Bad news if you're catholic and need to be on a gluten-free diet. For some bizarre reason, the Vatican has decreed that the small wafers, or hosts, used in the traditional catholic communion ceremony MUST contain gluten! The directive went out to bishops worldwide in a letter posted by Vatican Radio. The letter read: "Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist." It goes on to say that the bread "must be unleavened, purely of wheat, and recently made so that there is no danger of decomposition." Using anything else to make it gluten-free is thus off-limits. However, low-gluten wafers are fine! (BBC)
When Your Evil Backfires On You
In Ohio, 45-year-old Uloma Curry-Walker had been married just four months before her husband was killed. She was found guilty of his murder last Friday and could get life in prison without parole. A jury convicted her of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding the 2013 death of firefighter William Walker. Prosecutors say Curry-Walker approached her own 17-year-old daughter and daughter's boyfriend with a deadly plan: Find someone to take out her husband so she could collect his life insurance. The ironic thing was - while he did have a $100,000 policy - it turns out he had not gotten around to naming his wife as the beneficiary. So who did get the money? His ex-wife, who was still named as the beneficiary on the plan. Padgett, Curry-Walker's daughter, and two men who tried to kill William Walker (one of them was the successful hitman) took plea deals in exchange for testimony against Curry-Walker, who had said in her initial confession that her husband had abused her. Her daughter, the only one involved who won't go to jail (she'll spend a month in a juvenile detention center), said during the trial her mother had informed her: "No one would believe I would hire a bunch of kids to kill someone when I know people that could." (Cleveland.com)
Her Presence Will Not Be Missed!
Another scathing obituary has shown up - this time in the Cherokee Scout newspaper in North Carolina. The death notice for Cornelia June Rogers Miller was most unflattering in its depiction of the great-grandmother, who "died alone after a long battle with drug addiction and depression." The obit read: "Drugs were a major love in her life as June had no hobbies, made no contribution to society, and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing." But not everyone agrees. Her son, Robert Miller, is fuming over the obit and believes one of his own sister probably wrote and placed it. Even worse, parts of the obituary may have been plagiarized from one written for someone in California in 2008. Miller says he sent in a new obituary to replace the printed one. (Cherokee Scout)
Big Brother is Listening...And Calling 911
In Albuquerque, NM, Eduardo Barros was allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. At one point he threatened her with a gun and asked: "Did you call the sheriffs?" He never thought about the fact that the couple has one of those ever-listening smart home devices which not only recorded the words, but took them literally and called 911. Police responded and were able to safely remove the girlfriend and daughter from the home, and after an hours-long standoff, took Barros into custody. County sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said, "This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation." While the specific type and brand was not identified, the incident demonstrates an unexpected upside to having smart devices record in homes. Barros is being held without bond and has been charged with false imprisonment, aggravated battery and assault, and possession of a firearm by a felon. (ABC News)
Bullet Falling From Sky Kills Young Teen
The odds of this happening have to be astronomical. But that matters little to the family of 13-year-old Noah Inman of Hammond, Indiana, who was killed while playing basketball with friends on a summer evening. Suddenly Noah was on the ground thanks to a stray bullet that had fallen from the sky and hit him. Noah died of his injuries six days later. Police believe was fired into the sky "like a firework" by somebody celebrating in a nearby community at around 9:30pm. They have urged the shooter, or anybody who knows somebody who was firing into the air on July 1, to come forward. Noah played baseball in the Highland Babe Ruth League, where coach Juan Maldonado describes him as a "dream kid" to coach. Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. describes the death as a "ridiculous fluke" and a "horrible tragedy." A GoFundMe page set up to help the family has raised more than $22,000. (Chicago Tribune)
Now That's an Alarm Clock
The staff at the Glacier View Ranch Christian retreat - a summer camp in Colorado - were sleeping outside, near teepees where 12 and 13-year-old campers were staying as part of their summer fun. But when a 19-year-old staffer named Dylan woke up early Sunday, he wondered what the crunching noise was that he heard. Turns out it was the sound of a bear biting his head! Dylan says the bear dragged him around 12 feet before he was able to fight his way free with the help of others who had been sleeping nearby. He added, "The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in." Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said that during the 4am attack, Dylan hit and punched the bear, which walked away "apparently reluctantly" when others came to his defense. Dylan was taken to Boulder Community Hospital to have two gashes on his head treated, but he was back at the camp by Sunday afternoon. Churchill says there doesn't appear to have been food left around that would have attracted the bear. She says authorities will track and euthanize the animal, then perform a necropsy to look for a reason for its aggressiveness. (Boulder Daily Camera)
What the What?
Need more proof that Spain's famous Running of the Bulls is pure insanity? In the middle of a live TV report on the festival, viewers were treated to seeing a man trampled beneath the racing bulls! The man was seen being caught by the rampaging bulls and is first struck by a bull's horns while he is in mid-air. He is then dragged along the street under the hooves of the two of the animals. Fortunately for him, a third bull jumps over him as it follows close behind. Even more incredible - other runners taking part in the ridiculous event are seen ignoring the presumably injured man and carry on racing down the road. So far ten people have been injured this year. The cobbled streets of Pamplona were more slippery than usual on Saturday due to rain, contributing to some of the falls and injuries. (Metro)