Oktubre 2008

CALVERTON, New York – A man who weighs an estimated 600 pounds (270 kilograms) has been rescued from his home in suburban New York after falling and struggling alone for two days to telephone for help.

Newsday reports that authorities say they used saws to dismantle one wall of David Schock’s modular home in Calverton on Long Island to extract him because the 57-year-old was too large to be removed through the front door.

A fire official says that at least 10 firefighters hoisted Schock onto a custom-built wooden backboard designed for large people.

Authorities say he was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Neighbors say Schock was reclusive and his health had deteriorated. They say he had been getting around on a wooden box with wheels. – AP


Texas station KAMC anchor Emily Leonard’s jaw dropped when she introduced a sports bulletin only to see her boyfriend, Matt Laubhan, a meteorologist for rival station KLBK, sitting behind the sports desk.

Mr Laubhan told viewers the normal sports report was taking a “sabbatical” for “some breaking news”. He referred to Miss Leonard as “not only the sweet, quirky, crazy girl that you watch every morning on this channel” but “the love of my life”.

He then invited them to “sit back and watch me make a young woman cry, hopefully in a good way.”

As a shocked Miss Leonard grinned and covered her mouth with her hand, he walked over to the desk where she was sitting, commenting that she “must be wearing waterproof mascara” because she wasn’t crying. Then he dropped to one knee and asked: “I was wanting to know if you might want to marry me, how about it?”

Miss Leonard, who confessed “I’m shaking”, then cried out “yes” numerous times before her new fiance slipped the ring on to her finger. She also paused to shout “you all knew!” to her colleagues before wiping away some tears and hugging Mr Leonard.

“So you had no clue?” he asked.

“No,” she said, adding, “I think I got lipstick on you.”

“I don’t think it matters,” her fiance replied.


MANILA, Philippines – A human’s left food was found in a community in Quezon City on Saturday, a radio report said.

Radio dzBB said the foot was found wrapped in a black plastic bag and placed inside a box at No. 13 Wisdom Street, barangay (village) Bahay Toro in Project 8 district.

Residents reportedly found the box and took interest in it, only to find it contained a mutilated body part.

The criminal investigation unit of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) found out that the foot was cut off from a diabetic patient named Avelino Romaluan of the Quezon Memorial General Hospital.

Radio reporter Allan Gatus said the body part came with the name of the doctor who supposedly cut off the foot.

Police said they are still investigating why the foot was not properly disposed. – Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV


MONTERREY, Mexico – First they jet-setted to Monterrey in specially designed glass cases. Crowds lined the streets to watch them pass.

Only in Mexico, where a fascination with death dates back to pre-Hispanic times, could mummified corpses receive the same welcome as a celebrity.

The 15 females, eight males and one head make up a macabre troupe of 100-year-old corpses visiting this industrial city from Guanajuato’s Museum of the Mummy. They are part of a special exhibition in Monterrey that runs through Dec. 28

Government officials discovered the mummies in the late 19th century when they dug up bodies from Guanajuato’s Santa Paola cemetery because the families of the dead couldn’t pay a grave tax.

The mountainous region’s dry climate had created the perfect conditions to inadvertently mummify the corpses, and the bodies were eventually put on display at a local museum.

The collection is believed to be the largest in the Western Hemisphere. And the 23 corpses and head in Monterrey are the largest group from the museum to ever hit the road.

The mummies were supposed to go on display Sunday as part of Monterrey’s Santa Lucia Festival. But high humidity levels worried curators. The show opened Tuesday.

More than 300,000 people are expected to view the bodies. – AP