Monday 7/23

Mind was over­come by mat­ter at a self-help sem­i­nar when par­tic­i­pants scorched their feet dur­ing a moti­va­tional walk across hot coals. The San Jose Fire Depart­ment swooped in and treated “sev­eral” peo­ple for burn injuries, reports the Mer­cury News. The event was hosted by feel-good guru Tony Rob­bins and held at the San Jose Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The injuries occurred dur­ing a por­tion called “The Fire­walk Expe­ri­ence” which involves strolling over coals heated between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

 Wildlife offi­cials in Utah are hop­ing a civil­ian acts like a hero – by turn­ing in a man wanted for imper­son­at­ing a goat. The rangers became aware of the b-a-a-a-ad behav­ior after some­one took to a photo shar­ing web­site to post pic­tures of a man dressed head to hoof in a goat out­fit, min­gling with the real-life crit­ters that pop­u­late the moun­tains around the town of Ogden. While there’s not an offi­cial law on the books against it, author­i­ties say that the per­son is putting him­self in dan­ger, since goats tend to be aggres­sive in pro­tect­ing their ter­ri­tory.  When asked if he knew the rea­son for the bizarre game of dress-up, a spokesman for the Divi­sion of Wildlife Resources said, “I’ve been try­ing to fig­ure that all day.”

Police and the Miami com­mu­nity had been hor­ri­fied at the ini­tial report that Rene Betan­court had been jumped in a park­ing garage and beaten to a pulp by four assailants; how­ever, sur­veil­lance video from the scene has revealed his injuries actu­ally came from a head-on col­li­sion with a col­umn. Sur­veil­lance video showed the 22-year-old rider lying appar­ently uncon­scious for 5 min­utes before he hob­bled to his car, where his par­ents found him slumped in the seat.  Betan­court told police he had been attacked, which set off a high-profile man­hunt for the reputed assailants and raised out­rage among fel­low skaters. Although the story abruptly changed, police told the Her­ald they were unlikely to charge
Betan­court with any crimes due to the sever­ity of his head injuries which landed him in a hos­pi­tal for 10 days

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