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  • Vanity: Gun safety question

    06/24/2013 9:18:46 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 53 replies
    Vanity | 06.24.13 | South Hawthorne
    Folks, I need some advice here. I own two weapons, a Ruger 9, and a Mossberg 500. Both are primarily for home defense, although I have a CC and take the 9 with me occasionally. I live in the city, South Philadelphia, in a three story row home, and there are very few break-ins, not a great deal of crime in my neighborhood. I also have a wife, who has no interest in fire arms, and two children, a daughter 13 and son 11, who also have no interest in firearms. Now I keep the Mossberg in the bedroom (3rd...
  • Kenny Chesney Concert Ends With Fights, Arrests, Huge Mess

    06/24/2013 9:00:04 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 53 replies
    KDKA ^ | June 23, 2013 5:58 PM | KDKA Story Monkey
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The excitement over Kenny Chesney Saturday proved to be a little too much for some people with the night ending with several fights and numerous arrests. Police say 49 people were arrested inside Heinz field during the concert, with another 24 arrests taking place near the venue on the North Shore. Police say most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault.
  • Mass murders a white-male, not mental-health, issue

    04/02/2013 8:56:34 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 88 replies
    Daily News ^ | April 1, 2013 | CHARLOTTE AND HARRIET CHILDRESS
    IMAGINE if African-American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we'd have political debates demanding that African-Americans be "held accountable." But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room. Nearly all the mass shootings in this country in recent years have been committed by white men and boys. Unlike other groups, white men are not used to being singled out. So we expect that many of them will protest that it is unfair if we talk about...
  • (Philadelphia Eagles Owners) Luries call it quits after 20-year partnership

    07/05/2012 8:45:51 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | July 5, 2012 | John F. Morrison
    THE LURIES were a team within a team. Co-owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, partners in various civic and community endeavors, Oscar-winning filmmakers. In the 20 years of their marriage, Christina and Jeffrey Lurie seemed the ideal teammates. For the Eagles, he ran the business of trying to make a winning team; she had a voice in the team logo, the cheerleaders' costumes, the designs of the stadium and practice facility, but primarily the charitable work of the Eagles Youth Partnership.And that original kelly green of the uniforms! Yuck! That had to go. They even co-authored a story in the Inquirer...
  • Wisconsin man suspected of slaughtering 100 deer in 'thrill kill'

    03/30/2012 3:40:41 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 153 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Cristina Corbin
    A Wisconsin man, who along with his three friends is suspected of illegally slaughtering as many as 100 deer in what prosecutors call an unprecedented "thrill-kill" spree, faces up to six months in jail. Nathan Blaha, 20, of Hillsboro, Wis., and his accomplices allegedly wandered the backroads of Richland County in a pickup truck, stunning deer with a light before shooting them and leaving their carcasses to rot in what he called a contest to “get the most deer,” according to court documents.
  • Rewards of $15,000 posted in fatal beating case (Independence Hall

    01/17/2012 3:46:36 PM PST · by South Hawthorne · 17 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 01/17/2012 | Staff
    Rewards totaling $15,000 were posted today for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the men who beat Kevin Kless to death in the Historic District over the weekend. After the city announced it was offering $10,000, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents Philadelphia police officers, said today it would put up another $5,000. Police, at the same time, offered a slightly different account of events leading up to the killing early Saturday. In a statement, police said that after leaving an Old City bar with his girlfriend and another woman, Kless tried to flag down...
  • Quarrel in school ends with Phila. teens shot dead in car

    01/12/2012 9:32:25 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 36 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | Thu, Jan. 12, 2012 | Allison Steele
    Seven teenage boys were packed into the Toyota Corolla, sitting on top of each other, when the car pulled over on the 1500 block of East Luzerne Street in Juniata Park. It was about 10:30 Tuesday night, and the youths were looking for a fight, police said. It had started in school with an argument between some of the friends in the car and three teenage brothers, spilled onto Facebook with threats, and escalated into plans to settle the matter with a physical battle. As the teens waited in the car, a man in a gray hoodie came out of...
  • Parents Furious Over Apparent Use Of ‘Scream Rooms’ Inside Middletown, Conn. Elementary School

    01/12/2012 6:35:16 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 59 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 11, 2012 11:59 PM | CBS New York Story Monkey
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Parents in a Connecticut suburb are outraged over disturbing disciplinary actions at a local elementary school. They claim students are being locked in unsupervised “scream rooms,” where some children have harmed themselves, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. The Middleton School District is on the hot seat as furious parents are demanding to know what’s going on behind closed doors at Farm Hill Elementary School. “My daughter is telling me that there’s kids being taken out in ambulances, by stretcher,” parent Sean Archer told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez on Wednesday. Disturbing allegations have surfaced of teachers locking...
  • 'You are swine and infidels' . . . secret insults at wedding blessing in paradise

    12/30/2011 10:09:11 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2010 | Anita Singh
    The couple chose an idyllic resort in the Maldives as the perfect place to renew their marriage vows and pledge everlasting love. But their happiness has turned to humiliation after the wedding video was posted on YouTube and subtitles disclosed that their "Islamic blessing", which was conducted by a hotel employee in the native Dhivehi language, was in fact a stream of insults. "You are swine. The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine. Your marriage is not a valid one," he intoned as the couple held up their hands in prayer, blissfully unaware of...
  • Kill-adelphia: Yet again, city tops list of homicide rates

    12/30/2011 6:30:24 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Fri, Dec. 30, 2011 | STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO
    [SNIP] Murders are up again this year in Philadelphia, and the city still has the highest homicide rate of the nation's 10 most populous cities, according to stats provided by each city's police department. At the same time, fewer murders are getting solved. With a few days left in the year, the city's homicide tally stood at 324 Wednesday, including the eight victims allegedly killed in previous years by West Philly abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Last year, 306 people were killed, and the year before, 302. But despite the jump in homicides this year, city officials prefer to focus on the...
  • Woman being driven home after minor accident is killed in second accident (Illegal Alien)

    12/27/2011 11:23:52 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 14 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2011 | Dan Goldberg
    A Toms River woman, who was on her way home with her husband after a minor car accident, was killed when their pickup truck was hit head-on by a van, which police say was driven by a drunk driver. Ed McCarthy, 74, was driving his wife Jean, 71, west on Route 70 when they were hit by a van making a left turn onto Massachusetts Avenue from Route 70 East, according to Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. Abel Hernandez, 28, of Lake wood, allegedly fled the scene and was apprehended within the hour, Mastronardy said. Hernandez is charged with being an...
  • Platt: How do we report about our own? (Child molesting sports writer)

    12/21/2011 8:54:22 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Larry Platt Editor Philadelphia Daily News
    (Background provided by Owl_Eagle) Legendary Philadelphia Daily News Sportswriter Bill Conlin retired abruptly yesterday amongst allegations of sex abuse reported by sister paper The Philadelphia Inquirer. Larry Platt is/was Conlin's editor. (Snip)I have known Bill Conlin since 1990, and before that, I knew him as a legendary voice on the page. I simply do not know how to reconcile what I've read with the man I know. I spoke to him Tuesday. He offered to retire and I immediately accepted. I knew I'd never be comfortable running his byline again. For a long time Tuesday, we struggled with how to...
  • FReeper help needed (Vanity)

    12/07/2011 9:46:50 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 23 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 7, 2011 | Owl_Eagle
    Okay, so I know a lot of yous are creative: My wife's Christmas party is next week and I HAVE to attend (after all I put her through all year, it's the least I can do). Thing of it is, her co-workers are really stuffy and humorless, so it seems like the longest two hours of the year. This year, though, they're having it at a kareoke place. So, what I need is a famous song where I can change the lyrics to being about Jerry Sandusky. Suggestions and lyrics, please.
  • Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento dies of massive heart attack ("WHEN ORDERING PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH")

    08/23/2011 6:26:40 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 84 replies · 39+ views
    WPVI Action News ^ | Aug. 23, 2011 | Unknown
    PHILADELPHIA - August 23, 2011 (WPVI) -- The owner of the landmark South Philadelphia cheesesteak stand who once told customers to order in English has died.Family members confirm to Action News that 71-year-old Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento has died of a massive heart attack on the way to the hospital.[snip] In June 2006, Vento and Geno's grabbed headlines for two small signs posted at the shop stating, "This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH."' Vento said he posted the signs due to concerns over the debate on immigration reform and the increasing number of people who couldn't order...
  • Philadelphia Police Poised To Crack Down On Bicycle, Pedestrian Violations

    07/19/2011 6:42:02 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 18 replies
    CBS 3 Philadelphia ^ | 07.19.11 | Mike Dunn
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Philadelphia officials next month plan to use more “stick” in a program that takes a carrot-and-stick approach to bad behavior by people in cars, on bicycles, and on foot. The program, dubbed “Give Respect, Get Respect,” was launched at the beginning of May, aimed at reining in bad behavior by motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in Center City Since then, some tickets, but mostly warnings have been handed out. But Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says starting in August, more citations will be issued. “After the first several months of doing that, we really need to pick up the...
  • Headless Body found in Delco creek

    06/15/2011 10:15:40 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jun. 15, 2011 | Bonnie L. Cook
    Police in Nether Providence Township have been called to investigate the discovery of a headless body in a creek behind a condominium complex, according to police. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the badly decomposed body of a man was recovered by investigators this morning from a bed of rocks at the rear of the Crum Creek Valley Condominiums at 800 Avondale Road, Wallingford, Nether Providence Township. The head and a noose were recovered by investigators on the other side of the creek, said the source who was not authorized to speak for publication. "The body of...
  • Madame Nhu, Vietnam War Lightning Rod,

    04/26/2011 7:25:39 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 26, 2011 | JOSEPH R. GREGORY
    Madame Nhu, who as the glamorous official hostess in South Vietnam’s presidential palace became a politically powerful and often harshly outspoken figure in the early years of the Vietnam War, died on Sunday in Rome, where she had been living. She was believed to be 87.
  • Children Sickened by Cocaine at DC Public School Once Recommended (By WaPo)for Obama Girls

    03/18/2011 6:23:17 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 17 2011, 3:57 PM ET | Garance Franke-Ruta
    Washington's local NBC affiliate reports: D.C. police confirmed that a substance ingested by students at a northwest D.C. elementary school was cocaine, according to D.C. Public Schools.[SNIP]Here's The Post's Jay Matthews in November 2008, urging the first couple to consider sending the kids to public school: Why not see what their tax dollars are paying for? One educational gem happens to be the closest public school to their new home.[SNIP] Sixty-nine percent of Thomson's 355 students are from low-income families. Forty percent are Hispanic, 34 percent black, 22 percent Asian American and 5 percent white. That demographic mix often means...
  • At 82, a just-released Graterford prisoner savors a taste of freedom

    01/26/2011 7:48:48 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 25 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News (via Philly.com) ^ | Jan 26, 2011 | Kathy Boccella
    Within minutes of his release from prison Tuesday, Louis Mickens-Thomas was sitting in Tommy Mo's Steak Shop, waiting for the meal he had dreamed about for years. Four fried eggs and home fries. "I got hung up on that a long time ago," said Mickens-Thomas, 82, who has spent more than half his life - 45 years - inside Graterford Prison. "Whenever I got out, I wanted a breakfast of four fried eggs and home-fried potatoes." That he would one day get to eat that breakfast again wasn't always certain. In fact, before Saturday - when a prison guard read...
  • Sears to be open Thanksgiving for first time

    11/10/2010 10:22:53 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 37 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11.10.10 | Sandra Guy
    Sears will open on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in its 124-year history. The Hoffman Estates-based retailer will open stores from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Rutgers freshman kills self after classmates use hidden camera to watch his sexual activity: report

    09/29/2010 9:05:55 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 35 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 29th 2010 | Larry Mcshane
    A Rutgers University freshman apparently killed himself after two classmates used a hidden camera to air the teen's dorm room sexual activity on the internet, WPIX-TV reported. The distraught student's car - with his cell phone and computer inside - was found last Thursday near the George Washington Bridge, the television station reported. According to WPIX, authorities believe the unidentified 18-year-old plunged to his death in the Hudson River. New Jersey authorities have refused to provide his identity in an effort to protect the victim.. The stunning details emerged one day after authorities announced the arrests of two Rutgers freshmen...
  • A Botched Hostage Rescue in the Philippines (STRATFOR)

    08/30/2010 7:48:14 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 5 replies · 1+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | August 26, 2010 | Scott Stewart
    A Botched Hostage Rescue in the Philippines is republished with permission of STRATFOR. On Aug. 23, Rolando Mendoza, a former senior police inspector with the Manila police department, boarded a tourist bus in downtown Manila and took control of the vehicle, holding the 25 occupants (tourists from Hong Kong and their Philippine guides) hostage. Mendoza, who was dressed in his police inspector’s uniform, was armed with an M16-type rifle and at least one handgun.A Botched Hostage Rescue in the Philippines is republished with permission of STRATFOR.
  • FAA grants Nigeria its highest air safety rating

    08/25/2010 5:33:35 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 19 replies
    SIFY Finance (AP) ^ | 08.24.10 | AP Story Monkey
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted Nigeria its top air-safety rating Monday, a decision that allows Nigerian airlines to fly directly to the United States but does not address the nation's porous airport security.
  • Michigan mom, Aimee L. Sword, sent to prison after having sex with teen son she gave up for adoption

    07/13/2010 11:17:00 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 40 replies · 2+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 13, 2010 | Aliyah Shahid
    Maybe that'll teach her. A Michigan mom who pleaded guilty to having sex with her 14-year-old biological son she gave up for adoption and later found on the Internet, will face at least nine years behind bars, according to the Detroit Free Press. Aimee L. Sword, 36, of Waterford, apologized at her sentencing on Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court on Monday. The former Macy's makeup clerk could face up to 30 years in jail. Sword tracked her teenage son, who is now 16, on Facebook in 2008 after she didn't receive an annual update from the boy's adoptive family...
  • Duck boat crashes into barge on Delaware River

    07/07/2010 12:46:41 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Philly.com ^ | July 7, 2010 | Sam Wood
    A duck boat packed with tourists crashed into a barge on the Delaware River this afternoon soon after it entered the water at Penns Landing, police said. The collision, at about 2:40 p.m., sent at least 27 people into the river off Columbus Boulevard near Chestnut Street. The Coast Guard said 37 people were aboard. Thirty-five were recovered. The Coast Guard was still searching for two passengers at 3:30 p.m. Witness Eric Scharpf, a tourist from Phoenix, Az., told CBS3 that the duck boat had apparently stalled when it was rammed by the barge. The barge "tore it apart," Scharpf...
  • Time runs out for 1.2 million on unemployment

    06/30/2010 7:11:59 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 95 replies · 1+ views
    June 30, 2010 8:49 a.m. EDT ^ | Christina Zdanowicz
    With her unemployment benefits coming to a halt, Miriam Cintron is forced to make a difficult choice between health insurance and daily expenses. Signing into her unemployment benefits account last week, the New Yorker was horrified to see she hadn't received any money for three weeks, she says. What would the four-year cancer survivor do if she couldn't afford to pay her $650 monthly COBRA payment? Her health insurance helped pay for life-saving treatment before, so giving it up is not an option, she says. When Cintron was laid off from her job as a case worker at a homeless...
  • Birmingham stops camera surveillance in Muslim areas

    06/17/2010 8:39:14 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 9 replies · 337+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 17 June 2010 | Paul Lewis
    A project to spy on two Muslim areas in Birmingham using more than 200 CCTV cameras has been dramatically halted after an investigation by the Guardian revealed it was a counterterrorism initiative. Bags are being placed over the cameras, recently installed in the neighbourhoods of Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook, to reassure the community their movements are not being monitored while a "full and in-depth consultation" takes place. In a joint statement last night, West Midlands police and Birmingham city council announced the cameras would not be turned on. They apologised for not being "more explicit" about the funding arrangements of...
  • Drivers, bicyclists clash on road sharing

    05/11/2010 10:41:01 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 136 replies · 1,804+ views
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2010 | Steve Almasy
    Professor Peter Furth has ridden his bicycle to work at Northeastern University each day for the past six years. The two-mile trip through the Boston suburb of Brookline, Massachusetts, is usually without incident. Furth's journey is worlds apart from his former Boston commute, which for 13 years was a battle with drivers who wanted him on the sidewalk. "I've had motorists that drive a couple of inches from my elbow, trying to scare me," he said. Furth would catch up with drivers at stoplights and ask them whether they knew how close they'd come to hitting him. Invariably, they would...
  • Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things

    03/31/2010 10:07:18 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 24 replies · 815+ views
    Baby dinosaursA MogwaiThe Bridge of the Enterprise
  • Freeper help needed...

    03/23/2010 11:38:33 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 89 replies · 2,060+ views
    Drudge | 03/23/2010 | Owl Eagle
    Folks, sorry for the vanity, but can anyone tell me who this shrew in the right-hand background is? Not Pelosi, this woman (?) may be the ugliest creature on earth. Thanks in advance and sorry for any ruined lunches.
  • It was no joke at security gate (Update: worker no longer employed by TSA -- agency spokeswomen)

    01/21/2010 9:58:08 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 29 replies · 2,168+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 21, 2010 | Daniel Rubin
    In the tense new world of air travel, we're stripped of shoes, told not to take too much shampoo on board, frowned on if we crack a smile. The last thing we expect is a joke from a Transportation Security Administration screener - particularly one this stupid. Rebecca Solomon is 22 and a student at the University of Michigan, and on Jan. 5 she was flying back to school after holiday break. She made sure she arrived at Philadelphia International Airport 90 minutes before takeoff, given the new regulations. She would be flying into Detroit on Northwest Airlines, the same...
  • Sex-for-tix case going to trial: January date set in Common Pleas Court, Doylestown

    12/17/2009 6:55:17 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 30 replies · 1,102+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 17, 2009 | REGINA MEDINA
    Susan Finkelstein sat down with undercover Officer Michael Brady at a Bucks County bar and allegedly gave him a bold confession for a first meeting, according to his testimony yesterday at her preliminary hearing. "I admit it. I'm a prostitute. I love sex. I'm a whore," the Bensalem police officer testified that Finkelstein had told him as he posed as "Bob" at Manny Brown's in Bensalem. [excerpted for graphic content]The Southwest Philadelphia woman believed Brady had three tickets to a Phillies-Yankees World Series game and, Bensalem police say, was willing to exchange sex for at least one. In reality, it...
  • Headley revelations prompt govt to put states on terror alert (U.S. Born Terrorist)

    11/11/2009 10:43:39 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 1 replies · 333+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Nov. 11, 2009 | Hindustan Times Story Monkey
    As investigations revealed David Headley's several visits to India, the Centre today asked five states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, to be on alert as the suspected terrorist may have done a recce of some vital installations for carrying out strikes. Home Ministry sources said the alerts had been issued as a precautionary measure to the states after it was found during investigations that Headley had visited India nine times during 2006-09. During his trips to India, Headley, who has been arrested by the FBI on October 3 on charges of conspiring to carry out terror strikes in and outside the...
  • German goalkeeper kills himself by train, police say

    11/11/2009 9:28:09 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 2 replies · 688+ views
    CNN ^ | Nov. 11, 2009 | CNN Story Monkey
    CNN) -- A goalkeeper for the German national soccer team apparently killed himself by stepping in front of a train, just months after he and his wife adopted a daughter, police said Wednesday. Robert Enke, 32, was captain of the German top-division soccer club Hannover 96 and had played in eight games for his national team. He was widely expected to be the German team's keeper in the 2010 World Cup. "Preliminary police investigations indicate a suicide," Hannover 96 spokesman Stefan Wittke said. Enke died about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday. His wife Teresa said he left a suicide note. She said...
  • Tom Daley (Olympian), bullying and another 14 year old who is suffering...

    10/13/2009 11:48:46 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 17 replies · 808+ views
    The London Times ^ | April 24, 2009 (???) | Sarah Ebner
    Olympic diving star Tom Daley has been kept off school because he's been bullied. Daley has been threatened and teased by other pupils, largely, I would guess, because of jealousy. "After the Olympics it went mad," said the 14 year old, whose father said that the bullying had got "out of hand." "Everyone that you walk past has a little dig at you." Daley's story shows that no one is immune to bullying. Champion boxer Joe Calzaghe recently admitted that he'd been bullied at school too. Bullying is a hugely emotional issue, and one of which I am very much...
  • United Way Question (Vanity)

    10/06/2009 10:19:09 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 74 replies · 1,988+ views
    None | Oct. 6, 2009 | Owl_Eagle
    Hi folks, I’m sure some of you can help me out with this problem: My jerk boss has appointed me to help collect donations for the United Way, and there’s really not a way out of it. I was hoping to collect information related to the wonderful things they do, like misuse of charitable funds, black listing the Boy Scouts because they wouldn’t allow homosexual men to take boys on overnight camping trips, etc. Does anyone have more info that might be helpful in me driving my unit’s pledge total to $0 this year?
  • Music teacher Helen Goddard jailed for lesbian affair with pupil

    09/21/2009 8:36:27 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 89 replies · 5,372+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | September 21, 2009 | Times On Line Story Monkey
    A public school mistress who was “pressured” into a lesbian affair by a 15-year-old pupil will be allowed to continue see the girl after she is released from a 15-month jail term. Helen Goddard - a music teacher nicknamed “the jazz lady” by pupils - befriended the teenager over coffee after lessons and their relationship eventually became sexual. Goddard wept as she was jailed today at London’s Southwark Crown Court and placed on the sex offenders' register. But Judge Anthony Pitts decided not to grant a prosecution request that she be banned from seeing the teenager for five years. [SNIP]...
  • Woman Faces Sex Charges after Finding Son

    09/15/2009 9:09:39 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 59 replies · 2,268+ views
    WXYZ ^ | September 13, 2009 | WXYZ Story Monkey
    WATERFORD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - A woman who gave her son up for adoption 10 years ago is now accused of having sex with the teen after finding him on the Internet. Aimee Louise Sword, 35 of Waterford Township, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the case. Investigators say she used the Internet to find her biological son. Sword was arrested after Child Protective Services informed police of the sex accusations. The woman's lawyer says she maintains her innocence. She is currently free on bond.
  • Tempers fray as middle America finds its voice

    08/16/2009 3:33:49 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 19 replies · 1,959+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | August 14, 2009 | Edward Luce
    [SNIP]Something peculiar is happening at the grassroots level in America. Initially dismissed by Democrats as artificial “Astroturf” protests – because they were allegedly organised by groups opposed to universal healthcare coverage, such as Conservatives for Patients Rights – hundreds of ordinary voters are now being turned away at local meetings. Many belong to organisations that oppose abortion or assisted suicide, which many inaccurately believe are sponsored by the healthcare bill taking shape in the House of Representatives. But others are ordinary citizens – almost always white, blue-collar workers – who are suffering from the recession and feel deep anger towards...
  • Scrap with cop lands her in jail

    08/14/2009 5:39:08 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 61 replies · 2,467+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Stephanie Farr
    THE ALTERCATION began when Officer Tamika Gross challenged Latifa Savage to a brawl in front of a vacant store next to Savage's Mill Creek home on Saturday, according to neighbors. " 'You got a lot of mouth 'cause you holdin' that baby,' " Gross said, according to witnesses. [snip] Still, witnesses said the tiny woman got the best of the cop in the fight. When backup officers arrived and restrained Savage, Gross kicked her, slammed her head in the sidewalk and screamed threats, forcing her colleagues to repeatedly pull her away, witnesses said.[snip]Savage was face down on the ground. As...
  • Draft Taxes Code proposes substantial income tax relief (India)

    08/12/2009 10:46:00 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 2 replies · 374+ views
    Press Trust Of India ^ | August 12, 2009 | Press Trust Of India Story Monkey
    In what could provide a major relief to income tax payers, the government on Wednesday proposed to tax only 10 per cent of income up to Rs 10 lakhs (@$20,000) while under the existing regime this relief is limited to people with income of Rs three lakh (@$6,000) only. Income between Rs 10 lakh (@$20,000) and Rs 25 lakh (@$52,000) would be taxed at the rate of 20 per cent and earnings thereafter would attract a rate of 30 per cent, as per the draft of the new Direct Taxes Code which is aimed at radical direct tax reforms. At...
  • Spilled milk turns deadly: Girl, 13, kills step-grandfather in Milwaukee

    08/12/2009 6:58:51 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 90 replies · 3,515+ views
    (New York) Daily News ^ | August 12, 2009 | Daily News Story Monkey
    A 13-year-old Milwaukee girl is accused of fatally stabbing her step-grandfather because he poured the milk for her cereal down the drain. Authorities say the bloodshed was the result of a long feud between Robert Moon, 48, said Labrina Brown. After Moon dumped the milk - saying another child in the house had to be fed first - Brown grabbed a paring knife and stabbed him in the neck, police said. "She stabbed me, she stabbed me in the neck," Moon said as he collapsed Saturday. Cops said Brown told a neighbor: "I stabbed him! I cut his throat! He's...
  • Horses being killed in South Florida -- for their meat?

    08/10/2009 10:34:03 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 76 replies · 1,737+ views
    CNN ^ | August 10,2009 | Kim Segal and John Zarrella
    MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Geronimo was a beautiful painted quarter horse. "He was a type of horse that he got along with everybody," says owner Ivonne Rodriguez. She had Geronimo for five years -- until his slaughtered carcass was found under a tree.
  • Conn. youth group evicted from KC hotel

    08/10/2009 10:04:15 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 57 replies · 2,271+ views
    Philly.com ^ | August 10, 2009 | DAVID TWIDDY
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dozens of children with a Connecticut youth group and their parents were kicked out of a Kansas City hotel in the middle of the night this week after hotel officials said they had gotten tired of fielding noise complaints from other guests. But members of the Nation Drill Squad and Drum Corps, based in New Haven, claim their eviction from the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel culminated several days of what they called prejudicial treatment because they are black. "Everyone should be respected regardless of your skin color," said Douglas Bethea, director of the group...
  • Man who killed teen to protect lawn kills self

    08/10/2009 8:45:39 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 78 replies · 2,889+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | August 10, 2009 | David Willoughby
    LEBANON, Ohio (Map, News) – A man from Clermont County’s Union Township, who admitted to shooting and killing a teenager with a shotgun who refused to heed his warnings to stay off his lawn, has committed suicide in an Ohio prison. The 15-year-old victim, Larry Mugrage Jr. was shot by 69-year-old Charles Martin in March 2006. He was indicted for Aggravated Murder, but the jury in the Clermont County Common Pleas Court found him guilty on a lesser charge of murder. He had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but jurors rejected that argument. Martin, who received a...
  • Shotgun drawn after brothers argue about sandwich

    08/10/2009 8:21:53 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 40 replies · 4,408+ views
    Philly.com ^ | August 10, 2009 | Philly.com story monkey
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - New Jersey police said a shotgun was brandished after two brothers argued about a sandwich for their mother. The argument began in Anthony Pilla's Bridgewater house, where the mother lives. Police said Pilla's brother threw his cap and glasses at the 49-year-old old. According to an affidavit, Pilla went to the basement and returned with a loaded shotgun. Police said the brothers wrestled, Pilla dropped the shotgun and their mother took it out of the house Wednesday. Pilla is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Police did not release the...
  • Vanity, Gun Cleaning (That's right, guns. FReepers come runnin'!)

    07/26/2009 9:42:02 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 52 replies · 848+ views
    July 26, 2009 | Owl_Eagle
    I was beginning to google around for the answer to this question, but then I thought "Who knows more about guns than my fellow FReepers?" So, I have a Mossberg 500, and I figured today would be as good a day as any to clean it. Now, in the past I've used something called "Butch's Bore Shine" but I ran out last time and haven't remembered to pick any up. It's hotter than blazes outside and the skies could open up at any minute so I don't want to walk down to the gun store. Can I use WD40 instead?...
  • Housing complex owners vote to ban smoking

    07/20/2009 10:29:56 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 81 replies · 1,159+ views
    Leader-Telegram (WI) ^ | Julian Emerson
    It's not just indoor public places in Eau Claire where lighting up is prohibited. Now residents of a south side, owner-occupied housing complex will have to snuff out smoking in their homes, the most recent sign of public anti-smoking sentiment. Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. The ban also prohibits smoking in shared spaces, such as porches and garages, but does allow it in yards and on patios. Of the 19 association members who voted on the issue, 15 favored the anti-smoking regulation proposed...
  • Should NBC News be deciding who's a terrorist?

    07/20/2009 7:07:18 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 7 replies · 356+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 20, 2009 | David Zurawik
    Over the weekend as we remembered CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, our focus was the high end of network TV journalism -- the golden age when facts mattered and ideological agendas were left at the newsroom door. That was then... Monday night, viewers will be offered a look at the questionable lengths and possible depths to which one network news organization is now willing to go in pursuit of a prime-time audience as NBC News debuts The Wanted at 10 p.m. [snip] Here is the way the show is described at an NBC website: "The Wanted brings together an elite team...
  • The unswoon-worthy Latino

    07/17/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 4 replies · 349+ views
    The Philadelphia Daily News ^ | July 17, 2009 | Christine M. Flowers
    ONE person's Great American Success Story is another's irrelevant footnote. All depends on who's telling the tale. Example: Child of Latino immigrants overcomes adversity, works hard, makes it to the Ivy League, then the law review and rises to the highest echelons of the legal profession. Child-turned-accomplished adult gets tapped for a prestigious federal judgeship. And Democrats wage a bitter battle against the nomination, up to and including the rarely used filibuster. Nomination rejected. Justice denied. Sonia Sotomayor obviously wasn't that ill-fated Hispanic, even though her own personal narrative is almost identical to that of Miguel Estrada, George W. Bush's...