Friday, May 10, 2013

Oh, Those Kids!!! maybe my kid coming for a visit might not rank as high as finding three girls that have been missing for 10 years or the ending of the verdict phase of  a "whackadoodle"  trial for Jodi Arias.....but it's news here at TAOBC.

As my loyal readers know, Friday is "ODD NEWS" Day around here and....Really could there be anything more bizarre  than  the case surrounding  Jodi Arias???   In 2008 Jodi did an interview with  Inside Edition saying "No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.” She claimed that she killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander in self-defense.  Seemingly,  there is a jury that can and did convict her. 


Reason Number #1 ......NOT to Upgrade

An  April robbery was among a series allegedly committed by the two 17-year-old boys, who were arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of armed robbery after they were tracked down in Berkeley, police said.

One of the teens apparently held up the woman at gunpoint. He demanded her iPhone, which she handed over, police said. BUT when the teen found that it was an older generation model, he gave it back to her.

That robbery happened several minutes after police responded to a man who had been robbed of his laptop and iPhone by two teens in his home, police said. The thieves kept that iPhone. (that victim must of had the decency of having a current model)

Berkeley police nabbed the teens about two hours after they handed back the iPhone, police said. After three reported robberies in Berkeley, police spotted a vehicle the teens were driving and notified authorities that the teens were found in possession of the stolen items from the earlier robberies in El Cerrito.

The teens later confessed to committing other robberies in Emeryville and Oakland.

Particular about what they steal, aren't they?  Wonder if the woman was insulted that they refused her phone.  Any bets on if she is now going to upgrade, knowing that her phone isn't even worth stealing?

The Principles of Principals

"There was a violation of policy, " Principal Miller-Brown told the New York Daily News.

A high school senior in Georgia was suspended from school after posting a mugshot of his principal on Instagram.

After learning of the incident, the same principal whose mug was involved, Principal Jamille Miller-Brown called KeAndre Varner into her office and slapped the student with a four day suspension. 

Principal Miller-Brown went on to say to the NY Daily Times, that she felt uncomfortable discussing the details of the matter. 

 I guess there is a policy "Don't rat out your Principal's DUI busts".   I think Ms. Miller-Brown should be uncomfortable discussing this particular policy. 

That Just Blows (Up)

Kiera Wilmot, a 16 year old student in Bartow, Florida, was arrested last week on charges of possession and discharge of a destructive device on school grounds, reports the Miami News Times. 

The young Floridian was charged with two felonies after she mixed aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner in a water bottle which resulted in a small explosion.  The mini-explosion blew the cap off the bottle and produced a small amount of smoke.  No damage was reported.

Wilmot was charged with:
  • Making, possessing, and discharging a destructive device.  This is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison in Florida.
  • Discharging a weapon on school property.  Displaying a weapon, firearm or destructive device in school or on school property can be punishable by up to five years in prison.
Despite the fact, Kiera was sent to a juvenile facility for detention, she is going to be tried as an adult. In the state of Florida, if a child is 16 years old at the time  of committing an alleged felony, she may be charged as an adult. 

Teachers say they didn't realize what Wilmot was up to; the school's principle told the News Times, "I don't think she ever meant to hurt anyone."

Two FELONIES??? Seriously??? ....for a science project that went wrong???  My high school lab partner set my hair on fire.  I think we need to go back and send him to prison.  

Never to Soon to Teach Your Kid to Buy Berkshire Hathaway

An author,  Nancy Rips and illustrator Tom Kerr, have teamed up on "My First Berkshire ABC" to teach children about one of the world's best-known companies, and a little about the billionaire behind it.

With Berkshire Hathaway class A hovering around $166,000 a share, perhaps the little ones need to start stuffing their little piggy banks now. 


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Picky, judgmental little buggers . . . I mean, muggers!

Chubby Chatterbox said...

That principal should have been more concerned that he HAD a mug shot instead of punishing someone for finding it.

Just Keepin' It Real Folks said...

No one would steal my crackberry either. All the more reason to never upgrade to one of those fancy schmancy iPhones.

lisleman said...

Don't know if know about the serious problem Chicago has on the CTA "L" trains with this smartphone robbery. There was even a lady killed in one of the get-a-ways. I might use my flip phone on a subway but I would be worried to even pull a smartphone out on a train.
That 4-day suspension for a public mug shot - that's so wrong.
Making those aluminum foil bombs is one of the bad aspects of youtube. Even one felony appears to be overboard but I think (you could check at your favorite bomb making site) the liquid that sprays all over the explosion area is acid. I don't think it was a science experience. Dumb copycat idea - yes.

lisleman said...

I almost forgot - Happy Mom's Day

Riot Kitty said...

Good God! My favorite is giving back the phone because it wasn't new enough...the principal thing is amazing. Science fair student - my husband's family is from Florida and as he says, it is made of crazy.

Cheryl P. said...

Nothing worse than a mugger that rejects the quality of your personal belongings. It's really depressing to know your crap isn't worth stealing, I would think.

Cheryl P. said...

I wonder if the publicity put some scrutiny on the Principle's behavior. I didn't run to the school to intercede for my kids a lot...but some...on that one there might of needed a discussion.

Cheryl P. said...

I love the reference "crackberry"....too funny!!!! I have one of the fancy schmancy Iphones and while they might want to get their thieving little hands on my phone...I might not be a push over about it. Frankly, though, I am not so attached to my phone that I would be willing to fight over it. I just have a disdain for thievin little punks.

Cheryl P. said...

That is so sad, that a person can't freely use a phone for fear of being mugged. I used to take the L trains from south Chicago to the Loop and never thought about being mugged...but then there weren't such a thing as cell phones either.

The Principal should probably quit worrying about her student's Instagram habits and start worrying about her drinking habits.

I have to think when this is investigated, if there is proof that she was actually trying to create an explosive versus she is just a dumb ass, the court system will hopefully figure out a fair outcome for her.

Cheryl P. said...

Thank you!!

Cheryl P. said...

Nothing worse than a fussy burglar.

One of problem with these news stories is that we never see an update. I would be curious at the reaction of the parents, school board etc. to the publicity this is getting. Wouldn't you think Miller-Brown's job would be in jeopardy.

I love that "made of crazy"!!!! It does seem like my very best odd news in usually out of Florida.

Robyn Engel said...

I'm grateful for a few things: (1) I have a basic piece of crap cell-phone that no one would want to steal and (2) I was never imprisoned for all the chemistry experiments I flubbed up. I remember shattering a lab tube, cutting myself, and spilling whatever was in the tube all over the floor. I'd say that would get me 10 years, if I was in Florida. Your hair-on-fire incident should equate with death row, Cheryl.


meleahrebeccah said...

"Any bets on if she is now going to upgrade, knowing that her phone isn't even worth stealing?"

Wouldn't THAT be interesting to find out!


Wait… A principal suspended a student because the student saw her DUI mug shot & copied it and posted it on Instagram. Well, it's public news - isn't it?


Florida is always good for some crazy news. That state is FULL of nut-cases! But quite frankly, I think it is WAY out of line charging her like that - over a mishap with a freaking science project.

Especially when they let Casey Anthony free.

WTF, Florida? W. T. F.


"With Berkshire Hathaway class A hovering around $166,000 a share, perhaps the little ones need to start stuffing their little piggy banks now."


Wendy said...

"when the teen found that it was an older generation model, he gave it back to her" oh... that is hilarious. I also have a 'dumb' phone. So looks like I am safe as well(although I could do without the whole gun point thing first). At least I caught my own hair on fire in the school lab not my partners. I found nothing in your brief note that conveyed the budding young scientist actually knew what she was doing. There are several chemicals that one can put together accidentally that create an explosion. For instance...oh...ah...better not give you any ideas, Cheryl. Don't want you tempted to try, and end up in prison on a felony charge Although, maybe they'd be 'lenient' with you 'cause you're an 'older' (and perhaps befuddled) person ( just had throw that in after your last post).
Oh yes, Happy Mother's Day!

Cheryl P. said...

I am glad you would be safe from cell phone related crime. Let's just hope you don't meet a thief that is into retro phones.

As for arrests related to science experiments that went "boom" ...seems that there would be thousands of kids arrested.

I don't remember what we were supposed to be making but our beaker blew up and got the side of my head. Turns out human hair just kind of disintegrates.

Cheryl P. said...

Nearly every news story I read, I am curious what happens after the fact. I wouldn't be surprised if people reading the story didn't send her an newer phone.

Getting all the publicity about having a DUI didn't help her cause. She would of been better off to leave the Instagram alone. Really, how many kids would of even seen it?

Yah, Florida just always seems to be in the news with some moronic somethin'...Flor a DUH is full of crazy.

The book's author sold a bunch of copies during the time of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. Actually that is pretty clever entrepreneurship on her part. Still...I can't imagine too many mommies and daddies, reading their kids a book about companies that Warren Buffet has stock in.

meleahrebeccah said...

There was a teacher at my son's middle school who was arrested for DUI and that news spread like wild fire through the whole community!

abeerfortheshower said...

You think you could get those kids to steal my wife's iPhone? She's always on the damn thing. Oh wait, it's not the brand new one. It's like 9 months old, so in their world it's "ancient." They probably won't want it. Never mind.

Cheryl P. said...

I feel your pain! My husband spends an excessive amount of time on his Iphone as well. Where is product failure when you need/want it? I would guess that a nine month old phone is still in the "good to steal" range. The kids probably snubbed a 3G or 3GS. So you still have a chance that someone will grab it.

AletaObrien said...

You had me laughing about the iPhone. How insulting and more reasons to keep an older model. Lol.
Yeah, seriously?? about the Science project! Back in my day, the teacher would have congratulated us for the creativity! Oh, how the times have changed...

Cheryl P. said...

I agree, Aleta, some of the changes are such a gut reaction to current news. This happened right after Boston, I think...making everyone more reactionary. How many science project volcanoes went "bad" in the past and no one would of thought that much about it. Oh...we might of still gotten an F but not a felony.