Saturday June 13th

Microsoft soon to offer free anti virus software. Virus writers everywhere explode in laughter.

Microsoft is poised to start giving away security software. The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released “soon”. Called Morro, the software will tackle viruses but lack the broader range of utilities, such as parental locks, found in paid-for security suites.

Gorilla escapes zoo crib and mugs a worker, only slightly injuring the lucky guy.

A 177-kilogram gorilla grabbed low-hanging bamboo to scale a wall at a zoo in South Carolina, escaping his enclosure and tackling a worker before returning to his pen about five minutes later. The gorilla at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens ran into a pizza-stand employee who curled up and played dead to try to avoid further injuries during Friday’s incident, officials said.

Your cell phone just might be spying on you.

Think your cell phone calls and text messages are safe? Think again. More programs are cropping up that allow people to spy on you. They can tap in and listen to your conversations or read your text messages.

Teenager charged with shooting, seriously wounding two police officers.

A Milwaukee teen has been charged with shooting and wounding two police officers earlier this week. Julius Burton, 18, appeared in Milwaukee County court Thursday. He was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Young woman living with disease issued death sentence making the best of life for as long as she can.

Her life, so energetic and vibrant, is at odds with her fate. At 25, Ashley Fajardo dances and tumbles on horseback as part of a Citrus Heights acrobatics team. She’s a waitress at Sacramento’s Riverside Clubhouse. She performs as part of her Roseville church’s drama ministry. She wakeboards and mountain bikes with her husband, Fernando. And she lives with a death sentence.

Six Flags amusement park company declares chapter 11 bankruptcy. Shares trading at 26 cents, ouch.

The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt. Mark Shapiro, the New York-based company’s chief executive officer, says the move won’t affect the operation of its 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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Never rob a bank at the end of the work day.

Connecticut police look for a would-be robber who walked away empty-handed after being told a bank had no cash. Darien police said a man walked into a Chase Bank on the Post Road about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday wearing sunglasses, a fake beard and a baseball cap and demanded money from a teller.

There weren’t any buses like this around when I graduated high school.

Police said today nearly 50 Morristown High School students were charged with underage drinking after a bus returning them from an after-prom party in New York was stopped around 4 a.m. Friday in East Rutherford. Bergen County police said they stopped the bus – with 58 people aboard – after an officer saw things being thrown out the windows, causing other vehicles to swerve.

As private businesses shed jobs by the thousands, the federal government is the only place hiring these days but I sure wouldn’t want this one.

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking qualified revenue officer candidates for positions in the Jackson, Miss., office. Applicants must apply by midnight, Friday. Interested applicants must be a United States citizen and have a bachelor’s degree (with superior academic achievement – 3.0 or higher overall or 3.5 or higher in major) or equivalent work experience or a combination of education and related work experience. Interested applicants will also be required to pass an online assessment and interview.

Iowa town mulls banning ‘mixed martial art’ bouts after man breaks his neck during fight. Taxpayers holding the bag for hospital bills since he had no medical insurance.

The mayor of Shenandoah said he wants to ban ultimate fighting after a young man from the community was badly injured while competing in the sport. “I don’t see where it’s giving the kind of image we need for small-town America,” said Mayor Richard Hunt. “I’ve known the family. It hit pretty close to home.”

Two knuckleheads busted for printing and using funny money.

Franklin County deputies raided a Prairie Township apartment yesterday afternoon, arresting two men in an investigation into counterfeit money. Bobby Hunt, 22, and Kalen McCormick, 18, face forgery charges, but Cpl. Zachary Scott of the Franklin County sheriff’s office said deputies will turn the case over to the U.S. Secret Service for federal prosecution.

Well I sure am glad the authorities tracked this dangerous criminal down and brought him to justice.

A Michigan dentist whose self-described “obsession” with butterflies landed him in a federal courtroom has been sentenced to six months of home confinement. Kevin Rucinski of Roscommon County’s Gerrish Township was sentenced Thursday as part of an 18-month term of probation. The 49-year-old also was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution and a $15,000 fine.

Young Detroit area police officer may have died of the swine flu.

Medical investigators are trying to determine whether the H1N1 swine flu was the cause of death of a 28-year-old Madison Heights police officer, a month after more than 20 in his department also complained of flu-like symptoms. Ryan Settlemoir, a seven-year veteran of the Madison Heights Police Department and Macomb Township resident, died early Friday at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he had been hospitalized for 10 days for flu symptoms and respiratory problems.

Good news. Young people get together to help fix up homes that need some help and actually pay for the chance to do so.

A group of teenagers made a scene on the corner of 10th and Grove this week. With paintbrushes, yard tools, smiles and their Christian faith, teenagers with Wichita Workcamp brought new life to an old house for a woman they only know as “Sister Callaway.” “We’re supposed to help other people so they can know what being a good Christian is,” said Hallie Weber, 12, who is a member of Northside Church of Christ, which coordinated the project.

Two former Orange County CA pastors headed for the big house for stealing a million bucks from their church.

Two former pastors of Calvary Baptist Church of Yorba Linda were sentenced to two years in prison day after pleading guilty to charges of grand theft and conspiracy to defraud. Richard Cunningham, 76, who founded the church in 1971, and his son Philip, 52, who took over as senior pastor in 1995, were led out of court in handcuffs Friday afternoon.

Woman having fat from her butt injected into her face dies from complications after the procedure.

A woman died after cosmetic surgery when fat from her buttocks was injected into a vein in her face. Rachel Soanes underwent the procedure to plump out her face but died from a ‘phenomenally rare’ complication when the fat got into her lungs. The 37-year-old suffered from the condition lupus profondus, which left her with an usually thin face.

Quote of the day.

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

-Alexander Graham Bell

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