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About David Powell

A jack of many trades, David Powell, is a part-time writer with WebProNews, as well as a teacher, guitarist, somnambulator, etc.
Alcatraz’s Secret: Fortress Found Under Prison Remains Alcatraz’s Secret: Fortress Found Under Prison Remains

Researchers from Texas A&M University have found the remains of a Civil War-era fortress underneath Alcatraz prison. The fortifications date as far back as the California gold rush and San Francisco’s earliest years as a boom town. The fort was …

Gabriele Grunewald Reinstated as 3000m Champion Gabriele Grunewald Reinstated as 3000m Champion

Gabriele Grunewald has been reinstated to represent Team USA at the upcoming track and field world championships in Poland. She’d been disqualified late Sunday after a competitor, Jordan Hasay, filed a protest alleging that Grunewald made more than incidental contact …

Bigfoot Killed, Corpse on Tour in Texas Bigfoot Killed, Corpse on Tour in Texas

Bigfoot’s corpse is on tour. The tour is called the “I Told You So Tour.” The reason it’s called the “I Told You So Tour” is because its creator, promoter, and emcee is Rick Dyer, who last put a bigfoot …

Oscar Pistorius Settles Assault Suit Oscar Pistorius Settles Assault Suit

Oscar Pistorius, South African Paralympian-turned-pariah, has at least one thing off his plate before facing trial for murder: He has agreed to an out of court settlement in an assault case unrelated to the murder of his former girlfriend, Reeva …

Shirley Temple, First Child Star, Dies at Age 85 Shirley Temple, First Child Star, Dies at Age 85
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Shirley Temple, “America’s Little Darling,” has passed away at age 85. She died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, Calif., “surrounded by family and caregivers,” according to a family statement. “We salute her for a life of remarkable …

Dumb Starbucks: Entrepreneuring Spoof Dumb Starbucks: Entrepreneuring Spoof

“I’d like a dumb venti mocha latte. And throw in one of those ‘Dumb Jazz Standards’ CDs. And some dumb mints, for my dumb coffee breath. ” So go the orders at a new coffee shop in Los Feliz, Calif.: …

Taliban Captures, Shows Off Coalition Military Dog Taliban Captures, Shows Off Coalition Military Dog

Rumors had been circulating since December that the Taliban in Afghanistan had a captured a military dog from coalition forces. Now the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO group that supports anti-insurgent efforts in Afghanistan, confirms that the rumors …

Stradivarius Thieves Arrested, $6M Violin Recovered Stradivarius Thieves Arrested, $6M Violin Recovered

A rare Stradivarius violin stolen on Jan. 27 has been recovered in Milwaukee. The instrument, crafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1715, is valued at $6 million dollars. Three individuals, described only as a 36 year old man, a 41 year …

Cop Arrests Firefighter at Crash Site Cop Arrests Firefighter at Crash Site

On Tuesday evening, a California Highway Patrolman arrested a fire fighter. The cause? The firefighter was too busy tending to injured motorists at a crash site to move a fire engine on the cop’s orders. Okay, it was probably more …

“The Michael J. Fox Show” Pulled from NBC Lineup “The Michael J. Fox Show” Pulled from NBC Lineup

NBC has pulled “The Michael J. Fox Show” from its Thursday night lineup after only 15 episodes. The show has struggled to gain ground with viewers, despite relaunching the small screen career of Fox, one of television’s all time most …

USS Forrestal Begins Voyage to Scrap Yard USS Forrestal Begins Voyage to Scrap Yard

The USS Forrestal, the Navy’s first “supercarrier,” has begun its final voyage after having been sold for scrap for $0.01. The ship, decommissioned since 1993, has left Philadelphia, bound for All Star Metals in Brownville, Texas, where it will be …

Rare White Lion Triplets Born in Poland Rare White Lion Triplets Born in Poland

White lion triplets have been born at a private zoo in Poland. The head of the zoo in Borysew, Andrzej Pabich, says that the lions’ mother, 2 ½ year old white lioness Azira, has accepted the cubs and has been …

Shaun White Bails on Olympic Slopestyle Competition Shaun White Bails on Olympic Slopestyle Competition

Snowboarding legend Shaun White is bailing on the Olympic slopestyle event, citing concerns over safety. On Monday, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone on the slopestyle course in Sochi, prompting a wave of concern over the course’s construction. Olympic officials …

Suzanne Basso Cleared for Execution in Texas Suzanne Basso Cleared for Execution in Texas

On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Suzanne Basso competent to be executed. Basso, 59, is awaiting execution in Texas due to her part in the 1998 murder of Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally handicapped man. Though …

George Lucas Museum Proposal Rejected in San Francisco George Lucas Museum Proposal Rejected in San Francisco

The seven member board of the Presidio Trust, a group that stewards a portion of land overlooking the San Francisco bay, has voted unanimously to deny a museum proposal from George Lucas. The “Star Wars” creator had pledged $700 million …

Sochi Olympics Not Winning Over Americans, Poll Says Sochi Olympics Not Winning Over Americans, Poll Says

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 4 of every 10 Americans have unfavorable impressions of the upcoming Winter Olympiad in Sochi. Half of respondents had a favorable impression and 10 percent didn’t care either way. In comparison, the …

Iron Dome Defense System Intercepts Sinai Rocket Iron Dome Defense System Intercepts Sinai Rocket

Israel’s “Iron Dome” air defense system shot down a rocket headed for the southern Israeli port of Eilat. The rocket was fired from the Sinai peninsula, and a Sinai-based jihadist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility. Residents reported hearing …

Eli Manning Sued over Bogus Memorabilia Eli Manning Sued over Bogus Memorabilia
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It’s a tough week for Eli Manning. Not only does he have to watch America swoon over his older brother as Peyton takes his Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, now he’s being sued for allegedly passing off bogus memorabilia. …

North Korea Warning Renewed (Again) North Korea Warning Renewed (Again)
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The North Korean government has renewed its call for upcoming U.S.-South Korean war games to be called off. The exercises, known as “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve” are planned to run from February to April and will include land, sea, …

Drone Farmer Arrest Results in 3-Year Sentence Drone Farmer Arrest Results in 3-Year Sentence
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A North Dakota man has become the first American sentenced to jail time due, in part, to the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (a.k.a. “drone” or UAV). The story goes back to 2011, when half a dozen wayward cows …

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Puts Inmates on “Bread and Water” Diet Sheriff Joe Arpaio Puts Inmates on “Bread and Water” Diet
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Controversial Maricopa County (Az.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has put 38 residents of the county clink on what he calls a “bread and water” diet. Their offense? Flag desecration. How did 38 inmates have access to flags to desecrate? Because Arpaio …

Denver Broncos Beat Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl Simulation Denver Broncos Beat Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl Simulation

The Denver Broncos have beaten the Seattle Seahawks to claim the Lombardi Trophy in 2014 . . . or so sayeth Madden 25. The popular video game franchise from Electronic Arts has correctly predicted the winner of 8 of the …

Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Has Likely Sunk Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Has Likely Sunk

There’s a ghost ship teeming with inbred cannibal rats on a collision course with the British coastline! Or maybe not. Speculation had recently emerged that the Lyubov Orlova, an abandoned ship that has been floating aimlessly across the Atlantic for …

USS Monitor Restoration Threatened by Funding Cuts USS Monitor Restoration Threatened by Funding Cuts

The famed Civil War-era ironclad, the USS Monitor, is back in rough waters after seeing significant dips in funding for its restoration. When the wreck was pulled from North Carolina coast in 2002, it was thought that restoration might take …