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Mike Gregory

Currently eight months away from a degree in communication Journalism. Using the GI Bill from my time in the Marines to pay for school. Would really like to start my own organic food company. Playing guitar, playing with my kids, spending time with my wife.

Sports bra saves woman from gunshot wound

This sports bra gave her more support than she ever suspected

When police officers are on duty, they wear a Kevlar vest to stop the bad guys’ bullets from taking their lives. Very rarely do you hear of a bullet being stopped by a sports bra. But this was just the case in Gadebusch, Germany, which sits 45 miles east-northeast of Hamburg. A women’s life was spared by her sports bra when she was struck August 2nd while riding a bike with her husband.

Unbeknownst to the two cyclers, the area in which they were riding their bikes was also subject to a wild boar hunt by a hunting party. They heard a rifle shot in the distance and almost immediately, the woman felt a sharp pain in her chest. The bullet that had been aimed at the boar had ricocheted off of the boar and struck her in the chest. As luck was on her side, the bullet that could have been fatal, struck the metal underwire of her sports bra, causing it to not penetrate. Although left with bruising, the woman was unharmed.

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You'll never guess what these 2 dogs did!

One dog starts a fire and the other travels 900 miles from home!

In Altoona, Pennsylvania, Police say a dog that was trying to get a container of cupcakes left on a stovetop inadvertently started a fire in the home of the dog’s central Pennsylvania owner. The tenant’s landlord stated that he’d stopped by to let the dog out at around 8 p.m. and that when he looked in, he saw a fire on the stovetop and called 911. Investigators say that the dog had accidently turned the knob of the stove to the on position while trying to get at the cupcakes. The fire has been ruled accidental and the dog will not face arson charges.

Meanwhile, while one dog was starting a fire in his home, another dog was lost trying to get back to its Texas home after she got lost. Matt Turner, the dog’s owner told news agencies that his 11-month old miniature Australian Shepard, Bell, went missing from their home, north of Houston, Texas. After hitting social media and hanging flyers, Turner learned that his pooch was far from home. About 900 miles to be exact. Humane society workers in Orange Park, Florida, were able to track the dog’s micro-chip implant to her owner in Texas. Turner and his son flew to Florida to retrieve Bell.

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What were these cops thinking?

Here are some cop blunders that you may not have hear about yet

Lately, we see cases of police blunders all over the headlines. They negligently discharge their weapon in a public place, overreact and shoot before asking questions, or beat on someone who doesn’t deserve it. Here are some odd cop mess-ups that you may not have heard about.

In 2011, police in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were arresting gay men. Their sting operation consisted of an undercover cop approaching gay men, asking if they’d like to have sex, and arresting them when they said yes to the question. There was never a mention of exchanging money in these arrests, so the case of prostitution had to be ruled out. Formal apologies were made and charges were dropped in the cases.

Just as the war on drugs created more drugs, Colorado federal agents created a poaching ring of epic proportions at the cost of many dead wild animals. An undercover agent, calling himself John Morgan, handed out flyers in San Luis, Colorado stating that he was a taxidermist and looking to give big payouts for animals such as eagles and bears. What they never took into account was that San Luis is a poverty ridden area of Colorado, where residents there make an annual salary of $7600 dollars a year. This resulted in the illegal slaughter of nearly 500 elk, 2,000 deer, and 95 eagles. For all of the animals slaughtered, there were only 57 individuals who were arrested. Where was the justice in that?

The Yawpers Sign to Bloodshot Records

Bloodshot Records is excited to announce that Denver shitstarters The Yawpers have joined our roster of artists. The band’s forthcoming album will be released in the fall of 2015.

We’ve had our collective eye on these fellas for a while, after getting our grubby little hands on the recordings that will soon be their Bloodshot debut release, in addition to seeing the amazing video for their song “Silicone Love” on YouTube. Trust us; just watch it. (Spoiler alert: ROLLERBLADES! FIREARMS! GASOLINE!)

After missed opportunities to see the band play in Chicago, we finally got a chance to catch them outside a dingy punk club in east Austin at this year’s SXSW. The band took the stage in front of a sparse, meandering, slightly day-drunk crowd on an outdoor stage during the thick of the festival, conditions that would typically chew up and spit out most burgeoning outfits and have them swear they’d never play the Austin event again. But by the end of The Yawpers’ brief set – brimming with brutal and deeply soulful bottleneck slide guitar tones from Jesse Parmet, the stylistic and outright drum kit pummeling from Noah Shomberg, and lead man Nate Cook’s irreverent effervescence and searing vocal melodies – the crowd was packed with folks who were rejuvenated, dancing, and all in (seriously, there was a woman up front who was dancing so hard that her clothes were falling off). And we were all in, too.

The Yawpers craft tunes that are engrossed in creative context. Some might recall edges of the mid-1900s Delta blues, but only if those lived-in riffs were played by the MC5, broadcast through booming stadium speakers and drenched with pounds of fuzzy distortion and full-throttled punk rock energy. For what it’s worth, a friend at their aforementioned SXSW show called them “a bluesy Melvins.” They conduct parallel frequencies with the ferocious and raw proletarian roots of Uncle Tupelo, the burning-hot thrashings and cavernous sonic space of Hot Snakes, and mix in derisive scrutiny that brings to mind Ween or the Minutemen (and might we add that Cook is the spitting image of D. Boon).

For a list of upcoming tour dates, please click here. Like The Yawpers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter Via @theyawpers.

Five Movies of 2015 to Catch

Wondering what movies to watch this year? Here is a list of 10 movies that are creating a buzz.

Jurassic World: On the island of Isla Nublar, things are not well, again. After operating for 10 years, the visitor rates are declining, so like any business, corporate decides that a new attraction be presented to gain more visitors. However, things go wrong and trapped visitors must battle prehistoric horrors. Starring Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, and Ty Simpkins. Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Rated PG-13

Magic Mike XXL: Channing Tatum fan-girls will be happy to know that even though his character Mike retired from stripping, he and his pals are coming back and heading to Myrtle Beach to have on last hoo-ra. Starring Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, and Amber Heard. Directed by Gregory Jacobs. Rated R

Vacation: Rusty Griswold and his family are back at it again. For fans of the slapstick Family Vacation franchise, you’ll recall a certain visit to “Walley World”, which is once again the premise for this latest flick. Rusty will attempt to rekindle the flame between his wife and him, while trying to reconnect with his children. Starring Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Not Yet Rated

Blackhat: A recently furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, and Wei Tang. Directed by Michael Mann. Rated R

Ricki and the Flash: An aging musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family. Starring Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, and Mamie Gummer. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Not Yet Rated

20 Friday Fun Facts

Plus a Few Others

You’re going to college, you’re smart, and you know a lot. But did you know that Walt Disney was afraid of mice? Did you know that a snail can sleep for three years, or that the lipstick you have on, most likely, contains fish scales? Here are 20 other facts that you may not have known, or possibly, you might not have wanted to know.

1.) The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant. They are the smartest species of insects with about 250,000 brain cells.

2.) Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

3.) American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first class.

4.) 30% of Chinese adults live with their parents.

5.) 200 million people in China live on less than $1 a day.

6.) People spend about two weeks of their lives at traffic lights!

7.) Armadillos are able to contract leprosy.

8.) The original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy.

 9.) Toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals.

10.) Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.

11.) In Bahrain, a male gynecologist can only examine a woman’s private parts through a mirror.

12.) Pearls melt in vinegar.

13.) Ticks and turtles can breathe through their butts.

14.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

15.) It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.

16.) The women of Iceland earn two-thirds of their nation’s university degrees.

17.) The Mall in Washington, D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City.

18.) The US tops the world in plastic surgery procedures. Next comes Mexico.

 19.) 22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.

20.) Most Zambians don’t live to see their 40th birthday.

6 Killed and over 140 Injured in Amtrak Crash

“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” is how Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter is describing the incident. As many as six people are dead after an Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia on Tuesday. Six or more remain in critical condition as well, and as many as 140 people are being treated at local hospitals. Federal investigators were on scene to determine what caused the accident. Amtrak and city authorities estimated that there were 238 passengers and five Amtrak employees on Train 188, which was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City, when it apparently went off the rails at around 9:30 p.m. As the train neared a curve in the Port Richmond area, it suddenly slowed, and according to one witness, “The train started to decelerate, like someone had slammed the brake,” and that “suddenly you could see everything starting to shake. You could see people’s stuff flying over me.”

That witness, Paul Cheung, then escaped out the back of his car, when another passenger urged him to do so. He describes seeing other passenger trying to escape from the windows of the smashed and tangled cars. Cheung said that, “The front of the train is really mangled,” and “It’s a complete wreck. The whole thing is like a pile of metal.” According to the Federal Railroad Administration, one car was flipped nearly onto its roof, another was close to toppled, and three were on their sides, while the engine and two of its cars stayed upright.

Officials are saying that more than 120 firefighters and 200 police responded to the chaotic scene. Mayor Nutter said that rescue workers had to use hydraulic tools to help some of the trapped passengers escape from the wreckage. Radio calls from the derailment scene have been released. The chilling audio captured the moments that first responders arrived on scene, and assessed the immediate situation. The cause of the crash is not known, and Amtrak officials have declined to speculate on the circumstances until further investigation. The last time that an accident of this scale happened along the Northeastern Corridor was in 1987, when a Conrail train ignored signals and ran head-on into an Amtrak train. Sixteen died in the incident, which provoked safety concerns for the transit system.

George Zimmerman Shot at in Florida

Zimmerman Not Wounded

Lake Mary, FL – George Zimmerman is in the news again. Zimmerman, who was acquitted for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, back in 2013, was shot at himself, by a Florida motorist, police say. The man that police say shot at Zimmerman, is Matthew Apperson. Although details are sketchy, it is rumored that the two men have had an ongoing dispute. Apperson called the police on Zimmerman last year, to report that he’d felt threatened by Zimmerman.

According to Zimmerman’s lawyer, Don West, he told CNN that Apperson was behind Zimmerman, flashing his lights, honking the horn, and then once Zimmerman had stopped, Apperson pulled beside Zimmerman and began shouting obscenities. Zimmerman was in the process of raising his window, when Apperson shot at him. Although the shot had missed Zimmerman’s head, he was struck by breaking glass.

At a nearby business, employee Ken Cornell had just returned from lunch when Apperson drove up, and began shouting that he’d shot George Zimmerman because he’d waived a gun, and that he needed to have Cornell call 911. Apperson’s attorney, Mark NeJame said that what had happened between Apperson and Zimmerman was legally justified and that his client had acted in self-defense.

Zimmerman, who no longer lives in Central Florida, was in town for Mother’s Day and on his way to a doctor’s appointment, when the incident occurred. The shooting occurred along a section of Lake Mary Boulevard. The Lake Mary Police Department tweeted that it was “responding to a shooting involving George Zimmerman.” TV news images showed what looked to be a single bullet hole in the passenger side window of a pickup truck that’s said to be Zimmerman’s.

Tornadoes Devastate Texas and Oklahoma

5 Killed in Violent Storms

(Associated Press) – Emergency response crews, on Monday, searched through the twisted and torn wreckage, a result of recent tornadoes that splintered and ravaged the small communities in Arkansas and Texas, killing at least five people. The heavy rain caused a huge sinkhole to open up in Granbury, TX. The 40-foot-wide sinkhole swallowed the parking lot of a supermarket and damaged the water and sewer lines beneath.

According to meteorologist Greg Carbin, of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, preliminary reports indicate 20 to 25 tornadoes formed Sunday in South Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas. The same storm system dumped 11 inches of rain in some places and caused widespread flooding.

Perhaps one of the more tragic stories to come from the storms, is that of Michael and Melissa Mooneyhan, both in their late twenties, who were killed trying to protect their daughter when the couples’ trailer flipped over during the storm’s chaos. The two had met when they were just teenagers, both attending different high schools, and they married in April 2004, before they had even graduated. Their little girl did survive however, and the 18-month-old was taken to a local hospital and released later, to relatives of her parents.

For a majority of the day, there were eight people still unaccounted for in Van, Texas, which is about 70 miles southeast of Dallas. Luckily, by late Monday night, a Texas Department of Public Safety official stated that everyone on the missing list had been accounted for.

Montage of What the Heck Happened

My Opinion, Mmm Hmmm, My Opinion

I remember the summer I was 11 years old. I’d been pestering my dad to learn how to play guitar. But as a kid, I’d get sidetracked and lose interest in the pursuit. I suppose dad never took me as being serious. But then, magic happened. I discovered a band called Nirvana. While I never can pin-point what drew mw towards their music, I remember thinking that I was going to learn the guitar.

I did, for the most part, learn to play the guitar. I learned every Nirvana song that I could. I remember coming home from school one afternoon and my mother looking worried. I asked her what was wrong and it was when she informed me that Kurt Cobain, the lead singer for Nirvana, was dead. I am pretty sure that sadness I felt that day, has lasted for the last 21 years.

Anyhow, I finally got to view the HBO premier of Montage of Heck, the Brett Morgan film that used graphic art, Cobain’s writings and pictures, as well as interviews with family and friends, to show the short, tragic, but amazing story of Kurt Cobain.
I really enjoyed the movie. It had some great home recordings that Kurt did, while living in his small apartment, which he and his then girlfriend Tracy Marander shared. It had some really neat things that any Nirvana fan could appreciate.

But here is where it became flawed for me. Courtney Love took to the interviews, discussing certain aspects of their marriage, Kurt’s life, his troubles, their child Francis Bean, and the heroin addiction that plagued his last few years. I’d be a liar if I said that I like Courtney.

It was her claim that she would have had more babies with Kurt had he not committed suicide, when we all know he was looking to divorce her, and that made the film lose credibility for me. I think Morgan did a great job, but Love sitting up there, acting like she was some sort of saint and that Cobain didn’t suffer from her wrath, is complete crap.
It is well known that when Kurt would be chatting with someone, and she felt like she wasn’t being in the spotlight, that she would ridicule him, call him a “pussy” and make a scene. I, as well as many other fans, who’ve read up on their volatile relationship, can attest that she was not a very nice person to the man to whom she’d married. Kurt worshipped her, trusted her, and yet she was always the one to make him feel like dirt.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the film, and it is a great tribute to the guy who changed music history by writing a song called Smells Like Teen Spirit, and found a place in the hearts of those who felt different from what the mainstream was telling us to be, and how to act. Montage of Heck is a pretty amazing film.