It was every mother's nightmare - Michelle Dinning called police Tuesday because her 9-year-old son, Josh, was missing. He had been last seen in his bedroom the night before. For nearly four hours, a search party roamed the area looking for the UK boy; the police force put dozens of officers, search dogs, and even a helicopter to work. And then they decided to check the family home a second time...and found Josh under his bed - well more specifically, in his bed; he had crawled through a gap in the bed frame. Officers found him after deciding to actually lift up all the beds. Turns out he was hiding because he didn't want to go to school. He was discovered just before a press conference on his disappearance was set to take place. The search is estimated to have cost the police force thousands of dollars, but the official statement on the matter makes no mention of that. In the meantime, the police force will be reviewing its search procedures and looking into why he wasn't found in the initial search of the home. (Times)
Guess We Can All Get Ready for Some Presidential Tweets About ISIS
Well the Islamic State has finally weighed in on their opinion of President Donald Trump - and they basically think he's an idiot. The actual translation from the first public proclamation regarding the president reads: "America you have drowned and there is no savior, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth, you are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye. There is no more evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is." Trump has vowed to "obliterate" ISIS, and the group's silence toward him until now had baffled those who keep tabs on the group - particularly because President Obama had been such a frequent target. One senior research analyst in London theorized that ISIS viewed Obama's more favorable standing among Muslims as more threatening. Whereas with Trump, he openly declared Islam hates us. (Reuters)
Remember folks - 911 first, then your gun. In Washington state, police say 59-year-old Bruce Fanning found 31-year-old Nathaniel Rosa in a home on his property that he uses for a business. After noticing the door was kicked in, Fanning went to investigate and found Rosa in the shower and yelled at him to get off his property. Rosa popped his head out of the shower and Fanning said he appeared drunk. Fanning then went back to the main residence, retrieved his Smith & Wesson handgun, and returned to shoot Rosa four times through the shower curtain - killing him. He then called 911 after the shooting and couldn't explain why he hadn't called earlier. Under Washington law there is no "duty to retreat" for property owners - but police note that Fanning did retreat, then "reintroduced himself to the situation." Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling says based on what Fanning has told police, the facts of the case don't appear to support a claim of necessary or reasonable self-defense. Fanning has been charged with second degree murder. (New York Daily News)
Drunk Lives Matter?
In Pennsylvania, 44-year-old Elwood R. Gutshall was arrested around 12:15 a.m. and charged with DUI. Ironically, at the time of his arrest, he was wearing a T-shirt which read: Drunk Lives Matter. Officers say they observed Gutshall committing multiple traffic violations in a green Ford pickup. "After subsequent investigation it was determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol beyond what he could safely operate a motor vehicle," according to the department's Facebook post. His blood-alcohol test registered at 0.217 percent - nearly triple the legal limit. Gutshall was charged with "DUI Highest Rate," a classification for offenders caught with a BAC of 0.16 and higher. (Huffington Post)
Yeah, Maybe Matador Really Isn't Your Thing
Meanwhile...over in Spain, 23-year-old Daniel Garcia Navarrete was making his debut as a matador in one of Spain's most famous bullfighting venues. It didn't go so well. More than 10,000 people in Madrid's Las Ventas bullring watched in horror as a bull started tossing Navarrete around "like a rag doll," and being impaled about 6 inches in his throat by the 1,000-pound-plus animal. He was also pierced about 4 inches in the leg before fellow matadors rushed in to get the bull away from him. Navarrete is listed as having severe injuries and is also said to be contending with a broken collarbone and sliced sciatic nerves. (Reuters)
We're Betting Thomas Gets His Grades Back Up
There aren't a lot of fathers who would attend an NBA game specifically to hold a sign encouraging their son to get better grades in front of a live television audience. And there's maybe only one father who would bother to get that sign professionally made. At a recent game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets, one dad was spotted holding the sign which read: "Thomas get your grades back up and next time you'll be here!" Photos of the dad and his sign went viral, with the St. Louis dad being called "father of the year." Identified only as Tommy, the father says his 12-year-old son Thomas had recently switched from public school to private school and his grades in "a couple of other courses" were down on his latest report card. Dad said, "It's not that he didn't get it -- he didn't do his best." Tommy called Thomas, who usually attends games with his father, to see if he saw the sign. He didn't answer. So two nights later, Tommy was back on TV, holding a new sign at a Houston Rockets game against the Oklahoma City Thunder: "Thomas can you hear me now? STUDENT then ATHLETE son. In that order." This time, Tommy says his son got the message "loud and clear." He says Thomas has promised "to do better." And he says to look for father and son reunited at an upcoming game with a new sign reading, "Look who got their grades together." (CBS News)
That Time Your Students Called You Out
Pittsburg High School, located in Kansas, just hired Amy Robertson as their new principal at $93,000 a year. Little did she know she had some hard-core journalists working on the school newspaper. Trina Paul, a senior and editor of the Booster Redux, said, "She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials." So the kids started doing some research and "stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials." Ms. Robertson quickly resigned! Board president Al Mendez said, "In light of the issues that arose, Amy Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position." The board agreed with that decision and said will reopen the principal position Wednesday morning and contact others who had applied for the job to see if they are still interested. Pittsburg journalism adviser Emily Smith said she is "very proud" of her students. "They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired. They worked very hard to uncover the truth." So what was the "truth?" The students tried to contact Corllins University - a private college where Robertson claims she got her master's and doctorate degrees years ago. Unfortunately, Corllins closed in 1986 and wasn't operating when Robertson claims she attended. DOH! (Kansas City Star)
What the What?
Tunisian authorities have shut down a nightclub and begun an investigation after a British DJ thought it would be cool to sample a well known Muslim call to prayer and blend it into his mix! A viral video shows clubbers dancing to music that includes the call to prayer at the club in the north-east town of Nabeul. The governor of Nabeul said an investigation had been opened and the club's manager detained "for violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty." He added, "We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred." The DJ - Dax J - played the track recently in Europe, not realizing it might offend an audience from a Muslim country, and has apologized. (The Guardian)