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- DIRECTING TRAFFIC So fun you'd break the law to do it?
Middle East Update: Gaza death toll tops 100, Lebanon gets in on the action.
Cured/Not Cured: "A baby girl in the US born with HIV and believed cured after very early treatment has now been found to still harbor the virus," reports the BBC. "Tests last week on the four-year-old child from Mississippi indicate she is no longer in remission, say doctors. She had appeared free of HIV as recently as March, without receiving treatment for nearly two years."
Washington State Ferry Worker Apprehended by Feds After Allegedly Taking Underage Creep Shots: "Prosecutors say a passenger noticed a ferry worker acting like he was texting on a cell phone, but what he was really doing was taking photos of young girls. The passenger reported it to staff, who contacted police," reports KING 5. "When King County Sheriff’s deputies picked him up when the ferry landed, they realized the worker was Steven Dailey, who is a registered sex offender. Dailey had been convicted of possessing child pornography in 2009."
Retired Police Officer Charged With Impersonating A Non-Retired Police Officer: By illicitly directing traffic at a construction site? From the SPD Blotter:
[R]etired Seattle police officer Mike Deacy [has been charged] with one count of criminal impersonation, a gross misdemeanor (up to $5,000 fine and up to 364 days in jail). The City alleges that Deacy, in uniform, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue and Pine on Dec. 13, 2013 although his authority to act as a police officer had expired. SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated Deacy after a young woman complained about his behavior.
Seattle Chef Arrested for Alleged DUI, Hit and Run: "Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run at about 11:45 p.m. July 8 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood," reports KIRO. "Officers said the driver was 32-year-old Maxime Bilet, who is co-author of the six-volume cookbook Modernist Cuisine: The Art of Science and Cooking.”
California Man Sentenced for Hoarding Snakes in 'House of Horrors': "A southern California teacher who had 400 snakes in his home, many of them dead or dying, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to provide proper care for them," reports the Associated Press. "Buchman was arrested in January, after reports of a vile smell at his Santa Ana home led to the discovery of the pythons, including 280 that were dead or dying. The front four rooms of the home were packed floor to ceiling with snake bins. Some of the dead snakes were little more than skeletons. Others, only recently dead, were covered with flies and maggots. There also was an infestation of rats and mice, which had been kept as snake food."
The Happiest Place on Earth to Lose Fingertips: A UK tourist lost two fingertips on while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Finally, happy birthday to the bonniest of the Pointer Sisters—Bonnie Pointer, born on this day in 1950 and rocking her eternal solo hit below.