Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • Convicted cop killer told to stop coaching youth baseball

    'A man who killed another man using a baseball bat is coaching kids to swing a baseball bat'

    In 1988, a group of young men killed off-duty Chicago-area Police Officer John Mathews, beating him to death with a baseball bat.

    One of them served 11 years for his role in the death, ABC7 Chicago reports, and isn't young anymore. Since leaving prison, Dean Chavez has spent years coaching youth baseball, something Mathews' son, Joey, only just learned.

    "The fact is, a man who killed another man using a baseball bat is coaching kids to swing a baseball bat. It boggles the mind," Joey Mathews, 30, told ABC7. Mathews said he was 4 when his father was murdered and doesn't have a single memory of him. His sister, Anne, was 6. Now a teacher, she told WGN-TV, “Unfortunately, he (Chavez) forfeited his right to be a role model and a mentor when he took my father’s life."

    Chavez does have his supporters, including Jennifer Castillo, the mother of one of Chavez's recent players. She told ABC7, "He coached my son for two years, and I never saw him angry."

    Chavez didn't speak on camera, but he

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  • Video shows young girl learning her baby brother will grow up...

    ...and she's none too happy about it.

    We're not evil. We don't delight in watching children cry their eyes out. And yet, in this case, we're going to have to make an exception.

    In a video that is sure to go viral, Sadie, 5, is informed that her baby brother won't be a roly-poly bundle of giggles forever. He's going to grow up.

    This was apparently the first Sadie had heard about it. Through a fountain of tears, Sadie declares that she doesn't want her brother to grow up. No, sir!

    "He's so cute," Sadie sobs, while giving her brother little kisses on his forehead. "Oh, you are so cute, I love your cute little smiles."

    "Oh, my gosh, I want him to stay little," she continues.

    As if on cue, the brother -- who, we admit, makes most puppies look like gargoyles -- gives his big sis a heart-melting smile.

    Sadie, we feel your pain.

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  • Meowsachusetts: Where the cats play and dogs stay away

    Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)

    Are you a cat looking for a change? Are you eager to relocate to a feline-based community where you can lounge, rest, sleep and snooze, all with a minimum number of dogs sniffing about?

    Allow us to humbly suggest the great state of Meowsachusetts.

    Massachusetts is, according to a recent report from the Washington Post, the state with the highest ratio of cats to dogs. There are roughly 1.87 cats for every canine in the Bay State.

    The data comes from Euromonitor, which found that when it comes to cat-friendly areas, the northeastern United States is the place to be. Other states cracking the feline top five: Maryland, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut.

    Dogs, on the other paw, seem to be a lot more popular in places where there's room to roam. The state with the highest ratio of dogs to cats? Arkansas, followed by New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    Does this mean that Massachusetts is the unofficial land of crazy cat ladies? The Boston Globe playfully speculates that that just

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  • North Carolina cops nab suspects in brazen dino heist

    Attention all units, we have a Code Jurassic. A dinosaur has been kidnapped.

    And now, recovered.

    On Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police arrested a man and woman in connection with the theft of a baby dinosaur model from a display at the state's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Monday.

    Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, have been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc., according a news release from the Capitol Police. The two turned themselves in to authorities.

    Surveillance footage showed a man and woman entering the exhibit, seemingly empty of other visitors. The man climbed the barrier, grabbed the small dinosaur replica, and then placed it in a large purse or bag carried by the woman, the video showed.

    It wasn't exactly a caper worthy of "Ocean's Eleven," but the stolen object, a 12- to 14-inch model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus hatchling, is worth approximately $10,000,

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  • A forklift gets a lift ... from a forklift

    Sometimes one forklift just isn't enough.

    Case in point: This merry crew of movers who found a creative way to get a large crate all the way inside a truck.

    First, they used one forklift to pick up the crate and place it just inside the truck as far as the lift could reach. Next came forklift No. 2, which picked up the first forklift and pushed it (along with the crate) into the recesses of the trailer. The second forklift then helps the original return to ground level.

    Mission accomplished.

    The video, which was posted to Facebook on July 2, is making the rounds on social media and blogs. Everything worked out for the best for these workers, but keep in mind that a lot can go wrong when you're doing unconventional tricks with heavy equipment.

    Of course, forklifts aren't the only piece of construction to be used creatively. Earlier this year, YouTube user kwirls posted footage of an excavator on the back of a trailer truck that had apparently run out of gas. Workers used the

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  • Oinkers away! Therapy pig keeps getting ticketed in Queens

    Wilbur's owner fighting citation, fine

    He's here! He oinks! Get used to it!

    Wilbur is a handsome fella, loyal to owner Nadine Darsanlal and a hit with many in his Queens neighborhood in New York City. And though we doubt he knows it, he's also become something of a poster pig for equal animal rights around the city, CBS 2 reports.

    Wilbur is a certified therapy pig, licensed by the city to provide emotional support to Darsanlal, a disabled Navy veteran who contracted bacterial meningitis while serving overseas.

    While Darsanlal is a big fan of Wilbur and vice versa ("I wake up with him doing piggy kisses on my cheek," Darsanlal tells CBS 2), it's a different story with the city's health department. It recently issued Darsanlal a citation and a $500 fine for keeping a prohibited animal — despite Wilbur's reported status as a service animal.

    CBS 2 reports that a judge reviewed Wilbur's badge (let that statement sink in for a moment) and found that while the pig is indeed a certified emotional support animal, the fine must be

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  • Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the world's most patient horse

    A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And goats shouldn't climb on a horse, of course. Unless of course, that is, of course, it's a very patient horse.

    Like, really patient.

    And there can be no doubt that Mr. G has to be the most even-tempered, chillest, "hey, like, whatever man" horse that ever lived.

    In a video that is quickly going viral, a horse rests on its belly while several baby goats climb all over him. Two goats climb aboard while the littlest goat watches patiently. Florida resident Debbie Spivey Snyder posted the footage to Facebook.

    Mr. G doesn't seem to mind the goats one bit. In fact, who knows, maybe the horse is enjoying the impromptu massage. If only cats and dogs got along this well.

    Although, actually, sometimes they do.

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  • Looks like a good movie, but does the dog die?

    A website answers the question every moviegoer wants to know before watching

    Does the Dog Die?Does the Dog Die?

    Most moviegoers today can handle a disturbing amount of on-screen carnage. Mass planetary extinction? Two tickets, please. A film about a zombie outbreak that leaves billions dead? Sounds fun!

    But there's one thing many do not, under any circumstances, handle well: A flick where the dog (or cat, or horse, or hamster, etc.) dies. That's crossing the line.

    Fortunately, there's a website that can help remove the anxiety surrounding a pooch's potential fate. Aptly titled Does the Dog Die, the simple site for pet-loving movie buffs lists hundreds of films featuring furry companions (but mostly dogs). The site then lets users know if the dog dies, suffers an injury, or wags its tail all the way to a happy ending.

    Of course, all of the films you'd expect are included. Classics such as "Old Yeller" and "The Wizard of Oz" are both spoiled. But the site doesn't stop with the obvious entrants.

    Been jonesing to watch "C.H.U.D. II — Bud the Chud" but worried that it might feature the untimely

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  • Northwestern's School of Journalism misspells own name on diplomas

    Well, this is embarasing embarrassing.

    Northwestern University's esteemed Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications — one of the nation's top graduate programs for aspiring journalists — issued dozens of diplomas with the program's own name misspelled.

    Someone, it seems, forgot that the word "integrated" includes an "n." The typo affected roughly 30 of the 250 diplomas awarded to future Woodwards and Bernsteins, according to the Washington Post.

    Those who received a diploma with a pesky typo will get a replacement, university spokesperson Desiree Hanford told media blogger Jim Romenesko.

    This isn't the first case of an educational institution messing up its own diplomas. Last year was a banner year for boo-boos. Radford University misspelled "Virginia" on its diplomas, and Stanford University issued diplomas with the wrong signature.

    And in 2012, a Maryland high school was forced to reprint 8,000 diplomas after someone pointed out that the word "progam" is

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  • Oklahoma meteorologist deals with earthquake live on the air

    "Oh, my gosh," KOCO's Danielle Dozier says.

    Shake, rattle and keep rolling, because we are live on the air, folks.

    An Oklahoma City meteorologist showed grace under fire when her television studio was struck by a fairly significant earthquake in the middle of her forecast.

    No sooner had Danielle Dozier said something about nightly winds than the studio started to rumble. "Oh, my gosh," Dozier said, before covering her mouth with her hand as if she'd just screamed an unholy string of four-letter words in the presence of the queen. "I'm so sorry — this is live on air," she continued.

    While the earthquake (one of four that morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey) certainly had an effect on Dozier's delivery, she handled things with relative calm compared to other broadcasters who've suffered through quakes while on the air.

    Consider the case of KTLA

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