Monday, January 08, 2007

Bits and Pieces....

Here are some snippets from today's news items

Dead Birds in Austin Texas? Is Delay back in the exterminating business?

CBS 42) AUSTIN Congress Avenue has been reopened after city officials said there is no threat from the dead birds found along Congress Ave. in Downtown Austin.Austin police shut down Congress Ave. from Cesar Chavez St. to 11th St. after finding 63 dead birds around 3 a.m. along Congress Ave. between 6th and 8th Streets. The area reopened to traffic around 1 p.m.

And the favorite of Faux news....a "suspicious package" that was supposed to go aboard a cruise ship merits wall-to-wall coverage and a screaming OHMYGODWE'REALLGONNADIE headline.

Yahoo link on Miami "Terror". And of course.....false alarm...the snippet:

MIAMI - The Port of Miami was hit by its second terrorism scare in two days Monday when a package that was to be loaded onto a cruise ship tested positive for plastic explosives. Authorities later determined it was just a box of sprinkler parts.

The package was initially tested six times, and each time it came back positive for the military-grade explosive known as C4, the Coast Guard said.

And this WAS in Tom Delay's home town of Sugarland....this wasn't a hoax and could have been serious.
Residents in five Sugar Land neighborhoods and students at five schools were warned to stay indoors with windows shut and air conditioners off early Monday afternoon, after a chemical spill at the Nalco Holding Co. plant on U.S. 90A."The shelter-in-place warning was lifted by about 2:40 p.m. – about 45 minutes after it was issued, according to a Sugar Land police spokeswoman. It had been issued for Brookside Belknap, Venetian Estate, The Hill, Hall Lake and Mayfield Park, and also for nearby schools.

And, of course New York Stinks: (this is news?)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mysterious, powerful smell of natural gas throughout much of Manhattan forced evacuations of some buildings and a temporary suspension of a commuter train service on Monday morning as authorities scrambled to determine the source.
But there were no immediate reports of injuries and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the odor was not dangerous.
"It may just be an unpleasant smell, but at this point we do not know any more than that. The one thing we are confident about is, it is not dangerous," Bloomberg told a news conference.

Now, I don't know about you but it seems to me that there is a n awful ot of wierd environment stuff going on today......probably just coincidence, eh?

No comments: