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WILD MUSHROOM DEFENSE JKB 6/1/10

  • THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR A DEL NORTE COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH THE EXCEPTIONALLY BRUTAL MURDER OF HIS CLOSE FRIEND, SAYS A PSYCHOTIC FIT BROUGHT ON BY A DRUG INDUCED HALLUCINATION WAS THE CAUSE OF THE CRIME.

26 YEAR OLD JARROD WYATT OF KLAMATH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE MURDER, MAYHEM AND TORTURE IN THE DEATH OF 21 YEAR OLD TAYLOR POWELL. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, WYATT WAS FOUND STANDING NAKED OVER HIS FRIENDS BODY AFTER CUTTING THE VICTIMS HEART OUT OF HIS CHEST WHILE HE WAS STILL ALIVE. POLICE SAY POWELLS BODY HAD ALSO SUFFERED OTHER FORMS OF GROTESQUE MUTILATION IN THE MARCH 21ST ATTACK. WYATT, A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CAGE FIGHTER, TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE BELIEVED THE DEVIL WAS LIVING INSIDE HIS FRIEND. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AFTER A THIRD FRIEND WITNESSED A SUDDEN MOOD CHANGE IN WYATT AFTER THE 3 MEN HAD INGESTED WILD HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOM TEA. THE WITNESS DISCOVERED POWELL HAD BEEN KILLED WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE HOUSE AFTER CALLING POLICE.

E-QUAKE JKB 6/1/10

  • THE GEYSERS WERE SHAKEN BY A 3.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY, THE 13TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THE AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 5:23 PM AND WAS CENTERED 2 MILES NORTH OF THE STEAM FIELDS.

TED KOPPELS SON FOUND DEAD JKB 6/1/10

  • THE SON OF TED KOPPEL WAS FOUND DEAD ON MONDAY.

THE BODY OF 40 YEAR OLD ANDREW KOPPEL WAS FOUND IN A MANHATTAN APARTMENT AT 1:34 AM. HIS HOME ADDRESS HOWEVER WAS IN QUEENS. INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT SPECULATED ON THE CAUSE OF DEATH. TED KOPPEL, THE LONG TIME HOST OF ABCS NEWS SHOW NIGHTLINE, COULD NOT IMMEDIATELY BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

HUNDREDS KILLED IN TROPICAL STORM JKB 6/1/10

  • AT LEAST 115 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND SCORES ARE MISSING AFTER TROPICAL STORMS BATTERED GUATEMALA, HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR OVER THE WEEKEND.

GUATEMALA WAS THE HARDEST HIT, REPORTING AT LEAST 92 DEATHS, 54 PEOPLE MISSING AND 59 INJURED. MORE THAN 112,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED AND TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE ARE LIVING IN TEMPORARY SHELTERS. 13 BRIDGES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE COLLAPSED FROM THE RAIN SWOLLEN RIVERS. IN THE NORTHERN PART OF GUATEMALA CITY THE STORM CREATED A GIANT SINKHOLE LARGER THAN THE SIZE OF A CITY STREET INTERSECTION THAT SWALLOWED A 3 STORY BUILDING AND A HOUSE. ONE PERSON WAS REPORTED TO HAVE DIED WHEN THE SINK HOLE OPENED UP.

STEWARD SHIP BILL ADVANCES JKB 6/1/10

  • THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVED A BILL ON FRIDAY BY ASSEMBLYMAN WES CHESBRO THAT WOULD HOLD MANUFACTURES MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVENTUAL DISPOSAL OF THEIR PRODUCTS.

THE CALIFORNIA PRODUCT STEWARD SHIP ACT WOULD ESTABLISH AN EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY FRAMEWORK FOR A WIDE ARRAY OF TOXIC PRODUCTS THAT ARE ALL READY BANNED FROM LANDFILLS. THE BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE MANUFACTURERS OF SUCH PRODUCTS TO INCREASE THE RECYCLABILITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND REDUCE PACKAGING. THE BILL NEXT MOVES ONTO THE FULL ASSEMBLY FOR A VOTE.

SPECIAL WORKSHOP FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL JKB 6/1/10

  • THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A BID TO BUILD THE NEW SKATE PARK AT A SPECIAL WORKSHOP PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE JUST BEFORE THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ON WEDNESDAY.

THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A BID OF JUST OVER $666,000 FORM GEOCON ENGINEERING INC, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW SKATE PARK. IT WAS THE LOWEST OF 5 QUALIFIED BIDS RECEIVED WHEN THE PROJECT WENT OUT TO BID MAY 18TH. THE WORKSHOP, WHICH WILL ALSO LOOK AT A POSSIBLE ACTION ON CREATING A MOBILE HOME RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE TO REIN IN UNSTRUCTURED RATE INCREASES, WILL BEGIN AT 5 PM AND THE REGULAR SESSION AT 6.

ISRAEL FEELS BACKLASH FROM RAID JKB 6/1/10

  • ISRAEL IS FACING HARSH INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM AFTER A RAID BY NAVAL COMMANDOS ON A FLOTILLA CARRYING AID BOUND FOR GAZA LEFT 9 PEOPLE DEAD ON MONDAY.

NATO HAS CONDEMNED THE ATTACK, AND TURKEY, ISRAELS MOST KEY MUSLIM ALLY RECALLED ITS AMBASSADOR AND CANCELED PLANNED MILITARY EXERCISES WITH ISRAELI FORCES. THE RAID OCCURRED IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS NORTH OF GAZA. ISRAEL CLAIMS IT WAS ENFORCING A LEGAL BLOCKADE WHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED BY PASSENGERS ON THE SHIP AND FIRED ONLY IN SELF DEFENSE. ORGANIZERS OF THE FLOTILLA ACCUSED THE ISRAELI FORCES OF OPENING FIRE AS SOON AS THEY LANDED ON DECK AND BOTH SIDE HAVE PRESENTED VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS.

OIL SPILL UPDATE JKB 6/1/10

  • BP ENGINEERS TODAY, WILL BEGIN USING ROBOTS TO MAKE A SERIES OF CUTS TO THE LOWER MARINE RISER PACKAGE ON THE SUNKEN WELL THAT IS GUSHING ALMOST 800,000 GALLONS OF OIL A DAY INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO.

A DIAMOND CUT SAW WILL BE USED TO MAKE A CLEAN CUT TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR A CUSTOM MADE CAP TO BE FITTED OVER THE SPEWING PIPE. MEANWHILE FEDERAL OFFICIALS ORDERED ANOTHER 1,200 SQUARE MILES OF GULF CLOSED TO FISHING ON MONDAY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA IS MEETING TODAY WITH THE HEADS OF A NEW COMMISSION CREATED TO INVESTIGATE THE SPILL.

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