Sapp was pulled over for a traffic violation by a police officer with a K-9 Unit. During the stop, the K-9 detected narcotics inside Sapp’s car. She was arrested for possession of heroin and taken to Fredrick County Adult Detention Center where she was processed.
Fredrick County, who is way ahead of the jails I’ve seen the inside of, used a body scanner in lieu of a cavity search and detected 1.7 grams of heroin in a baggie tucked all up inside Sapp’s coochie.
Sapp was charged with possession of heroin and possession of contraband in a place of confinement. Sapp was later taken to the hospital after showing symptoms of ingesting some of the heroin. She has been released on bail.
Unwilling to accept that he was stood up, a Taiwanese man has reportedly been waiting for his date to show up for the last two decades! 47-year-old Ah Ji is now a permanent fixture at Tainan train station, where the love of his life promised to meet him all those years ago. It’s unclear whether the girl in question was his lover, or if they had arranged to meet for their first date, all we know is that he went to the station expecting to see her, and has never left since.
In the initial years Ah Ji was always seen hovering over a large staircase, as though ready to greet someone. After a few years of waiting he moved to a side door next to the exit station, from where he stares at passengers’ faces every day. The man is so heartbroken that he has taken to a life of hunger and homelessness at the station.
He solely survives on the generosity of social workers and passersby. Mobile vendors at the station sometimes give him food to eat, while a few family members visit him occasionally with fresh clothes. They’ve tried to convince him to come home, but he is adamant about waiting for his girl. Three years ago, social workers arranged for a place for him to live, but he refused to move, claiming that he’s used to waiting now. They tried admitting him at a local hospital, but he escaped within a few days and went back to his old spot.
The Tainan City Bureau of Social Affairs recently got involved in the matter – they organised a church dinner for Ah Ji, to which they invited his family members and friends from the station. They got him a haircut, fresh clothes, and a medical checkup. Reports say that he appeared cheerful and even raised a glass to toast the city’s deputy mayor. But when his family and social workers tried to convince him to leave his spot at the station, he said that he didn’t want to go anywhere and that he is used to waiting.
Ever since news of his plight went viral in Asian countries like Taiwan, Singapore and China, Ah Ji has been nicknamed the “Human Hachiko”, in reference to the legendary Akita Inu dog famous famous for waiting by the train station every day for his owner to return home even after he passed away.
Adrianne Lewis, 18, can touch her eye with her 4-inch tongue.
OK, so she needs a helping hand. But that’s still pretty amazing. The Muskegon, Michigan, teen can also touch her nose, her chin and her elbow with it.
Lewis says she wants Guinness World Records to measure her tongue. The current record-holder is 24-year-old Californian Nick Stoeberl, whose 3.97-inch tongue appears in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records.
Lewis’ mother, Julianne, told Barcroft TV that she first noticed that her daughter had a big tongue when she was about 10 or 12 years old.
“She would stick her tongue out, touch her nose and touch her elbow. I think she was kind of discovering herself,” Julianne Lewis says in the video above.
Her mom says long tongues run in the family, but Adrianne Lewis suspects her licker may have grown longer with use.
“I think that with time, and with me being the weird kid that I was and always sticking out my tongue, it could have stretched,” Lewis said.
Could there have been a celebrity inspiration behind Lewis’ tongue tricks?
Founded in 2012 by Las Vegas-based ex-Marine John Whiteside, the basic premise of the United Church of Bacon is rather simple – bacon is our God, because bacon is real. Well, who can argue with logic like that?
The church claims to have over 4,000 meat-loving members, some of whom even bear quirky titles. Whiteside goes by ‘Bacon Prophet’, while member Johnny Monsarrat calls himself ‘Funkmaster General’ and ‘Institutionalised Thought Leader’. The members are mostly atheists who claim that their religion is to doubt religion.
Although the church aims to unite meat lovers, it was basically started by Whiteside to stand up for atheists’ rights. “The hatred of atheists, atheophobia and secularphobia, has no stigma, unlike homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism. That needs to change,” he said.
“We chose a funny bacon name to expose how wrong it is for society to give automatic respect and special privileges to religions,” the official website revealed. “Is our saying we worship Bacon really any stranger than Catholics who say that communion wafers become the body of Christ? Unlike God, who is invisible, at least we can see Bacon. Bacon is demonstrably real.”
The website goes on to describe the church’s real missions – to oppose supernatural claims, fight discrimination against atheists, raise money for charity, perform legal weddings and of course, praise bacon. They even have their own set of nine commandments such as ‘Be Skeptical’, ‘Have Fun’, and ‘Pay Taxes’.
The Church of Bacon offers its members free religious services such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms, in a non-religious setting. According to the website, “Officiants in the United Church of Bacon can perform legal weddings for those who don’t want God in their ceremony. We’ll bring creative suggestions to make your wedding even more magical.”
Over the years, the church has managed to raise tens of thousands of dollars for various causes. Despite this, the Church of Bacon has been severely criticised by religious leaders, especially for their controversial billboards around Las Vegas. Whiteside himself was refused notary services for an official document of the church last year.
“We’re not immoral,” Whiteside said in response to critics. “We’re not un-American. That’s what we’re trying to get corrected. We enjoy people mocking us. We mock ourselves. This isn’t supposed to offend anyone.” The man has a point. Who could be offended by bacon?
As we start to build up profiles of organisations and people involved in the Tanzania ivory storage project that is being funded by the UK taxpayer I came across an interesting story about a happening at the Kisane Elephant Summit in Botswana last month concerning the Chinese delegation.
One of the trustees of Stop Ivory, a UK charity behind the Elephant Protection Initiative, is Dr Ali Kaka, as well as being a trustee of the Stop Ivory charity he is also Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Apart from his trustee status and position at the IUCN Dr Kaka is also a member of hunting organisation CIC International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, he’s also an editor of their newsletter and an important lobbyist for hunting. The IUCN and CIC works closely together in partnerships to promote the role of hunting as part of conservation and sustainability.
In his role as a member and lobbyist for the CIC he was instrumental in reversing the hunting ban that was introduced by Zambia as an emergency measure to protect its wildlife.
There is still lots to do in forming the network of contacts and we wait for supplier and contractor details on the ivory stockpile project.
Meanwhile onto the story that grabbed my attention.
Dr Kara attended the Kinsane conference as the official representative of CIC. The CIC was the only hunting organisation invited to attend the elephant conference probably because of its close ties with the IUCN. Dr Kara wrote up an article about the meeting for the African Indaba newsletter.
Towards the end of the article Kara notes an interesting situation where one of the senior Chinese delegates asked the elephant range nations about whether they wanted to sell other body parts apart from tusks such as trunks and reproductive organs, in particular, penis’s to the Chinese market as there was a demand for it.
Clearly something must have got lost in translation if the Chinese delegation thought that the African Elephant Summit was a trade show or opportunity to develop markets. But it does show that there is still a long way to go to protect elephants and unless radical action is taken to deal with the ivory trade things do not look promising.
The task ahead is not to put ivory beyond economic use – which is what the establishment of the Tanzanian state-of-the-art ivory store will do – it is to put ivory beyond economic value which is what destruction does.
Putting ivory beyond economic use by keeping it in safe storage means it is always there ready to be bought to market when conditions change – beyond economic use is a temporary measure while beyond economic value through destruction is a permanent measure.
Those who believe that it makes economic sense to commit to expensive long-term secure storage of ivory and tusks must believe that a time will come when condition are right for an ivory market to be established.
It is unlikely that the mass public would stomach that happening again however if politicians and pro-traders think it is possible to can only happen in 1 of 2 situations;
- African elephant populations recover enough to allow for a sustainable trade in ivory and there is no sign of this happening
- African elephants become extinct in the wild and therefore there is no reason to maintain a ban on ivory trading. Extinction in the wild over the next couple of decades or so is a real possibility and is one reason why ivory prices are now being driven by investment speculators – especially in Hong Kong – because they see the last days of the elephant ahead and ivory being a good investment.
A North Carolina community is outraged after a high school baseball coach is accused of forcing students to spit on him.
Long time Currituck County High School Varsity Baseball Coach Justin Hill graduated from the Currituck class of 1996. The 1995 yearbook, when he was a junior, shows him playing third base. He is the only player quoted in the yearbook that year on the baseball team page.
>> Friday, April 3 – Several players missed practice and Coach Hill considered that letting down the team, and their coach.An email sent to 10 On Your Side Monday stated: “Want a good story about a coach making players spit in his face? Nine of them for missing practice and they only suspended him for one game.”
>> Monday, April 6 – Players reportedly told to spit in Coach Hill’s face. Complaints to administration followed.
>> Friday, April 17 – Coach Justin Hill suspended.
WAVY reached out to Coach Hill, the school administration and the school board to elaborate on the events that unfolded. Three school board members responded.
“Yesterday was the first I heard of it,” said Curritick County School Board Member Jackie Simmons. “It is a personnel matter, and we’re looking into it,” added Currituck County School Board Member Darnell Gaddis. And School Board Member Karen Etheridge said, “I did hear he had been suspended, but I have no further comment.”
The parent who initially reached out to 10 On Your Side said none of the concerned parents would talk because they fear retribution. The parent said he has never heard of a coach making players spit on him in order to prove a point. While we are told Coach Hill has apologized for the incident, he would not return repeated phone calls to comment on this incident that the parent described as “unbelievable.”