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Landscaper Accused of Killing 5, Hiding Bodies in Planters

Toronto cops believe there are more victims to be found

(Newser) - After a series of grim discoveries, police in Toronto believe they have a serial killer in custody—one who was able to operate undetected for years because he had a job that was perfect for hiding bodies. Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with first-degree murder in... More »

Guy Gets Crowned King, Keeps on Landscaping

He says he is proud to work for his boss in Canada, lead his people in Ghana

(Newser) - Eric Manu moved from Ghana to British Columbia in 2012 after marrying a Canadian woman he'd met at home, and he began to work as a landscaper. But his uncle, who had served as chief of their tribe, died a few years ago at age 67, and Manu was... More »

Scrapping Lawns in LA Would Change City's Temps

How much depends on what lawns are replaced with

(Newser) - The typical California home's biggest area of water usage is beyond its four walls: its outdoor landscaping . So in the face of drought, tens of thousands of Los Angeles homeowners made a change last summer, reports the Times , swapping their grass for artificial turf, gravel, or drought-tolerant shrubs. And... More »

Man Falls Into Wood Chipper— Headfirst

He's decapitated in front of his sons

(Newser) - Another entry in the "No Worse Way to Go" file: An Arizona landscape worker was killed on Thursday after tripping and falling into a wood chipper—headfirst. Chandler officials confirm that the unidentified man was decapitated. KTVK reports that he was part of a Phoenix Trim-a-Tree landscaping crew working... More »

Tussle Over Landscaping Leads to Chain Saw Attack

(Newser) - So it's not exactly the Tennessee chain saw massacre, but it does involve a crime and a chainsaw: Police arrested 27-year-old Brandon Petrey yesterday on a charge of attempted second-degree murder after a day of landscaping went awry. Petrey and a co-worker were cutting tree branches and shrubs in a... More »

Vegas Tree Chopper Sought Better View of Strip

Saw-wielding retiree could face 35 years

(Newser) - A retiree convicted of killing 500 trees in a Las Vegas suburb was trying to better his view of the famous Strip, the Los Angeles Times reports. Douglas Hoffman, 60, was found guilty last month of felling $250,000 worth of mesquite and other trees over the course of a... More »

Fireplaces Heat Up Backyards

The wood may be for show, but the status boost is for real

(Newser) - The outdoor fireplace is the latest must-have for obsessive upgraders—at least those with backyards. With built-in stereo systems, refrigerators, and price tags that run to $80,000, these oversized hearths often come with a just-for-show wood pile, though they run on gas. More »

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