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'Up-by-his-bootstraps' Romney Ad Star Built His Business using Government-sponsored Loans

The up-by-his-bootstraps businessman who stars in an ad for Republican hopeful Mitt Romney seems to have built his business through government-sponsored loans, putting a dent in the campaign's attack on President Barack Obama's saying to business owners, "you didn't get there on your own."

"My father's hands didn't build this company? My hands didn't build this company? My son's hands aren't building this company?" New Hampshire businessman Jack Gilchrist, president of Gilchrist Metal, asks in the ad that's been making waves since last week.

Reporting by The New Hampshire Union Leader disputed this claim by looking into Gilchrist's history, revealing that he took over $1 million in government loans since the 1980s, including $800,000 in tax-exempt bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to build a new manufacturing plant and buy equipment. Gilchrist also admitted to the paper that he took a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of "somewhere south of" $500,000 in the 1980s, and said that to this day about 10 percent of his business comes from defense-related projects.

Evil Rays

More Insanity and Mass Hysteria: 3 Arrested in Separate 'Dark Knight' Incidents

Timothy Courtois weapons
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Weapons gathered from the home and vehicle of Timothy Courtois, of Biddeford, Maine, who was arrested Sunday, July 22
At least 3 men accused of making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie have been arrested in separate incidents, underscoring moviegoers' anxieties and heightened security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado theater showing the film.

A Maine man was arrested when he told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching The Dark Knight Rises, Maine state police said Monday.

Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, had been stopped for speeding, and a police search of his car found an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and news clippings about the mass shooting that left 12 people dead early Friday, authorities said.


Video: 10-Year-Old Brutally Bullied by Teens with Cigarette Lighter

A video (below) showing 10-year-old Cequan Haskins being bullied and attacked for 40 minutes, on a school bus, by two 15-year-old bullies in May 2011 has recently been released.

The Appomattox County, Virginia teens used racial and sexual slurs, while they burned Haskins repeatedly with a cigarette lighter.

On the video, Haskins can be heard screaming and pleading with the teens to stop, but they continue the bullying and tell him to "sit down and shut your mouth."

Haskins' mother, Roxanne Haskins, released the video at a press conference on Friday. She told WSET-TV: "I wanted parents to be aware, that when I speak out, I'm speaking out for all kids. But unfortunately, this did happen to my child, and I want parents to be aware of what's going on in the school system."


Man finds 248 human foetuses dumped in Russian forest

A Russian fishing trip turned to horror when a man collecting firewood in the dead of night stumbled across hundreds of human foetuses scattered in the woods.

The 248 embryos, most of which were already formed into babies' bodies, had been stashed inside four huge vats of formaldehyde and dumped near the town of Nevyansk, in the industrial heartland of Russia's Ural Mountains.

It is unclear how long the 15-centimetre bodies, aged between 12 and 16 weeks, had been lying in the dusty wilderness but some had shrunk as if mummified.

Chilling: Mystery shrouds the horrifying discovery which has sparked a full-scale police investigation into how and why the bodies were ditched in such unceremonious fashion.
Mystery shrouds the horrifying discovery which has sparked a full-scale police investigation into how and why the bodies were ditched in such unceremonious fashion.

One theory is that they were illegally dumped after being used for scientific experimentation.


Sally Ride, First U.S. woman in space, comes out as lesbian in obituary

Sally Ride
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Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, passed away Monday at age 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The astronaut and scientist came out as a lesbian in the obituary posted on her website, announcing that she is survived by her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, as well as other members of her family.

Bear Ride, Sally Ride's sister, who also identifies as lesbian, spoke to BuzzFeed about her sister's decision to come out, saying that she hoped to inspire young people, but that Sally Ride was also an intensely private person who also chose not to divulge her illness to the public until its end. "People did not know she had pancreatic cancer, that's going to be a huge shock," Bear said, "For 17 months, nobody knew - and everyone does now. Her memorial fund is going to be in support of pancreatic cancer.

Heart - Black

Masked men carve 'dyke' into lesbian woman, set house on fire in Lincoln, Nebraska

Man holding knife
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The recent home invasion and vicious attack on a lesbian woman in Lincoln, Nebraska is being described by the Human Rights Campaign as "truly horrific." The LBGT rights organization is calling on federal authorities to investigate the alleged hate crime.

CNN reported that three masked men allegedly broke into the 33-year-old woman's home early Sunday morning, tied her up, and carved words into her arms and stomach with a knife. One of the words included the derogatory slur "dyke."

The men also spray-painted anti-gay graffiti inside the home and set the house on fire. Police said the fire did little damage.

The woman fled bound, naked and bleeding to her neighbor's house.


Colorado Batman shooting: Mother of James Holmes says her words were twisted

An attorney representing the family of James Holmes, the man accused of a mass shooting at a Colorado cinema, said his mother's initial comment to ABC News on the morning of the shooting has been misconstrued.


Unexplained rise in farm deaths in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is unexplained, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Over the past 19 months a total of 20 people have been killed in accidents involving the industry, which is unprecedented in recent history.

Jim King, of the HSE, told BBC Radio Ulster: "It's the worst period that we can ever remember where there has been a consistent, unrelenting death toll in the farming industry."

He has been in his role for 25 years and cannot yet determine if there are any direct reasons for the increase in cases.

A number of possibilities put forward by Mr King include added pressure on farmers at this time or people not taking notice of risk factors in the same way they used to.

One trend that has been spotted is that the majority of deaths have been men over the age of 65, which may provide a clue to the increased number of instances.


Human corpses harvested in multimillion-dollar trade

© Konstantin Chernichkin/Kyiv Post
“Two ribs, two Achilles heels, two elbows, two eardrums, two teeth, and so on'' ... a relative holds a picture of Oleksandr Frolov, some of whose body parts were found during a raid by Ukrainian authorities.

A grisly trade in human body parts leaves relatives grieving and some recipients at risk of life-threatening disease.

On February 24, Ukrainian authorities made an alarming discovery: bones and other human tissues crammed into coolers in a grimy white minibus.

Investigators grew even more intrigued when they found, amid the body parts, envelopes stuffed with cash and autopsy results written in English.

What the security service had disrupted was not the work of a serial killer but part of an international pipeline of ingredients for medical and dental products that are routinely implanted into people around the world.

The seized documents suggested that the remains of dead Ukrainians were destined for a factory in Germany belonging to the subsidiary of a US medical products company, Florida-based RTI Biologics.

RTI is one of a growing industry of companies that make profits by turning mortal remains into everything from dental implants to bladder slings to wrinkle cures. The industry has flourished even as its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and risks of the business.

Bizarro Earth

Republican Convention Hires 'Sarah Palin' Stripper

Sarah Palin fans who are disappointed that the former vice presidential candidate won't be speaking at the GOP convention in Tampa next month won't be left hanging because her stripper look-alike will be entertaining hard-working Republicans at a local "gentleman's club."

WFLA learned last week that a "dead ringer" for Palin will stripping at Tampa's Thee Doll House, only 5 miles from the the Tampa Bay Times Forum convention site.

Owners of Thee Doll House and 2001 Odyssey strip club both told the WFLA that they expect business to quadruple during the convention.