FOOTBALL FAN JUROR STOPS RAPE TRIAL DUE TO DEFENDANT SUPPORTING RIVAL TEAM (Rebecca)
The Newcastle United fan told fellow jury members he could not give David Blake from Sunderland a fair trial as it was just 24 hours after the Tyne-Wear derby. In an outburst he branded the defendant a “Mackem rapist” – Mackem being a slang term for people from Sunderland. The juror claimed to have been left distraught by Newcastle’s 3-0 home defeat to their bitter Premier League rivals last month. His bias meant Judge Penny Moreland had to stop the trial, dismiss the juror and got in a new panel at Newcastle Crown Court which cost £5,000 to the public tax payers. The case which had heard the opening from the prosecution had to be started again meaning half a day was wasted.
HUNGRY BALD EAGLE SWOOPS IN TO STEAL FISH (Aoibhínn)
This bird of prey decided to take advantage of this opportunity as it witnessed a fish dangling from the end of a line. This North American white tailed bird is impressive in flight but not when it is stealing your supper it would seem. The fisherman could be heard making a series of strange noises due to a mixture of excitement and nervousness as the eagle made off with his prized catch still attached to the hook. The clip has already racked up more than 2 million hits on YouTube however some users have questioned its authenticity.
BASEBALL PLAYER RUNS STRAIGHT INTO WALL OF DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES (Sarah)
Washington Nationals baseball player Bryce Harper was forced leave a game against the LA Dodgers after hitting the scoreboard wall face first while trying to catch a ball hit by an opponent. The impact sent Harper’s cap flying as he bounced off the wall and fell to the ground. Mr Harper rolled onto his back and eventually got up by himself. Streaks of blood were evident on his neck as he walked off the field. Despite the setback, the Washington Nationals defeated the Dodgers 6-2.
JAY-Z – TIME TRAVELLER? (Aimee)
The black and white picture was originally uploaded on Reddit by jdym00 and instantly got people talking about whether Hov possessed technology no one else had. The photo taken in 1933 showing a man posing in a hat and coat that looks just like the MC. The shot was taken in depression era Harlem nearly forty years before the rapper was born so it is either someone that looks like him which is probably the case or Jay Z has been partaking in some time travel. The photo was reportedly acquired from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located at the New York Public Library and was originally taken by Sid Grossman.
KISS CAM REJECTION (Melissa)
The pair were attending a Fresno Grizzlies minor league fixture when they flashed up on the stadium’s big screen during an interval. While the woman appeared keen on a smooch for the kiss camera, her partner appeared more interested in a telephone conversation. After appearing to reject his date for the night’s advances, the woman got up from her seat and poured a drink over his head.