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US: 16-Year-Old Girl Who Challenged Bachmann To Debate Receiving Threats Of Violence, Rape

Last week, ThinkProgress reported on high school sophomore Amy Myers, who challenged history-challenged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to a public debate on the basic facts of the U.S. Constitution. "Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me" to the challenge, she wrote in an open letter to the tea party doyenne. Unfortunately, it seems some Bachmann fans haven't taken Myers' challenge kindly and are now threatening the teenage girl with violence:
After it started getting media attention last weekend, commenters on tea party websites have threatened to publish her home address and some have threatened violence.

The 16-year-old from Cherry Hill says several commenters have called her a "whore."

Her father, Wayne, says he's concerned for his daughter's safety.

Camera

US: Schwarzenegger's mistress photos surface, and media storm begins

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Scrutiny of Mildred Patricia Baena began as soon as her MySpace photos, including this one, hit the Internet.
The revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has an out-of-wedlock child with a former employee turned into a tabloid frenzy yesterday, as scores of reporters and photographers swarmed a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in the middle of California farm country amid unconfirmed reports it was the home of the child's mother.

The woman, identified by The New York Times as Mildred Patricia Baena, was not at the Bakersfield house when the mob arrived. News trucks idled outside the home of Baena, who the world now knows to be the mother of the boy Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering while she was his family's housekeeper.

The harsh scrutiny of Baena started as soon as her MySpace photos flooded the Internet.

Jackie Rozo, who identified herself as an adult daughter of Baena, said her mother had worked for Schwarzenegger until recently. She would not elaborate.

Schwarzenegger's office declined to discuss whether Baena is the mother of the former governor's child.

A photo of the boy posted on Baena's MySpace page shows a fairly strong resemblance to Schwarzenegger, particularly when the actor-bodybuilder-politician was younger.

Camcorder

US: Police investigate discovery of hidden camera in women's bathroom in western Pennsylvania arts theater

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Authorities in Altoona are investigating the discovery of a hidden camera in the women's bathroom at a western Pennsylvania arts theater.

State police said Thursday that the camera was found April 9 at the Mishler Theatre, attached to a sprinkler head in the basement women's restroom. The Altoona Mirror reports that the camera was removed after a dancer saw it.

The Mishler Theater is owned by the Blair County Arts Foundation.

Joseph Stevens III, who is president of the foundation's board, says he can't comment on the surrounding the discovery of the camera.

Source: The Associated Press

Pills

US: Florida Student Accused of Drugging Teacher's Drink

A 13-year-old central Florida middle school student has been charged after allegedly sneaking a sleeping pill into his teacher's drink.

Osceola County Sheriff's deputies said the Discovery Intermediate School student confessed to putting Clonidine, a prescription blood pressure medication, into his teacher's drink because she yelled at him in class.

The Associated Press is not naming the student because he is a minor.

Authorities said the teacher told other teachers she felt nauseous, dizzy and drowsy and went home sick on May 16.

The student was charged with poison of food with the intent to injure. He was booked into Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center without bond.

Source: The Associated Press

Black Cat

10 Bizarre Deaths that Shook Sport

1 Michael Hogan (in 1920, at Croke Park in Dublin, aged 24)

The most politically influential death in sport. The Gaelic footballer was murdered on Bloody Sunday when British forces and police stormed Croke Park in Dublin. Shots were fired into the crowd of 5000 killing 14 people including Hogan, the one player to die.

The ground, now an impressive 80,000-seat stadium, became a shrine for Irish nationalists. The Hogan Stand, first built in 1924, is named for the fallen Tipperary footballer who had been in the Irish Volunteers, a forerunner to the IRA.

2 Andres Escobar (in 1994, outside a Medillin nightclub, aged 27)

The defender was probably murdered as an underworld reprisal for conceding the own goal against hosts America which eliminated the powerful Colombian team from soccer's 1994 World Cup. The killer, who fired 12 shots, was linked to Colombian crooks and gamblers. Escobar's funeral was attended by 120,000 people, a grief-stricken response to one of sports' saddest and sickest moments.

Attention

US: Dramatic Staten Island explosion caused by two homeless people scrounging for pipe: authorities

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The scene of the building explosion and collapse on Staten Island.
A stunning explosion that blew the facade off a Staten Island house Tuesday was caused by two homeless people breaking a gas line while scrounging for pipe, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Reyes, 24, told cops he'd been ripping metal pipes out of the walls of a vacant apartment in Mariners Harbor early Tuesday when he accidentally removed a gas line connecting the building's furnace and hot water heater.

As the apartment filled with gas, Reyes left, but returned 40 minutes later with 28-year-old Dominique Robinson, Staten Island prosecutors said.

When she lit a cigarette, the gas ignited, causing an explosion that tore off an entire side of the three-story building.

"Me and this girl went into this building to take some pipe," Reyes admitted, according to a criminal complaint. "Once I hit the pipe, the boiler exploded."

Both suffered minor injuries - Reyes to his face and Robinson to her hands - and fled, authorities said.

Heart - Black

US -Psycho: Stepmother Convicted In Girl's Malnourishment Death

Police: 5-Year-Old Died Of Malnourishment, Salt Poisoning
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Lauren McConniel

Muncie, Ind. - A 25-year-old Muncie woman has been found guilty of neglect of a dependent causing death after her 5-year-old stepdaughter died of malnourishment and salt poisoning.

Brittany McConniel and her husband, Ryan McConniel, were charged last year, months after their stepdaughter, Lauren McConniel, died [at] Riley Hospital for Children on March 9.

Police said the couple lied to investigators about seeking timely medical treatment for Lauren, who they contended displayed psychotic behavior.

The girl had been taken to a mental health facility for evaluation. She wasn't speaking much and had been put back in a diaper at age 5, police said.

Compass

Argentina: Plane fireball kills 22

A small commercial aircraft crashed in an isolated part of Patagonia, southern Argentina, killing all 22 people on board.

"We did not find anyone alive," said hospital director Ismael Ali, who took part in the rescue mission. "The plane is in charred fragments. Everything is burned and smashed to pieces."

Ali said a witness reported seeing a fireball crash into a field near his home in the foothills of the Andes, indicating a possible midair explosion.

The plane had earlier been reported missing on a flight between the southern cities of Neuquen and Comodoro Rivadavia, in Rio Negro province.

Horacio Farre, a spokesman for the private company Sol, which owned the plane, confirmed there were no survivors. He said the aircraft crashed around 45 minutes after takeoff. It issued a distress signal just before it went down.

The passengers on the Saab 340 twin-engine aircraft included 18 adults, one minor and three crew members, the company said, adding that an investigation is under way.

Hardhat

Deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades due to safety failures

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A section of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, exploded in April 2010, killing 29.
A "perfect storm was brewing" in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine in the weeks and days before a fireball tore through it on April 5, 2010, killing 29 miners and injuring one severely, according to a just-released report by the Governor's Independent Investigation Panel.

The report describes in vivid detail the conditions at Upper Big Branch before, during and after the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in 40 years, and concludes that the explosion was preventable and resulted from "failures in safety systems" at the mine in southern West Virginia.

The findings are based on physical examinations of the mine, regulatory records, the mine's internal records and more than 300 interviews with current and former mine employees, family members of miners, as well as with state and federal mine regulators. Noticeably absent from the 120-page report: testimony from the top people in charge of the mine. They invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refused to cooperate with investigators.

Among the key findings: The Upper Big Branch mine lacked adequate ventilation, water sprays on equipment were not properly maintained and failed to function as they should have, and the mining company didn't meet federal and state safety standards for the application of rock dust, a crucial tool in keeping highly explosive coal dust inert.

Heart - Black

Psychopath: How killer with contempt for human life almost got away with murder

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The burned out car in which Claire Morris died
DEADLY conman Malcolm Webster thought for almost 17 years that he had got away with the perfect murder.

He was so sure of himself, he tried to kill his second wife in exactly the same way he murdered his first - a staged fireball crash.

His murder of first wife Claire Morris in 1994 netted him £200,000 and he would have gained £500,000 if he succeeded in killing second wife Felicity Drumm.

But yesterday the monster who charmed a string of women was facing life in jail after his web of deceit finally unraveled.

A jury took less than four hours to find the former nurse guilty of murder, attempted murder and a string of other charges, including trying to commit bigamy, fraud and fire-raising.

To the women he wooed around the world, 52-year-old Webster seemed the perfect English gentleman - in the words of one former conquest almost "too good to be true".

In fact, his life was founded on lies and ruthless scheming to get the high life he craved.