A man accused of robbing a bank Monday allegedly told police he used a fake bomb made from an adult sex toy, Namely a vibrator, some phone cables and duct tape, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
Aaron Stein allegedly told police he robbed a PNC Bank branch in Crafton, Pa., because he was desperate after losing money in the stock market last week, according to court documents.
“He had a mask on, said he had a bomb, displayed some wires hanging out from underneath his shirt,” said Crafton Police Chief Mark Sumpter. A bank teller told CBS Pittsburgh there was also a green light on top that appeared to be a trigger button.
The suspect allegedly fled with cash, but was later spotted by Robinson Township Officer Mike Gastgeb.
“I noticed a white Toyota Corolla with a male in it, sitting in this parking lot over here,” said Officer Gastgeb. “I went over to confront him, he drove away, I stopped him.”
Police say Stein wound up confessing to the robbery and claimed he never had a real bomb.
Unwilling to trust his word, police called in a bomb squad. Robots removed items from the car, and a briefcase in the trunk was blown open to see what was inside.
No explosives were found. It is not clear if the fake explosive allegedly described by Stein was found in the car.
Stein faces felony charges for aggravated assault, robbery, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and possession of a facsimile weapon of mass destruction — the sex toy turned fake bomb.
No word on how much pleasure was received by the tellers during the incident………
With a family history of breast cancer, Marcie Jacobs decided in June 2001 that an MRI screening was her best preventive option.
As is common with MRIs, Jacobs was injected beforehand with a contrast agent, a drug that helps sharpen the resulting images. But after a few of these treatments, she began noticing some strange cognitive effects. Jacobs began missing meetings. Over the next several years she had additional MRIs. The math skills that were crucial to her job as finance manager started deteriorating, she said.
Jacobs eventually wound up on disability. She stopped worrying about cancer – and started worrying about imaging drugs.
This month, two prominent experts in the radiology community joined in the concern, calling for more research into the possible health risks after three recent studies found that gadolinium, a potentially toxic metal, wound up in the brain tissue of MRI patients who used two different contrast agents.
Editorializing in the journal “Radiology,” Dr. Emanuel Kanal at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Michael Tweedle at Ohio State University, said the studies “called into question” the “safety of at least some” of these agents. The two urged radiologists to change their prescribing habits, although not to stop using the drugs because of their proven benefits to patients. (Related video.)
Nine gadolinium-based contrast agents are sold in the United States. The two in question, Omniscan, made by GE Healthcare, and Magnevist, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, once dominated the contrast agent market. Both GE and Bayer, in statements, said they were monitoring the issue and noted the new studies had not found any clinical impact, such as brain injury.
As ProPublica has reported, contrast agents like Omniscan had been on the market for years when, in 2006, they were linked to a crippling, sometimes fatal condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF. The Food and Drug Administration put a “black box” warning on the drugs the following year, saying patients with kidney impairment may be at risk of NSF because they were unable to excrete the gadolinium.
ProPublica first disclosed in 2009 that the agency ignored two of its own medical reviewers who wanted to ban Omniscan for patients with severe kidney disease. In 2010, the FDA did act, recommending that GE’s drug and two other agents shouldn’t be used in patients with impaired kidneys. The other drugs were Magnevist and Optimark, sold by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
The new studies cited by Kanal and Tweedle have set off alarms because they show that even patients with healthy kidneys are retaining gadolinium from Omniscan and Magnevist. Estimates are that about one-third of the 20 million MRIs in the United States each year use one of the nine contrast agents.
Doctors now routinely screen MRI patients for kidney problems before injecting them with contrast agents, and scientists believe that NSF has essentially disappeared. The new studies don’t speak to the clinical effects, if any, of gadolinium in the brain. But in an interview, Kanal said the findings ought to make radiologists think twice about which agents to prescribe.
“We can use an agent today that does not retain gadolinium in the brain to the degree that those other agents do,” he said, referring to Omniscan and Magnevist. Given that the alternatives are “at least as efficacious” as the other two, he asked, “Why are some still prescribing the agents that do accumulate in the brain over the other options?”
Jacobs has no medical proof, but she’s convinced the two drugs are behind her problems.
As her symptoms worsened, Jacobs said she underwent a series of tests that found accumulated traces of gadolinium in her breast, thigh, liver and brain. Doctors were puzzled because she had no history of kidney disease and did not fit into the identified at-risk group.
She recovered old records and determined that she received Omniscan for her first 11 imagings and Magnevist before the last, in 2007. Jacobs said she eventually began a difficult, extended program to remove gadolinium from her body.
Researching on the Internet, Jacobs found a support group around the issue. Then in March, a radiology journal, Health Imaging, featured the group in an article on the new gadolinium research. That same month Jacobs started a Facebook group that is now composed of researchers as well as dozens of patients with similar gadolinium experiences and no evidence of kidney disease.
Jacobs said the new studies “confirm that the linear gadolinium-based contrasting agents such as GE’s product Omniscan and Bayer’s product Magnevist are being retained at much higher levels than radiologists and the FDA have acknowledged.”
She hopes the FDA might pull the two agents from the market.
At a pub in rural England, Alan “Nasty” Nash is exercising his toes before he gets into the fighting ring. Draped in a Union Jack flag, the competitor is preparing for the most brutal of bouts to retain his title — World Toe Wrestling Champion.
Beside him, fellow contestants are having their bare feet massaged before their matches begin.
The Derbyshire village of Fenny Bentley in northern England hosted the World Championship for Toe Wrestling at the weekend in a competition that drew male and female fighters as well as spectators of all ages for some serious toe-tussling.
Toe wrestling traces its roots to 1976 when Staffordshire pub landlord George Burgess sought to find a new sport for Brits to dominate, according to the Bentley Brook Inn where the championship took place.
“I just love the fact that this is the one sport that England always win at, we get hammered at everything else,” Nash said.
“My technique … is to hurt the first person that comes into the ring with me: hurt them bad and terrify everyone else.”
There are two participants in each bout. With their feet on a small square ring on the floor, the competitors begin by locking their big toes together, before battling arm-wrestling style to drive their opponent’s foot to the ground. Toe inspections are a must and mixed sex matches are not allowed.
“There have been some dirty toed tactics, ‘flicking off’ is one of them,” organiser Edward Allington said.
“If you know you’re going to lose, if you pull your toe away then it’s difficult for the referee to decide if it’s accidental or deliberate.”
Nash beat Michael “Grimbo” Grimmett to claim his 12th World Title. On the women’s side, a competitor known as “Tracy Tippy Toe” took the title.
“Nothing Compares 2 U” is a song originally written and composed by Princefor one of his side projects, The Family. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor, whose arrangement was released as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. This version, which O’Connor co-produced with Nellee Hooper, became a worldwide hit in 1990. A music video, which has been described as iconic, was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from an abandoned lover’s point of view.
In 1985, The Family, a funk band created as an outlet to release more of Prince‘s music, released their first and only album, the self-titled The Family. “Nothing Compares 2 U” appeared on the album but it was not released as a single, and received little recognition.
O’Connor’s rendition reflected on her mother’s death, which coincidentally occurred the same year that The Family’s lone album was released.