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  • Reading While Driving...A City Bus!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Good to see transit workers are multi-tasking...

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A TriMet bus driver was caught on video by a passenger, reading a Kindle while driving down I-5.

    As the driver reached into his bag, pulled out  the Kindle and set it on the dashboard, the passenger decided to catch it all on camera.

    The recording took place on Line 96 Bus from Bridgeport Village to downtown Portland, TriMet officials said Thursday.

    The passenger, who wished to remain anonymous, recorded about 60 seconds of video as the bus runs along the Terwilliger Curves. The passenger said the driver appeared to be reading all the way through the curves and into downtown.

    The video shows the driver, whose name has not been released, looking up and down at the device while he drives. At one point, the driver uses only an elbow  to steer the bus for a few seconds, while looking down at the Kindle. He seldom has both hands on the wheel.

    "When I departed the bus, he asked if I took his picture while he was driving," the passenger said, "I said I had and he responded that I was not allowed to take his photo while driving."

    TriMet's Bekki Witt told KGW the driver was immediately pulled off of his route after they received several complaints. Hired in July 2000, he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

    Witt called the incident "totally unacceptable."

  • Mini Moo!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"


    A minuscule cow with a taste for contemporary music has been named the world's smallest by the Guinness World Records book.  Guinness says the sheep-sized bovine from the West Yorkshire region of northern England measures roughly 33 inches (84 centimeters) from hind to foot.  The 11-year-old cow is named Swallow and her owner, Caroline Ryder, said she would spend Thursday either grazing with her herd or listening to BBC radio in her cowshed.  Swallow is a Dexter cow, a breed known for its diminutive stature, but is small even by Dexter standards. She already has nine regular-sized calves and is pregnant with her 10th. Guinness said her youngest calf has already grown larger than she is.  Guinness World Records 2011 was published Thursday in the U.K.

  • Halloween Costumes!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    How would you like to tickle this Elmo?  Sexy Sesame Street Costumes?  Can it get classier?


    Oh wait, yes it can- sexy costumes for your pet!


    Who's been a bad, bad little doggie?

  • Vikings fans- I had to laugh...

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Some sports 'World Championship rings' are so diamond-encrusted.  They're worth more than your house.  Here are a few examples of championship rings from baseball, football, and hockey,,,,, 

    Philadelphia Phillies

     Pittsburgh Penguins 

    Minnesota Vikings


  • Hello Kitty!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    That had better be his tail...


  • Seriously, the BEST Picture EVER!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"


    I've got my hands full: Orangutan cradles lion cubs in unlikely babysitter role


    Nothing beats cuddle time with mom.  But when she's no longer around, these two lion cubs can rely on the most unlikely of babysitters.  Hanama, a three-year-old male orangutan, is only too happy to cradle Skukuza and Simh, who are both male and a month old.  The ape formed a bond with the boisterous cubs as soon as he met them, according to their keepers at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. 

    Hanama lies on his back to let the month old lions relax on his stomach and is often caught gazing down affectionately at the cubs before hugging them.

    The park’s director, Dr Bhagavan Antle, said: ‘Hanama is very smart and he was brought in to babysit the cubs.

    ‘He took to them straight away and watches over them as they play. He runs about with them and sometimes picks them up to have a cuddle.

    ‘He will occasionally balance them in his arms and shows them a lot of love.’

    It is standard practice for cubs at the park to be taken away from their parents at birth, because they are thought more likely to survive.

    Sadly, the cubs will have to be separated from Hanama in about six months because they will have grown too large for him to handle.

    ‘They will grow apart eventually, it’s inevitable,’ Dr Antle said.


  • What Good Neighbors We Are!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    We take Brett Favre, but give Sconnie back their islands?  Not a fair trade...

    Sometime in the past 50 years, Wisconsin lost a couple of islands.

    Minnesota found them and, like a good neighbor, is giving them back.

    The islands are in the Mississippi River just north of Lock and Dam 4, downstream from the marina in Alma, Wis. They are part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The only people affected will be those who hunt and trap on the islands, said Mary Stefanski, Winona (Minn.) district manager for the refuge. Wisconsin hunting and trapping regulations will apply this fall, and Wisconsin hunting licenses and stamps will be needed.

    Hunters were the first to realize the islands had been "lost."

    Maps from when the refuge was created in 1924 show the islands belonging to Wisconsin, Stefanski said, as do 1932 Corps maps designating areas that would be flooded by construction of Lock and Dam 4.

    But Wisconsin lost track of the islands after refuge managers closed the area to hunting in 1957.

    When it was announced last year the area would reopen to hunting as part of Minnesota, some older hunters came to the Fish and Wildlife Service about the change, Stefanski said. "They even had maps from 1957 given to hunters by the state of Wisconsin," she said.

    A review by both states, the Corps and Fish and Wildlife Service ultimately decided the islands were Wisconsin's.

    Stefanski said the confusion was understandable. With few exceptions, the state line between Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Mississippi River follows the mid-point of the navigation channel.

    The channel in that stretch of river now swings to the Wisconsin side, behind the islands to the locks adjacent to the Wisconsin shore, making it appear the islands are part of Minnesota. But the natural channel ran along the Minnesota side before it was diverted as part of the Lock and Dam project, Stefanski said, and that historic channel takes legal precedence in establishing the boundary.

    Signs are being placed around the islands and at boat landings, notifying hunters of the change in jurisdiction.

  • Chicken McBeaks?

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Although slightly disturbing to look at, I'll bet it was still delicious!

  • When you crave McDonald's- you gotta' have it!

    Posted by Justin "The Big Deal"

    Sheboygan woman passed out drunk in McDonald's drive-thru

    A 27-year-old Sheboygan woman passed out drunk in her car while trying to place an order in a McDonald’s drive-thru earlier this month, according to court documents filed this week.

    Police officers summoned by employees found Stacy L. Erickson slumped over and snoring inside her 1991 Ford Escort, according to a criminal complaint. The incident occurred about 3:40 a.m. July 30 at the McDonald’s at 2425 S. Business Drive.

    Officers’ initial attempts to rouse Erickson were unsuccessful, but she woke up after they turned off the car and tried again.

    Erickson had to grab the car to steady herself as she got out, and she failed field sobriety tests. 

    Erickson is charged with misdemeanor third-offense drunken driving and faces up to a year in jail, if convicted. She is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Aug. 30.