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Wheat rustling is still a problem in 2012

Wheat rustling is still a problem in 2012

In a world of modern-day crimes like identity theft and cyberstalking, a case of wheat rustling sounds downright charming.  Just don't try to tell that to the grain growers in St. John who had allegedly had truckloads of wheat stolen by James Hughes over the past three years. 

Police say the 52 year old Endicott man took advantage of his job hauling for the St. John grain growers co-op.  Hughes is accused of taking extra loads from the co-op and selling them to terminals on the Snake River.  Investigators say one clue was that Hughes, a farmer himself, couldn't possibly have produced the amount of wheat he was selling.

Hughes has been charged with 19 counts of First Degree Felony Theft.  Each charge represents a theft of at least $5,000, meaning Hughes is accused of stealing no less than $95,000 worth of wheat.  He'll make his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court next month.

Source: KQQQ NewsTalk in Pullman


WSU flag spotted at the Masters Golf Tournament

WSU flag spotted at the Masters Golf Tournament

This may be the last place we expected to see the WSU logo waving high and proud. An observant watcher spotted the unknown individual waving a Cougar t-shirt in the background of the Masters tournament.

CougCenter says it was seen during the second half of the Green Jacket Ceremony on the 18th green.

Share: What’s the most unlikely sport you’d see Cougar fans “waving the flag”? Our vote: curling, roller derby or “poker”.

Ryan Leaf mugs make The Onion

Ryan Leaf mugs make The Onion

Pardon the brief moment of aggregation, but Ryan Leaf has been formally inducted into The Onion, a parody news source. His unmistakable mug was top and center of the story that says he’s a worse criminal than football player.

Criminal and football analysts announced Monday that, in light of his second arrest for felony burglary in just four days, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is now officially performing even worse as a criminal than he did as a disastrous No. 2 draft pick for the San Diego Chargers.

Of course it’s not a real news story, so he might not actually be a worse criminal than football player. Third time is the charm, right?

What would you do with $540 million?

What would you do with $540 million?

If somebody won the all-time record Mega Millions jackpot, they’d walk away with $540 million, not including taxes. The cash option is $389 million. Curious minds wonder how many work places have started up their own underground office pools. If one colleague wins, they’d all share the wealth fair and square.

Imagine the sunny beaches you could spend the rest of your life at, frolicking through the warm ocean waves. If that’s not your cup of tea, imagine a life of remote solitude enjoying land as far as the eye can see because you own it. Not a neighbor in sight. If you had a wild hair, you could share it with your favorite non-profit, supporting a worthy cause.

We asked readers on Facebook what they would do with $540 million. Here’s a few of their answers:

  • Laura Ast would buy a car, pay off bills, help her kids, give a little cash to her parents and of course buy new towels for the bathroom.
  • Seth Carey would buy lots of cats. When he says lots of cats, he means more than one hundred. That’s a lot of cats. We hope he understands what he’s getting himself into.
  • Scott Byrnes would put his kids through college and open a hot rod shop. He’d also build a really cool house that looks like a castle.
  • Ricky Orth would give half of it to WSU Athletics. Go Cougs.

Video: WSU Professor's Book Explores Doomsday Scenarios

Hearing the word "doomsday" sounds a lot like moments from the movie Dr. Strangelove when he talks about the "doomsday device". A WSU professor discusses similar devices that could destroy life as we know it in a new book that's coming out on April 1st.

Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch talks to WSU News about "Megacatastrophes", scientific scenarios that could be Planet Earth's fate.

Video Courtesy: Washington State University

Predicting The End of the World With Science

Predicting The End of the World With Science

Hypothetically speaking, if a nearby star were to go supernova, it could eventually reach our blue planet and rip apart our atmosphere. Complex life would cease to exist. That scenario is unlikely says Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, professor of astrobiology at Washington State University. That’s one of nine of possible ways Earth could meet its doom, and there’s only so much we can do about it.

His new book, “Megacatastrophes!”, co-written with David Darling, explores scientific realities we face and how we can simply be aware of them.

First and foremost, Schulze-Makuch and Darling are scientists. They ignore the pop culture paranoia of zombie apocalypse and the ominous Mayan calender. Schulze-Makuch even says that scenario is nonsense. The two writers discuss the realistic scenarios humans face from asteroid impacts, nano-technology to global pandemic.

“I’m not the prophet,” Schulze-Makuch said. “We look at different scenarios and we basically prioritize how dangerous it is and how disastrous it would be.”

Would the scenario result in a million dead or even a billion dead? Schulze-Makuch says a pandemic tops the list with diseases like the Spanish Flu or Black Death. With passenger flights crossing oceans and country borders, disease has no boundaries.

Red-Tail Hawk Celebrates 31-Years Of Life

Red-Tail Hawk Celebrates 31-Years Of Life

At some point, we find ourselves in an unbreakable routine. During our waking hours, we eat, socialize and have moments of fresh air to observe our surroundings. Time passes and suddenly we’re old.

For Charlie, Thursday, March 1st was the same routine as usual, but it was his 31st birthday party. He was surrounded by loved ones singing happy birthday, eating cake and playing games celebrating the joyous occasion.

Charlie wouldn’t understand the festivities happening around him because he’s a wild animal, a red-tail hawk eying the room in a way one does to understand their surroundings and survive.

He’s the oldest living red-tail hawk in the entire world as defined in the longevity records by falconers. His home is Washington State University with the Raptor Club. Calculations have estimated his age to equal about 234 human years.

The normal life span for hawks is about 10 years. For those in captivity, about 20 years. He’s surpassed both statistics.

The birthday party’s attendees consisted of club members, volunteers and other raptor acquaintances: an owl, a falcon and Charlie. Program coordinator Sarah Monzel says the birds are not very social.