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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12 Ağustos 2017 Cumartesi

How to Marry a...Pickpocket

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(Posta Newspaper, 12 August 2017)

      Mustafa B. tantalizing prospective brides.

A pickpocket stole the cellphone of a woman named
B.H.B. who was walking on the sidewalk in Başakşehir,
Istanbul.  B.H.B. filed a complaint with police, who determined
that the suspect, Mustafa B., was living at an house in the
Yüzyıl neighborhood of Bağcılar district.

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Here, in a more reflective, solitary moment.

Mustafa B. was arrested and a search of his home yielded
B.H.B.'s cellphone.  It turned out that Mustafa B. had appeared
on the match-making show "Evleneceksen Gel" (If You Want
to Get Married, Come) as a groom candidate and even earned
some notoriety for the 'Apache' dance he did on the show (!).

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11 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

Dash-cam Gang's Gold Quest Fails

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 11 August 2017)

dash-cam gang see this previous TNT report about these same

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Bilal T. (inset), the man who supposedly knew too much.

Three members of a gang that kidnapped Bilal T. (53) because
of gossip that he knew the whereabouts of 800 tons of gold ingots
said to be buried at Nif Mountain, east of the Gulf of Izmir, have
been captured.  Bilal T. was abducted from in front of his home
in the Aydınlıkevler neighborhood of Çiğli, İzmir, on 26 May by
masked assailants.

Bilal T. was subjected to torture to reveal where the 800 gold
ingots could be found and, consequently (!) he indicated a spot
to his abductors on Nif Mountain.  While they dug for the treasure,
though, Bilal T. escaped after 11 days in captivity and got help
from a shepherd to inform police of his predicament.

Police determined that Bilal T.'s kidnappers were M.B., A.Y.K.
and D.B.C.  and captured them after a two-month effort.  Seven
member of this same gang had kidnapped Ö.K. and M.U. last
March but were caught thanks to dash-cam camera footage.

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The Village Starbucks Forgot

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(Posta Newspaper, 11 August 2017)

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Perhaps the only place in Turkey without a Starbucks.

In the village of Lübbey, in Ödemiş district of İzmir province,
there is neither electricity nor land worth cultivating.  30 years
ago migration from the village began and when a resident
recently died the village's population shrank to 5.

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Next week, introducing  the "Lübbey-ccino"

Coffeehouse operator Mehmet Güler, though, has not forgotten
the five elderly villagers.  Güler was born and raised in Lübbey
but left for Ödemiş so his sone could attend school there.  Now,
on particular days, Güler visits Lübbey, serves coffee and
tea and brings break.  He explained that "It's 36 kilometers
round trip and sometimes I don't have gas money. But I come
to keep the village alive.  Even if only one person remains, I'll

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