Monday May 25th

Police captain forced to shoot his own son, a former standout football player at San Diego State, when he attacks his mother.

A captain with the Oceanside Police Department shot and wounded his 25-year-old son, a former San Diego State University football player, shortly after midnight when the young man attacked his mother, authorities said Saturday. Capt. Reginald Grigsby, who was off-duty at the time, called sheriff’s deputies to report the shooting at his Fallbrook home. Grigsby told investigators that his son, Reginald “Reggie” Grigsby Jr., who reportedly has a history of mental illness, came to the couple’s home and got into an argument with his mother, said sheriff’s Lt. Dennis Brugos. The argument quickly turned violent. The captain tried to come to the aid of his wife, but was unable to stop the attack, Brugos said. At that point, the captain grabbed a handgun and shot his son.

More Detroit shenanigans as council member pays only $68 in property taxes on her home last year. City records have listed her home as a vacant lot for last decade.

A Detroit city council member paid only $68 in property taxes this year because city records showed her home doesn’t exist. JoAnn Watson, 58, said she was unaware of a city records discrepancy that has, for the past decade, listed her house as an empty lot even though the brick Tudor-style home has been occupying the plot since 1926, according to a story Sunday in the Detroit Free Press.

Housing market collapse, internet brokers causing real estate agents to bail out of the business.

Marco Huerta and Youngmin Bae bought their Burbank home without ever meeting their real estate agent. Instead, they scoured listings for their favorite neighborhoods, haggled over prices and even wrote their offer using Marco’s cellphone. There was no housewarming plant on the porch when they moved in, but the couple aren’t complaining: They received a $10,000 check as a “rebate” from their agent’s 3% commission.

Man glad he didn’t have his cancer ridden dog euthanized as her persistent barking early one morning probably saved his life.

Scott Seymour’s decision not to euthanize his cancer-filled dog loomed large Saturday when the 9-year-old American bulldog awakened him to escape his burning house. “Brittney might whine a little when she has to go out, but she never, ever barks when I’m sleeping,” said Seymour, 39, who has had the dog since she was 6 weeks old. “She was demanding that I get up. “And it saved my life.”

Yet another flaky pro sports guy mired in legal and personal troubles.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was arrested early Monday after authorities say he punched someone in the face outside a Raleigh nightclub, the latest legal tribulation for the All-Star who has spent years in the courtroom since an injury ended his basketball career. Some type of dispute led Williams, 41, to hit the other person shortly before 2 a.m., Raleigh police said. Williams was charged with one count of simple assault and released on $1,000 bond.

Canadian woman claims she was raped inside the home of New York Jets football player.

New Jersey cops are investigating a woman’s claim that she was raped at the home of star Jets defensive back Kerry Rhodes after meeting him and another man at a Manhattan nightclub, The Post has learned. The woman, a Canadian tourist, told NYPD cops that two men raped her late Friday or early Saturday in Morristown, NJ, where the 26-year-old Jet safety has a town house, New York law-enforcement sources said.

Oregon woman in custody on suspicion of killing her son, attempting to kill his sister.

The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose body was pulled from the Willamette River hours before daybreak on Saturday was arrested later that morning and charged with aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. According to police, 31-year-old Amanda Jo Stott-Smith was taken into custody at a downtown Portland parking garage. Police said when they approached her, she tried to jump off the top floor of the parking garage but they were able to talk her down.

Homeowners turn to real estate “swap sites” in order to move their properties.

Diane Peek needed to move from Georgia to central Florida, but for six months no one even showed interest in the house she and her husband built outside Atlanta. In suburban Orlando, Andrew Bou needed to sell his family home to move to Atlanta, but also no luck. Peek and Bou each joined a Web site that matches people willing to trade their homes. They punched in their needs, their likes and dislikes and like two singles finding love on a dating site, they became a match. About seven months later, they swapped homes. Peek and Bou are part of a small but growing number of homeowners who are turning to the Internet to swap properties. The sites — there are about a dozen — allow interested homeowners to browse potential swaps narrowed by giving preferences like price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and city of choice. The homeowner also creates an account with the same information for others to browse.

London to honor Ronald Reagan with statue.

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is being honored with a statue in central London. Westminster City Council says it has changed the usual rules to allow the memorial to be erected outside the current U.S. embassy in downtown London. Normally, the council only permits statues in honor of people who have been dead for more than 10 years. Reagan died in 2004.

Japanese horror writer has his scary stories about evil spirits roaming around inside the commode printed on rolls of toilet paper.

Horror writer Koji Suzuki has teamed up with a Japanese paper manufacturer to have his latest stomach-churning novella published in a very convenient form – on toilet paper. The nine-chapter tale is appropriately titled “Drop,” and is the alarming story of an evil spirit that inhabits a toilet bowl, according to Takaki Hayashi, vice president of Hayashi Paper Corp. “I’ve read the story and it’s very scary,” he said.

British diver, exploring the wreck of Titanic’s sister ship, succumbs to “the bends ” after diving on the Britannic.

One of Britain’s top divers has died while exploring a shipwreck off the Greek coast. Carl Spencer, 37, had been leading a 17-man National Geographic expedition to explore and film the Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic, off the Greek island of Kea, when he suffered a severe attack of decompression sickness (DCS). Known colloquially as “the bends”, DCs occurs when divers surface too quickly. The Britannic, larger than the Titanic and deemed equally “unsinkable”, sank in 57 minutes after hitting a mine in 1916 while serving as a First World War hospital ship.

Bomb outside New York Starbucks shop goes BOOM!

A small bomb set off outside an apartment building early this morning rattled residents on the Upper East Side. Placed under a bench outside a Starbucks on E. 92nd Street near Third Avenue, the bomb went off at 3:25 a.m., blowing a hole in the bench and shattering two windows, police said.

The next generation of televisions are coming. Just 3 millimeters thick!

It is the thinnest TV screen created – about the same width as a coin at its narrowest point – and Sony believes it could signal a home technology revolution. The simple beauty of its slim appearance has wowed the world’s techno-geeks, given the evidence of early reactions to images on gadget websites. The new generation of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs also boasts technological advances which mean the image is far superior to LCD and plasma screens.

For this Memorial Day, Map The Fallen.org.

This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.

Quote of the day.

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.

-Winston Churchill

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