Paris hotel fire kills 22

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

A Paris fire in a hotel killed 22 people, 10 of whom were children, while injuring 53 — 11 seriously. The hotel was an overcrowded, budget accommodation type of housing. Most of the inhabitants were African, many housed by social services, according to an Associated Press report.

The 32 room, six-story Paris Opera hotel, was made to house 61 guests, but 90 were staying at the time of the fire, with 84 of them placed by city or state social services.

The fire is thought to have started in the breakfast room at 2:20 am Friday, local time.

Along with the Africans, who were mostly refugees, others wounded included French, Senegalese, Portuguese, Americans, Ukrainians, and Tunisians, according to a report from Turkish The hotel is situated near to La Galerie Lafayette, Printemps shopping center, and Paris Opera.

It took nearly 250 fire-fighters to control the fire, and the number of casualties was high because of the single exit.

“It’s hard in that kind of situation to tell people to calm down. They jumped. People on the first floor threw their children out the windows,” Alfred Millot, head of the fire service at the nearby upmarket Galeries Lafayette department store, told Agence France-Presse.

“With our own equipment, we started fighting the fire from the ground floor. I came running and people were already jumping through the windows,” said Millot.

His store warehouse was used as a temporary morgue. Families were counselled and assisted in re-uniting by the Red Cross.


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Former Google employee says he was fired because of blog comments

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Saturday, February 12, 2005A former employee of Google, Inc. has said he was fired after he made a series of unfavorable comments about the company on a publically-viewable blog. Mark Jen, formerly a Microsoft employee, began work at the Mountain View, California company on January 18. He then went on to make several observations about the company over the following week. In particular, some of the comments included information on the company’s financial situation garnered from an internal conference and indications of the company’s new products for 2005.

Nine days later, apparently of his own volition, Jen removed the comments from his blog. However, on January 28, Google fired him, an act which Jen attributes to his blogging. Google has not commented on his dismissal to other news sources, but has acknowledged that Jen no longer works at the company.

In his blog, on February 11, 2005, Jen appeared positive about his future. “I’ve actually viewed this as a great learning experience. Obviously, I’ve gotten a first-hand chance to learn about the power of blogging. I’ve also learned to be a little more analytical about situations, a lot more cautious and a lot less assuming.”

Idaho companies claim of new record for transmitting data across a wireless link

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Thursday, September 1, 2005

Microserv Computer Technologies (Internet Service Provider) and Trango Broadband Wireless (fixed-wireless equipment maker) announced on Tuesday August 11 2005 that they wirelessly transmitted data 137.2 miles over an unlicensed spectrum.

They used external PacWireless 2-foot dishes from Trango to connect two mountaintops in Idaho. They were operating on the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless spectrum, not the standard 802.11 wireless frequency. They claim they transmitted a file at the rate of 2.3 megabits per second.

This claim of transmission record has been contested by current record holders (Defcon WiFi Shootout Contest). They question the validation of testing methods and subjectivity. “I suppose it’s certainly possible for Microserv to have done what they claim to have done,” Dave Moore, founder of the Defcon contest, said in an e-mail. “What sets apart the 125-mile record set at the Defcon WiFi Shootout Contest is that it was subject to a strict verification and certification process administered by four independent judges.”

A technical presentation was presented at the WiNOG conference in Park City, Utah August 15-17, 2005. Technical information and pictures can be found at

A Brief Guide To Brow Threading In Austin, Tx

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byAlma Abell

In Texas, clients review several options for removing eyebrow hairs and achieving the preferred shape. The options include tweezing, waxing, and threading. Among the procedures, Brow Threading in Austin TX presents fewer risks and more benefits.

What is Brow Threading?

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Brow threading begins with an alcohol cleansing of the entire brow area. Next, the threads are twisted and pulled through the area in which the hair will be removed. The hairs are pulled out by the follicles. The technicians won’t use any chemicals to remove the hair. The process won’t pull the skin or cause pain.

What are the Advantages?

The major advantages start with no pain, and the hairs are removed strategically. The process is all natural and won’t involve the use of any chemicals that could harm the skin or cause irritation. The technicians can reshape the eyebrows in a matter of seconds without any burning or tweeze. It is highly effective and beneficial for clients with sensitive skin. The technique won’t present any sudden changes in the skin that could produce acne or abrasions that lead to infection. The hair can be any length and is still removed effectively.

Who Shouldn’t Undergo the Procedure?

The Brow Threading in Austin TX process isn’t recommended for any clients who have undergone cosmetic surgery recently. Any client who has undergone cosmetic procedures should wait at least one month to acquire the procedure. If their surgery was complex or involved the eyes, they should wait at least six weeks.

How Often Should Clients Receive the Treatment?

The technicians explain how often the clients should undergo the treatment again based on how fast their hair grows back. Since the hairs are removed by the roots, clients can wait longer than they would after a waxing.

In Texas, brow threading is a pain-free option for reshaping the eyebrows. The procedure is performed at an accelerated rate and removes the hairs from the roots. The regrowth process is slower than it is with most removal options. The procedure is even beneficial for removing peach fuzz from the eyebrows. Clients who want to learn more about Brow Threading in Austin TX contact Haute House Lash and Beauty Bar for more information now.

Chili Finger Incident

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Friday, May 6, 2005

On Thursday the 22nd of March, 2005, Anna Ayala, a woman from Las Vegas, claimed to have found a human finger in her bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose, California, owned by Fresno-based Jern Management.. The finger, which probably belonged to a woman as it had a long and manicured fingernail, did not belong to any of the restaurant employees. The food supplies were seized by officials to be traced back to its manufacturers, while the restaurant was permitted to open again later with chili prepared from fresh ingredients.


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  • 3 Twists and turns
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Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

Initially, county health officials said Ayala was fine and the finger had been cooked, which would have killed any bacteriae in the finger. However, on March 27, officials admitted they were not so sure anymore. Tests were done on the finger to determine this. Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s health officer, said that even if the finger was still raw when Ayala bit into it, the risk was low that she would have become infected with anything. However, he advised that Ayala should undergo a series of precautionary follow-up tests.

Sales at Wendy’s went down because of the incident. Wendy’s International, Inc. (WEN) closed at US$39.43 on Thursday the 22nd, and as the stock exchange was closed for the Good Friday holiday, traders did not weigh in the stock until the next Monday.

By Tuesday the 5th of April, officials had still not succeeded in tracking down the owner of the finger. The fingerprint on the detached digit has been run through an FBI database as well as the local criminal database in Santa Clara County, but no matches were found. According to Rich Reneau, who was leading the investigation at the time, the fingerprint was marginal, and the likelihood of finding a match was slim.

Wendy’s stock did not go down significantly and was trading at US$39.37 that morning.

The next day, on Wednesday the 6th, Las Vegas police searched the home of Anna Ayala. About a dozen officers conducted the search at Ayala’s home at Maryland Parkway and Serene Street at about 4 p.m. local time (23:00 UTC), according to witnesses at the scene. Ayala and other residents were handcuffed and brought out of the house. Ayala said that her teenage daughter, Genesis Reyes, had torn shoulder ligaments as a result of the search. The Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a photo of Reyes wearing a sling in their Friday edition. In San Jose, police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten confirmed to reporters that investigators had served the warrant in cooperation with Las Vegas police on Wednesday, but she refused to reveal specific details about the warrant. By that time, Wendy’s was offering a US$50,000 reward for information leading to the source of the finger.

Research by the Associated Press uncovered Ayala’s history of lawsuits. Ayala successfully won her suit for medical expenses against the national El Pollo Loco chicken-chain, a previous employer, after her daughter Genesis contracted salmonella poisoning, allegedly from eating at the restaurant. However, Ayala lost another suit against General Motors in 2000 claiming that a wheel fell off her car. She also started a sexual harassment suit against her former boss in 1998. A total of 13 lawsuits in California and Nevada had been filed. Ayala replied the focus should be on Wendy’s, and not her record of law suits. Nick Muyo, a spokesman for the San Jose Police department, said not to expect new information in the case for at least a week.

On Wednesday the 13th there was a potential new lead in the investigation. A spotted leopard had torn off part of a finger from an owner of exotic animals, Sandy Allman, in Pahrump, Nevada. The portion of Allman’s torn off finger was approximately the same size – 1 1/2-inches long. Pahrump is approximately 45 miles away from Las Vegas. Carol Asvestas, who owns an exotic animal sanctuary, told the San Jose Mercury News she witnessed the leopard tear off the finger. She reported the incident to a hotline run by Wendy’s offering the US$50,000 reward. Cindy Carroccio told the San Jose Mercury News that the finger was not reattached, and that the clinic “gave it back to her (Allman) in a little bag of ice.” On the same day the lead was announced, Ayala decided to drop her lawsuit against Wendy’s, due to emotional stress.

However, when Allman’s prints were sent to San Jose police, they didn’t match. Two days later, on Friday the 15th, Wendy’s doubled the reward to US$100,000. The company revealed that employees had passed polygraph tests. Wendy’s continues to claim that there is no evidence that the finger ever entered their supply chain, pointing to a lack of any accidents among the workers at their suppliers. Wendy’s tip line had received reports from across the United States, from “folks who either have lost a finger, or know somebody who lost a finger,” San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo told the Associated Press.

On Thursday the 21st of April, Anna Ayala was arrested at or near her home in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, in connection with the case, shortly after Wendy’s finished its own internal investigation. According to court documents, she has been charged with one count of attempted grand larceny related to the chili case, and one count of grand larceny in an unrelated real estate deal, and is being held without bail in Clark County, Nevada, pending extradition. A press conference by the San Jose Police and Wendy’s was held on Friday, April 22, at 13:00 PDT. The charge related to the case states the finger could not have been prepared at Wendy’s, where the chili is heated to 170 degrees for 3 hours. There is also an inconsistency in Ayala’s account of finding the finger and claiming it caused her to vomit compared with police saying there was no vomit at the scene. The incident has caused Wendy’s 2.5 million dollars worth of damages, which Ayala could be criminally responsible for. Until recently, the San Jose police had not accused Ayala of planting the finger herself.

The unrelated charge stems from an incident, also in San Jose, when Ayala allegedly received an $11,000 down payment on a mobile home she did not own.

Ayala was incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center, awaiting a fugitive review hearing on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 7:30 a.m. local time. She was processed and given inmate ID 01964047. Her case number was 05F07229X. Ayala waived extradition at the hearing, and her attorney said they were ready to come to San Jose to defend against the charges.

On Friday, May 6, 2005, Ayala was transported to San Jose, California. Ayala was booked into the main Santa Clara County jail, and is awaiting arraignment. Ayala will likely be arraigned on Monday or Tuesday at the Santa Clara County Superior Court, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney David Boyd.

On September 9, 2005, Ayala plead guilty to conspiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft, and will be sentenced on November 2, 2005. She faces up to ten years in prison, and her husband faces up to 13 years behind bars.

Until the middle of May, the owner of the finger still had not been found.

But on May 13, 2005, police announced that they had identified the finger tip as belonging to an associate of Ayala’s husband [1]. The associate had lost his finger tip in an industrial accident at an asphalt company[2] in December, 2004. Police had received the information from an undisclosed caller to Wendy’s hot-line.

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Captain Centennial Says .. .A Sad Goodbye To Mercury

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Submitted by: Monty Buckingham

It is with more than a wee bit of sadness that my mates and I on Team Centennial at Centennial Leasing and Sales in Phoenix are bidding a fond farewell to the Mercury automobile.

After a run that lasted more than 70 years, the once-proud marque that once was the tiger-toothed-grill dream of many an American youth, had its plug pulled by Ford Motor Company, and will wind down its Mercury product line, according to widely reported sources, including Bloomberg News Agency.

As a lad in London, even before I came to The Colonies, (just kidding), I could at times imagine hearing the deep-throated, roaring music of a Merc V8, toned-up as it were with some modestly-muted mufflers. Alas, far be it from the likes of me to know at that time that the brand, launched in 1939, would struggled as it has since the beginning of this millennium, with sales plummeting some 75%. Indeed, mummers of its closure have been out there for years.

Of course, we at Centennial s Phoenix vehicle sales and leasing headquarters were braced for the announcement, as we knew that only a puny 92,000-plus Mercury-badged vehicles were sold in 2009, though sales are up just a smidge this year.

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According to one report, executives at Ford indeed are preparing a proposal to kill the brand, to be reviewed this summer. The two- to four-year wind-down would include the eventual transition of all Lincoln products — currently sold alongside Mercury vehicles in distinct dealerships — to Ford showrooms.

“You have to worry about Lincoln dealers if Mercury goes away,” said John McElroy, host of the Autoline, a Detroit television program. “Dealers need that volume to sell, but they need cars to service, as well.”

Fact it, Lincoln products, which share similar platforms, generate higher profits for the company. And curiously, many Mercury products have MSRPs close to — or sometimes exactly the same as — Ford equivalents. And, in the first quarter of 2010, the brand accounted for only a paltry 1.9% of Ford s total earnings.

While lagging sales are certainly to blame, the erosion of Mercury s identity played a large role, as well. With only four vehicles in Mercury showrooms — all re-badged Ford models with few differentiating features — Americans seem to have forgotten about it. The shut down of the Mercury brand gives notice that Ford’s attempt to create a separate and unique experience for Lincoln was in vain.

And now, the obituaries and post-mortems are seemingly coming from every corner of the industry.

Really, this is as much about Lincoln,” said John Wolkonowicz, an auto analyst with IHS Global Insight. “They needed Mercury for Lincoln dealerships. Lincoln was never self sufficient and they wanted it separated from Ford. They are closing Mercury and essentially throwing in the towel for Lincoln at this point. It won’t stand on its own.”

Wolkonowicz said that while a shut down of Mercury was expected for years, upcoming product changes within Ford mean that the brand’s best-selling car for April, the Grand Marquis, will leave the market after the 2011 model year.

“The number one Mercury, the Grand Marquis, is going away, said Wolkonowicz.”Once that’s gone Mercury isn’t worth having anymore. Without it there isn’t a business case for the brand. Mercury as a whole hasn’t been memorable in a long time.”

Ford has already discontinued Mercury in Canada, and if it goes away entirely it would join several other venerable American brands that have been shuttered in the recent past, such as Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Plymouth. Mercury sales peaked in the late 1970s, but its heyday actually came earlier, in the 1950s and 60s, when the brand offered high-performance cars like the Comet Cyclone and Marauder.

Mercury was the creation of Edsel Ford, the son of Ford founder Henry Ford. Ford created Mercury from scratch, in an era where competitors like General Motors grew by acquiring other carmakers. Edsel Ford is revered in the family and Mercury was his creation, Wolkonowicz told Bloomberg. This is the end of an era.

And it strikes a melancholy note for many of at Centennial s car and truck leasing and sales center in Phoenix; even those of us from across the pond.

About the Author: Captain Centennial, whose real name is Monty Buckingham, is the longtime Public Information Officer for Team Centennial at Centennial Leasing and Sales in Phoenix, AZ.


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Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warns Pennsylvania town of disaster

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they “voted God out of your city” by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design.

All eight Dover, Pa., school board members up for re-election were defeated Tuesday after trying to introduce “intelligent design” — the belief that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power — as an alternative to the theory of evolution.

“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city,” Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club.”

Eight families had sued the district, claiming the policy violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The federal trial concluded days before Tuesday’s election, but no ruling has been issued.

Later Thursday, Robertson issued a statement saying he was simply trying to point out that “our spiritual actions have consequences.”

“God is tolerant and loving, but we can’t keep sticking our finger in his eye forever,” Robertson said. “If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them.”

On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2016

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the Free & Equal Foundation holds a presidential debate with three little-known candidates; three additional candidates give their final pleas to voters; and past Wikinews interviewees provide their electoral predictions ahead of the November 8 election.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Free & Equal Debate
  • 3 Final pleas
  • 4 Predictions
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

England: Fire at London Zoo kills aardvark, meerkats believed dead

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fire broke out at London Zoo on Saturday morning, severely damaging a cafe and shop and killing an aardvark. Zoo officials said four meerkats were missing and were also presumed to be dead.

The fire, mostly in the Animal Adventure cafe and shop, also spread to a nearby petting area. Reportedly, 72 firefighters with ten fire engines fought the blaze for about three hours starting shortly after 6:00 am to bring it under control. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade stated that when they arrived, the fire was already “very well developed”. According to the ambulance service, two people were treated for minor injuries, six for smoke inhalation, with one taken to hospital. A statement from the zoo said, regarding animal fatalities, “Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha. There are also four meerkats unaccounted for at this stage, and we have limited access to site to confirm this.” Other animals were said to be apparently unaffected.

The zoo reported quick response by zoo security guards and by animal care staff who are housed at the zoo, which is in Regents Park; they moved animals to safety. A dog walker, Adnan Abdul Husein, told the BBC he had first noticed heavy smoke and alerted zoo security guards.

Zoo officials initially said the zoo would be closed “until further notice” but later announced it would reopen today, Christmas Eve.