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Morning Meltdown June 3, 2011

After Officials Watch Man Drown, City Changes Policy
Residents of Alameda, Calif., an island city just east of San Francisco, are demanding answers after a man drowned at a city beach in full view of police and fire personnel. Witnesses say an apparently distraught Raymond Zack, 53, paced back and forth along the beach just before noon on Memorial Day. He then waded into the frigid San Francisco Bay. Zack stood about 50 yards offshore in neck-deep water for about an hour before his head disappeared below the water. Police and firefighters who had responded to a 911 call about the suicide attempt stood onshore watching and making no attempt to rescue or even contact Zack.
The Fire Chief said a 2009 policy forbids firefighters from trying to rescue people in the water. "Previously we had a very highly trained water-rescue program that we could use for both shore-based and boat-and-surf water rescue," he said. "But unfortunately, over the course of several years based on what I gather on budget issues, they pretty much decertified the program." A police spokesman said officers didn't help because they feared Zack might become violent.
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/1368643...
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Devilish Packaging, Tamed
The Pyranna, the Jokari Deluxe, the Insta Slit, the ZipIt and the OpenIt apply blades and batteries to what should be a simple task: opening a retail package. But the maddening — and nearly impenetrable — plastic packaging known as clamshells could become a welcome casualty of the difficult economy. High oil prices have manufacturers and big retailers reconsidering the use of so much plastic, and some are aggressively looking for cheaper substitutes. During and after the recession, as retailers' sales dropped, stores started looking to cut costs in new and imaginative ways.
"As a guy in packaging, I get all the questions — there's nothing worse than going to a cocktail party where someone's asking why they can't get into their stuff," said Ronald Sasine, the senior director for packaging procurement at Wal-Mart. "I've heard over the years, 'How come I need a knife to get into my knife?' 'How come I need a pair of scissors to get into my kid's birthday present?' "
http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/...
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Woman Screams For Help After TSA Molestation
Video of an incident recorded over the memorial weekend at Sky Harbor International in Phoenix, AZ, documents how the TSA deal with people who are traumatized by grossly invasive enhanced pat downs. After a woman refused to go through a full body scanner she was pulled aside and made to undergo the pat down procedure. When the TSA agent touched the woman's breasts, she broke down into tears and screamed for a police officer. When police officers arrived on the scene they led the woman away and told her that unless she would submit to the full pat down procedure she would not be able to fly. "Why won't you help me? You're a police officer why won't you help me?" the woman asks in the video.
All the while the woman's son was filming the ordeal on his phone, having to constantly fend off threats from TSA agents falsely claiming he was breaking the law. The agents also threatened to confiscate the man's luggage, even though he had been through the screening process.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/video-wom...
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Indiana Co. Amish Woman Dies After Laundry Accident
An Amish woman from Indiana County died this week after an accident while she was doing laundry. Ella Miller, 32, was doing laundry in a pot over an open flame early Monday morning. State police say she threw some kerosene on the fire in an attempt to intensify the heat, but that caused an explosion which caught her clothing on fire.
Miller suffered first, second and third degree burns. At her request, she was treated with home remedies by family and neighbors. Miller died Wednesday morning after an infection set in. The cause of her death is listed as septicemia and severe thermal burns. State police say no foul play was involved. People in Smicksburg say a viewing was held Thursday afternoon and a private funeral is planned for Friday. Neighbors say Miller leaves behind a husband and six children.
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/0...
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