Front Page Portallime -- Friday, June 03, 2005 -- 12:16:19 AM
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A man at a gas station dresssed as Santa lured kids to his motorcycle side car, then drove off with an 8YO girl. The girl's father chased the motorcycle in his car, and eventually "Santa" pulled over. The girl was unharmed.
He doesn't look suspicious to me:
Rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on stormy Mount Hood and abandoned the frustrating, 9-day-old search Wednesday.
"We've done everything we can at this point," said Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler, choking back tears after returning from one last, fruitless flyover of the 11,239-foot peak.
Wampler said the men's families made the decision to end the search as yet another snowstorm barreled in.
"It was pretty much their conclusion. The chance of survival is pretty nil. I don't think I can justify putting any more people in the field with the hope of finding them alive," the sheriff said.
He said the operation is now a "recovery effort."
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.
The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.
"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future."
Merry Christmas everyone!
"It was every subway rider’s nightmare, times two.
Wesley Autrey. Who has ridden along New York’s 656 miles of subway lines and not wondered: “What if I fell to the tracks as a train came in? What would I do?”
And who has not thought: “What if someone else fell? Would I jump to the rescue?"
The B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre would not reveal many details but did confirm the delivery of the sextuplets at 25-weeks gestation. The first of the babies was delivered at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday with the other five delivered during the early hours of Sunday.
But medical experts say Canada's first sextuplets are facing long odds. The babies will likely have underdeveloped lungs and they could be blind, said Dr. Timothy Rowe, who heads the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of British Columbia.
"I felt for the babies and the mother, thinking this is what everybody doesn't want to happen," Rowe said. "One, getting this number of babies, and two, getting them born so early.
"They're certainly in the best possible hands, that's the comfort. But they certainly have a long road ahead of them."
While none of the doctors who spoke to the Toronto Star yesterday knows any intimate details of a case because of patient privacy policies, they noted one of the leading causes of newborn death is premature birth. Those concerns are made worse by the fact there were six children involved, they said.
"At 6 1/2 months, survival is certainly possible," said Dr. Christine Derzko, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and internal medicine at the University of Toronto. "But with multiples, it's difficult because they tend to be small.
"Of course, I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of them but the likelihood that six will survive at this early stage, when they're multiples, is not great."
I'm also presuming the fact they're Jehovah's Witnesses will limit their kids' treatment options.