Showing posts from June, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - June 25, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Zoo apes get stimulation from iPad apps

Officials at the Houston Zoo said the "Apps for Apes" program, which provides apes with iPad apps designed for children, helps mentally stimulate the primates.

Zookeepers said the facility is the first in Texas to participate in the "Apps for Apes" program, which was developed by New York primate advocacy group Orangutan Outreach and pioneered at zoos in Wisconsin and Toronto. The program helps to stimulate the primates mentally in the absence of wild conditions, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

"Chimps and orangutans and other apes are very intelligent," chimp keeper Helen Boostrom said. "In the wild, the problems they must solve are finding food and shelter. They don't have to do that at the zoo. This is enrichment. It helps them use their minds."

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WHO@ Newsletter - June 18, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried: Public safety alert packed in 17 syllables

The Arizona Transportation Department is looking for a few good poets to alert the public about the dangers of driving in dust storms.

The department challenged its 14,000 Twitter followers to write a haiku about driving safe during the storms, sometimes called haboobs, The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reported.

The challenge to make public safety poetic has drawn three-line, 17-syllable haikus from hundreds of followers, the newspaper said Thursday.

One entry: "Dust storms are deadly / Pull over, turn off lights, wait / As earth becomes sky."

The challenge is part of the department's "Pull Aside Stay Alive" campaign on safe driving during monsoon season, which officially began Thursday.

"We've never done anything like this before, so we weren't sure what to expect, and thi…

Talk show looking for online victims

Are you an online victim? Katie Couric is doing a new talk show and is looking for victims in the USA, male or female, who would be willing to be on camera. They will fly you to NYC for the taping and will pay for all travel, including food. I will be the expert on the show, so you won't be alone. Please contact me if you are willing to tell your story. Email me at and send me a condensed version of what happened to you so that I can give you the producer's contact info.

WHO@ Newsletter - June 11, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Spain allows ads for prostitutes

The Spanish parliament lifted a ban on advertising sexual services in print ads and online because of the economic recession.

Legislation lifting the ban was put forth by the opposition in parliament, thinkSpain reported Saturday.

The legislation was then passed by the parliament, lifting the ban on brothels, escort agencies or individuals acting as prostitutes placing ads in classifieds in print or online in Spain, where prostitution is legal.

However, the conservative People's Party government is expected to seek some way of eventually outlawing advertising of this type, thinkSpain said.

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WHO@ Newsletter - June 4, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man sat on after stealing sandwich

Employees at a Florida grocery store restrained a Cuban sandwich thief by sitting on him until authorities arrived, police say.

Emmanuel Jaramillo was accused of stealing a $6.92 Cuban sandwich from a Publix in Holmes Beach, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

When confronted by the store's manager about the alleged theft, Jaramillo began to tussle with the manager.

The struggle became so escalated that several Publix employees had to sit on Jaramillo until authorities arrived, an arrest affidavit from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office indicated.

The incident caused about $300 damage to a display case and $38.68 to greeting cards, the affidavit states.

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