Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is outraged by the Hawaiian authorities’ failure to recognise her full name on her driving licence.
Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has expressed her dissatisfaction with her licence, which fails to include the final letter of her last name and doesn't include her first and middle names at all.
"The county has never accommodated my name on my driver's licence," she told a local television station, stating that the shortening of the name was "disrespectful to the Hawaiian people."
She has encountered identification problems as a result of the misleading document. Recalling an incident with local police, she said: "He [the police officer] looked at it and he goes 'Well, where is your first name?' And I said, 'Don't blame me. This is your department.'"
Despite requests to use her aiden name for official purposes, Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is retaining her full name in tribute to her late husband.
In an email to website Gawker, she wrote: "Unfortunately, many people have been shamed into hiding their real names because they don't fit in with the dominant culture's lack of respect for the name."
In response to Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s appearance on local TV station KHON 2, a spokesperson for the authorities said: "We have been made aware of that issue and I know right now they are working to extend that limit to, I believe, 40 characters so that the issue can be resolved."
Enrollment appears to be nosediving in a Michigan school district where several teachers publicly supported a former colleague who admitted having sex with a middle school student.
The student body count in the West Branch-Rose City district, in northeast Michigan is down unofficially some 87 students following a tumultuous summer in which angry parents blasted seven teachers for writing letters in support of former teacher Neal Erickson. The letters urged a judge to be lenient in sentencing Erickson, who admitted to sexual misconduct with an underage, male student from 2006 to 2009. When the school board declined to take action against the teachers, many parents vowed to pull their kids out of the public schools, which have a total enrollment of just over 2,000.
“I can’t speculate as to why the students have left, but there were certainly parents who vocalized that they were pulling their children out of school because of the teacher’s support,” West Branch-Rose City School Superintendent Daniel Cwayna told FoxNews.com. “We addressed the issue as best we could without infringing upon the teacher’s first amendment rights. There’s only so much we can do.”
Lower enrollment will cost the district under the state's funding formula. And it could get even worse, if other parents simply opt to keep their kids home on Sept. 25, when the official headcount is carried out. The school district stands to lose as much as $600,000 in state funding.
“It’s absolutely appalling, these … teachers who wrote the letters. How someone can support a child molester … I don’t understand,” Sam Cottle, a local resident with relatives who work in the school district, said in an article published by EAGnews. “None of these people have written a letter of support for the mom, dad, or son. What does ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 13 2013
A woman in northern China was rushed to hospital after she was bitten by a snake that had been pickled in wine for three months.
The surprise attack happened after Liu, from Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province, opened the bottle to add more alcohol, reports the Global Times.
The snake jumped out and bit her on the hand. Liu made a full recovery after she was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Liu had bought the snake live in June and put it into a bottle of wine to create snake wine to treat her rheumatism.
Alcohols containing preserved snakes boasting medicinal properties are common in China.
RUSSIAN authorities have found a young man living alone in a Siberian forest after having apparently spent most of his life living there in a hut with his parents, local officials said.
Locals near the town of Belokurikha found the man, who told the local prosecutor that he was born in 1993 and had lived in the forest since 1997, when his family decided to leave society.
The Russian media are variously calling him "forest boy'' or the "Siberian Mowgli,'' after the main character in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, which became a film in 1967.
His parents left him alone in the hut in May before he finally went to a nearby village to ask for help when the summer ended, the authorities said.
The local prosecutor's office, alarmed that the man may have to spend the Siberian winter in a forest by himself, appealed in court to have his identification documents re-established so that he can seek state support, prosecutor Roman Fomin said.
"I am not sure if he needs all this attention," he said.
"He looked normal and healthy, he only spoke slowly, since he doesn't communicate as often as most people.''
He said that the man's family went to live in the wild as a conscious decision, but apparently not out of religious reasons.
"They are not religious people,'' he said.
"He was just afraid that he won't survive the winter without his parents but maybe they have already come back.''
Fomin said that a local woman had brought the young man to the prosecutors out of fear that he may need help through the cold winter, but the man then had gone back to his hiding place in the forest.
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Maricopa County, Ariz., officials believe that an E. coli breakout sickened 74 people that ate at Federico's Mexican Food in what became known as the "bloody diarrhea outbreak."
Federico's will offer free burritos in its newly sparkling restaurant. The outbreak only occurred at its Litchfield Park location, which voluntarily closed after word of the sickness spread.
The free burrito promotion falls on Mexican Independence Day.
While Federico's Mexican Food was closed, they brought in the "Queen of Clean," a TV cleaning personality that has been featured on Oprah, to be their "cleaning consultant."
She will be there for her free burrito now that the restaurant is spic and span. The Queen of Clean recorded a video about how she got the restaurant back to clean.
A food-safety law firm filed a lawsuit against the restaurant's parent company on behalf of several of the people that were sickened by E. coli. One of the men allegedly had what he called "grossly bloody bouts of diarrhea."
The free burritos do not combine well with the image of violent sickness, but the move is an effort to get people back in Federico's now that they are Queen of Clean-clean.
Sep 13 2013
RENO, Nev., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Nevada newspaper said it is investigating how an obituary that described the deceased as "evil and violent" made it to print.
The Reno Gazette Journal said the obituary for Marianne Theresa-Johnson Reddick was sent in via a self-service online submission and appears to have been written by one of her six surviving children, KRNV-TV, Reno, reported Thursday.
The obituary appeared in the Sept. 10 print edition of the newspaper and has been removed from the paper's website while officials investigate how it made it to print, president and publisher John Maher said.
"While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit," the obituary read.
"On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the afterlife reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure," another excerpt read.
MISSOULA, Mont. – A federal judge has ordered a Montana newlywed to be released from jail on her own recognizance while awaiting a murder trial in the death of her husband in Glacier National Park.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch said Thursday that Jordan Linn Graham, 22, of Kalispell did not pose a flight risk because of her strong community ties and did not appear to be a danger to others.
Graham allegedly pushed Cody Lee Johnson, 25, face-first off a cliff to his death in the national park on July 7 after the two argued. Earlier that day, prosecutors claim Graham told a friend she was having doubts about the couple’s 8-day-old marriage.
Prosecutors asked the court to reverse Graham's release, saying she poses a safety risk and has repeatedly lied to investigators.
The Missoulian newspaper reported earlier this week that a groomsman in Johnson's wedding warned him not to marry Graham after he proposed to her shortly before Christmas 2012.
"Their interaction with each other, it didn’t seem like a happy, loving relationship that you would normally see. It was just very awkward, I guess," Cameron Fredrickson told the newspaper. "She was just very distant and reserved.”
Charging documents allege Graham was having second thoughts about getting married around the time her husband's body was discovered. Graham has told an FBI agent that she and her husband had been arguing on July 7 as they walked in the Loop Trail area of the park.
At one point, she turned to walk away, but Johnson grabbed her arm, she said. She turned around, removed his hand from her arm and "due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back, and as a result, he fell face first ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 13 2013
Four men have been sentenced to death for the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi.
A judge said Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh should face the death penalty after they were convicted of the brutal attack.
They lured their victim and her male friend onto the bus last December before raping the woman, assaulting her with an iron bar and dumping her on the roadside with her friend.
She suffered serious internal injuries and died in hospital in Singapore 13 days after the attack.
New laws were introduced and existing ones amended, while fast-track courts were set up to try men accused of sexual crimes.
A defence lawyer in the case involving Thakur, Sharma, Gupta and Singh had asked for sentences of life imprisonment, saying Indian law calls for execution only in exceptional cases.
However, prosecutor Dayan Krishnan joined the victim's family and leading politicians in calling for the men to be given the death penalty, telling the court: "There can be nothing more diabolic than a helpless girl put through torture."
A fifth defendant in the case, Ram Singh, was found hanged in his cell in Delhi's Tihar prison in March.
A sixth person, who was a juvenile at the time of the attack, has already been found guilty of murder, rape and kidnapping and sentenced to three years in a correction facility.
A teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
De'Marquise Elkins, 18, was sentenced on Thursday, less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.
The toddler was in his stroller and out for a walk with his mother in Brunswick, Georgia, when he was shot between the eyes on March 21.
His mother Sherry West and a younger teenager charged as an accomplice testified that Elkins killed the child after his mother refused to hand over cash.
Elkins was not considered for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the killing.
Prosecutors said Ms West refused several times to hand over the money, and Elkins fired a warning shot before shooting her in the leg and fatally injuring her baby.
The trial was moved to the Atlanta suburb of Marietta after receiving national attention.
Researchers who swallowed a parboiled shrew, discovered that dung beetles navigate by the stars and invented a machine to launch hijackers from airplanes were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.
The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes which will be announced next month.
Ig Nobel prizes this year also went to researchers who proved that people who think they are drunk also believe they are sexy, showed it would be possible to run across the surface of a pond if both the runner and the pond were on the moon, and explained in detail why onions make people cry.
The U.S. and Canadian researchers who swallowed the parboiled shrew, winners of the Archaeology Prize, were seeking to determine which of the rodent's bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system.
Former winners of real Nobels handed out the spoof awards at a ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday night. The ceremony included a mini-opera inspired by 1999 Ig Nobel Prize winners George and Charlotte Blonsky, who invented a spinning doctor's table that is meant to aid women in child birth by using centrifugal force.
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A personal favourite of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals and architect of the Ig Nobels, was this year's winner for the Ig Nobel Public Health Prize, which went to a team of doctors in Thailand who developed specialised treatments for the victims of that country's epidemic of penile amputations.
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