• 'Ice Road Truckers' Star Darrell Ward -- Dies in Plane Crash

    "Ice Road Truckers" star Darrell Ward died in a plane crash Sunday. Darrell had just left a truck show in Dallas where he met fans and friends, and was heading back to Missoula, MT to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary -- ironically and sadly about the recovery of plane wrecks. Darrell was flying with a co-pilot when their Cessna single engine plane crashed on approach near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90. The family said, "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief. His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly." He was 52

  • Clydesdale horse eludes capture in Santa Cruz Mountains for 5 days

    SANTA CRUZ -- A 1,900-pound fugitive dressed in a brown coat and white fetlocks was finally captured Sunday afternoon after a five-day spree in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The desperado, a Clydesdale horse named Budweiser, or "Buddy" for short, broke out of his pen in the area of Laurel Road near Highway 17. He was busted out by his best friend, Lancelot, a Nigerian dwarf billy goat, according to owner Tamara Schmitz. "Last Wednesday I closed the gate to the horse pen with Lancelot still inside. He's figured out that if I don't lock the gate he can ram it open if he butts it a few times. So that's what happened," said Schmitz. A second Clydesdale named Harry also escaped, but Harry got thirsty,

  • 30-year-old Man Volunteers for the First Human Head Transplant in the World

    Last year famous Italian neuroscientist, Dr. Sergio Canavero, surprised the world when he decided to perform the first human head transplant in the world. He announced that this huge procedure will happen in December 2017. Canavero has recruited a head surgeon to lead this historical process. All of this may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but there is one man who is hoping that this operation will improve the quality of his life. A 30-year-old man from Russia, called Valery Spiridonov, is the first volunteer for the operation in the hope of living a normal life. Mr. Spiridonov is a computer scientist who suffers from very rare motor neuron disorder, better known as Werdnig-Hoffmann

    The Huffington Post
  • Dave Chappelle’s Rare NYC Gig- “Blacks Live Matter is the Worst Slogan I’ve Ever Heard”

    Dave Chappelle is hilarious of course, but he’s also contemplative. He’s up there for me with Jerry Seinfeld, unique in his ability to poke fun at himself, at ourselves, get a little ever so raunchy, and still be profound. So luckily I caught one of his rare gigs last night at the Cutting Room on East 32nd St. He was warming up for three nights this week at the much larger Gramercy Theater. But he’ll also be back at the Cutting Room Wednesday trying out new material before heading for London and show some shows abroad. His management asked the Cutting Room to keep the room small, so the famed venue closed the doors that separate the front room from the bar area. And Chappelle did a little over

  • Trevor Siemian is the unlikeliest of NFL starting quarterbacks

    Two weeks before the 2015 NFL draft, on a blustery mid-April morning, I sat across from Trevor Siemian in the lobby of McGaw Hall, just across the way from Northwestern University football’s ragged yet cozy home, Ryan Field. In his own monotone words, Siemian admitted to being a “fringe” NFL prospect. “I’m not Todd Gurley, who’s got a knee, but knows he’s gonna be going somewhere,” Siemian said.

    Shutdown Corner
  • More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

    More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway, officials said Monday, in the largest such incident known to date. The 323 reindeer, including 70 young, were found on Friday by a gamekeeper on the Hardangervidda plateau, a national park where Europe's largest herd of some 10,000 wild reindeer roam freely. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning," an official from the Norwegian Environment Agency, Kjartan Knutsen, told AFP.

  • Prosecutor: Man told 2-year-old to ‘put up his hands’ and fight before beating him to death

    The fight began with a mother and her boyfriend arguing over groceries. At some point, prosecutors in Camden County, N.J., say, the woman’s 2-year-old boy became upset that 24-year-old Zachary Tricoche had pushed his mother and began to cry, according to the Courier-Post. That’s when Tricoche attacked, prosecutors say, punching the 29-pound boy so hard that the toddler was launched into a wall, Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah said at a court hearing last week, according to NJ.com. Then, Shah said, Tricoche instructed the 36-inch-tall toddler to “put his hands up,” meaning “that he should form a boxing stance to fight this full-grown man,” NJ.com reported. At that point, Tricoche

    Washington Post
  • She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her?

    The cop wanted her car keys. Kelli Peters handed them over. She told herself she had nothing to fear, that all he’d find inside her PT Cruiser was beach sand, dog hair, maybe one of her daughter’s toys. They were outside Plaza Vista School in Irvine, where she had watched her daughter go from kindergarten to fifth grade, where any minute now the girl would be getting out of class to look for her. Parents had entrusted their own kids to Peters for years; she was the school’s PTA president and the heart of its after-school program. Now she watched as her ruin seemed to unfold before her. Watched as the cop emerged from her car holding a Ziploc bag of marijuana, 17 grams worth, plus a ceramic pot

    Los Angeles Times
  • The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

    We're not going to bury the lead here: Bob Ross' hair was actually straight. Just ask his longtime business partner Annette Kowalski, who knew Ross better than anyone - he had just gotten out of the Air Force, and was unsuccessfully trying to make a living as a painter, she says. "He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again," Kowalski explains. Before he could change it back, though, the perm became his company's logo - Ross hated it. "He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that," Kowalski says. "He got tired of that curly hair." But viewers never got tired of