Archive for May 10, 2008

UF Football Player Kicked off Team After Arrest

GAINESVILLE, FL — A University of Florida football player has been kicked off the team after turning himself in on charges he used a dead woman’s credit card.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Detectives say 21-year-old Jamar Hornsby, of Jacksonville, turned himself in Friday morning.

The Gators’ safety is accused of using a credit card belonging to Ashley Slonina, a UF student killed in a motorcycle crash in October 2007.

Walk-On Football player Michael Guilford was also killed in the crash.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Sergeant Stephen Maynard says Hornsby charged nearly $3000 to the BP credit card, making 33 charges at BP stations in Gainesville and 37 in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the credit card charges.

Investigators aren’t saying how Hornsby got the card.

Hornsby played football at Sandalwood High School, he would have been a red shirt sophomore at Florida.

But on Friday Florida football coach Urban Meyer said in a statement Hornsby “is not part of our program.”

Hornsby is charged in Alachua county with Credit Card Theft and Felony Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

He was released on his own recognisance after a first appearance in Alachua Court Friday morning.

Hornsby’s attorney Huntley Johnson says Hornsby had a legitimate reason for using the card.

“He’s upset, he doesn’t think he did anything wrong, I don’t think he did anything wrong,” says Johnson.

First Coast News talked with Hornsby’s mother Friday who said she did not want to comment on the advice of her attorney.

This is Hornsby’s second arrest in the last 13 months. In April of 2007 he was arrested after a fight in in Gainesville.

He was also suspended for five games last season for selling his free football tickets.

Source: FirstCoastNews.com

Well, I can hardly wait to find out the reason that using the credit card of a dead girl to charge $3,000 worth of gasoline is not “doing anything wrong”.

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Iguana Causes Power Outage for 20,000 in Florida’s Broward County

POMPANO BEACH, FL (AP) — Power has been restored to 20,000 people in north Broward County, after an iguana caused a short circuit. The critter came in contact with some high-voltage equipment, which triggered Thursday’s outage.

Electricity was out for roughly half an hour.

The iguana wasn’t as lucky. Florida Power & Light spokesman Mayco Villafana says: “It’s gone to another place.”

Source: FirstCoastNews.com

Well, that clearly calls for a song referring to barbecued iguana.

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From Beef Eaters to Ass Kissers

London, May 9: British Airways has taken beef off its menu for Economy-class passengers on most international flights in a bid to avoid offending Hindus.

The carrier, whose second-biggest long-haul market is to India, has instead switched to a fish pie or a chicken portion, citing “religious restrictions”, British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Friday.

“We can only serve two options and beef and pork obviously have religious restrictions. We have to try to use two meals, which appeal to as many customers as possible. This summer season we are offering customers in World Traveller on most long-haul flights a choice of chicken and fish pie.

“We also look at trends from major superMarkets to see what types of meals are popular and fish pie style meals are selling well at the moment. These two meals proved popular in tasting tests and are also proving popular on board.

“We are still serving beef based meals on certain menus in First Class and Club World and are currently deciding on whether or not to use beef on the menus for World Traveller customers for the winter season,” a Spokesperson for British Airways was quoted as saying.

The Hindu Council in the United Kingdom has welcomed the decision. A Spokesperson said: “The Hindu community will welcome this decision and the news it has been made partly because Hindus don’t eat beef.

“Hindus have a great deal of respect for British culture and are well integrated into the British way of life, so it’s good to see evidence of how they are literally flying the British flag by choosing British Airways.

“Hindus are tolerant of the beliefs of others and do not expect everyone to stop eating a food because they do not eat it.”

Source: The Financial Express

It should not be long before meat of any kind is banned to avoid insulting the sensibilities of the vegetarians. I’m not sure what will happen if the high protein people get upset.

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Lake Okechobee Muck Fire Could Burn for Months

The fire slithers just beneath the surface until the earth boils and smoke rises from the soil. The smell in the air is sour and strange – a disturbing scent that tells firefighters they are facing no average blaze.

Such are the signs of a muck fire, a peculiar and dangerous force of nature that over the years has burned the legs of firefighters, incinerated forests’ worth of trees within minutes and is now turning dried-up parts of Lake Okeechobee into a blackish-orange stream of burning muck.

“It stinks and it itches,” said John Phillips, a ranger with Florida’s Division of Forestry, volunteer Glades County firefighter and incident commander for a 5,800-acre blaze that ignited this week. “You remember the smell the rest of your life.”

As the fire scorching the edge of Lake Okeechobee between Moore Haven and Clewiston burned for a fifth day Thursday, parts of it slipped farther beneath the thick black muck until some spots in the lake bed looked like a bubbling tar pit.

Without steady rain, the fire could burn for one or two months, experts say.

Muck fires are known for their longevity and ability to surprise.

One can burn for months and rekindle surface wildfires even when no flames are visible. They attack tree roots until trees are reduced to piles of fast-burning wood that strengthen and spread fire.

The hidden blazes transfer heat to the surface, fueled by oxygen that seeps into the vegetation where lake water once flowed, causing underground embers to smolder for weeks.

Muck is soil rich in carbon-based compounds from dead plants and organisms. The compounds usually make up more than a third of the soil content.

Falling trees and destabilized ground can make it nearly impossible to bring firefighting equipment into a forested area where a muck fire is burning. Also, to extinguish a muck fire, the ground must be thoroughly soaked.

Phillips said a firefighter fell knee-deep into hot ash while fighting a muck fire a few years ago.

“It’s a very dangerous fire when it gets into the muck,” said Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Division of Forestry. “Unless we get some good rain, it could take up to a month, possibly two months” to go out.

The firefighters now standing by near Lake Okeechobee are not trying to extinguish the muck fire because it is surrounded by a canal and not endangering property.

The fire may grow to as much as 15,000 acres in the next few days.

Normally, authorities might try to flood the fire zone with enough water to overwhelm the flames. But the current water shortage means there’s not enough to do the job.

To make matters worse, shifting winds will likely tinge the air over much of South Florida with foul-smelling smoke from the fire this weekend.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of rain today and Monday, but the storms probably won’t produce the 1 to 2 inches needed to put out the fire.

“Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long,” Phillips said.

Source: Palm Beach Post

In the meantime, the water levels in Lake Okechobee are being kept low because the dike is in dire need of repair.

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