20 Ağustos 2017 Pazar

125 Whisky Bottles for 'Personal Use'

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 20 August 2017)

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   Ercan D. has added his own 13th AA step.

Istanbul police got a tip that an illegal whiskey gang was selling
contraband liquor to luxury fish restaurants at the  Kalamış
marina in Kadıköy. After getting eight tips in a week police
staked out streets around the marina and the evening before last
they began following a Jeep with license plate 06 AK 6670.

The Jeep led police to a side street where a school bus was
waiting.  Here 12 cases of liquor were transferred from the Jeep
to the school bus bearing plate number 34 UP 7216.  After the
bus departed police stopped the Jeep and took driver Fahrettin
Ö. into custody.

The school bus carrying the liquor went to a restaurant where
police arrested driver Ercan D. and seized the 12 cases
containing 125 bottles of illegal whiskey.  In his statement to
police Ercan D. claimed that the alcohol was for his personal
use (!).  Fahrettin Ö., however, confessed and provided valuable
information about the gang.

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19 Ağustos 2017 Cumartesi

Yet Another 'Lotto Winner' Loses, Big Time

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 August 2017)

Loto milyoneri 40 yaşında sirozdan öldü
Winning the lotto generally results in retirement - from life.

Fuat Özdemir, who worked as a laborer at a firm selling agricultural
products in Süloğlu, Edirne, won 11,345,642 TL (about $3.5 million
at today's exchange rate) in the Super Lotto drawing in 2014.  Upon
winning the lotto, Özdemir left Süloğlu and sought advice about his
windfall from his boss B.A.  However, things went awry and Özdemir
filed a complaint with the Edirne public prosecutor, alleging that B.A.
had siphoned off 5.3 million TL for himself (!).

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                  The ball tolls for thee.

Özdemir was living in a ramshackle house but bought himself a new
home and a car. He also helped out his friends and relations. Özdemir
bought an office on the 4th floor of  5-story business center on
Tarlakapı Avenue in the Abdurrahman neighborhood but the building
was attacked a number of times so Özdemir payed protection money
to the sons of gang leader Nuri Ergin of the Kargümrük gang (!).

Over the course of 3 years Özdemir went broke and developed
cirrhosis.  He died the night before last at Trakya University Medical
Faculty and will be buried in Süloğlu tomorrow.

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Süloğlu district is in the north of Edirne province.

18 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

Tree-Mugger Saws, Tree-Huggers Save

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 18 August 2017)

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        Tree-huggers to the rescue!

In Silivri, Istanbul, someone carved out the inside of a 400 year-
old plane tree with a power saw (!).  The tree is 45 meters in
height and 4.7 meters in width.  Initial results of 'tissue treatment'
to save the tree have been positive.

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       Suspected tree-mugger still on the loose...

The rescuers first cleansed the inside of the tree with fungus
medicine to make it sterile.  Next, a paste was applied to prevent
contact with the air and after that a thin chrome wire was
installed over which artificial tissue was spread.  Zerrin Budak
(in Turkish 'budak' means 'tree branch' (!)), the director of Silivri's
municipal parks and gardens stated that the tree is now out of
danger and should live many centuries more.

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                Silivri district of Istanbul

16 Ağustos 2017 Çarşamba

A Not-So-Charmed Life Ends

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 August 2017)

İstanbul Sarıyer Serdal Aslan muska
When you believe in things you don't understand...

In Sarıyer, Istanbul, an argument over a 'muska' (charm) ended
in murder.  Serdal Aslan (39) had been having trouble with his
business affairs and began drinking heavily, as well.  To remedy
the situation, his girlfriend Güler İ. recommended that Aslan
have Neslihan K. write a 'muska' for him.

Aslan waited three months for the 'muska' to take effect but
when he saw no improvement in his business and alcohol
problems he began to think that the 'muska' wasn't working (!).
Aslan had originally agreed to pay Neslihan 1,300 TL (about
$350) and gave her 500 TL in cash up front. Now, Aslan wanted
the 500 TL back but Neslihan refused.

The day before yesterday Aslan met with Neslihan's husband
Necmi K. and son Mustafa K. in the Ayazağa Huzur neighborhood
of Sarıyer in an effort to work out the problem. Predictably, an
argument erupted and Aslan pulled out his pump-action rifle, while
Necmi K. did the same.  In the firefight, Aslan's rifle jammed
and he was killed by Necmi K.  Passer-by Okan Depe was wounded.

Necmi K. and Mustafa K. fled but were soon taken into custody
by Sarıyer police.

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                 Sarıyer district of Istanbul

15 Ağustos 2017 Salı

Saudi Prince's Bodrum Vacation: Let Them Eat Simit

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 15 August 2017)

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Low-profile bike ride with 20 bodyguards.

Saudi Prince El-Velid bin Telal bin Abdülaziz el Suud and his
family have come to Bodrum for a vacation with a 150-person
entourage and 300 suitcases.  The prince arrived on board his
private jumbo-jet and is staying in a 40K euro-per-night villa in
the Türkbükü section of Bodrum.

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               He's not one to 'travel light'.

Prince El-Velid stopped by the Palmarina shopping center- yacht
club last night in Yalakavak.  The prince and his family will be
staying in Bodrum for six days.  His 5-story ultra-luxurious yacht,
the Kingdom KR5, is anchored off Türkbükü awaiting his orders.

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        Still wrestling with a bit of jet lag...

14 Ağustos 2017 Pazartesi

Killer Turtles Stalk Bodrum Tourists

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 14 August 2017)

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                 "Go ahead, make my day."

The bays around Orak Island 12 miles from Bodrum city are
popular with tourists on boat trips around the peninsula.  But
over the past year the number of people attacked by 'caretta
caretta' turtles has moved officials to action.  Famed diver and
underwater archeologist Aşkın Cambazoğlu noted that he and
his team dove near Orak and Kara Island and saw the turtles but
didn't panic so they were not attacked.

Cambazoğlu explained that in the summer when tourists visit
the caretta's swimming areas they feed the animals. Consequently,
"when the turtles see white meat (!) they think it's food.  Since
they don't have teeth they can't bite but their jaws are quite
powerful. When you see one you mustn't panic.  And don't feed
them either."

Captain Arif Yılmaz of Bodrum said that the caretta caretta are
all around Bodrum and he evaluated the increased attacks this way:
"the attacks are the result of humans upsetting the natural balance.
We're urgently telling officials to put up signs in English,Turkish
and German telling people not to feed the animals."

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13 Ağustos 2017 Pazar

Learning Life's Lessons the (Very) Hard Way

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(Korkusuz Newspaper, 13 August 2017)

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                      ...in happier times.

Mustaf Turşah (37), who lives in Antalya, left his home for work
three days ago.  A few hours later Turşah received word that a fire
had broken out in his home and that his child was only barely
rescued by neighbors.

Turşah went to the hospital to see his son Y.T. (7), who told Turşah
that "mommy left me and went off with some guy."  Turşah then
called his 'imam nikah' (unofficially married in a religious ceremony)
wife M.K. but could not reach her.  When he went to his house, in
addition to the fire damage, Turşah saw that his wife was not there
and neither were jewels valued at 24,000 TL and 15,000 TL,
respectively.  Gone as well was the car Turşah had bought for M.K.

Turşah suffered his biggest blow of the day, though, when he saw
on social media that M.K. had run off with another man.  He
lamented that "I have to start from zero.  My experiences have
given me lessons about life." (!)

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