"Tina Bird, of Campbell, said the rat community was in the process of mobilizing when the rodents were killed."
"This school has saved my daughter's life," said Marcia Shear of Long Island, whose 13-year-old daughter, Samantha, used to punch herself in the head so often that she detached both retinas.
After she received a few high-level shocks, Shear said, the self-abuse stopped. "I am livid at these people and pieces of garbage who think they know what they're doing. Let them come and sit with my child and go through what I've gone through for 11 years."
Cheese. "If it's runny and gooey, we won't let it in," says Janice Mosher, manager of the customer service center for the CBP. But interpretations vary on which cheeses are enterable, and inconsistency abounds. For years, American cheese lovers have exchanged tales of smuggling in young raw-milk cheeses, such as raw-milk Camembert, which is illegal to sell in this country because it has been aged less than 60 days. The raw-milk cheese regulations are the FDA's bailiwick but, at least for the time being, the FDA doesn't care what you bring in for yourself.
"Currently, there are no restrictions on importation of cheeses for personal consumption," writes FDA press officer Michael Herndon in an e-mail.
But the USDA is another matter. The virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease, a livestock illness, can persist in high pH (low acid) cheeses, according to Dr. Christopher Robinson, senior staff veterinary medical officer at the National Center for Import and Export, a branch of the USDA. So the USDA frowns on fresh ricotta and cottage cheeses from abroad because they may have high-pH whey added back to them. Also suspect are cheeses "that pour like heavy cream," says Robinson, who mentions mascarpone and Vacherin Mont-d'Or.
In theory, then, only the softest, moistest, runniest cheeses should raise a customs agent's eyebrows. But in the field, agents may operate more cautiously.
Pet's Rest has interred more than 13,000 pets, ranging from goldfish to rabbits to a monkey to dogs, in nearly 60 years of business, C'de Baca said. He said that decades ago, the founders of Pet's Rest, C'de Baca's in-laws, and one of the principles in Cypress Abbey Co., agreed verbally to allow Pet's Rest to use vacant property next to the cemetery.
After C'de Baca took over the cemetery, he entered into a formal 20-year lease with Cypress Abbey in 1986, saying he believed Pet's Rest would be able buy the property outright.
But the lease documents make no provision for a sale, and indicate the property had to be returned in its original condition within 90 days of the lease ending in May 2006, said David Friedenberg, an attorney for Cypress Abbey.
C'de Baca said he made multiple attempts to try to purchase the land.
"I'm an optimist," C'de Baca said. "I thought (Cypress Abbey) would come around."
Friedenberg said Cypress Abbey "feels bad" for pet owners, but said a sale was never in the offing.
"The lease is very, very clear,'' Friedenberg said. "We're concerned about what happened, but (Cypress Abbey) needs the land, and they've been waiting 20 years to get the land back."
Astronomers have spotted a huge cloud of fiery gas speeding through a distant cluster of galaxies. They say it is the biggest object of its kind ever seen.
The gas ball contains more matter than a 1,000 billion Suns, and is plunging through the Abell 3266 cluster of galaxies at about 750 kilometres per second. The fireball is about 3 million light years across, roughly 5 billion times the diameter of the Solar System, and reaches temperatures of tens of millions of degrees.
The result is a kind of "magnet sense" -- people who've had the [strong, rare earth magnet] implant[ed in their fingertips] report that they can tell when a wire is live and when they're going through a magnet security-scanner at a store, even when their laptops' hard drives are spinning up.
Quinn Norton of Wired News has had the operation and writes in detail about how it felt, what the problems were, and what she was able to do once it was in place. The most amazing part is that months after the magnet implant fragmented and Quinn lost her "sixth sense," it reassembled itself (magnets tend to draw towards one another) and the sense returned.