignment set the home on fire, authorities said. When firefighters arrived they found flames in a bedroom had moved to the hallway and damaged three other upstairs rooms, the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald reported. Two teens and a family cat safely escaped the fire, authorities said. Officials decided the blaze began accidentally after a teen dropped a flaming piece of paper into a garbage can. The teen was trying to antique the paper by setting fire to its edges, authorities said. The Monday incident reportedly is the third Cary house fire reported in the past three weeks.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008


Police: Car Alarms deter Home Burglars
WINDSOR, Ontario (UPI) -- Homeowners who have cars with alarms can scare off burglars by keeping their key fobs next to their pillows, the Ontario Provincial Police recommend. On the Canadian force's southwestern Ontario Web site, a tip is posted suggesting that homeowners who hear suspicious noises during the night should hit the "panic button" on the alarm control. "It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation," the site says. "If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar or attacker won't stick around." While the regional site praises the potential of car alarms for home theft, the OPP main site's statistics indicate the gadgets aren't doing much for vehicle thefts -- about 52,000 vehicles are stolen in Ontario each year, and 18,000 of them are unaccounted for.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008


3-month-old Horse Saved From Septic Tank
CITRA , Fla. (UPI) -- Firefighters reportedly rescued a young horse in Citra, Fla., after it fell into a septic tank and got stuck. Mary Rolka, who owns at least 30 horses, said the frisky colt, named Shooter, was born just three months ago and that his adventurous spirit comes from his mother, WFTV in Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday. "Well, she likes to jump fences. So she always jumps fences and the only way the baby can be with her is to learn to jump fences too," Rolka said. When fire department officials arrived, Shooter's back end reportedly was the only visible part of him. "When they got him up and he stood on all four feet, 'Oh, he's gonna be OK! Thank God!'" Rolka said. The only treatment Shooter needed after his Tuesday adventure was time and salve for healing scrapes, WFTV reported. Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Woman, 66, Catches Alleged Robber
CAMAS, Wash. (UPI) -- Police in Camas, Wash., said a 66-year-old woman chased down and wrestled a 22-year-old armed robbery suspect to the ground. Joshua Crowley was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery after he allegedly held up a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at knifepoint, KPTV, Portland, Ore., reported. A store clerk dialed 911 immediately after the suspect exited the fast-food restaurant and the manager ran outside and alerted drive-through customers and passersby that the store had been robbed and pointed out the suspect as he fled. Mary Chamberlain, 66, one of the motorists alerted by the manager, followed Crowley in her car before exiting the vehicle and confronting the suspect, police said. She wrestled Crowley to the ground and police arrived within seconds to arrest the alleged robber.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Typo causes $11,384 utility payment
ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida man said getting his money back proved difficult after he accidentally paid the Orlando Utilities Commission $11,384 instead of the $113.84 he owed. Larry VanFleet said a misplaced decimal point on the check he sent to the commission resulted in his bank account being cleared out, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday. "I thought I had been hacked," VanFleet said. "I didn't take long to realize that I messed up." VanFleet said he spent two weeks trying to get his money back from the company, but all he was offered was an $11,000 account credit. "I don't want an $11,000 credit to have my bill for seven years," VanFleet said. "I mean, come on." He said his complaints went unaddressed until he contacted the WKMG-TV Problem Solvers, who in turn put in a call to OUC. "When I got your call, I was amazed that somebody made that large of an error," OUC representative Sheridan Becht told the station. "We have had problems before and that's why we were careful not to issue payment quickly. We want to make sure that a check clears." VanFleet credited the Problem Solvers with convincing the company to return his money.
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Monday, March 24, 2008


Deputy locked Overnight in Court Tunnel
MADISON, Wis. (UPI) -- A Dane County, Wis., sheriff's spokeswoman said a deputy was accidentally trapped overnight in an underground tunnel under a courthouse. Deputy Dave Hafeman entered the 8-foot-by-8-foot tunnel, which is used to transport prisoners between the Public Safety Building and the Dane County Courthouse, Friday afternoon after the guard who controls the heavy metal doors at both sides of the tunnel went home for the weekend, The (Madison, Wis.) Capitol Times reported Tuesday. "It's an area you get buzzed in and out of from a control area," sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said. "I don't know his specific reason for going in there, but I believe it's near where they keep their weapons," Schaffer said. Hafeman was discovered after his wife phoned authorities to report that he had never arrived home from work. Detectives found his car in the Dane County Parking Ramp and he was found in the tunnel shortly thereafter. Schaffer said Hafeman was not injured during the ordeal.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008


Debt Notice Worth Wess than Postage
KARLSTAD, Sweden (UPI) -- A Karlstad, Sweden, woman said she received a notice from the Swedish state collections agency for a debt worth less than the postage on the envelope. The woman said she received notice of a 62-cent penalty for failing to pay her motor vehicle tax on time, The Local reported. Anna Jansson of the Swedish Enforcement Authority's Karlstad branch office said notifications of minor debts can be beneficial to recipients. "If someone has a debt it goes on their permanent record, and such matters can be good to know about," she said. Jesper Bergqvist, an official with the authority's main office in Stockholm, said the agency lobbied unsuccessfully in 2001 for authority to overlook debts less than $8. Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Suspicious $100 bills bore Lincon's image
MESA, Ariz. (UPI) -- Police in Mesa, Ariz., have arrested a man accused of trying to buy a watch with two counterfeit $100 bills bearing the image of Abraham Lincoln. A court document said the owner of the store where Scott Martin attempted to use the bills bearing the image of the 16th president stunned the suspect with a Taser after he became violent when confronted about the alleged counterfeit money, KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported Tuesday. Fire personnel who arrived at the scene to treat Martin found five more of the suspect $100 bills and one allegedly counterfeit $20 bill after they cut off his shirt, the document said. A police officer said some of the bills had matching serial numbers in addition to the watermarks of Lincoln, whose face is printed on $5 bills. Legitimate $100 bills carry the visage of Benjamin Franklin. Authorities said Martin told them during his treatment that he had swallowed a bag of methamphetamine. At the time of the incident, Martin was out on bond for similar charges of allegedly using counterfeit $100 bills in Apache Junction, Ariz., detectives said.

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Friday, March 21, 2008


Tiger Turns Out To Be Mother of Triplets

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- Keepers at the San Francisco Zoo did not realize a tigress was the mother of triplets for several days after she gave birth. Leanne, a Sumatran tiger, gave birth March 6. At the time, keepers thought she had produced only one cub. About two days later, one keeper began to suspect Leanne had had a multiple birth, The Oakland Tribune reported. Because the tigress had licked a monitor camera, keepers had limited ability to track what was going on and could not count the cubs until Leanne decided to get up for a drink of water. Paul Garcia, a zoo spokesman, said that Leanne and her offspring will be left alone for a few days. Keepers, not wanting to mess with a 230-pound new mother, will wait until she is busy getting food and water before removing the cubs for an initial medical checkup. The births are good news for the zoo, which has been under fire since a Siberian tiger escaped on Christmas Day. The tiger killed a teenage visitor and mauled his two friends before a police officer shot it dead.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dog Honored for Blood Donations
HOWELL, Mich. (UPI) -- A 2-year-old English mastiff is being honored by the Livingston County American Red Cross in Howell, Mich., for donating blood more than 20 times. The 200-pound dog, named Lurch, has been named one of the organization's "Everyday Heroes" for his blood donations, which include a donation that saved the life of a dog that swallowed rat poison, the Livingston County (Mich.) Daily Press & Argus reported Tuesday. "The blood itself goes to a lot of places like MSU (Michigan State University) and goes to certain clinics," said Joni Melvin-Thiede, Lurch's owner. "You really don't end up knowing which dogs he helps, but his little picture goes on each bag so the person that gets it will actually know it." Melvin-Thiede said Lurch donates blood about once a month. The dog and his owner have been invited to the Red Cross "Everyday Heroes" banquet, scheduled for Thursday at the Crystal Gardens center. "We just did it because he seems to like to go out," Melvin-Thiede said of Lurch's donations. "We didn't know we were going to get to go to Crystal Gardens." Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Tuesday, March 18, 2008



The unexpected has finally come to past. The day when someone will look me in the face and say on of my blogs is an abuse of my position. People, the last time I checked I lived in a free society in a free world and I was allowed freedom by the blogspot on the internet to voice my opinions and to try to help others to learn. I pray the readers out there will see what I am saying and tell me if there has been anything on these blogs of mine that has misled anyone. I am a teacher by profession and director of the school in which I teach and one I am ashamed of my profession at the moment. You will ask why I am ashamed. My answer is because if a colleague can look me in the face and write on paper that I am abusing my position with the use of these or any of my blogs or website when all I set out to do was to help my students and to give some colour to their little Corozal Town lives, then there is something wrong with the educational system in which I live. Either it will have to go or I will.

This is the why wars begin. People misunderstand things because they are told a lot of rubbish and ideas are pushed into their already packed brain. I urge each and everyone to stop and think before they listen to others. Ask yourself why is this person doing this and what is the hidden agenda? People do things for different reasons. Think. Why would someone who is supposed to be a friend or was a friend at one time, of another person, suddenly turn on him or her?

I will tell you right now if I am told that this entry was wrong to write there will be a lot of changes in Belize very soon. My democratic right as a citizen in a free country must never be taken for granted. I may be a lot of things to different people, but I am a caring, honest teacher and Director. I fight for the right to learn and to have choices that will assist students to become strong men and women of Belize. It was my hope that one day someone out there would see these blogs and want to assist the school or students. THAT WAS MY HOPE. IT IS STILL MY HOPE AND I WILL TRY MY BEST TO SEE SOMETHING POSTIVE IN REGARDS TO THE BLOGS so they are not WRITTEN IN VAIN.

If you asked me why I began the blogs I would have to honestly say because Mr. Abel Lopez Rodriquez showed me how to do them. Abel is a person who sees the good in everything and everyone. I have had to tell him more than once that there are people who are around who are dangerous, conniving and just plain mean. All that sea breeze must be getting to the brain and causing a deficiency called “deception”. Trust me there will be no forgiving from now on.

Write me at and visit my website and tell me if I am abusing my connections with my school. I am calling on all bloggers to give me a hand on this. Give me the ammunition I need to fight back to save my blogs and myself. Today it is me, but tomorrow it can be YOU.

Thank you,
Brenda A. Ysaguirre
Director, ACE

Monday, March 17, 2008


Man lived at Airport for Three Years
LONDON (UPI) -- An out-of-work chef who lived in London's Gatwick Airport for three years has been jailed after disobeying an order barring him from the facility. Judge Richard Hayward ordered Anthony Delaney to be remanded into custody until his March 10 hearing after he was caught violating an anti-social behavior order for the third time, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Delaney was previously sentenced to 95 days imprisonment for his second violation of the order, which occurred the same day he was released from jail for his first violation. Hayward said he decided to keep Delaney in custody because he feared the urge to return to the airport would be too strong for the man to resist. "It is a bit cheeky to go straight back to Gatwick. There are other places you can have a shower. This is just going on and on. It is all very strange," the judge said.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008


Songs for Dogs may hit the U.S.A.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (UPI) -- Global release in imminent for a New Zealand song pitched for dogs and inaudible to humans. "A Very Silent Night" is said to have been recorded at such a high sound frequency that only dogs can hear it, The Daily Telegraph reported. The song was issued as a CD by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals just before Christmas as a fundraiser. The novelty song sold 6,000 CDs, a considerable achievement in the tiny New Zealand market. Now distributors in the United States and Australia are vying for the rights to international sales, the society announced. "We are delighted with the success of the CD in New Zealand, and are very grateful for the time and expertise given," said Bob Kerridge, chief executive of the RNZSPCA. Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Couple Married on Amtrak Train
PONTIAC, Mich. (UPI) -- A Michigan woman who has loved trains since she was a child has had one of the most important moments of her life, her wedding, take place inside one. Lynn Kuczajda, 48, of Pontiac married Robert Steil of Milwaukee on an Amtrak train traveling from Pontiac to Dearborn, Mich., Pontiac's Oakland Press reported. "Ever since I was young, I used to watch the old movies where people would eat in the old dining cars of trains and just thought it was so romantic," said Kuczajda before the wedding, which was presided over by Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson. "When I was little, we used to take the train to Toronto, and I just loved it. I have so many fond memories of it." The couple, living in Lake Orion, had 40 friends and family members on board to witness the wedding, with 1940s swing and big band music playing in the background. Kuczajda said she and Steil began planning the train wedding in December with a lot of help from her three sisters. Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Thursday, March 13, 2008


301 'large' cents sell for $10.5 million
LONG BEACH, Calif. (UPI) -- A total of $3.01 in rare pennies were auctioned off by Heritage Auction Galleries in Long Beach, Calif., for $10.7 million. Walter Husak's rare American penny collection consisted of 301 "large cents," or antique copper coins roughly the size of quarters, dated from 1793 to 1814, the Los Angeles Times reported. After investing years and millions into tracking down and acquiring the early American currency, Husak was a little sad to see his pennies sold, but excited about the outcome. "It was a stupendous auction," said Husak, 65. "I still can't even believe it." About 200 coin aficionados crammed into a meeting room at the Long Beach Convention center to participate in the auction, which saw a top price tag of $632,500 each for two 18th-century coins. The sale broke rare penny sales records.

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Monday, March 10, 2008


Police: Scam forced marital lie from man
OCALA, Fla. (UPI) -- A 27-year-old man told his wife he had been robbed to avoid revealing he actually had been tricked by a scam artist, police in Florida say.

Marion County sheriff's deputies said Mario Oscar Carlos initially told authorities he and his wife he had been robbed of $8,000 in cash, but the man allegedly later confessed to making the story up to avoid embarrassment, the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner reported.

A police report alleged that after officers noticed inconsistencies in his robbery account, Carlos admitted he actually lost the money to a spiritual healer.

Carlos allegedly told police the healer told him to place the cash inside a sock so it could be blessed and then put it in the trunk of his car. He said when he checked on the money Friday, he found the cash-filled sock had been replaced by one filled with only $50, the report alleged.

The Star-Banner said for his marital and legal lie, police charged Carlos with filing a false police report.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008


Cat Reunited with Owner after Subway Trip
NEW YORK (UPI) -- A cat that slipped into the New York subway system and disappeared for 25 days has been reunited with its owner. Ashley Phillips said she was surprised when subway workers found Georgia, her 7-month-old feline, after such a long time, the New York Daily News reported. "I'm still in shock," the 24-year-old librarian said. "I kind of gave up hope that they'd find her. "She's getting micro-chipped as soon as possible." Georgia had been traveling inside a travel case on the subway last month, but bolted into the tunnels when Phillips temporarily put the case on the ground. Track flagman Mark Dalessio said he was searching the subway system last week when he heard the lost kitten cry for help. Dalessio told the Daily News the cat look frightened as he approached it Wednesday, but still give him a friendly lick. "It was kinda cute," he said. "I can imagine the fear the cat had with trains going by." Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Bike Leads to Theft Suspect
XENIA, Ohio (UPI) -- Police in Xenia, Ohio, said they were able to track down a suspected cigarette thief after he left his bike at the scene of the crime. Xenia police Capt. Dan Donahue said the 35-year-old suspect, who has not yet been formally charged, was recorded by a security camera threatening a clerk with a steel bar and filling a duffel bag with cigarettes, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Tuesday. However, the video shows the man fleeing without his loot after a struggle with the clerk, Donahue said. He also left his bicycle and the steel pipe behind. "The fact that he left the bike behind later helped identify him," Donahue said. The suspect was in custody Tuesday at the Greene County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
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