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  • POLL!Is Concord Mills infringing on a conservative business owner’s first amendment rights?

    07/27/2009 2:15:09 PM PDT · by JessieHelmsJr · 26 replies · 759+ views
    Is Concord Mills infringing on a business owner’s first amendment rights?
  • Conservative kiosk not allowed at mall

    07/22/2009 7:50:07 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 30 replies · 1,395+ views
    WCNC ^ | July 22, 2009 | BETH SHAYNE
    CONCORD, N.C. -- “Impeach Obama. “ “Al Qaeda’s favorite days: 9/11/01 and 11/04/08.” “Work Harder. Obama needs the money.” The bumper stickers and posters sold at “Free Market Warrior” at Concord Mills are meant to be “biting,” the kiosk’s owner Loren Spivack said. At least one passer-by found them racist and bigoted, and took time to tell the mall in a letter and a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer. Whatever your opinion, the fact is this: At the end of July, “Free Market Warrior” will not be allowed at Concord Mills Mall. The kiosk chain’s owner shared...
  • Shopping Centres On Alert For Terrorism Attack

    07/17/2009 10:37:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 605+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 17th 2009
    Shopping centres on alert for terrorism attack The security services are preparing shopping centres across the country for a successful terrorist attack that would probably result in the deaths of dozens of innocent people. Duncan Gardham 18 Jul 2009 Ibrahim's attempt was the third time in four years that terrorists have targeted the large crowds that gather in these relatively unguarded places. In March 2004 a plot to blow up the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent with half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertiliser was foiled by MI5 and a month after Ibrahim's arrest last year, Nicky Reilly, another Muslim...
  • Tysons Corner ad shocks Vietnam vets [Mockery of Vietnam Memorial]

    06/09/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT · by · 92 replies · 3,482+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Michael Neibauer
    Prominent Vietnam veterans and their families are appalled by an advertisement for a major local mall that shows a woman in front of a wall that strongly resembles the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with the names of the center’s stores appearing instead of the names of the war dead. Tysons Corner Center reacted quickly to condemnation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and ordered the immediate removal of 440 of the ads from the Metrorail cars where they have been posted, mall spokeswoman Allison Fischer said Tuesday afternoon. The Tysons ad features a black granite wall engraved with a list of...
  • Terror threat: 3Cs Mall sealed

    05/16/2009 12:46:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 568+ views
    INDIA - News ^ | Posted: Friday , May 15, 2009 at 0100 hrs IST | Mohit Sharma
    New Delhi: There is an unusual calm, amid hectic police activity, in the Lajpat Nagar market these days. The popular 3Cs Mall and the entire area around it has been turned into a fortress after the Delhi Police received specific security inputs that the building would be blown up in the next 15 days. According to sources in the Southeast district police, they got inputs from intelligence agencies about a possible threat to the mall a few days ago. After the message was forwarded to the local police, they cordoned off the entire market. Intelligence agencies reportedly told the police...
  • Terror police in hunt for Brit bomb cell number 2

    PHOTO CAPTION: "A second al-Qaeda terror cell is believed to be planning carnage in the UK." SNIPPET: "Senior security sources last night revealed they are hunting extremists aiming to bomb a location such as a nightclub or shopping centre. They believe the cell will target London rather than the North- West, where 11 men were arrested on Wednesday, as the capital holds more "international significance"." Evidence gleaned from the arrests was revealed to Cobra, Whitehall's emergency committee of intelligence chiefs and ministers.
  • Mall's-eye views of American life: Recession, racism and sticky buns

    04/11/2009 7:03:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 11, 2009 | Mark Silva
    Michael Steele, with a knowing laugh, notes how "packed'' the shopping malls are these days, in the midst of a daunting recession. The Republican National Committee chairman was commenting on a caller's comment on Bill Bennett's radio show. The caller questioned how bad the economy really is, considering the fact that when he looks around he doesn't "see people spending any less money than they have been.'' "I've heard a number of people say that across the country,'' Steele replied with a laugh, and pretty well laughing all the way through the nodding comment: "The malls are just as packed...
  • It's lonely as a mall cop

    04/11/2009 7:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 843+ views
    The Denver Post / Dow Jones Newswires ^ | April 11, 2009 | Al Lewis
    If you've ever arrived home safely from a shopping spree, thank a mall cop. Tom Walton of AlliedBarton Security Services, one of the nation's largest providers of mall security professionals, complains that his people aren't getting any respect from Hollywood filmmakers who increasingly portray them as dorks, slackers and wannabe police officers. "These hard-working, highly trained men and women are our country's first responders who have a wide range of skills — from the sensitivity to deal with lost children to the ability to address criminal activity," Walton wrote in an article carried in several publications. As if malls didn't...
  • Woman Jumps to Death in Crowded Queens Mall

    04/09/2009 10:58:56 AM PDT · by Melissa 24 · 48 replies · 2,742+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | Sewell Chan & Mick Meenan
    A woman jumped to her death in the Queens Center Mall atrium about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, landing on and injuring a high school student four levels below, officials said. The crowds in the shopping center in Elmhurst screamed and ran, and police officers had to arrive soon to help calm the crowd. The Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said the woman was in her early to mid-50s and in the company of two teenagers when she jumped. He declined to release her identity immediately. A waist-high glass barrier runs around each floor of the atrium. It appeared that...
  • Eye-Opening Hour at the Mall...Depressing...[vanity]

    04/05/2009 10:25:40 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 30 replies · 1,979+ views
    Haven't walked through the Del Amo Fashion Center in a few months, but the wife needed an eye exam, so I went to drop her off at Pearle Vision and take the kids for Dippin Dots. Well, there's no more Pearle Vision. They've been bought out by LensCrafters. Them's the breaks. Del Amo's a huge mall. Dippin Dots is quite a haul from the eye doctor, And I couldn't help but notice that about every third store was shuttered up. Many left were having closing sales--everything must go. We get to Dippin Dots and...well that's where it used to be....
  • Car Bomb Found Near Crowded Israeli Mall

    03/22/2009 8:36:27 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 878+ views
    wapo ^ | March 23, 2009; | By Howard Schneider
    A 200-pound car bomb malfunctioned near a crowded mall in the Israeli port city of Haifa on Saturday night, averting what could have been one of the largest such attacks in Israel in the past several years, police said.
  • Major Terror Car Bombing Averted at Haifa's Lev Hamifratz Mall

    03/21/2009 2:58:51 PM PDT · by fella · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar 21, 2009 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Mar 21, 2009 22:05 | Updated Mar 21, 2009 23:45 Major Terror Car Bombing Averted at Haifa's Lev Hamifratz Mall By YAAKOV LAPPIN A major terrorist car bombing was averted at a Haifa mall on Saturday night when one of several explosive devices hidden in a parked vehicle malfunctioned. After being alerted by an employee of the Lev Hamifratz shopping center, who reported hearing an explosion, police sappers were dispatched to scan the area. The sappers found a partially exploded bomb in the trunk of a white Subaru car which was parked outside the shopping center, and registered to a...
  • Mall Features Shops That Cater To Somali Culture (Minneapolis)

    02/22/2009 6:26:56 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies · 1,481+ views ^ | 2/21/09 | Darcy Pohland
    The Global Business Center in the Hi-Lake Shopping Center has 42 stores. The 20,000-square foot center has a little bit of everything, from home decorations to clothes. The mall is not just for Somalis, but it does have some items that you might not find at other stores. There is also a beauty shop, but it is not like others. It caters mostly to Muslim women. "In our culture we can't show our hair, so if we have a lot of privacy, other beauty salons, we wont have that privacy," said shopper Asha Abdulla. There are only about a handful...
  • Math Wizards Unite, Recarpeting the National Mall!

    01/30/2009 7:03:21 PM PST · by incredulous joe · 30 replies · 1,213+ views
    30 January 2009 | Incredulous Joe
    Any Mathmaniacs out there looking for a good time on a Friday night? I suspect that you might have to have better than average skill to do this, but math is math. It's free from opinion and sometimes the truths that are revealed are more powerful than punditry. I floated this question a couple of days ago, but it was during a slow traffic hour and to a separate thread. It was also before this particular item was yanked from the Stimulus Shakedown. Anyway, I was curious if anyone might have the math skill to breakdown the cost of resodding...
  • President Hussein's 2012 Resignation : A historical Prediction

    01/29/2009 8:45:33 PM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 27 replies · 6,845+ views
    N / A | 2009-01-29 | Patton-at-Bastogne
    . A casual discussion of Obama's political situation today inspired the following analysis and predictions. 2009-01-29 : A Historical Preview The Obama Presidency is probably doomed to failure ... notwithstanding Rush Limbaugh's recently expressed hope that Obama's policies fail. The Obama White House is guilty of extraordinary political mistakes (as follows) that reveals either a terrifyingly confused President Hussein ... or worse still ... a Machiavellian power struggle birthed in an Administration still in it's infancy. (1) Obama's very peculiar nomination of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (the now internationally known IRS tax-cheat) is astounding, at the least. Geither's continued support...
  • Mall Repair Funds Cut From Stimulus Package (Best Hussein spin put on total destruction)

    01/28/2009 9:15:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 514+ views
    Link only - Mall Repair Funds Cut From Stimulus Package
  • 4 Teenagers Are Charged In Shooting at Wheaton Mall

    01/08/2009 3:09:02 PM PST · by freespirited · 60 replies · 2,190+ views
    Washpost ^ | 1/08/09 | Matt Zapotosky
    The teenagers weren't thinking about last-minute holiday purchases when they pulled into the Montgomery County shopping mall two days before Christmas. Instead, one of the teens later told police, the group went to the crowded mall to randomly shoot someone. All four, including a 14-year-old girl, are members of the Bloods street gang in Prince George's County, authorities said. Two of them opened fire in the parking lot of Westfield Wheaton Shopping Centre when they spotted members of a rival gang, police said. In announcing the arrests yesterday, county police said the four were being held on charges of attempted...
  • A Porn-Tastic Christmas

    12/29/2008 8:05:34 AM PST · by NYer · 297 replies · 6,813+ views
    CMR ^ | matthew archbold
    So I took the kids out to the mall to shop for Mom two days before Christmas. I want them to know that Christmas is not just about receiving but giving as well. Now let me ask a weird hypothetical. If I showed up at the Mall wearing only briefs and say my wife showed up in a minuscule bra and panties we'd likely be dragged from the premises and arrested. And rightly so, especially if you've seen me in briefs. But no matter what, it's bad, right? So why is it OK for some of these stores to have...
  • Mugging Suspect Shot By Witness At Mall (Citizen with pistol defense life of stranger)

    12/25/2008 1:56:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 71 replies · 2,956+ views
    Central Florida News ^ | 24 December, 2008 | NA
    ORLANDO -- Two people remain on the loose after an attempted mugging at Fashion Square Mall Tuesday night. Police said a woman got off a bus at a stop near the Bank of America at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was walking across the mall parking lot, when three men, including one armed with a handgun, tried to rob her. A bystander saw what was happening, pulled out his own gun and exchanged gunfire with one of the muggers. The suspects ran, but one was later caught. That suspect was wounded, but did not realize it until police caught...
  • One arrested in Wheaton mall shooting

    12/24/2008 6:42:03 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,888+ views ^ | December 24, 2008 - 10:31am | n/a
    WHEATON, Md. - SNIPPET: "The remaining at-large shooter is described as a black male, with a medium complexion, 16 to 21 years of age, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a yellow and black jacket with a hood, tan pants, and white shoes." SNIPPET: "Police are still looking for another shooter and other suspects involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery County Police at 240-773-5530 or 301-279-8000."
  • 15-Year-Old Girl Shot When Man Opens Fire On Car

    12/24/2008 6:37:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 803+ views
    THE INDY ^ | UPDATED: 8:56 pm EST December 24, 2008 | n/a
    POSTED: 5:51 pm EST December 24, 2008 INDIANAPOLIS -- Police said they were looking for a black Range Rover with two men inside. The men were described by police as black, one older and one younger. Police said they believed the shooter was about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a light-brown complexion and a goatee. Both men were said to be armed. Officers were canvassing the area Wednesday evening looking for the men. Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
  • House Searched After Man Found Near Mall With Bomb

    12/24/2008 2:59:04 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 2,422+ views ^ | Updated December 23, 2008, 7:13 pm CST | N/A
    Video: Bomb Squad Scours Metro Home For Explosives House Searched After Man Found Near Mall With Bomb Steven Jordal, 24, Arrested On Suspicion Of Making Explosive Device With Intent To Sell POSTED: 6:53 pm CST December 23, 2008 UPDATED: 7:13 pm CST December 23, 2008 OKLAHOMA CITY -- A robot has been combing a metro home for explosives since Tuesday morning after finding a man near Penn Square Mall with a bomb on Monday, police said. VIDEO: Bomb Squad Scours Metro Home For Explosives Officers said an anonymous tip led police to Steven Andrew Jordal, 24, who has been accused...
  • Mall of America Moves to Accommodate Minnesota Muslims

    12/13/2008 9:14:39 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 77 replies · 2,030+ views ^ | 12/13/08 | Mohamed Hassan
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – On the day Muslims around the world began to celebrate Eid al-Adha, Fatuma Mohamed was at the Mall of America (MOA), far away from where she would normally say her prayers. But she and other Muslims needed to take time from the activities of the mall and find a quiet area to pray as Muslims do during the festival that commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his only son for God. “I said my prayer right at that corner,” Mohamed said, pointing to the spot. Another Muslim, Amran Ali, did the same. “I had to say my prayer...
  • Young Muslims go amok at mall

    12/09/2008 5:51:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 1,172+ views
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | December 9, 2008
    Police used pepper spray Monday night to dispel up to 300 Muslim young people who caused disturbances outside Fisketorvet mall in downtown Copenhagen. The youths had gathered at the shopping centre in connection with the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. But several of those present got out of hand, according to police. Bicycles were thrown onto the nearby S-train tracks, shoppers at the mall were harassed and rocks were thrown at police who arrived on the scene. Officers managed to split the group in two and drive them away from the mall. Five youths were eventually arrested...
  • Police Search for Suspects in Miami Mall Shooting

    12/02/2008 10:59:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 511+ views
    AP via ^ | Updated December 2, 2008, 09:47 am EDT | n/a
    MIAMI -- An armored truck company is offering $20,000 for information on two gunmen who shot and killed a guard in a busy suburban Miami mall.
  • At least 2 shot inside Southcenter Mall

    11/22/2008 5:08:40 PM PST · by microgood · 40 replies · 2,472+ views
    Komo TV News (Seattle) ^ | Nov 22.2008 | KomoStaff
    TUKWILA - At least two people were hit by gunfire in a shooting Saturday afternoon inside Southcenter Mall as it was filled with pre-Thanksgiving shoppers, witnesses said. An off-duty sergeant with the Washington State Patrol at the scene said one victim underwent CPR after being hit. Two victims later were rushed by ambulance to the hospital. Two other people were put in handcuffs by officers at the scene, the trooper said. Other witnesses told KOMO News they heard at least three shots fired just after 3:30 p.m. in front of the Forever 21 store near the mall's food court. The...
  • No. 2 mall operator warns of bankruptcy

    11/12/2008 9:07:05 AM PST · by BGHater · 62 replies · 1,861+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 Nov 2008 | Parija B. Kavilanz
    General Growth Properties Inc., the No. 2 mall operator in the United States, has warned that an ongoing slump in retail sales, combined with the credit market lockdown, has pushed the company to the brink of bankruptcy. Chicago-based General Growth Properties said in an SEC filing late Monday that it has $900 million of property secured debt and $58 million of corporate debt coming up for renewal by Dec. 1. It also faces another $3.07 billion in debt that matures in 2009. But "given the continued weakness of the retail and credit markets," the mall operator fears it may not...
  • Islam convert gets 35 years in plot to attack mall [he saw the "light"]

    10/02/2008 2:08:59 AM PDT · by Righting · 11 replies · 681+ views
    ap ^ | 30,09,08
    Islam convert gets 35 years in plot to attack mall The Associated Press - 30 Sep 2008 CHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old convert to Islam has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for plotting to set off hand grenades in a crowded shopping mall ... Man gets 35 years in '06 terror plot Chicago Tribune
  • Kentucky Student May Sue After Mall Claimed Her Dress Was Too Short for Shopping

    08/14/2008 1:59:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 181 replies · 592+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 13, 2008 | FOX News
    A Kentucky college student has hired a lawyer after she was escorted out of a mall by security on Sunday because her dress was deemed too short, MyFOXBoston reports. Kymberly Clem, a 20-year-old student at Eastern Kentucky University, wore the dress Sunday after purchasing it from the mall in Richmond the previous day, the Richmond Register reported Tuesday. After just a few minutes inside of the mall, a security guard approached her and expressed concerns over the length of the garment. According to MyFOXBoston, the guard informed her that several female patrons had complained that she was disrupting their shopping...
  • Woman Asked To Leave Mall Because Of Dress

    08/12/2008 4:05:19 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 157 replies · 571+ views ^ | 08/11/08 | Janet Kim
    Kymberly Clem, 20, says she walked into the Richmond Mall Saturday but was soon escorted out all because of her dress. "I was walking through and 10 minutes after I was there, the security guard approached me, asked me to step aside, made me completely do a turn around while he stared me up and down and then asked me to leave because my outfit was too provocative and people's husbands was (sic) looking at me," says Clem. Clem says she bought the dress at the mall just the day before. She says she's worn more revealing clothing before to...
  • Arrests made in Raleigh mall melee

    07/27/2008 3:56:40 PM PDT · by NCDragon · 86 replies · 658+ views ^ | July 27, 2008 | Erin Coleman
    Raleigh, N.C. — About 200 to 300 people joined a melee that began inside a Raleigh mall and spilled outside the shopping center during the fight, police said Sunday. Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said the gang-related brawl began inside Triangle Town Center Mall on Saturday night at about 8 p.m.. Off-duty officers working at the mall requested assistance, and authorities from the Wake County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol also responded. Sughrue said a 15-year-old was stabbed during the incident. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A police officer was also injured...
  • Mexico Gunmen Kill (8) Youths, Take Hostages

    07/14/2008 1:46:33 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 10 replies · 273+ views
    Sighn On San Diego ^ | 07.13.2008 | REUTERS
    MEXICO CITY – Gunmen killed eight youths and a police chief and took dozens of restaurant patrons hostage for hours in two attacks in the drug gang-ridden state of Sinaloa, officials saidSunday. A group of hitmen sprayed four cars with bullets on a busy street in the city of Guamuchil in the early hours of Sunday, killing five young men and three female minors, a police source told Reuters. Advertisement In an earlier attack on Saturday, six other armed men caused pandemonium in the Pacific port city of Mazatlan by taking refuge in a shopping mall to escape security forces...
  • MALL Shame - Spencer Gifts and General Growth Properties Marketing sex to pre-teen girls.

    05/18/2008 1:40:06 PM PDT · by locke22 · 18 replies · 1,357+ views
    Old Glory Radio ^ | 05/18/08 | Old Glory Radio
    WARNING: this audio broadcast will contain offensive material.
  • Grad Terror Missile Slams into Chutzot Mall in Ashkelon, 15 Hurt

    05/14/2008 9:57:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 103+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 05/14/08, | Hana Levi Julian and Hillel Fendel
    ( Arab terrorists in Gaza fired two Grad Katyusha missiles at southern Ashkelon late Wednesday afternoon, and one rocket scored a direct hit on a children's medical clinic inside a shopping center. Parts of the building collapsed, trapping four people for a half-hour. At least 94 people had been rushed to Barzilai Medical Center by 8:30 p.m., most suffering severe post-traumatic stress reactions. A spokesman for the local Fire Department stated that the powerful rocket hit the building's 3rd floor and crashed down to the floor below. He said the firefighters rescued four people - including a little girl -...
  • Group says guard harassed Muslim women (CAIR - New Orleans mall)

    02/29/2008 4:37:39 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 20 replies · 568+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 2-29-08 | Times-Picayune
    A national American-Islamic group is calling on local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged incident in which a Muslim woman was ejected from the Oakwood mall near Gretna for refusing a security guard's demand to remove her headscarf, known as a hijab.
  • Explosion, fire reported in Waukegan mall (Illinois)

    02/28/2008 11:28:57 AM PST · by SE Mom · 146 replies · 731+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 28 February 2008
    WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- Firefighters from several departments are battling what appeared to be an explosion and fire at a shopping plaza early Thursday afternoon. The fire is burning at 1926 Grand Ave. in the northern suburb, a shopping plaza home to Tuxedo World, Cleopatra's Unisex Hair Salon, Cellular Concepts and a travel agency. Authorities reported there are several injuries. Reports of a structure collapse could not be confirmed. Authorities have closed Grand Avenue between Martin and Lewis avenues, and crews from People's Gas are on the scene because firefighters fear a gas leak.
  • Teen Escort Policy Keeps Mall Quiet

    02/23/2008 6:25:47 PM PST · by murron · 28 replies · 612+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune | 2/23/08 | Michelle Hunter
    Matt Shaver almost didn't recognize his old hangout as he strolled through the food court at Clearview Mall in Metairie on Friday evening. It was 6:30 p.m. and nowhere to be seen were the throngs of teens and youngsters who would usually begin to trickle in about that time -- at least, that was the usual pattern before the mall began strictly enforcing its new parental escort policy last weekend.
  • Bomb blast at Slovenian-run mall in Serbia: report (Kosovo conflict)

    02/08/2008 2:03:31 PM PST · by kronos77 · 7 replies · 224+ views
    08 February 2008, 16:47 CET (BELGRADE) - A bomb blast rocked a Slovenian-run shopping mall in Serbia on Friday, while another had to be evacuated following an anonymous bomb threat, B92 radio reported. An explosive device went off early Friday at the entrance of Mercator Center in the New Belgrade area of the capital, which is located next to a police station, shattering glass but causing no casualties, the report said. The blast occurred at around 5:00 am (0400 GMT), according to a statement by police, who launched a probe but revealed no possible motives. Several hours later, employees and...
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • Navy Terror [Hassan Abu-Jihaad knew Illinois mall grenade planner]

    01/05/2008 6:55:39 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 11 replies · 259+ views, New Haven ^ | January 4, 2008 | AP
    New Haven (AP) _ A federal judge says prosecutors may not introduce at trial a claim that a former Navy sailor plotted to attack military personnel. Hassan Abu-Jihaad is charged with disclosing the location of Navy ships to terrorism supporters. The 31-year-old Abu-Jihaad of Phoenix pleaded not guilty in April to charges he provided material support to terrorists with intent to kill U.S. citizens and disclosed classified information relating to national defense. He is accused of disclosing the location of Navy ships and the best ways to attack them. During a hearing in November, prosecutors played secretly recorded phone calls...
  • Lost a car, found a mess

    12/24/2007 2:48:06 AM PST · by Psalm_2 · 153 replies · 517+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | Dec 23 2007 | WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE
    There he stood in the Tyrone Square Mall parking lot, surrounded by three police cruisers and mall security. Police had searched and interrogated him. All the while, DiSalvo said, shoppers gawked, perhaps wondering whom he had killed. The 57-year-old said he was guilty of one thing: forgetfulness. He lost his 1991 Grand Marquis in a sea of 6,000 parked cars.
  • Mall Signs Might as Well Read ‘Please Shoot Me’

    12/18/2007 1:37:55 AM PST · by rhema · 23 replies · 240+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12/11/2007 | Doug Patton
    Omaha, Nebraska -- The day after my hometown was rocked by the senseless murder of eight innocent people and the wounding of five others in a local shopping mall, ‘Today Show’ co-host Meredith Vieira asked this obtuse question of two of the shooter’s friends: “Do you think your friend was a victim?” Therein lies the problem with our society’s view of guns and gun violence. The rights of victims are forgotten while murderers are called victims. Poor Robbie Hawkins. Apparently 265,000 of our hard-earned tax dollars spent on this “victim” over the last several years by our Health and Human...
  • Mother of Mall Shooter Apologizes

    12/14/2007 7:20:31 AM PST · by Turbopilot · 60 replies · 679+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12-14-2007 | Josh Funk
    OMAHA, Neb. — The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him. "I have been absolutely devastated," Maribel Rodriguez told The Associated Press. "The most difficult part is giving all of my best efforts to convey to all these beautiful people that I truly am sorry." Her son, 19-year-old Robert Hawkins, fired more than 30 rounds inside a mall department store Dec. 5, striking 11 people. Eight of them died, and he killed himself. Families held funerals and...
  • Colorado hero shows gun law must change

    12/13/2007 6:45:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies · 271+ views
    The Daily Telegram DAILY (MI) ^ | December 12, 2007 | MASTHEAD EDITORIAL
    At issue: A woman using a handgun to stop a killer in a “soft target,” a church. Our view: The case shows why Michigan school staff need an option for training and concealed carry, not “gun-free zones.” Another month has brought more shooting sprees in what commonly are “gun-free zones.” Four died in two separate shootings Sunday in Colorado. Eight were murdered last Wednesday in an Omaha, Neb., shopping mall. Seven students were slain recently in Finland. That followed a Cleveland school shooting in October. Only in the latest attack did an adult have a right to a gun to...
  • Holiday shopping hits the skids

    12/11/2007 11:46:22 AM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 46 replies · 489+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/11/07 | Parija B. Kavilanz
    NEW YORK ( -- After getting off to a fast start last month, holiday sales at some of the nation's largest retailers have slowed to an excruciatingly slow pace and mall traffic has dropped dramatically. The results, coming two weeks before Christmas, jeopardize an already weak holiday sales period. Chain-store sales rose a mere 0.2 percent for the week ended Dec. 8, following a disappointing 2 percent sales decline in the prior week, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Council of Shopping Centers. "Consumers continue to be slow in finishing their holiday shopping," said Michael Niemira, the...
  • Eyewitness View of the Omaha Shooting (Great Read)

    12/10/2007 3:01:38 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies · 435+ views ^ | 12/10/07 | ANON/
    The following comments are from an actual witness to the Omaha shooting, and a Police Officer who responded. Other than minor edits for spelling and clarity, we have not altered their comments, since, though somewhat disjointed, they convey the surreal and disorienting reality of being involved in a public shooting rampage.
  • Omaha Mall Shooter Stopped by Armed Shoppers [What-if satire from Scott Ott]

    12/07/2007 7:40:37 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 93 replies · 498+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | December 7, 2007 | Scott Ott
    (2007-12-07) — When 19-year-old Robert Hawkins entered the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle wrapped in a sweater, he intended to become famous by shooting as many people as possible and then turning the gun on himself.The mentally-troubled teen left a suicide note, and a trail of evidence on his computer and elsewhere that he knew the police would spend months investigating. He had done everything possible to ensure that his name would be mentioned along with other mass killers at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School and the like.He knew that the Westroads Mall was a...
  • Gunman may have smuggled weapon in shirt (Omaha mall gunman)

    12/06/2007 11:51:40 AM PST · by 300magnum · 54 replies · 357+ views
    Associated Press ^ | OSKAR GARCIA
    OMAHA, Neb. - The teenage gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a department store may have smuggled an assault rifle into the mall underneath clothing, police said Thursday. Police Chief Thomas Warren said the young man "appeared to be concealing something balled up in a hooded sweat shirt" he was carrying, according to a surveillance video. The teen entered the store Wednesday using an elevator, and moments later, gunfire pierced through the notes of Christmas music at the Westroads Mall's Von Maur department store. People huddled in dressing rooms and barricaded themselves in offices as 19-year-old Robert A....
  • Omaha Mall Shooting .. Vanity Post

    12/06/2007 7:02:50 AM PST · by CometBaby · 158 replies · 630+ views
    Vanity Post ^ | 12/06/07 | CometBaby
    As some of you know, I am from Omaha. Just my opinion, for what it’s worth, but I’m watching the reports on TV and Radio, both locally (here in Omaha) and nationally and I’m getting ticked off .. I have to speak out. I've been listening to people who knew this kid, on a local radio station, talking about threats he has made. There was one classmate who claims he threatened to kill her and burn down her house. Then there are the friends from his clique who are defending him. One even supposedly threatened to kill another student who...
  • Nine dead in Nebraska mall shooting

    12/05/2007 10:42:13 PM PST · by Dane · 14 replies · 476+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/05/07
    OMAHA, Neb., Dec 5 (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man killed eight people and then himself with an assault rifle at a busy mall in Omaha on Wednesday, sending terrified workers and Christmas shoppers scrambling for cover. "Now I will be famous," the gunman wrote in a suicide note, his landlady told CNN after finding a three-part document that she said included his will. Police declined to discuss the contents of the note. Five people were wounded, two of them critically, in the early afternoon rampage in the Midwestern U.S. city. Most of the victims at the upscale Westroads Mall were...