Thieves Run Off with 16 Tons of Pork

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LUKE BURBANK, host:

This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Luke Burbank.

ALISON STEWART, host:

And I'm Alison Stewart.

Now's the time in the show, we do things just a little differently, shake it up. We'd like to think of bringing you the side of bread along with your meal, otherwise known as the rest of the show. So this is a nice piece of - what do you like, sourdough?

BURBANK: Sure.

STEWART: Whole grain?

BURBANK: Absolutely, all of it.

STEWART: All that kind of stuff.

BURBANK: Anything with carbs in it.

STEWART: All right. News carbs.

BURBANK: This is (unintelligible).

STEWART: That's what we're going to call this series from now on. It's The Ramble.

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STEWART: I like that. News carbs. Okay. To go with your carbs, how about some ham? Sixteen tons of ham and bacon were stolen from a warehouse in Sydney, Australia. Now, apparently, they were pilfered for sometime between Saturday and Sunday night from Zammit Ham and Bacon Curers. Now, not really clear how they were able to get away with so much meat, but the owners showed up and found a giant hole in the wall. That could be one of the reasons. At least they were polite robbers. They wrote a note that said thanks and merry Christmas.

Now, if you're wondering how much all that ham and bacon is worth: $88,000.

BURBANK: I don't know if I would want to be someone who is buying stolen ham, or bacon that was being fenced. Presumably, somebody is not eating it, so…

STEWART: What they thing to do, is they need to watch all the farms. If there's a giant egg rip off, those were the guys.

BURBANK: Interesting story out of New York, where, back in the '80s, a guy who was a doctor, he had an acquaintance at his work who was a part of a lesbian couple, and she wanted to have a child. And so he agreed to donate some of his sperm for this child. And they sort of have an informal agreement that, you know, he wouldn't be really a father to the child. He was just doing this, he says, you know, kind of to do a favor for someone that he knew.

Although, over the years, he did send the kid a few cards. He signed the cards daddy. He's talked to the kid a few times on the phone. But that was about the extent of their parental relationship. Except now, a judge has said that this man actually has to pay child support…

STEWART: Wow.

BURBANK: …for this kid, who's actually, like, 18, I think, and about to go to college. And so the whole sort of issue that the court was looking at was whether - what constitutes being a father.

STEWART: Right. Well, I mean, they kind of made every legal mistake possible.

BURBANK: Yes. They didn't write anything down.

STEWART: Anything down.

BURBANK: He signed the cards daddy.

STEWART: Put the name on the birth certificate. Yeah. I think he's going have a little trouble not paying any sort of support based on that…

BURBANK: Well, it looks like, yeah. Looks like…

STEWART: …paper trail.

BURBANK: …it's going to happen, so good luck to them.

STEWART: And this just in from North Dakota.

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STEWART: Who doesn't love that? National Geographic excavators have unearthed large pieces of dinosaur flesh and scale so rare and unusual, it's being called a dinosaur mummy. The dinosaur was actually found by a high school student, who nicknamed it Dakota, he found back in 1999 on his family's property.

It's believed that the dinosaur is a hadrosaur, I think that's how you say it, a duckbilled creature, about 65 million years old. Lyson actually went on to become a paleontologist. He returned with - he got a National Geographic team to come in, work with him. And so far, they have pieces of tail, arms and thigh. They're excavating it. And, of course, it is being documented for the National Geographic Channel. It's called "Dino Autopsy," and it's going to air on December 9th.

BURBANK: Cool. You know, this writers strike continues, and it just seems like it's so hard for these two groups, the Writers Guild and the producers, to get an agreement. Who could possibly convince the writers to put down their picket signs for even a night? Well, maybe this gives you a clue.

Ms. ELIZABETH TAYLOR (Actress): No.

STEWART: Elizabeth is not having it.

BURBANK: Oh, violet eyes. Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Yes, she performed over the weekend in a production of AR Gurney's play, "Love Letters." It was in honor of World AIDS Day - World AIDS Day, which was on Saturday, we talked about on the show. She's a longtime AIDS activist and philanthropist, and she had asked the writers for a one-night dispensation to perform in this play for charity, and she got it. I guess there were 500 audience members there. They paid 25 hundo for a ticket. Maria Shriver was there, the first lady of California. And they were trying to raise a million dollars for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

So I guess that there is some flexibility.

STEWART: The power of La Liz.

BURBANK: Yes.

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STEWART: That does it for The Ramble.

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