Entries in Picture (6)


VIRAL PHOTO: Raccoon Road Kill Painted Over

Sean McAfee(JOHNSTOWN, Pa.) -- Something black with a yellow stripe down its center caught drivers' attentions in Johnstown, Pa., and it wasn't the road. An unlucky raccoon had not only become road kill, but its corpse briefly turned into a palette for a road crew's paintbrush last week.

"I was just riding my motorcycle home and saw it and did a double-take laugh," Sean McAfee, of Johnstown, told ABC News Friday.

"I drove my motorcycle home from work and I told my wife we needed to go back out with the camera gear," he said. "I thought, 'This will be a great Facebook photo.'"

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, however, thought differently.

"A mistake was made and it's getting quite a bit of attention and not in the right light," Tara Henry, community relations coordinator for PennDOT, told ABC News.

The crew apparently discovered the road kill too late in the painting process on Aug. 2 and couldn't stop their machines in time to both avoid and dispose of it.

"Part of the [paint] line is stopped before they got to the raccoon," she said. "They did try and stop it. But they stopped it too short and turned it back on, and they ended up painting over it."

The three-vehicle paint train, consisting of a paint truck, paint supply truck and a foreman to pace traffic, was operating in what Henry described as a heavily traveled area. The crew couldn't turn around and pick up the coon, leaving time for McAfee's camera to swoop in and document the paint's prey.

McAfee said he took 45 photos of the raccoon from a variety of angles, then posted them on Facebook. His coworkers convinced him to submit a copy to the local paper, the Tribune Democrat, and the vermin went viral.

The photo was such a hit, McAfee has decided to sell 8x10 prints for $15 on Etsy, a website vendors use to sell handmade or vintage items, arts and crafts.

Since its debut, the animal's corpse has been removed from the road. A gap in the road's paint remains, however, homage to the void left by the raccoon.

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Accused Drunk Driver Knees Officer in Groin, Vamps for Mugshot

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- A DUI suspect is in hot water, but she remembered to turn her post-arrest frown upside down in time for her mugshot. The Arizona woman became belligerent when police approached her for allegedly driving drunk. She kneed a police officer in the groin, yelled profanities and fought back when she was placed under arrest, according to a Prescott Police Department report.

Back at the police station, 24-year-old Michelle Watson brazenly posed for her mugshot with disheveled hair, a big smile and two thumbs up.

Police were called when Watson was observed driving her white Honda Civic erratically, hitting numerous curbs and driving on the sidewalk, according to the police report.

When an officer approached her, he observed that Watson had “dilated pupils and red, watery and bloodshot eyes” and that her “breath was heavy with an intoxicating beverage,” according to a Prescott Police Department report.

“Watson was wearing a purse which was draped over her shoulder. Ofc. Wing attempted to remove the purse. When doing so, Watson, using her right knee struck Ofc. Wing in the crotch,” according to the police report. “Watson was then taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs.”

Watson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence.  Her DUI charge was categorized as “DUI-Super Extreme” in the police report. She posted bond and was released on Nov. 18.

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Hasidic Publications 'Photoshop' Situation Room Photo

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Two Hasidic publications in Brooklyn took the now-famous image of President Obama and his national security team watching a real-time video feed of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and removed the two women from it.

The Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung and the Hasidic magazine De Voch, as first reported at the blog Failed Messiah -- which covers the Orthodox Jewish community with a critical eye -- removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, director for counterterrorism on the national security staff.

The Washington Post prints an explanation from Der Tzitung stating that their removal from the photograph “in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”

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Obama Won't Release Photo of Osama Bin Laden's Corpse

CNN via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration will not release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s lifeless body, ABC News has learned, out of concern about potential backlash that could result in attacks against Americans.

Both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised the president not to release the photograph, which is graphic and gruesome, according to officials who have seen it. Both secretaries expressed fears that the photo’s release would incite a backlash and violent demonstrations against the U.S., in what has been a period of relative calm following the U.S. military operation that resulted in bin Laden’s death.

CIA Director Leon Panetta has been lobbying publicly for the photo’s release, telling NBC that “the bottom line is that, you know, we got bin Laden and I think we have to reveal to the rest of the world the fact that we were able to get him and kill him.”

The president, according to sources, is not convinced that there is sufficient worldwide skepticism about bin Laden’s death to release photographic evidence. Bin Laden’s wife identified her husband's corpse to Navy SEALs and to Pakistani authorities. Officials also say that anyone who doubts that bin Laden was killed would likely not be convinced by a photograph in this era of Photoshop and forgery.

The picture is said to be so gruesome networks such as ABC News would likely not carry it, though it might end up used as an inflammatory iconic image in other parts of the world already hostile to the U.S.

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Newly-Released Photo Shows Gabby Giffords Moments Before Attack

Sara Hummel-Rajca/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A photo released by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office on Friday shows the congresswoman moments before a gunman opened fire on Giffords and 18 others outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store in January, leaving six dead and Giffords in critical condition.

The photo – posted on Giffords’ Facebook page – shows a healthy-looking congresswoman in a bright red jacket and matching necklace, speaking to constituents Jim and Doris Tucker. Her hands are clasped. She appears to be listening as Doris Tucker speaks.

Users had left more than 130 comments on the photo as of mid-day Saturday.

“We miss you so much, Gabby!” one person wrote.

“Hopefully I will get to meet her someday and shake her hand,” said another. “Keep on working Gabby.”

Giffords has been recovering from her injury in Houston, where she is receiving therapy.

The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was indicted this week for the murder of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and Gabriel M. Zimmerman, the staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner will also face charges in the deaths of Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, Dorwan C. Stoddard, and Christina Taylor Green.

A previous indictment alleged that Loughner attempted to assassinate Giffords and two other federal employees.

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Cheney Appears Frail at First Public Event Since Heart Surgery

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) -- Former vice president Cheney appeared frail and noticeably thin during a public appearance this weekend at the Bakersfield Business Conference.

Cheney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The former vice president has been on the mend since a July procedure to implant a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) into his heart. Cheney said at the time he was "entering a new phase of the [heart] disease" when he began to "experience increasing congestive heart failure."

Cheney was released from the hospital August 9.

The California event was Cheney’s second appearance this month. Last week, he spoke at a closed press event for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers in Colorado Springs.

Cheney’s history of heart problems includes five heart attacks, dating back to his first in 1978 when he was just 37 years old. His most recent one took place in February.

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