Muslim woman strangled by her burkha in freak go-kart accident

Daily Mail – By Richard Shears

A young Muslim woman had died after her burkha became snagged in a go-kart.

The 24-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died a terrifying death today when a fluttering part of her burkha became caught in the wheels of a go-kart she was driving near the town of  Port Stephens, north of Sydney.

The Muslim clothing the woman was wearing flew back as she sped around the track and part of it became entangled in the go-kart’s wheels.

She was strangled in a second and crashed the vehicle.

Despite the efforts of paramedics who rushed to her aid, the neck and throat injuries she suffered were so severe that doctors were unable to revive her when she arrived at the John Hunter Hospital in the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

The young woman was riding the go-kart at a popular recreational area known as Bob’s Farm, which offers rides of up to 15 minutes at a time.

Her death is being likened to that of American dancer Isadora Duncan,  acknowledged as being the creator of modern dance, and who was famous for the flowing silk carves she liked to wear.

But while riding in an open-top car in Nice in 1927, her scarf became  entangled in one of the vehicle’s spoked wheels and she was strangled.



Tax Returns of the Living Dead

26 tax preparers charged with ID theft and other scams

NBC NY By ALICE MCQUILLAN

Dead people were claiming tax refunds and the children of strangers were listed as dependents.

Those were among the bold scams that 26 Bronx and Manhattan tax preparers were allegedly using to claim the bulk of about $95 million in refunds since 2001, prosecutors said Thursday.

Besides seeing dead people, investigators also spotted deductions for businesses that don’t exist, inflated commissions and identity theft of people living in Puerto Rico, frequent victims of such scams because they have social security numbers but don’t have to file federal tax returns, prosecutors said.

Exactly a week before the April 15th tax filing deadline, authorities on Thursday announced “the largest coordinated takedown of tax preparers in history” calling it, what else, “Operation Brass Tax.”

Undercover IRS agents posed as clients and recorded some of the defendants promising to concoct fake business losses and inflate other deductions, prosecutors said.

“In a criminal twist on the old proverb about death and taxes, some of the defendants charged today allegedly even filed for tax refunds using the identities of dead people,” said Preet Bharara, Manhattan U.S. Attorney.

Six of the charged tax preparers remain at large while 16 were arrested Thursday and were expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court, officials said. Four others had been charged previously and will face the new accusations at a later date, officials said.



Cow rescued from storm drain after 5 days trapped under street

Fox13Now – Utah

KAYSVILLE, Utah – The rescue was a success after a cow that was trapped underneath the streets of Kaysville was freed from a storm drain. Davis County Animal Control officers believe the cow wandered into a culvert and then got stuck as the drain became narrow. They say it was under the street for at least five days.

Holden Holt and his wife told FOX 13 they found the cow stuck the drain while walking Thursday morning.

“We heard a noise in the storm drain and my wife went over and looked and there was a head with some eyes poking out. It was a little frightening,” Holt said.

The cow was full-grown and had just recently delivered a calf.

The cow was said to have wandered through an opening in the culvert and when the concrete tunnel became narrow, the animal crawled on its knees to reach a wider opening where it could stand.

Construction crews were able to dig a portion of the street up to create an opening big enough to hoist the cow using a tractor.


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