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Girl, 9, Charged By Police For Creating a False-Alarm At School

False-alarms are one of the most annoying aspects of law enforcement and other emergency response teams; it’s why most of the time those that cause one are handed fines and other punishments. Every false-alarm is wasted time spent handling a prank or a non-issue, while a real issue could be occurring somewhere else. And with each alarm requiring 20 minutes and two officers to investigate? That is a serious waste of resources.

In some cases, triggering a false-alarm can result in being labeled a criminal. Something that a nine-year old girl found out the hard way just recently. The little girl had made multiple calls from her elementary school bus stating that there was a person with a gun at the Spruce Mountain Middle School. Naturally, this is a case that the police simply couldn’t ignore.

The calls that the little girl made forced three Jay schools in the region to shut down or go into lockdown, said the police. Upon arrival at the scene, the little girl was discovered to have been giving a false-alarm, and she was arrested and charged.

The case, according to Police Chief Richard Caton, will be taken to the juvenile court system. Creating a false-alarm is a class D crime, the police chief said. Despite the young age of the suspect, it can’t be ignored.

The reason why the little girl, a fourth-grader at the Spruce Mountain Elementary School, made the calls is currently not clear. Caton doesn’t dismiss the possibility that the girl did not fully understand her actions.

?At this point, it?s still undetermined,? he said. ?I don?t think she fully understands what she did and the aftermath of what she has done. ? I don?t think was clear at the time of talking to her.?

Chief Caton said that this is the first time his department has ever had to deal with someone so young and that likely the court system will recommend counseling for the girl. It is incredibly unlikely that the court system will rule to have someone so young put into a facility.

School superintendent Kenneth Healey said that the police received the call around 8:30 a.m, and that the district immediately took action. The school’s safety committee has been very proactive in making plans and practicing for what needs to be done in such emergencies.

?We?ve practiced this quite a bit,? Healey said. ?In fact, the first day for teachers (Aug. 28), we had trained for an active-shooter situation, so it?s fresh in their minds. The professionalism of everyone involved I?m very proud of, especially the outside agencies that supported us.?

The fate of the girl will be decided at a court case in the future, though the date is unknown. She is currently looking at a “Class D” criminal charge.

This Chilling Car Seat Story Is a Painful Warning for Parents

Most parents understand how important it is to thoroughly check all products they buy for their children, especially when they’re intended for safety. If not, this unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call to parents across the globe: even companies with good reputations can make mistakes, and children can sometimes end up suffering the heartbreaking consequences.

It all started about 18 months ago, when Nichola Griffith’s son Max, two years old at the time, began fussing whenever being put into his car seat and taken for a ride. Max would repeatedly kick, cry, and struggle, and even make himself sick.

Mother-of-six Nichola and her husband, Nigel, originally thought the fussing stemmed from severe car sickness. They went to a pharmacy in search of medication to soothe him.

“They said he was too young to be able to take anything so we just had to put up with it really,” Nichola, 42, told The Daily Mail.

But the problem wasn’t car sickness.

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Meat and Livestock Australia Ad Causes Outrage in Hindu Population

Meat is one of the most commonly consumed food groups in the world, and the global meat industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The “big four” livestock, the ones that are most consumed, are cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. But while a great many people eat meat, a lot of people don’t. In fact, even some gods don’t.

That’s a lesson one Australian organization is learning the hard way. The group Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) aired an ad featuring the Hindu God Lord Ganesha consuming lamb. The commercial’s subject matter, how meat can bring people together no matter their religious beliefs, nationalities, or differences, was overshadowed by who was at the table.

Sitting at the table in the commercial are Gods like Zeus, Lord Ganesha, Dionysus, and even Jesus Christ. They represent billions of believers, with the only thing in common being the lamb they’re eating. And that’s the problem — Lord Ganesha doesn’t eat meat.

The advertisement led to the Indian government filing a formal complaint with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communication and Arts and the Department of Agriculture over the offensive lamb advertisement. The complaint stated that the way Lord Ganesha was used for the ad was considered by the Indian community to be “offensive and hurting their religious sentiments.”

?The Consulate General of India in Sydney has taken up the matter directly with Meat
and Livestock Australia and urged them to withdraw the advertisement,? noted the complaint. And while the ad’s original intention may have been to show unity and inclusivity through the act of eating meat, it appears to have done the opposite. Hindus all over the world are threatening to boycott the meat industry in Australia over the offensive commercial.

The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, condemned the clip and called for an apology.

?With ads like this playing with the sentiments of communities worldwide resulting in boycotts, how long Australia would keep its position as one of the largest exporters of red meat,? he said.

A spokesman of the MLA, Andrew Howie, said that the ad was the result of “extensive research and consultation.”

?Our intent is never to offend, but rather acknowledge that lamb is a meat consumed by a wide variety of cultures and capture how the world could look if people left their differing views at the door and came to the table with open arms, and minds. No matter your beliefs, background or persuasion, the one thing we can all come together and unite over, is lamb,? he said.

Dublin, Ohio Couple Renovating Home Discover Perfectly Preserved Log Cabin

Whether staying in a tent, an RV, or an old-fashioned cabin, 99% of those who go camping want to head out for another camping trip the following year. However, for a couple renovating their home in Dublin, Ohio, they may never have to worry about finding the perfect spot to camp again.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Kevin Kemp and Jennifer Alexander were planning on demolishing a home they had bought in order to begin building their dream home. However, as Kemp and his friend, Larry Daniels, began to remove the interior paneling of the home the two discovered something astonishing.

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Allegiant Air Building $600 Million Resort Near The Gulf

Taking a vacation can be an important thing for workers and managers, especially those that work in high-stress industries or positions. According to a study by Ernst and Young, for every 10 additional hours of vacation time, an employee’s year-end performance can improve 8%. That means that sending employees on a vacation can have a positive effect on business productivity and growth.

And there are a ton of places to visit on a vacation, especially if you want a luxury experience. In fact, there’s a new resort opening in a few years that might be a good one to plan to visit.

The resort is being built by the budget-trip Vegas airline Allegiant Air and is costing a whopping $600 million to construct. The resort will feature what has been termed the “largest swimming pool in North America,” making it definitely worth the trip.

Allegiant Air is expected to open the resort in early 2020, and it will be located in a small town called Port Charlotte, near the Gulf of Mexico. Plans for the complex highlight the 1,000-foot-long swimming pool, 1,100 condo units, and a hotel with 75 to 100 rooms.

Condo prices will range from $650,000 for an 880-square-foot unit to $1.1 million for a three-bedroom unit that’s 1,520 square feet. The rates for the hotel rooms are not yet determined, though they’re likely to mirror similar resorts.

John Redmon, a former Las Vegas hotel executive who is now Allegiant Air’s president, stated that they’ve already started to email individuals to gauge the interest for their resort.

?We sent an email under the Sunseeker name to our database of people who visit Florida, and we got about 4,500 people who expressed interest,? Redmond said. ?About 550 of those people said they?d be willing to spend $750,000 for a unit.?

Despite the costs of these condos, Redmond said that the resort will stick to Allegiant’s business model of catering to families living in small cities. This includes people who live in midwestern America and want to have a taste of a little leisure without intimidation.

?These aren?t people who are going to stay at the Ritz Carlton,? Redmond said. ?They want a resort that?s comfortable and isn?t overly intimidating.?

The new hotel-condo complex is less than six miles from Punta Gorda Airport, where Allegiant flies as the sole carrier. More than half of the airline’s passengers fly to Florida as a destination, so this investment could pay off in the long term.

?This is an amazing opportunity for us because our airline caters to nothing but leisure customers,? said Redmond.

Arkansas Motor Coach Company Dispatches Buses To Help Aid Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

Motor coaches have long been a choice for vacationers traveling long distances. Every year, up to 751,000,000 passenger trips are taken by motor coach. Now motor coaches are proving to be that much more valuable as passengers use these large vehicles to make their way to safety after Hurricane Harvey.

“You have people who are angry, hurt, desperate, and need a lot of help,” said Cary Martin, owner of Little Rock Tours.

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The U.S. Employment Rate Is Highest It’s Been In a Decade

The U.S. labor market continues to progress, with employment continuing to grow. Nearly 156,000 new jobs were added in the month of August, a great sign that things are still improving for the U.S. economy after the Great Recession of 2008-2009. This information was detailed in a Federal report earlier this month.

?Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent,? the report states. ?Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining.?

The labor market was slow to recover from the Great Recession of 2009-2009, slowly improving over the course of a decade. But there are a lot of positive signs that have restored consumer confidence, with the unemployment rate being at one of the lowest points in U.S. history being one of them.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Discovers Shipwreck Of USS Indianapolis After 72 Years

While up to 43% of Americans are financing their vehicles, the United States has recently been putting its own funds into its Naval vehicles. More specifically, Naval leaders have been developing submarines with quieter technology, new sensors, and new acoustics.

However, despite this advancing development in Naval technology, it wasn’t a US Navy AUV that recently discovered a famous warship sunk 72 years ago, but an AUV belonging to tech corporation Microsoft.

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen was harmlessly investigating the floor of the Philippine Sea with a Research Vessel Petrel when his team discovered the remains of a World War II warship. But not just any warship — The USS Indianapolis.

Launched in 1931, the USS Indianapolis had been one of the few to escape the Battle of Pearl Harbor. It was also the ship to deliver the components for the first atomic bomb from San Francisco to Tinian Island in July 1945. The bomb would later be dropped on Hiroshima on August 6.

It was after the USS Indianapolis delivered the uranium components to Tinian Island that the ship was targeted by Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, commanded by Mochitsura Hashimoto. According to News Atlas, the submarine fired two Type 95 torpedoes on the warship as it headed from Tinian Island to the Philippines on the morning of July 30.

The attack killed 396 sailors and sank the warship in 12 minutes. The ship’s remaining 800 soldiers were left exposed to the elements in open sea. Without time to send a distress signal or deploy lifesaving equipment, only 316 soldiers remained alive by the time rescue arrived.

According to BBC News, the extremely high death toll caused by exposure, lack of fresh water, and the largest shark attack in recorded history, is what makes the USS Indianapolis possibly the worst sea disaster in the history of the US Navy.

Attempts have been made to find the US warship over the course of the last 70 years, but none have been successful until now. The advanced technology of Allen’s Petrel is one of the key reasons why.

According to News Atlas, the Petrel used a Hydroid REMUS 6000 AUV to survey the area. The AUV is not only capable of investigating underwater for 20 hours, but it can also use a deep-water side scan sonar with high-definition video cameras, underwater navigation systems, sonars, and LED lights, which have a life-expectancy of up to 34 years.

“To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War II is truly humbling,” said Allen.

The Petrel is continuing to survey the shipwreck and plans to arrange for a live tour of the ship in a matter of weeks. However, the location of the ship won’t be divulged to the public; the site is the property of the US Navy and now an official war grave.

Photo: Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives