NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY - "Classic" Cisco Adler
Today's New Music Discovery is from Cisco Adler. Our pal Cisco Adler is back with a new new EP aptly titled Aloha perfectly just in time for summer. Cisco will also be embarking on a US tour with The Expendables next month which will stretch from the west to east coast. Also, his Aloha EP (which is available now!!) has got some of the best graphics I’ve seen on an album cover in a long time. It oozes summer.
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U.S. face-chewing victim says attacker was friendly, then 'just ripped me to ribbons'
A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre assault alongside a busy Florida highway told police that his attacker "just ripped me to ribbons." In a recorded interview with investigators, Ronald Poppo said the man who approached him at first seemed friendly. Then the man, Rudy Eugene, seemed to become angry about something that had happened on Miami Beach. "For a while he was acting nice. Then he got flustered. He probably remembered something that happened on the beach and was not happy about it," Poppo said in the interview that was taped July 19. Poppo said Eugene "turned berserk" and attacked with his bare hands, screaming that both men would die. "He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically, that's all there is to say about it," Poppo said.Eugene, 31, was shot and killed by a Miami police officer during the attack. Lab tests found only marijuana in his system. Ewww. [Vancouver Sun]
Crystal Clear Images from Mars Rover Thrill NASA Scientists
New images from the Mars rover Curiosity offered some of the best views yet of the Red Planet and left NASA scientists excited. The rover is expected to transmit more photos of Mars in the coming days, the very preliminary step in a long mission of exploration. Recent discoveries were filled with other pleasant surprises, such as a new, higher-resolution shot of the heat shield in mid-flight –- in shining detail showcasing the stitching in the shield’s thermal blanket. Several high-resolution images from Mars were released by NASA. Black-and-white photos stitched together from the Curiosity rover’s Navcams show gravelly terrain with what looks like well-cut, pyramidal mountains in the background - the kind of terrain found in the Mojave Desert. NASA has also released Curiosity's first color image from the Red Planet. No word yet on a Sailor Mars sighting. [KTLA]
US Postal Service Loses $5.2 Billion, Warns of Low Cash
The U.S. Postal Service's net loss widened to $5.2 billion during the three months that ended in June, and the cash-strapped agency warned on Thursday that without help from the U.S. Congress it will face low cash and be unable to borrow money this fall. The mail agency suffered its first-ever default last week on a legally required $5.5 billion payment for future retiree health benefits. The agency's inspector general said the Postal Service could face a $100 million cash shortfall in mid-October. The Postal Service said its net loss of $5.2 billion, compared to $3.1 billion for the same period in 2011, largely came from funds the agency must set aside for the retiree benefits payment. Even though the Postal Service defaulted and expects to skip a second payment due next month, it still must account for the payments in its financial statements. I like mail. This is a bummer. [CNBC]
Man Calls 911 After Running Out of Beer
THIS GUY IS MY HERO. For this man, running out of beer was a real emergency. Allen Troy Brooks was spending his Saturday night at home when he found his beer supply was running low. So what did Brooks do? He picked up his phone and dialed 911. "Hey do you want to go to the store? I want to go to the store to get me a beer," Brooks asked the female dispatcher. He then offered to pay the woman, who politely declined, reminding Brooks that he called 911. Brooks, 67, insists he was trying to call a friend when he misdialed. He was arrested for making 911 calls in a non-emergency. According to WKRN-TV, Brooks has dialed 911 11 times in the past month. [KTLA]