WHO@ Newsletter - May 9, 2011
Ill. man who kept alligator to woo women charged
A suburban Chicago man thought he had the perfect chick magnet in his pet alligator. Authorities only saw a dangerous animal.
A charge of possession of a dangerous animal has been filed against 43-year-old Dewayne Yarbrough of Ford Heights, who claims he kept the four-foot alligator to impress women.
Yarbrough told Cook County sheriff's investigators he kept the alligator in a small tank and fed it only 10 live mice a month to keep it from growing too large. He said he bought the gator five years ago in Indiana for $200.
Animal control investigators did not say how they learned of the alligator, which they found in Yarbrough's kitchen.
The alligator was taken Thursday to the Animal Welfare League and will be given to the Chicago Herpetological Society.
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Midland sex text security guard jailed for four months - 05/09/11
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Social media creates predators and prey - 05/08/11
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Cyberbullying takes hurt to a new level - 05/08/11
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Twitter fakes put big names at risk - 05/08/11
AFTER the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BPGlobalPR opined on Twitter: ''Catastrophe is a strong word. Let's all agree to call it a whoopsie daisy.''And following the death of Michael Jackson, the British media went into a spin after the former foreign secretary David Miliband tweeted, ''never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael''.
Town warns workers on Web rules - 05/08/11
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Village Clan's £2.2million Child Porn Empire - 05/07/11
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Fake Facebook victim in sex e-mail barrage - 05/07/11
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Mother's Plea As Web Suicide Guru is Caged - 05/06/11
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Spanish students cause havoc with mass party - 05/06/11
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Leidecker wants e-mails thrown out in Gablinske case - 05/04/11
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First case of online "spoofing" filed with the Bexar County DA - 05/04/11
Facebook and YouTube are designed to be fun and a good way to connect with people , but one woman learned it can really hurt your reputation too. It's the first case of "spoofing" filed at the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. The woman discovered an angry ex-boyfriend assumed her identity, and then created a Facebook page under her name.
Man arrested for stalking Serena Williams - 05/04/11
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