October 2nd, 2012
06:42 PM ET

Mash-up: Crew crashes plane on purpose

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Prepare for impact

Hey, Bubba, watch me land this plane!

Actually, it wasn't some yahoo behind the stick of a 727. Professional pilots deliberately crashed the plane for scientific study.

Harrowing struggle to survive

At least 38 people are dead after two ferries collided during a holiday celebration Tuesday in Hong Kong's harbor. Survivors recounted the fear and chaos that followed the collision. One passenger told CNN affiliate i-Cable:

The water was suffocating me. My friend tugged with all her might and got my leg out. I was wearing a life jacket, so I floated up to the surface. I had swallowed a lot of water. I really thought I was going to die. Thinking about all those at the bottom who were stuck, they're not here anymore.

Calf rescued from mine shaft

Rescuers worked for several hours the pull a calf out of a mine shaft Monday in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, CNN affiliate WTAE reports. Professional and volunteer workers used an excavator to retrieve the animal from a 16-foot hole.

The calf's mother momentarily charged the dozens of people crowding the old mine shaft, according to WTAE. "We were a little nervous. Before darkness fell, she (the cow) kept trying to get up in here. Fortunately, she stayed away," Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Kromel said.

Meet the college professor with two hearts

Tom Volk has two hearts: one in his chest and one he carries around.

iReporter Jim Jorstad shared a powerful photo essay about a professor who underwent a heart transplant and now totes his old heart around in a jar for teaching purposes.

Jorstad is director of academic technologies at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and produces digital stories as a hobby. He says he wasn't sure what to think when he first saw Tom Volk on campus, with his dyed hair, tattoos and piercings. He later learned that Volk is not only a respected professor of mycology (the study of fungus), but also the survivor of a heart transplant - who keeps his old heart in formaldehyde and shows it to anyone who asks.

"The more I learned about the guy, the more fascinated I became with him," he said. The iReporter visited Volk's classroom, shot portraits and interviewed him for about an hour. He is working on a video piece.

Police brutality or just doing his job?

A CNN story with video showing a Philadelphia police officer punching a woman in the face has generated hundreds of comments. Some defended the officer's behavior, while others said it was indefensible. (In the first comment shown here, Centrist1 is responding to other commenters.)

sharoom: The woman has a bottle with liquid right behind a police officer.  Liquid flies from the bottle onto the police officer.  Not knowing what kind of liquid it is, he has every justification to tell her to stop to be arrested.  Every justification.  And if she  resists by fleeing he has the power and duty to stop her.
Randall: No, but she should be punched if that is the quickest most effective way to stop her from fleeing.  What do you want, a Keystone Kops chase through a crowd?
Plankton01: "No man strikes a woman" might be a good general rule to live by, but (1) those who want equality must accept equality and (2) a police officer carrying out an arrest has to use violence where warranted.
There are absolutely times when the police get out of control and have to be reined in. But this video doesn't give nearly enough information to let us know if this is one of those times.
But to those who have made up their minds, little things like the truth don't matter much, right?

Matt Perkins
That's "not how they were trained," really? Seems to me that there's a pattern of police breaking with their training. Seems to happen too much these days, or at least we have videographers to show us police abuse. Too many incidents to not be disregard for training. Perhaps the training itself needs to be reviewed. When the police view the people as enemies, we have a problem.

Math joke of the day

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On the horizon: Presidential debate, metro employment data

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, will meet Wednesday evening in Denver for the first of three debates. CNN will provide live coverage that you can share.

The candidates may look for ammunition in a report to be released in the morning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will issue its latest figures on employment and unemployment in major metropolitan areas.

October 3 anniversaries

1922 - Rebecca Felton becomes the first female senator after being appointed by the governor of Georgia.

1974- At the conclusion of the regular season, the Cleveland Indians sign Frank Robinson as the first black manager in Major League Baseball.

O.J. Simpson is acquitted in 1995.

1990 –East Germany and West Germany are reunified.

1993 - Two U.S. Special Forces helicopters are shot down during an ambush in Mogadishu, Somalia; 17 U.S. peacekeepers are killed in the ensuing battle, the basis for the film "Black Hawk Down."

1995 - O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

2003 - Roy Horn (from Siegfried and Roy) is mauled by a tiger during a show in Las Vegas.

2008 - O.J. Simpson is convicted of 12 counts in connection with a Las Vegas hotel room robbery.  He is sentenced on December 5 to at least 9 years in prison.

2008 - President George W. Bush signs into law a $700 billion bailout bill to rescue several large, unstable financial institutions.

October 3 birthdays

Gwen Stefani

• Musician Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans), 71

• Musician Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore), 61

• Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, 58

• Actor Clive Owen, 48

• Musician/model Gwen Stefani, 43

• Actress Neve Campbell, 39

• Musician India.Arie, 37

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    Europes highest court does NOT make the decisions for what is legal in the US. Just sayin!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agreed, chrissy.
      This should be treated as any other peti tion for adoption, as if the couple wanting the adoption are hetero.
      There has been no word on what the son wants.
      The ONLY reason this is making headlines at ALL is because the couple wanting to do this is gay.
      The father, who is in the child's life, can simply refuse to give up his rights, and as the laws are set up there, that's what will prevail.
      That is TOTALLY within his rights, and if it were another man wanting to adopt his son, this wouldn't be in the news at all.
      More than likely, if he were giving up his rights, he would be giving up the alimony, also, and as we both know, that is a big deciding factor here in the states: "yeah, I'll sign away my rights if I don't have to pay child support anymore".
      But in any case, if the father doesn't want to give up his rights, the women should lose, suck it up, and be decent about it.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    This is an odd case.
    It is a question of adoption; and as the father has regular contact with the child, and pays alimony, I really thing it would be an injustice to let the mother's partner adopt the boy.
    That being said, no, being those women being gay doesn't affect me, but it does affect that child.
    Contrary to popular erroneous belief, gay people are not infiltrating straight people's marriages, turning one half of the couple gay, and trying to rip apart families.
    Austria has their laws, the continent of Europe has their own courts, and these types of situations are judged on a case by case basis.
    As they should be, and as they are here in the United States.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Hola banz. did you speak to your friend about the insurance thing?

      October 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Ok, now it's C/P time

    Austrian authorities determined that adoption would be not be in the interest of the child, that a woman cannot replace a father, and there was no cause for depriving the father of his rights.

    According to the Statement of Facts compiled by the European Court of Human Rights, a District Court refused to allow the adoption in 2005 based on Austria’s Civil Code which recognizes adoption by one person replaces the natural parent of that same s@x, and severs the relationship between the child and that natural parent.

    A Regional Court dismissed an appeal in 2006, observing that when a child has both parents there is no need to replace one of them.

    The Supreme Court also dismissed their appeal. It noted that adoption aims to put children in situations as close as possible to the natural family, entrusting suitable people with the education and custody of orphans or of children whose parents could not take care of them.

    It is sad when the European countries shows America for what it is ... non compliant to God's inst itution of family.

    @chrissy, The U.S. allows marriage, what makes you think it won't soon being coming here? Our Fathers rarely get custody as it is now.

    @ banasy, as long as it doesn't affect you...that is fine.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It does not affect you, either, unless it's your son that's the child in question, which it is not.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I read the same article, and I also believe the women do not have a leg to stand on.

      Your first post said 'If you think the gay and the lesbian doesn't affect you, think again!'
      It does NOT affect you, or me, or anyone else who isn't directly involed with that person, just like somebody straight does not affect you, either.
      That's all I was trying to convey; it does not affect you.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    This couple has not a leg to stand on when they are obviously thinking of themselves alone. Note that they want to be viewed as a Family at the EXPENSE of the Father and childs relationship... how sick is that!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Who's to say this couldn't happen here?
    Lies are formulated every day in custody suits here.
    I as a women know how sneaky women can be, so it does and has happened.
    Anyway, it's going to be another "hit -n- run" for me folks.
    Gn all

    October 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @jay jay, did you get that ridiculous What's on my Ballot thing in the mail? All of those propositions and judicial reviews. Not a mention of any elected official though.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ banasy,
    It affects me when it affects my Father ... God

    October 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • little mister©

      Hi Mary, it's good to see a nice person on here. I'm Jewish, is that okay with you.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, okay.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ banasy, agreed, if the father is playing an active role in that childs life then thats how it should stay. And @ Mary, WRONG! I was both mother and father to my children and my sisters children and i did a fine job, so a woman CAN be a dad!

    October 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jkavcnn

    Hello all. As the author of this blog post, I'm just wondering how the topic of adoption came up here. Does it have anything to do with any of the items actually mentioned in the post?

    October 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The topic came up from yet another person who likes to introduce their own agenda into every thread.
      It's not adoption; it's the anti-gay part...
      I am just reacting to it, as I think it's inflammatory and wrong; but the argument will be made that it is their right to post anything they want under the 1st amendment protection.
      Hope this answers your question.

      Personally, I thought the segment on Tom Volk was fascinating; illustrating that it really isn't right to judge a book by it's cover.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Hello cutie patootie. Does it bother you if im italian, irish and german? Lol

    October 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ jkavcnn, nope it sure doesnt. Personally speaking, i was responding to the first poster, Mary.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lmao @ little mister, wasnt it tho! And i still wouldnt wanta be the one tryin to hold the mama cow back!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    'Harrowing struggle to survive" say's a caption in this story. A better phrase to describe the plight of children in danger of never having a father...even a dad around the house to make fun of and such. I just don't understand people who thing two moms is equal to a mom and a dad together in Holy Matrimony, a three-fold chord whith God.
    Three strands are much stronger than two.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Everyone strays off-topic...some get bored and change the subject, others are exited about something new they learned and can hardly wait to share. And there are blogs that flatline...nobody is there for hours.
    Many are those who stray off topic while very few are the ninnies who complain. (and, complaining about someone is 'off topic' too, dummy)

    October 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    I mean, how could two moms even study their bibles with the children. What would they say to the bright child who asked Mommy! Read me the bible story about the boy with two mommies?
    And this DOES effect each and every one of US in so very many ways. That there are elderly women here who can't even think of ONE of the ways these recent restructurings of the family unit has had a negative impact on US, what are you on? Xanax or Seroquel?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
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