Indiana Woman Fends Off Carjackers With Gun
Sept. 9, 2013

Last week, an Indianapolis woman was able to defend herself and her property by having a firearm at her disposal when she needed it most.

“Kari Bird just started law school and continues to work full time,” reported Indiana’s Fox 59. “Bird got home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and when she got out of her car, a group of three or four young guys approached her.”

Bird says one of the men smiled before pulling a gun on her, then demanded her keys.

As she turned over her keys, she realized her costly possessions were about to be forfeited. It was then, Bird says, she remembered the firearm stored in her car’s center console.

Bird says she grabbed her gun and pointed it at them.

“(He said), ‘Oh s***’ and they ran,” Bird said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the roving band of teen miscreants. “The one who pulled the gun is described as husky, wearing a black hoody over a light shirt,” Fox 59 reported.

As noted in a report sponsored by the Justice Department, about 40 percent of criminals say they had “decided not to do a crime because they knew or believed that their intended victim was armed.”

Bird’s tale has earned her a place on the website’s Stories of Self Defense map which pinpoints areas in the United States where crimes have been thwarted by responsible gun owners. The map depicts hundreds of instances in the United States in which guns were used to defend one’s life or property.

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Dozens of birds slam dead into downtown Minnesota city buildings

Bohemian waxwing birds killed after slamming into the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth on Monday. (April 22, 2013)
Bohemian waxwing birds killed after slamming into the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth on Monday. (April 22, 2013)
Credits: (Jennifer Flynn)

Dozens of birds have been found dead after slamming into downtown buildings in one Minnesota city.

The Duluth Tribune News reported Wednesday (April 24) that at least 30 Bohemian waxwing birds were killed and three others were injured after flying into buildings in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday.

A majority of the Bohemian waxwings were found dead in the plaza area adjacent to the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth, said Amy Rutledge, manager of corporate communications for Minnesota Power.

The birds apparently flew into tinted glass partitions adjacent to the building as they were flying up to trees.

“We’re on a major migration route,” said Peggy Farr, a Wildwoods rehabilitator and board member. “This is a good time of year to close the blinds so the birds don’t get faked out by the windows.”

Rutledge said Minnesota Power plans to put stickers on the glass panels that the waxwings hit so birds will be more likely to see the panels.

Bohemian waxwings, just smaller than robins, often move and feed in large flocks. In the Duluth area, these birds frequently feed on berries of mountain ash or crabapple trees.

It is believed that the birds may have become disoriented after eating the berries due to the fact that some are fermented or contain some small amounts of alcohol.

Duluth birder and birding guide Erik Bruhnke said that sometimes happens.

“I know that waxwings become intoxicated because of alcohol when the berries are fermented,” Bruhnke said.

“I have seen, a couple times, where the whole flock will sit on the ground in a slight daze after eating large amounts of fermented berries and fruits,” he added.

The Duluth Audubon Society is initiating a project called Birdsafe, an effort to reduce the number of birds killed or injured when they collide with buildings, said Jane Cleave, president of Duluth Audubon Society.


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WHO Says H7N9 is “Most Lethal” Bird Flu Virus

Published on Apr 24, 2013

An international team of experts from the World Health Organization has been in China this week investigating the cases of H7N9 bird flu. They say it is proving to be the most lethal flu virus for humans.

[Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health:]
“There are some other examples of influenza viruses which are very dangerous for humans. You know, I think the H5N1 bird flu virus is one of the famous examples of how dangerous influenza virus can be for people in terms of being lethal. But this is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we’ve seen so far.”

The WHO says the virus is difficult to track and control due to the lack of any visible signs of illness in the poultry.WHO experts have also said that the new strain is proving easier to contract from birds than the H5N1.

[Nancy Cox, Director, U.S. Disease Control and Prevention Center:]
“So far, no samples from migratory birds and their habitats have been positive for H7N9. In contrast, samples from chickens ducks and pigeons have been positive for H7N9 from the poultry market. Also environmental samples taken from poultry markets have been positive.”

Shandong Province reported its first case of bird flu on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 108.

Twenty two have died from the virus to date.

So far, there is no evidence of the virus being transmissible between humans. But experts are are still investigating whether the virus could mutate to spread between people.


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