On a guns, Queen Elizabeth II and Edward Snowden


This guy’s had it

For a Florida gun store owner, the fatal shootings of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week were the final straw.
Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, says, effective immediately, his shop is a “Muslim-free zone,” reports WDBO in Orlando, Fla.
In a video posted online, Hallinan discusses the history of the Confederate flag and goes on to say, “Our leaders are telling you Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance and love and hope. Don’t believe their lies.”
He plans to offer concealed-carry classes and open his range to anyone who wants to use it.
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it will ask the Department of Justice to investigate possible civil rights violations.

Queen of the road

She waits for no one.
Queen Elizabeth II, apparently impatient as she drove herself to church, swerved her Jaguar X-Type onto the grass to go around a young family strolling in Windsor Great Park, The Telegraph reports.
Despite veering around the couple, who was with their two children — one on a tricycle and one in a stroller — the monarch smiled and waved as she proceeded down the 2.6-mile Long Walk, says Scarlett Vincent, who was visiting from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire with her husband, Toby Core.
“We actually didn’t have time to get out of the way, as we were in a world of our own,” Vincent recalls. “I turned to (Core) and just said, “Oh my God, it’s the queen.”


No road, no problem for Queen Elizabeth II.

Old-school execution for Snowden?

If Saxby Chambliss gets his way, leaker Edward Snowden would be publicly hanged.
“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get our hands on him,” the former Georgia lawmaker, who was the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told students at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, according to The Hill.
“I hope none of you have any sympathy for him.”
Chambliss’ remarks were made during a discussion about the theft of 22 million people’s data from the Office of Personnel Management.
“Just like with Snowden, we’re going to lose American lives as a result of this breach,” he warned.
Snowden has sought refuge in Russia for the past two years to avoid U.S. espionage charges.


Going out on a limb


Doctors in China saved a man’s hand severed in an industrial accident — by grafting it onto his ankle for a month.

It's not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker's hand was saved in 2013 at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

It’s not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker’s hand was saved in 2013   at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

A factory worker known as Zhou lost his left hand to a spinning blade machine, reports The Independent.

Surgeons at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, couldn’t reattach it immediately because severed nerves and tendons needed to heal.

The hand was sewn onto Zhou’s leg to keep it “alive” until the arm was ready.

Dr. Tang Juyu, head of microsurgery at the hospital, tells The Telegraph: “Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but the time is even shorter for a separated limb.”

As for Zhou? The feeling in his fingers has returned, but months of rehabilitation remain.


Map: Which country is downing the most brewski?

Map courtesy of the Telegraph. You can check out the Telegraph's interactive map here.

Map courtesy of The Telegraph. You can check out the Telegraph’s interactive map here.

Although the Chinese (population 1,355,692,576, in the CIA’s July estimate) drank the most beer (14 billion gallons) this year, Czechs consumed the most (37 gallons) per person, The Telegraph reports. Americans lagged behind, lapping up a mere 19 gallons per head, which means we didn’t even make the Top 10 (see below). Continue reading


Amelia Earhart’s plane part found in 1991


earhartPatchTIGHARIt looks like Amelia Earhart did go down on or near Nikumaroro, an atoll in Kiribati, according to  TIGHAR, an Oxford, Pa., research group.

A small piece of aluminum (above) was found on the uninhabited Pacific island in 1991. Now the researchers say they have identified it as  a patch made to her Lockheed Electra while the doomed plane was making a stopover in Miami. Continue reading


Find out what your zip code says about you


15205When you mix marketing and Census data, you can get a snapshot of who we are and what we like to do in Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation project.

What pops up for a local zipcode — 15205, for example? Not surprisingly, Rustbelt Traditions: Family time is important to us. We look for the American-made label, watch ESPN and like to read the newspaper, especially on Sunday.

Go here to plug in your zipcode, and find out what you and your neighbors are up to.