QUIRKY WORLD ... More money than sense – especially sixth sense

USA: A New York man who sought help from a fortuneteller to fix a romantic relationship says she scammed him out of more than $700,000 (€623,000).

QUIRKY WORLD ... More money than sense – especially sixth sense

Now the allegations have the Manhattan psychic, Priscilla Delmaro, and another person facing charges of grand larceny.

The 32-year-old Brooklyn man told police he consulted Delmaro in August 2013 who told him that evil spirits were keeping him from a woman he claimed to love and wanted to be with who did not share his same affections, The New York Times reported.

In a statement he and a private investigator presented to detectives last month, the man said that the 26-year-old psychic told him that he and the woman, Michelle, were “twin flames” being kept apart by negativity. Delmaro told him spirits talked to her, so he made multiple payments to her over 20 months, he told investigators.

According to the man, those payments included $80,000 for an 80-mile bridge she said would trap evil spirits into another realm, a $30,000 Rolex she claimed would cleanse the sins of his past, and $40,064 for a Tiffany diamond ring to “protect his energy”, along with other payments totaling as much as $40,000.

He found out in February 2014 that Michelle had died. But Delmaro said she could be reincarnated.

More payments and a trip to seek out the “new” Michelle followed before the man said he decided to go to police. By then, he said he had paid $713,975.

Delmaro and 27-year-old Bobby Evans were arrested on May 26. Their lawyer, Jeffrey Cylkowski, denied the man’s allegations. Delmaro and Evans remain jailed.

Sideshow Bob to kill Bart

USA:

It looks like The Simpsons’ Sideshow Bob is finally going to get his revenge on Bart Simpson –— by killing him.

When the show returns to our TV screens, reports say the annual Halloween episode will see Sideshow Bob killing Bart, but only for the episode.

It’s been confirmed actor Kelsey Grammer will return to voice Sideshow Bob.

The news was revealed by producers of The Simpsons during an ATX Television Festival panel in Austin, Texas.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly radio, executive producer Al Jean explained: “You’re going to see Sideshow Bob do something he’s wanted to do for a long time.”

He went on to say: “I’m one of the people that always wanted the Coyote to eat the Roadrunner so you can see where this is going. When I was a kid, I wanted the rabbit to get the Trix— I hated frustration comedy so we’ll scratch that itch on the Halloween special.”

Reports say there was no update on news of a replacement for voiceover artist Harry Shearer, who announced he was leaving the show in May.

The actor, who voices Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and Waylon Smithers, tweeted the news, saying his contract had not been renewed with Fox.

These women kick axe

USA:

Make no mistake, these women kick axe. They have their own pin-up calendar and sell their own line of tank tops and underwear emblazoned with their slogan.

They are the Axe Women Loggers of Maine and they are kicking off their 2015 season. During appearances at county fairs, motorcycle shows, and music festivals across North America, they throw axes at bull’s-eye targets and race against each other cutting wood with long saws and chain saws.

Members hold six world titles in various women’s lumberjack competitions.

Alissa Harper of Bar Harbor, Maine, started the group in 2010. She said it was empowering for the women to compete in a male-dominated sport.

Phoenix rain record

USA:

It didn’t take much rain to set a record in Phoenix, Arizona. The US National Weather Service said the 0.01 inch (0.0254cm) of rain recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport by 7am on Friday was the largest amount for June 5. There has not been any precipitation recorded previously on the date in the desert city. June is normally dry in Phoenix, but a thunderstorm with moisture from remnants of Tropical Storm Andres provided a bit of a change.

Droning on about exams

CHINA:

The latest weapon in the fight against cheating for China’s all-important college entrance exam is a six-propeller drone.

It flew over two testing centres in Luoyang city in central China’s Henan province to scan for any unusual signals being sent to devices smuggled by students taking the annual test.

A Henan province news website said no such signals were detected on Sunday, the first day of the test. Almost all Chinese high school graduates must take the test, and their scores are the key criterion for which tier of university they can enter.

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