Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
NEW YORK - A dozen rats were caught on video scurrying around the floor of a New York City KFC/Taco Bell restaurant early Friday, running between counters and tables and climbing on children's high chairs.
News crews flocked to the windows of the Greenwich Village neighborhood restaurant, which hadn't opened for the day. By midmorning, the footage was all over the Internet and television news shows, with onlookers giving a play-by-play from the sidewalk as the rodents moved about.
"He's coming for his close-up," one bystander said as a rat came near the window.
Employees came to work, but no customers were allowed in as health inspectors arrived.
There was no answer at the phone number displayed in neon on the store window below the words "We Deliver."
"This is completely unacceptable and is an absolute violation of our high standards," KFC and Taco Bell said in a statement. "This restaurant has been closed and we are addressing the issue with the franchise owner. We will not allow this store to reopen until is it completely resanitized and given a clean bill of health."
The chains said construction in the basement on Thursday "temporarily escalated the situation."
The city Department of Health had inspectors at the site on Friday, said department spokeswoman Sara Markt. She said the restaurant had passed inspection in December, but a violation was issued to the restaurant owner about "evidence of rats" — which meant only droppings at the time.
Markt said the owner of the franchise is listed with the department as ADF Fifth Operating Corp.
Rats have long been a problem in New York City, with such a dense population and such a large and readily available food supply for the rodents. They are frequently scampering through subway tunnels, rooting through trash, dashing across parks and burrowing into the walls of apartment buildings.
But it is rare to see so many rats congregating in one place in such public view.
Yum Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., owns the Taco Bell and KFC restaurant chains.
Last week, it was reported that Taco Bell sales had slumped after a widely publicized E. coli scare, but that international sales helped Yum Brands in the company's fourth quarter.
The E. coli outbreak late last year caused more than 70 Taco Bell customers to become ill. Federal officials said in December that the most likely source of the illnesses was lettuce. Taco Bell took precautions by changing its suppliers of lettuce and cheese in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
20 years later a college ring found....
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) -- A college ring lost more than 20 years ago by a former
undercover officer for the CIA has been found in an underwater cave off the
coast of Africa.
Steve Ruic, a writer on staff at Notre Dame College,
received an e-mail about two weeks ago from a professional diver from Germany.
Wilfried Thiesen wrote that he had found a class ring bearing the college's name
while diving off Mauritius.
The ring was engraved with the year '76. The ring
was missing the thin portion on the underside that ordinarily carries its
Ruic publicized the discovery in both an e-mail to college
staff and a newsletter to alumni, but no one came forward to claim it.
while interviewing a member of the class of 1976 for an unrelated alumni
magazine story, Ruic asked Dr. Maryellen Amato Stratmann if she'd ever been to
"I couldn't believe it," Ruic said. "She said, 'No, but Clare
Cavoli Lopez has."'
Lopez, a 1976 Notre Dame College graduate and former CIA
undercover officer, was stationed at Port Louis, Mauritius, from 1983 to 1985.
During a dive, the ring slipped from her finger.
Ruic sent Thiesen's address
to Lopez. She has exchanged e-mails with Thiesen, she said Monday, and they're
arranging for him to mail it.
wow! that's crazy huh?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
i have to find some odd news and post an entry.....
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police investigating why a car
was blocking traffic in the fast lane of a major highway on Sunday found a
couple inside having sex.
A police spokesman said the female driver and
her male passenger gave in to their passions without pulling over to the side of
the road, causing congestion and leaving other motorists having to swerve to
dodge their stationary vehicle.
A patrolman gave the woman a ticket for
holding up traffic.
okay what's wrong with this picture? passion? seriously, i think there was likely more then just passion at play here. so that's my two cents today....i might be back later with more