Georgia full of guns and mosquitoes
#FAIL (AJC photo by Ben Gray)
News tidbits for April 4, 2013:
- Atlanta is the third “roachiest” city in America, according to Orkin, which probably knows a thing or two about bugs. OK, they never used the word “roachiest” but they should have. Chicago, surprisingly, had the most pest control treatments for four kinds of pests, ants, rodents, spiders and bed bugs. Atlanta’s most troublesome bug was mosquitoes. Los Angeles, No. 2, was actually the “roachiest.”
- North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack on the United States, which sounds scarier that it probably is. Why are they upset? Maybe because the hacker group Anonymous hacked the country’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts? The hackers are said to have posted a pic of Kim Jong Un with a pig nose and a drawing of Mickey Mouse (his fave!) on his chest. The text read “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”
- Georgia is ranked 10th in gun violence, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress. Since Georgia is the 8th most populous state, the 10th ranking does not surprise me. The full study says Georgia has the 3rd highest armed robbery rate in the U.S., almost double the national average, and twice as many Georgians (11,591) were killed by guns between 2001 and 2010 than were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,187).
- The Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which famously floated adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for days without power or working toilets, broke loose of its moorings during an Alabama windstorm Wednesday and crunched into a cargo ship. A shipyard worker is still missing after the storm.
- A Cobb County man accused of beating an infant, perhaps causing it to go blind, faces up to 80 years in prison, which sounds like a light sentence. According to his public Facebook page, the tattoo-faced man worked at the Department of Defense as a clerk, studied at a bible college, knows Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew and lives in the Netherlands. His favorite quote is “Hate the game, not the Man thats [sic] kicking your [expletive] at the game.” His Facebook handle is “SOLITUDE.” He may get plenty of that.
- If you drove to work in the rain this morning, you were probably reminded some people in this town should have their licenses revoked. Unfortunately, many of those people probably don’t have licenses. Just like this driver, who drove off the MLK Jr. Drive bridge downtown and fell 50 feet to the ground below. How does that happen? Police are still trying to figure that epic fail out. You can see the pictures here.
- Going bald is bad enough, but now a study alleges men with “thinning hair” are also more likely to have heart problems. Younger men losing hair should “focus on improving their lifestyle to ensure they keep their heart healthy,” doctors said. Other experts said “hair loss may be out of your control …. but stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and being active” is not.
- The winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot is paying the rent of everyone who lives on his block in New Jersey “for a month or two.” He’s also paying the $29,000 in child support he owes.
- The Braves might be pretty good this year. So good the governor of Tennessee jokingly says he will trade a river full of water for the team, or maybe Sea Island. A Chattanooga Times Free Press poll suggests residents of that overwatered state would rather have high-speed rail (24 percent) to Atlanta than a quality baseball team (17 percent). Of course 30% say we can “never have” their water.