Judge Appoints Lawyer to Represent Pit Bull in Euthanasia Case

Photo credit: MaplegirlieA judge in Georgia has appointed a lawyer to defend a pit bull that could be euthanized for attacking a neighbor’s 5-year-old child, a court official said on Friday.

The dog’s owner surrendered the animal, named Kno, to Effingham County, north of Savannah, last summer after it was accused of severely injuring the child, assistant county attorney Elizabeth Pavlis told Reuters.

Lawyer Claude Kicklighter, appointed by Superior Court Judge William Woodrum Jr to represent the dog, said he was still learning details of the case.

“All I can tell you is that the judge appointed me,” he said. “I really don’t know what the issues are.”

Pavlis said a hearing was scheduled this month to determine whether the dog should be euthanized. Kicklighter is doing the legal work at no charge to the county.

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World Records Broke Today: Highest, Fastest Freefall, Highest Manned Balloon Flight (+video)

By Megan Michelson. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner completed a record-breaking freefall from space Sunday morning near Roswell, N.M.

He reached speeds of more than 600 mph during the 128,000-foot fall to earth.

Baumgartner broke the record for both the highest jump and the fastest jump in a freefall. On the ascent, he also broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight.

“The whole world is watching,” Baumgartner said before he lept. “I wish you could see what I could see.”

The mission, called Red Bull Stratos and sponsored by the energy drink company, was aborted last Tuesday after the jump’s weather experts determined the winds were too high. He needed perfectly windless conditions and clear skies in order to do the jump safely. Read more from this story HERE.

Here’s the video of the freefall from the edge of space to the ground:

Horror as worker is COOKED ALIVE in industrial oven at Bumble Bee tuna plant

In what plant officials are calling a ‘horrendous tragedy’ Bumble Bee tuna plant worker Jose Melena died Thursday when he was cooked in an industrial oven.

Officials say it’s still unclear how Melena, 62, ended up in the Santa Fe California plant’s cooking device.

Coroner’s documents referred to it as a ‘steamer machine.’

Police were reportedly called to the plant at 7 a.m. Thursday morning regarding an industrial accident.

They found Melena in the oven and pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Video: Two Mature Bull Moose Fight it Out on Anchorage Urban Street

After living, traveling, hunting and fishing in Alaska for over 18 years, I thought I’ve seen much of what the Last Frontier has to offer.

I’ve probably seen hundreds of moose near my home, in my yard and on the street, in Anchorage, Tok, and Fairbanks. And I hunt moose almost every year, hoping to provide my family with one of Alaska’s basic food groups. But I have never seen anything like this in town.

The following video, uploaded yesterday, shows two mature bull moose, fighting it out apparently on an Anchorage street. The video is amateur, but it does an excellent job in capturing the intensity of the fight.

Note the United States Postal Service vehicle waiting for the fight to end.

Cash-Strapped Farmers Feeding Candy to Cows

Cattle farmers struggling with record corn prices are feeding their cows candy instead.

That’s right, candy. Cows are being fed chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, bits of hard candy and even powdered hot chocolate mix, according to cattle farmers, bovine nutritionists and commodities dealers.

“It has been a practice going on for decades and is a very good way to for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers,” said Ki Fanning, a livestock nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. in Eagle, Neb.

Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year’s drought. Thrifty and resourceful farmers are tapping into the obscure market for cast-off food ingredients. Cut-rate byproducts of dubious value for human consumption seem to make fine fodder for cows. While corn goes for about $315 a ton, ice-cream sprinkles can be had for as little as $160 a ton.

“As the price of corn has climbed, farmers either sold off their pigs and cattle, or they found alternative feeds,” said Mike Yoder, a dairy farmer in Middlebury, Ind. He feeds his 400 cows bits of candy, hot chocolate mix, crumbled cookies, breakfast cereal, trail mix, dried cranberries, orange peelings and ice cream sprinkles, which are blended into more traditional forms of feed, like hay.

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Video: Labrador Retriever Amazingly Rescues Two Other Dogs Stranded on Boat

Every dog has its day… and one brave Labrador is being hailed a hero after risking life and all four limbs to rescue two other furry buddies stranded on a runaway canoe: