Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week in Review with Alexa Rankin - 1/7/12

Hello again, it's me, Alexa Rankin, with my review of the weeks news which caught my eye. These may not be the mainstream headlines that you have seen this week, but I am not really a mainstream girl. This is my first review of the new year, so if I haven't already said it, Happy New Year to you all.

Dead body found on Queen's Estate
The body of a young girl has been found at the Sandringham Estate, a property owned by Queen Elizabeth. The girl has been identified as Alisa Dmitrijeva, a 17 year old Latvian student who was reported missing in August 2011.
Kate and William shooting at Sandringham
"I think I got one, Willie"
"You silly bloody tart, that wasn't a grouse"
The Royal Family were in residence when the body was discovered, but have not been implicated in Alisa's death. Norfolk police are still investigating the details regarding the precise time and cause of death. Suggestions that it may have been an unfortunate hunting accident have not been entirely dismissed.

Seal demonstrates natural selection
A 22 year old Navy Seal died after accidentally shooting himself in the head. Petty Officer 3rd Class Gene "Geno" Clayton, Jr. was taken off life support this week just days after a crazy stunt which put him in hospital.
Basic Seal training now includes checking your weapon is not loaded
This is a grey seal, not a navy seal, and this one got shot in the chest
Clayton had been trying to impress a girl at a bar and invited her back to his apartment to see his guns. He raised what he thought was an unloaded pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Needless to say, the girl was not even slightly impressed. He was taken to a San Diego hospital where doctors submitted his name for a Darwin Award.

85 lottery winners given rubber checks
The Illinois lottery paid out $159,000 in prizes to 85 people and didn't make sure they had sufficient funds for the checks to clear. The lucky scratchcard winners discovered that their luck was short lived as the news that the checks had bounced reached them. Most of the winners had already used their winnings to pay off bills and were hit with bank charges as their own checks bounced.

The Illinois Lottery sent out 85 rubber checks
Cashing a lottery check can be a gamble
The Illinois Lottery Commission have issued an apology to each inconvenienced winner and has offered to pay all fees incurred by their error. They also sent each of them another scratchcard to further compensate them for the frustration. Nothing says "We're Sorry" like a losing scratchcard.

Thanks for stopping by to catch my weekly review. I would love to read your comments below, so let me know what you think. I am Alexa Rankin and this is the Week in Review.

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