Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fighting Back, Fighting Back Too, -and- Flying High

Fighting Back - hero guard: "It was me, the gunman, and God"
Fighting Back - off-duty constable kills robbery suspect
Flying High - man sets record for flight after being hit by car

On this day in history: December 11, 1985 - Computer rental store owner Hugh Scrutton is killed outside his Sacramento business when he investigates a package left by the Unabomber. It's his first confirmed kill.

Born on this day in history: December 11, 1944 - Brenda Lee (1944– ) Born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia, pop singer Brenda Lee recorded over five decades, beginning to sing at age 10 with Country & Western star Red Foley, and touring with stars like Patsy Cline and Mel Tillis. In 1959, Lee hit No.1 on rock charts with "Sweet Nothings." At 18, nicknamed "Little Miss Dynamite," she became a worldwide star.

Scripture of the Day: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Video of the Day: Ninja Dance Party - submitted by Darin

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ, has a new Web site! Sheriff Joe Arpaio Click to enlarge.

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Willy the Tortoise RIVERSIDE, California - It was not exactly a high-speed chase. Willy the tortoise made a crawl for freedom this week, getting half a mile from the fenced yard where he lives in a doghouse.

Shelley Larsen figures the 200-pound shellback escaped after her 18-year-old son, Aaron, left a gate open Thursday.

"I don't think the public realizes how big and how very strong tortoises are," Welsh said. "The whole shelter was abuzz. Willy is the size of a small bathtub."

The department posted photos of Willy on its Web site and he was recognized by Shelley Larsen's 21-year-old daughter, Lisa. Willy was back home after fewer than six hours of freedom.

It was the third time Willy has gotten out since the family bought him at a pet store for $130 for Lisa's 10th birthday.

At the time, Willy could fit in the palm of a person's hand.

"We had no idea he'd get so big," said Shelley Larsen's husband, Robbie.

Willy is now so strong that he sometimes knocks down tables when he lumbers around their house in Rubidoux. And he can easily give rides to the Larsen family's nieces and nephews.

Given a tortoise's long life span, Robbie Larsen expects Willy will someday be giving rides to the sons and daughters of those nieces and nephews.