Language arts teacher found dead…, Japanese army rangers…, illegal horse track…, King Missile’s biggest fan…, Two men drown another guy…, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio…, Amorphophallus titanum…, thief steals…, getting two movies…
1. Language arts teacher found dead in classroom causes students to be treated for post-grammatic stress disorder
Students at a southern California middle school got a tragic life lesson after arriving for class to find their teacher dead. Students and security guards at Mesa Linda Middle School in Victorville initially thought Tamara Joyce Dawe, of Adelanto, had not shown up for work when they unlocked her classroom Tuesday morning, the Victorville Daily Press reported.
2. Japanese army rangers march through central Tokyo for first time since 1970, with rationale that they need to “get acquainted with the urban environment.” Hence, the rifles
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel in camouflage marched through Tokyo’s Itabashi and Nerima wards Tuesday as part of their training as rangers. It was the first time in 42 years that rifle-toting GSDF troops have marched through urban areas of Tokyo, with the last such occasion taking place in 1970, according to the GSDF. They were not, however, carrying live ammunition, officers said.
3. If you run an illegal horse track, be discreet. Don’t have a website about it, don’t post videos of your races on YouTube, don’t hang posters promoting races, and don’t hold the races right next to the Interstate
The Arizona Department of Gaming says it has dismantled an illegal horse track near Picacho, about half-way between Phoenix and Tucson. Gaming spokesman Rick Medina says that five people are believed to be directly involved with running the operation but no arrests have yet been made. The case has been turned over to the Attorney General’s Office for consideration.
4. King Missile’s biggest fan arrested with “fake, flesh-colored p*nis” in her front pocket. But that’s not even the weird part
A 24-year-old Massachusetts woman who allegedly masqueraded as a teenage boy is facing federal charges for engaging in illicit s*xual conduct with a 15-year-old girl who was unaware that the boyfriend she met online was actually a female, The Smoking Gun has learned.
5. Two men drown another guy because he wasn’t steering their paddleboat in the right direction. Why yes, meth was involved
Peoria police booked an El Mirage man on suspicion of second-degree murder following a bizarre drowning incident Saturday near Lake Pleasant, a department spokesman said. Police originally reported that 20-year-old Eduardo Mercado tried to save his friend, 21-year-old Rueben Diaz, after they and a third suspect stole two paddleboats at a pond maintained by the Maricopa Water District north of the Valley.
The visionary filmmaker, currently at work on his sci-fi monster epic Pacific Rim, is already heading into preproduction on his next directing gig: a 3-D stop-motion version of Pinocchio, which he plans to start shooting in the summer of 2013. Judging by the project’s concept art — which shows Pinocchio heading for a dip in the sea with one of puppet-theater owner Mangiafoco’s monkeys — the Jim Henson Company-produced movie will have a very different look from the Disney interpretation. ”If I thought it would be similar I would be very afraid,” says del Toro, who is co-directing the film with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson. ”You cannot top Disney.” —Clark Collis
A rare flower began to bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Saturday afternoon, filling the conservatory air with the putrid smell of rotten meat. The bright purple bloom will be visible for a day at most before the Amorphophallus titanum closes back up and stays that way for years. The last time one of the plants bloomed at Selby was in 2005.
8. A thief steals from a manufacturer 400,000…a) dollars…b) gallons of gasoline…or c) toothpicks?
Who says toothpicks are not valuable? Police in Georgia are trying to figure out who stole about 400,000 toothpicks worth nearly $3,000 from a manufacturer in Athens. Police tell the Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/KGnzJJ ) someone took six cases from Armond’s Manufacturing Company Inc. about two weeks ago, and another seven cases disappeared last weekend.
Stephen King’s It will be adapted for the big screen as two films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jane Eyre helmer Cary Fukunaga will direct and co-write the movie with Chase Palmer, one of the screenwriters to have taken a crack at adapting Frank Herbert’s Dune for the screen (again). Producers include Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.