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Monthly Archives: February 2012

#YahooNews – #Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoe release causes rioting at a #Florida mall

Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoe release causes rioting at a Florida mall

Crowd disperses at Florida mall. (

Not again. In a situation reminiscent of the craziness that broke out in December when Nike released its retro version of a popular Air Jordan basketball shoe, police were called in late Thursday to break up a crowd that had gathered at the Florida Mall near Orlando in anticipation of the release of a new limited edition, glow-in-the-dark Nike shoe.

More than 100 officers in riot gear were needed to disperse several hundred people who law enforcement officials said became unruly as they waited for the $220 Nike Galaxy Air Foamposite Ones to go on sale. There were no arrests or injuries reported. The launch of the shoes were timed to coincide with this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game festivities in Orlando. The game is on Sunday night.

A similar scene played out at a Washington, D.C.-area mall early Friday where fans waited to get the coveted Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoes. Police in Hyattsville, Md., made one arrest, as the crowd there was estimated at over 100.

Early Friday, Foot Locker announced that it was canceling the shoe’s release at certain malls and stores. “Our priority is the safety of the community,” Foot Locker said in a statement.

But Gionvanni Mecado, a 14-year-old from Kissimmee, Florida, told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel he’s not buying the cancellation drama.

“I don’t even believe them,” Mercado told the paper.

Nike has had problems with riotous crowds before. In December, Nike’s retro Air Jordans releasecaused fights to break out at malls across the country. In Seattle, cops used pepper spray to subdue what they said were unruly sneaker-heads.

“Mobs are one thing,” Stephen Douglas wrote on “Sneaker mobs are another. Nike needs to start making enough sneakers for everyone and stop releasing them at midnight.”

Click here to watch video of Thursday’s shoe-triggered melee.




#Dutchsinse – 2/24/2012 — Censored earthquake – Midwest to Southeast USA shakes – Wiped data

Most #MallRiots can be predicted by paying attention to shoe release dates.

Seven Marines were killed when their two helicopters collided Wednesday night near #Yuma #Arizona

Vehicle Accident – North-America – USA 

EDIS Number: VI-20120223-34278-USA
Date / time: 23/02/2012 14:03:59 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: [Near to Yuma]
Number of Deads: 7 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


Seven Marines were killed when their two helicopters collided Wednesday night near Yuma, Ariz., defense officials said. The Marines, from the 3rd Marine Airwing based at Miramar in Southern California, were conducting a training exercise at approximately 8 p.m. local time when their Cobra and Huey helicopters collided in midair. There were no survivors. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The identities of the seven killed have not been released pending formal notification of next of kin.

A crude oil tank exploded and burned at a biodiesel plant on the waterfront docks in #Galveston #Texas, rattling the island city.

EDIS Number: EX-20120224-34286-USA
Date / time: 24/02/2012 06:50:40 [UTC]
Event: Explosion
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Texas
Location: Galveston 
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


A crude oil tank exploded and burned at a biodiesel plant on the waterfront docks in Galveston, Texas, rattling the island city. City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says a worker was treated for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported. Cahill says one tank burned after the 7:30 p.m. Thursday explosion, but firefighters worked to keep neighboring tanks cool. A shelter-in-place order for nearby Texas A&M University at Galveston was lifted after two hours, and the nearby traffic arteries and bridge to Pelican Island were opened by midnight. Fire companies from Texas City and La Marque came from mainland Texas to join their Galveston counterparts in fighting the fire on the city's northern waterfront.  

Mexican scientists successfully test vaccine that could cut heroin addiction…ine?CMP=twt_fd

Researchers at the country’s National Institute of Psychiatry say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it on humans.

The vaccine, which has been patented in the US, makes the body resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush of pleasure when they smoked or injected it.

This, potentially, is brilliant. Hopefully it works on humans. 

#TorontoSun – Tough #Tornado season predicted for U.S. in 2012

WASHINGTON – One year after a deadly tornado season in the United States caused nearly $30 billion in damage, an above-normal number of twisters could be in store for 2012.

While there is no way to predict that there will be a repeat of 2011’s calamitous series of tornadoes, private weather forecaster said this week there are likely to be more tornadoes than normal across the United States.

Climate change is indirectly related to this forecast because strong thunderstorms create conditions where tornadoes can form, and strong thunderstorms could be fueled by the warmer-than-normal surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, according to Paul Walker, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.

Tornadoes caused $28.7 billion in damage in the United States in 2011, and killed more than 550 people, the U.S. National Climatic Data Center found.

One reason the loss of life and financial toll were so high last year was because some of the most severe tornadoes hit populated areas, notably Joplin, Missouri, and Birmingham, Alabama, Walker said.

This may have been caused by a strong La Nina pattern, which can shift “Tornado Alley” eastward from its normal span in the plains of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

La Nina starts as a cool patch of water in the equatorial Pacific that can have a global weather impact; El Nino is a warm swathe of water in the same area. There is little sign of a strong La Nina or El Nino this year, Accuweather said.

Total U.S. damage in 2011 from climate and weather disasters, including drought, was $55 billion. Floods along the Mississippi and the upper Midwest cost an estimated $5 billion damage and claimed at least 12 lives, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

If taken as a single event, last year’s spring tornado season would have been the fourth-costliest disaster in U.S. history from an insurance perspective, behind hurricanes Katrina and Andrew and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

A new study suggests climate change could cause more flooding as storm surges – the damaging masses of water propelled inland by hurricanes and other storms – become more frequent.

Floods that have been expected once a century could happen every three to 20 years, researchers from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change.

Such sharp changes in climate could force insurers to reconsider the losses they face. If such one-in-100-years storms start occurring every 20 years or less, it may lead insurers to reduce their exposure to certain regions or charge substantially more for coverage.  

#TorontoSun – Packed train slams into #BuenosAires station

BUENOS AIRES – A packed commuter train crashed at a Buenos Aires station during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, killing 49 people and injuring more than 600 in Argentina’s worst rail disaster in three decades.

Passengers said the force of the collision propelled the second train car inside the first carriage, trapping dozens of people in the wreckage alongside the busy platforms at Once station.

Officials said faulty brakes were suspected of causing the accident and witnesses said the train hurtled into the buffers.

“I said, ‘Be careful, the train isn’t braking’ … I moved backward because I thought it was going to run me over,” said Alfredo Velazquez, 33, a shopping center manager who was waiting on the platform.

“There was a terrible explosion and a brutal impact,” he said.

Commuters inside the train “flew through the air,” a passenger wearing a neckbrace who identified himself as Fabio told local television. “There were lots of people thrown to the floor, injured, bloodied.”

“The train (car) was embedded inside the other … the seats were gone, they disappeared, and people were jumping out of the window,” he said.

A police captain said 49 people were killed, including one child.

Relatives and friends wandered around the train station later in the day, trying to find news of missing loved ones.

President Cristina Fernandez expressed her “profound sadness,” calling off Carnival festivities and declaring two days of mourning.


Most of the victims were traveling in the first two cars of the eight-car train, which Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi said was carrying between 1,200 and 1,500 passengers.

“The train entered Once station at 26 kilometers per hour (16 mph) … we suppose there was some flaw in the brakes,” he was quoted as saying by state news agency Telam. “The train folded up on itself.”

The 28-year-old driver remained in intensive care and about 460 of the injured were still being treated in local hospitals.

Wednesday’s crash is bound to fuel criticism of the country’s dilapidated and overcrowded rail services, which are run by private companies with hefty state subsidies and are prone to accidents and delays.

Argentina’s once-extensive rail network was largely dismantled during privatizations in the 1990s.

“This is the responsibility of a company that is known for insufficient maintenance and … improvisation,” said Edgardo Reinoso, a train workers’ trade union representative.

“On the other hand, there is also a lack of controls on the part of state entities,” Reinoso told local radio.

The company holding the Sarmiento line concession, TBA, said it was investigating the cause of the collision.

Some 10 million passengers travel every month on the Sarmiento line, which links Buenos Aires to its western suburbs. It was the scene of another crash in September, when two commuter trains smashed into a city bus, killing 11 people.

Months earlier, four people died during another rail crash.

The worst train accidents in Argentine history include a 1970 crash that killed more than 230 people and another in 1978, in which about 55 died, local media said.  

#TorontoSun – Letters threaten #BiologicalAttack on U.S. senators

Letters threaten biological attack on U.S. senators


U.S. Capitol The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a puddle in Washington February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A number of media organizations and TV shows, including the New York Times and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, received mail postmarked Oregon warning that letters had been sent to the Washington or local offices of all 100 U.S. senators and that 10 contained a deadly pathogen, a law enforcement source said.
WASHINGTON  – Several members of the U.S. Congress received mail threatening a biological attack and containing a suspicious powder later found to be harmless as law enforcement officials warned on Wednesday that more letters could be on their way.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, received a letter containing a powdery substance at one of his offices in his home state of Ohio, a Republican aide said, adding that the powder was harmless.

Letters containing powder were also received at the home-state office of two senators, according to Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer, the chamber’s chief law enforcement officer. Tests found the powder was harmless, Gainer said in a statement. He did not identify the senators.

In a notice to Senate staffers titled “Urgent: Suspicious Mail Alert,” Gainer warned that the sender of the letters had “indicated that additional letters containing a powdery substance will be arriving at more Senate offices and that some of these letters may contain actual harmful material.”

He warned that special attention should be paid to letters sent from Portland, Oregon.

“The FBI is aware of this situation and is responding accordingly. So far, none of the letters have contained a hazardous substance,” said FBI spokesman Chris Allen in Washington. Allen said the FBI was working with other law enforcement agencies to determine if the mailings were related.

The New York Police Department was made aware of the letters received by some media outlets on Tuesday night and alerted the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police, a law enforcement source said.

The letters to the news organizations did not contain any suspicious substances. They demanded an end to corporate money and lobbying in U.S. politics, an end to corporate personhood, and called for a new constitutional convention, the source said. The letters were signed “the MIB.”

Other media that received the letters were The Colbert Report, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Fox News.  

#DUTCHSINSE – 2/22/2012 — #Tornado Warnings in #Tennesse — #SevereWeather outbreak in TN, VA, AL, KY