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

[tweet https://twitter.com/WomensHumor/status/253188102661763072%5D

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. Philip

    *have had a negative impact on US, rather.
    The family unit is the basic unit of civilization. A strong family equates to a strong society.
    The strongest society in world history is that of the Hebrew speaking peoples called Israelites. They vanquished their enemies, even those with much more powerful and better armed armies. Their children were also the best behaved ever, with not one record of a child EVER even talking back to his parents (sassing) Giving your parent's back-talk was punishable with death, yet no child was ever executed for this crime.
    Now FF to todays world and our own society. Get it?

    October 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    If you think that recent changes in how the American family is structured have made our society better, a geeeeeeeeeeeeet a freaking clue.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    OMG....How can you seriously ...? It's beyond reason!

    October 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Try to get an extension chord with female plugs on each end to conduct electricity. It ain't gonna happen withouth making changes elsewhere in your system.
    The changes made in our system to accomodate violent bedroom activity (cite Ed Bagley case, Kansas City), the general acceptance of men who cheat on their wives, and hom ose xual sodomy, etc were made in advance. Abortion and sodomy were legalized, and THEN the dam burst. MIILIONS of abortions since, 5!,000,000 legal abortions since it became legal. Not even 5% of that number BEFORE abortion became legal. And if you haven't linked sodomy with AIDS by now, you need to stop listening to people and study the subject on your own.
    Our society is worse-off. We have all sorts of problems related to the family unit being altered.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @Jim Kavanagh

    See? Witness for yourself those who steer the topic to whatever suits their preaching the hate.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    lmao @ little mister, THATS what upsets him so much, no one listens. Ya know why? Cause even when we agree he STILL goes off his nut! I said it before and ill say it again...DEMENTIA!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    If you don't like our thread, start your own.
    and those little ankle biter "facepalm at philip" aren't exactly on-topic either. In fact, those type posts are called trash, as in trash a thread. (though ya'll just trash me, and usually) Philip is not the topic either, yet your comments are about Philip. Grow up and string together more than a microblog for once.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Hey little mister, did you read the math joke? That also was cute! Lmao.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Actually @ Philip, WE were on topic, if you bothered to read the TOPIC! That is til you started ranting and raving about your 2 most favorite topics, S E X and DRUGS! So if you dont like it go to wordpress and start YOUR own blog! Buh bye now!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    And so whoever it was that said this doesn't effect US is obviouly ignorant of reality. Only one thing can possibly account for ignorance of this magnitude; mind altering chemicals.
    And not necessarily prescription drugs. Farmers exposed to massive amount of exposure to fertilizer oftentimes lose quit a bit of their thinking ability once they get as old as banasy. (LMAO) Automotive painters...the older ones are coo coo, as a general rule. (the list goes on for hours)
    Anyone who thinks America's families are stronger than before sodomy and abortion were legalized has been exposed to too many dangerous chemicals.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Wow, I would have thought Gwen Stefani was younger than Neve Cambell...

    And I find it weird that OJ was convicted 13 years to the day of being aquitted for the murder of his wife and Ron Goldman...funny how Karma has a way of catching up with people, isn't it?
    I guess what goes around really does come around.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    lol @ little mister, its in the story dear. The algebra joke. And philip i dont give a rats a55 what you think about anything! I already agreed it would be wrong to take that father out of that childs life if hes an active dad!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I'm not the one complaining about people being OT. I'm the one defending myself from those accusing me of being OT. In defense, I explained we all go off-topic, but only a few hag...errr, harp on those who are OT.
    Not to mention I'm a citizen of the USA. I'll say whatever I dang well please, and wherever I care to say it. So pipe down already. Address my comments or leave me alone. Is that too much to ask?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, welcome back to todays version of *As The Stomach Turns!*

    October 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Lol no the one who complained was the author of the topic posted idget! Dont you bother to read or youre just too busy with that diarhia of the mouth that you suffer from? And ill pipedown when you do!

    October 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
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