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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Follow-up: Train crash caused for ex-wife's attention
EFL
A man accused of killing 11 people by parking his truck in a train's path intended to get his estranged wife's attention by causing "a horrific tragedy," not to kill himself as originally thought, police said. Authorities also said Juan Manuel Alvarez told them he had poured gasoline on the SUV before the Metrolink struck it Jan. 26 as it carried commuters to downtown Los Angeles. Police initially believed Alvarez had meant to remain in the truck but then lost his nerve and fled. He and his wife, Carmelita Alvarez, had separated, and she had obtained a restraining order against him, police said.

Alvarez, 25, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of murder and an arson charge. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Authorities, who had previously released few details about the arson charge, said Thursday that witnesses reported seeing a man park next to the tracks and douse a vehicle with liquid. Sgt. Tom Lorenz, a police spokesman, said Alvarez described pouring gasoline on and inside the vehicle. Police said they asked Alvarez what he thought would happen if a vehicle were left in the path of an oncoming train. "He basically stated that he thought there would be an explosion," said Lt. Jon Perkins, the case's lead detective. Alvarez was ordered jailed without bail pending a March 16 hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try him.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2005 2:00:03 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For the ex-wife? Hell, I figured he did it to impress Jodie Foster.
Posted by: Dar || 02/18/2005 15:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Defense attorney Eric Chase said the police statements were "not only vicious and callous but are a reckless distortion of the facts. If they want to make this case about, as they say, Juan Alvarez's intent to cause a horrific tragedy, I hope they can back it up. Apparently the Glendale police have not seen enough blood and are hungry for more," Chase said in a statement.

I love lawyers.

Posted by: tu3031 || 02/18/2005 15:47 Comments || Top||

#3  There are too many contradictions with this story and it's fishy. First, we were told Alvarez was suicidal and slashed his wrists and neck. However, as noted today...no visible marks.

Now, we are told he wanted his ex=wife's attention. But if this was a supposedly attention grabbing suicide bid, why the gasoline doused truck left on the tracks absent Alvarez? He admitted he wanted to cause an explosion...this would indicate terrorism.
Posted by: jawa || 02/18/2005 17:42 Comments || Top||

#4  According to the article, jawa, it was not a suicide attempt. The ass wanted a dramatic incident, with his car exploding on the tracks, but he wanted to be around to reconcile with his wife afterward.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2005 21:47 Comments || Top||


Strip Club Artfully Slips by Anti-Nudity Law
American Ingenuity at it's finest...
BOISE, Idaho (Reuters) - A strip club in Boise, Idaho has found an artful way to prance past a city law that prohibits full nudity. On what it calls Art Club Nights, the Erotic City strip club charges customers $15 for a sketch pad, pencil, and a chance to see completely naked women dancers. In 2001 the Boise City Council passed an ordinance banning total nudity in public unless it had "serious artistic merit" -- an exemption meant to apply to plays, dance performances and art classes.
Warning! Loophole! Warning! Loophole!
"We have a lot of people drawing some very good pictures," said Erotic City owner Chris Teague, who has posted many of the drawings around the club.
Oh, I'll bet...
Teague said he got the idea when a customer asked if he could get in for free to sketch the dancers. Realizing that "art classes" were exempt from the law, Teague decided to bill Mondays and Tuesdays as art nights, and let the dancers go without their G-strings and pasties.
You can almost see the lightbulb go off above his head.
In the two months since they began, Art Club Nights have drawn full crowds of 60 people but no police citations, he said.
Step right up! Step right up and see the Amazing Artistic Strippers! 15 Bucks for the best show in Boise! Step right up!
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/18/2005 10:21:12 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Is that a pencil in your hand, or are you happy to see me?"
Posted by: BH || 02/18/2005 10:31 Comments || Top||

#2  In 2001 the Boise City Council passed an ordinance banning total nudity in public unless..

Since when is the inside of a strip club a "public" area?
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 02/18/2005 11:28 Comments || Top||

#3  are you sure it was "public"? ;-)
Posted by: 2b || 02/18/2005 11:36 Comments || Top||

#4 

Hmmm... The lighting isn't so good here... I need to accurately portray the butterfly tattoo on the left side of the bottom...
Posted by: BigEd || 02/18/2005 13:08 Comments || Top||

#5  It's called a "tramp stamp"
Posted by: Mark E. || 02/18/2005 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  I have to admit, that is pretty artful.

It makes me think back on a sculpting class in college. With each reference glance up at the nude model, I noticed the legs were looking more and more mottled. Suddenly, the girl fell off the platform and hit the concrete floor like a piece of timber. She apparently had a hypoglycemic moment and passed out. I'll never forget that sound...

In this case, who needs hypoglycemia? The strippers could always just pass out from liquor...
Posted by: Jules 187 || 02/18/2005 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  LOL Jules! Sorry, but that's just funny.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/18/2005 16:30 Comments || Top||

#8  what is TOTAL NUDITY? What is a public area?
What is the age requirement? Highschool freshman
have art classes. Seems a bit unconstitutional??
Are the "art classes" direct at men......are there any male models/nudity?
Andrea Jackson
Posted by: Monet || 02/18/2005 18:46 Comments || Top||

#9  So, did the customer who came up with the bright idea of sketching the nude dancers get a free life time pass?
Posted by: GK || 02/18/2005 18:49 Comments || Top||

#10  I call it "pole dance aux Aerosmith soundtrack"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/18/2005 18:50 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL! Not that I understand the houmours there of course.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/18/2005 19:22 Comments || Top||

#12  Any relation to NYC's reported new "clothing optional" restaurant???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/18/2005 21:57 Comments || Top||


Britain
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen"----Human Ear found in street
In case you haven't heard:
A severed human ear has been found in a city street, police said today. The discovery has baffled detectives after builders came across the ear on a pavement near Strangeways Prison in Manchester.
Strange ways indeed.
Police have checked with hospitals but no-one has been admitted without an ear and no-one has come forward to claim it. No other body parts were found after a search of the area. A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were informed of what is believed to be a human ear discovered on Great Ducie Street, Strangeways. "The item has been removed and initial visual identification indicates it may be a human ear.
"It looks like a ear, don't it Jock?"
"Can't say, better send it for visual ID."

"It has been sent for forensic tests."
"an' some forensic tests too, I wager."
Experts will now run tests to try to discover the owner of the ear.
Mr. Van Gogh, is that you?
Detectives want to make sure it is human ear after a similar find a number of years ago of what was thought to be a human finger turned out to be a sausage.
Then there was the Bobbitt case, so you never know.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 02/18/2005 9:57:05 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You should've linked to the relevant BBC article, AC. They've got a picture there, to help us visualise what a human ear looks like. I'll never gripe about the licence fee, ever again.
Posted by: Bulldog || 02/18/2005 10:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Detectives want to make sure it is human ear after a similar find a number of years ago of what was thought to be a human finger turned out to be a sausage.

I remember that case and I don't think they thought it was a finger...

Posted by: tu3031 || 02/18/2005 10:23 Comments || Top||

#3  what the hell, that's why God gave us two ears...
Posted by: Frank G || 02/18/2005 10:46 Comments || Top||

#4 

Tests? Are they sure it isn't rubber? Human?
Check the chimps at the London Zoo. Do a count of ears. If it comes up an odd number, that should raise suspicions!
Posted by: BigEd || 02/18/2005 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  The victim is likely to be wearing contacts.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/18/2005 11:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Turns out it was just a mouse.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 02/18/2005 11:54 Comments || Top||

#7  "If thy ear offend thee, cut it off". Must be really ear-itating to try to hear with only one ear.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/18/2005 12:28 Comments || Top||

#8  if an ear falls in a street - can you hear it?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/18/2005 12:50 Comments || Top||

#9  It's all very eerie!
Posted by: 2b || 02/18/2005 13:02 Comments || Top||

#10  This is bad, but it'd be downright tragic if the guy just blew a wad on a new home-theater Surround Sound system.
Posted by: Dar || 02/18/2005 15:40 Comments || Top||

#11  In todays Springfield, Mass Republican (www.masslive.com) Fetuses found on SHA land
In a bizare twist in a city corruption investigation, federal agents spent 10 hours digging behind a Springfield Housing Authority project yesterday before FINDING FOUR FETUSES preserved in jars. Wearing masks, goggles and hazardous materials suits, a team of F.B.I. agents discovered jars holding fetuses in various stages of development just before dusk. It was unclear last night how the fetuses fit into the corruption investigation, which has focused on bribes, kickbacks and other types of fraud at the State's third largest housing authority.

Andrea Jackson
Posted by: Hear Ye Hear YE. || 02/18/2005 19:14 Comments || Top||

#12  In todays Springfield, Mass Republican (www.masslive.com) Fetuses found on SHA land
In a bizare twist in a city corruption investigation, federal agents spent 10 hours digging behind a Springfield Housing Authority project yesterday before FINDING FOUR FETUSES preserved in jars. Wearing masks, goggles and hazardous materials suits, a team of F.B.I. agents discovered jars holding fetuses in various stages of development just before dusk. It was unclear last night how the fetuses fit into the corruption investigation, which has focused on bribes, kickbacks and other types of fraud at the State's third largest housing authority.

Andrea Jackson
Posted by: Hear Ye Hear YE. || 02/18/2005 19:16 Comments || Top||

#13  # 9 .com I grew up in a small , rural town in Northeastern Connecticut and on Friday and Saturday night's it was a common prank to fill
and old pocketbook with cow or horse meadow muffins, leave it in the middle of the road,
wait for an unsuspecting driver to stop and
stick their hand in the pocketbook and GET THE SURPRISE OF THEIR LIFE !!!! (Trick or Treat).

Andrea Jackson
Posted by: Hear Ye Hear YE. || 02/18/2005 19:23 Comments || Top||

#14  No Way! That's too funny
Posted by: Frank G || 02/18/2005 19:31 Comments || Top||

#15  # 14 Frank- sometime the pocketbook thief would drive a bit down the road, then get out of the car and yell"Ah, S--T, oh F--k". Hey, when you are in Highschool it does not take much to make one laugh-he he he.

Andrea Jackson
Posted by: Andrea || 02/18/2005 19:53 Comments || Top||

#16  Frank- a friend of ours was caught and prosecuted.
His defense attorney filed a Motion to Dismiss the case and the motion was granted*** No MOO
about it****

Andrea Jackson
Posted by: State Versus Meadow Muffin case || 02/18/2005 20:10 Comments || Top||



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