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All the rage in Texas: designer embryos

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 13, 2007


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A business in Texas is producing ready-made embryos where prospective parents can make their choice based on important things like looks, education and ethnicity. Perhaps it's not surprising that this is raising all kinds of red flags with authorities. Jennalee Ryan, who runs the Abraham Center of Life, says that sperm donors must have doctorates, and egg donors must be young, intelligent and attractive. "Who wants an ugly, stupid kid?" she actually said out loud. She doesn't customize, so you can only pick mixes of eye and hair color she chooses. Ryan doesn't see the big deal. "Anybody off the street can walk into a clinic and do exactly what I'm doing. They can hire an egg donor, they can hire a sperm donor, and they can create embryos."

In making getaway, get farther away

Sometimes, crime happens disturbingly close to home:

- Walter Ray Brown, 72, of Hartselle, Ala., was robbed in his home. The masked robber got away with $300. Police now think that the masked robber was Daniel Ray Brown, 22, Walter's grandson who lives all of 10 feet away. The most incriminating evidence against the masked man was when he said, "This is a robbery, I need your money, and I mean it, Pa-Paw." Police found several stolen items in a several square-inch area between the two houses.

- Ann Connell of South London came home to find her apartment empty. Burglars took TVs, furniture, a mop, her doormat and even the light bulbs. The South London Press reports that police investigated and noticed a window was cut out of the wall, and it matched one cut into the unoccupied apartment next door. When they went over there, they found all her stuff, nicely arranged ... plus a guy sleeping on her sofa. They arrested him.

Knocks out small fires, and intruders

Some people think that a fire extinguisher is a unitasker. Not so. Not only can you put out small blazes around the house with it, but its small size and relative heft make it the perfect device for clubbing an intruder over the head. A man in Yonkers, N.Y., heard a commotion about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and saw someone trying to get through the kitchen door. He made the mistake of opening the door, and the guy burst in. So now the homeowner was worried about his wife and kids upstairs. He grabbed the only weapon he could find, the extinguisher, and sprayed the intruder with the foam, then whacked him with the cartridge. Police came, and made a stop at the hospital on the way to the jail.

 

[Last modified January 13, 2007, 01:05:58]


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