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I recently started a new blog series on Sh*t My Cat Does. Honestly, it’s rekindled my love for blogging. I’m planning to keep up this new series, but you know, this blog is called Misfit Musing: A blog about everything in general and nothing in particular.  I’m thinking it’s time for more meat in this creative sandwich.

In the past, I have had a series on food, an odd news segment, several articles on depression and mental health, poetry and other oddball topics.

What do YOU want to read about?

I’m a researcher at heart so I’m not afraid to dig into a subject! I love multimedia blogging so I’ll be happy to include videos, links to all kinds of  interesting content, and of course, photos.

Please leave a comment and feel free to follow this blog to see where it goes!

 

Another Shooting

In the headlines this morning, two are dead after a shooting at a supermarket in Pennsylvania. The story from the Star Tribune is very brief, as this event occurred only minutes ago.

Apparently, the shooting occurred inside a supermarket in Philipsburg and is suspected to be a murder-suicide.

Trooper Matthew Reifer with state police in Clearfield said someone called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. to say there had been a shooting. Two people were found dead when police arrived, and no one answered the phone at the store later this morning.

Another source, The Republic out of Columbus, Indiana, offered a bit more information, but the matter is still under investigation.

According to The Republic, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said the shooting was not random, and the two people were believed to be related. Apparently, their identities have been established, but will not be released until their next-of-kin are notified.

A manager from another store in the same shopping complex reported that squad cars filled the parking lot and that her store was on lockdown.

Apparently, a police officer had come in to tell staff and shoppers that several people had been shot nearby.

Emergency dispatchers said the scene was secure.

My first issue with this situation comes from some inconsistencies between sources. Some sources claim the shooting occurred at “County Market,” while others name the location as “Country Market.”

Secondly, I don’t know if shootings are actually occurring more frequently lately, or if it only seems that way due to media coverage.

That’s all the information I have so far, from sources such as The Washington Post, Fox News, The Associated Press, and ABC News.

At any rate, that’s what’s happening this morning. Another shooting.

Misfit News 2-7-13

Odd news never goes away. That’s why I’m excited to bring you week 2 of this Misfit News section!

Since it’s spirit week at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, I thought this first story would be very timely (and scary) to share.

Here’s the headline from Yahoo! News:

Two California students lose fingers in tug-of-war

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The story by Reuters reporter Dan Whitcomb was posted on Tuesday. The two students involved in the accident were from a Los Angeles-area high school at which spirit week activities were taking place, namely a group tug-of-war contest on that day.

Here’s the rest of the story:

A boy and a girl from South El Monte High School were rushed to a local trauma center on Monday afternoon after their fingers were cut off during the tug-of-war at lunchtime, fire and school district officials said.

The students have undergone surgery to reattach the severed digits, El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno said.

“I’m a dad too, and my heart goes out to these kids and their families. To me the whole thing is unbelievable,” Salerno told Reuters. “I’ve been in tug-of-wars myself, more than I can even count, and I’ve never heard anything like this.”

Salerno said the two teens, who have not been identified by authorities, were both student athletes participating in annual activities designed to boost school spirit and participation.

“The activity that day was tug-of-war. Unfortunately the rope broke and both students had some fingers severed,” he said, adding that he had no further details on how the injuries occurred.

A spokesman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center said both students were listed in stable condition. He declined to elaborate on their condition or the outcome of the surgery.

Salerno said the school district had provided counseling for students at South El Monte High School, which serves about 1,500 students in El Monte, a city of about 115,000 people in the San Gabriel Valley north of Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, Cynthia Johnston and Leslie Adler)

Yikes. This isn’t a humorous story by any means, but it is odd. No one expects to enter into a friendly competition and lose appendages.

This next story is definitely an interesting one. First, I’ll ask you, what’s the best way to generate interest in your local library? You offer pole dancing lessons, of course!

Here’s the headline:

Library offers pole dancing class

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It certainly caught my attention. This story on UPI.com posted Wednesday explains a  Scottish library’s efforts to encourage more visitors.

DALKEITH, Scotland, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A Scottish library used pole dancing classes as part of a daylong event designed to drum up interest in the facility.

The Mayfield Library in Dalkeith hosted a pole dancing class Saturday with teacher Nikki Clark as part of Love Your Library Day, which also featured table tennis with books instead of paddles, head massages and Scottish country dancing, STV reported Wednesday.

“Love Your Library Day is a marvelous opportunity for us all to celebrate the hugely important role libraries play in the heart of our local community,” said Bob Constable of Midlothian Council. “The pole fitness session is a fun and interesting way of encouraging more people into our libraries, trying out all the services on offer and ultimately borrowing more books.”

Well, I guess if it caught my attention, it probably caught the attention of several others, too. Hm.

There’s plenty more misfit news where that came from… Come back next week for more. Hit the “follow” button for updates when I post!

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