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Florida professor defends theory that Newtown shootings never happened

A communications professor from Florida Atlantic University isn't backing down from his theory that the mass killing of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut may have never happened.

Writing on his Memory Hole blog last month, Professor James Tracy asserted that it was "not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration [had] complicity or direct oversight of an incident that has in very short order sparked a national debate" on gun control.

"While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place - at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described," he declared, noting that no surveillance video of photos of bodies had been released by authorities.

"Moreover, to suggest that [President Barack] Obama is not capable of deploying such techniques to achieve political ends is to similarly place ones faith in image and interpretation above substance and established fact, the exact inclination that in sum has brought America to such an impasse."

Eye 1

Daughter accuses German filmmaker Klaus Kinski of years of sex abuse

The elder daughter of the late German film icon Klaus Kinski accused him Wednesday of sexually abusing her for several years from the time she was a small child.

Pola Kinski said the diminutive fair-haired actor who died in 1991 had molested her repeatedly from the age of five until she turned 19, in an interview with weekly magazine Stern ahead of the release of a tell-all book she has written.

The notoriously volatile but prolific star of "Fitzcarraldo" and "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" and a frequent collaborator of German director Werner Herzog "ignored all protests" by his young daughter, Pola Kinski charged.

"He just took what he wanted," she said, adding that she lived in constant fear as a youngster of his angry outbursts.

Snakes in Suits

Judge: Texas school can force student to wear RFID badge

© Image: Northside Independent School District
A high schooler suspended for refusing to wear an ID badge on religious grounds loses her lawsuit.

A federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that a San Antonio high school was permitted to expel or transfer a student if she refused to wear the school's mandated identification badges.

Last year Northside Independent School District began issuing school IDs embedded with RFID chips, which monitor students' movements from when they arrive at school until when they leave. One student, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez was suspended when she refused to wear the ID badge on (albeit slightly loopy) religious grounds - her parents believed the RFID chip to be "the Mark of the Beast."

Hernandez sued the school district, who tried to accommodate the girl and her family by saying they would remove the RFID chip from her badge, but that she would still need to wear the badge itself. Wired explained that Hernandez family continued to take issue:
The girl's father, Steven, wrote the school district explaining why removing the chip wasn't good enough, that the daughter should be free from displaying the card altogether. "'We must obey the word of God," the father said, according to court documents. "By asking my daughter and our family to participate and fall in line like the rest of them is asking us to disobey our Lord and Savior."


9-State "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut" - February 7, 2013

In just one month, hundreds of communities throughout a nine state region, including Kentucky, will participate in a region wide earthquake drill during the third annual "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut." At 10:15 a.m. (Central Time) on Feb 7, 2013, millions of people will practice the recommended safety action in the event of an earthquake, "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

During an earthquake, individuals are advised to:

- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, and protect their heads and necks
- Hold On until the shaking stops

The ShakeOut occurs on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, the deadly storm that impacted millions of Atlantic Coast citizens, caused more than $60 billion in losses, and leaves a lasting reminder of the destructive power of natural disasters.

"This storm has once again shown us what widespread damage and disruption a regional disaster can have on the entire nation," said Jim Wilkinson, executive director of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium. During the storm, the loss of life could have been much greater had communities and citizens been complacent about the threat they faced.


4 children killed, mother severely injured in overnight house fire


A news conference was held Wednesday morning on details of the fire
Four children, ranging in age from eight months to nine years old, were killed in a house fire in Conyers late Tuesday night.

The oldest victim was 9-year-old Adaria.

Their mother Reba Glass was severely burned as she tried to save her children, according to Maj. Mike Waters of the Conyers Police Department.

"She was able to save one of the children," Waters said. "Witnesses advised that she actually threw that child from a second-story window."

Glass then jumped to safety. Paramedics rushed her to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital with severe burns. Her surviving child was hospitalized with a shoulder injury, Waters said.

The surviving child turned 6 on Wednesday.

The initial call to 911 came at 11:05 p.m., Waters said. Four officers from a nearby police precinct were on the scene within 30 seconds.


TSA screener fired for alleged theft in North Carolina

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An airport screener with the Transportation Security Administration at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the latest TSA officer to be fired for stealing from passengers, following an ongoing ABC News investigation into theft within the agency.

Reggie Edwards, 52, was charged with larceny under $50 after allegedly stealing $36 from a passenger's suitcase on New Year's Day.

"TSA does not tolerate theft and moved immediately to terminate this individual," said the TSA in a statement confirming Edwards' dismissal.

Edwards joins a growing list, now numbering nearly 400, of TSA officers to be fired for theft since the agency was incepted in 2003.


California woman arrested over toddler's chili powder death

A woman has been arrested in the death of a toddler who police say was made to ingest chili powder - perhaps as a punishment.

Amanda Sorensen, 21, of Apple Valley, was detained early Monday morning on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were called to the 20000 block of Cayuga Road at 4:16 p.m. Sunday for a child suffering from a seizure after ingesting chili powder.

The 2-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Sorensen is believed to be the girlfriend of the child's father.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.


The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered questions and missing information

"[My staff] and I hope the people of Newtown don't have it crash on their head later." - Connecticut Medical Examiner D. Wayne Carver II, MD, December 15, 2012
Inconsistencies and anomalies abound when one turns an analytical eye to news of the Newtown school massacre. The public's general acceptance of the event's validity and faith in its resolution suggests a deepened credulousness borne from a world where almost all news and information is electronically mediated and controlled. The condition is reinforced through the corporate media's unwillingness to push hard questions vis-à-vis Connecticut and federal authorities who together bottlenecked information while invoking prior restraint through threats of prosecutorial action against journalists and the broader citizenry seeking to interpret the event on social media.

Along these lines on December 19 the Connecticut State Police assigned individual personnel to each of the 26 families who lost a loved one at Sandy Hook Elementary. "The families have requested no press interviews," State Police assert on their behalf, "and we are asking that this request be honored.[1] The de facto gag order will be in effect until the investigation concludes - now forecast to be "several months away" even though lone gunman Adam Lanza has been confirmed as the sole culprit.[2]

With the exception of an unusual and apparently contrived appearance by Emilie Parker's alleged father, victims' family members have been almost wholly absent from public scrutiny.[3] What can be gleaned from this and similar coverage raises many more questions and glaring inconsistencies than answers. While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place - at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described.

Red Flag

DOJ official wants trustee in Massachusetts pharmacy case

An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm's "gross mismanagement," among other reasons, a Justice Department official argued Tuesday.

U.S. Trustee William Harrington also argued in his motion that an accountant the New England Compounding Center hired to lead it through the Chapter 11 process had a hopeless conflict of interest because the NECC's board can fire him at any time.

Harrington accused the NECC of hiring Keith Lowey and appointing him to its board just before it filed for bankruptcy "in an apparent attempt to forestall the appointment of a trustee."

"Creditors and victims of the (NECC's) conduct should have an independent, conflict free party developing a reorganization or liquidation strategy," Harrington wrote in the motion filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Massachusetts.


Aurora shooter's defense to argue he is unfit for trial

Defense lawyers for the man accused of opening fire in a US theater in July, killing 12 and wounding dozens more, readied Wednesday to call witnesses in a bid to stop the case from going to trial.

The preliminary hearing, which began on Monday, has been emotionally harrowing as relatives and police choked back tears or wept openly at testimony describing the slaughter at a packed midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises".

Prosecutors have closed their case for the alleged gunman, James Holmes, to face trial. Next up, defense lawyers are expected to highlight Holmes' mental instability as a possible reason he should not.

Offering a preview of that strategy at the hearing Tuesday, defense attorney Tamara Brady asked federal firearms supervisor Steven Beggs if there was a process in Colorado "to screen out purchases by a severely mentally ill person."

"No," replied Beggs, who detailed for the prosecution how Holmes had purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition in the months before last July's shooting in Colorado, both online and in person.