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Update: The 'mean' campus police officer who shot killed straight-A student, 23, who asked him: 'You gonna shoot me?'

Stormtrooper

Cpl. Chris Carter, an officer with the San Antonio university's 17-strong police force, shot dead Robert Cameron Redus early Friday following a traffic stop outside the student's apartment.
The campus policeman who shot dead a straight A student at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas has been pictured for the first time.

Cpl. Chris Carter, an officer with the San Antonio university's 17-strong police force, shot dead Robert Cameron Redus early Friday following a traffic stop outside the student's apartment.

The news comes as one of Redus' neighbors, Mohammad Haidarasl, 22, described hearing the 23-year-old's last words before his life was tragically cut short.

'I heard (a man) say, "Oh, you're gonna shoot me?'" in a surprised voice,' Haidarasl said. Les than a minute later he said he heard four to six gunshots.

Carter was grabbing a burger for himself and his colleague when he spotted Redus' car speeding and then hit a curb, police said.

He sounded his siren and pulled the vehicle over as it drove into The Treehouse Apartments where Redus lived. Redus got out of the car and went to walk into his home.

Carter, who had nine law enforcement jobs within seven years, responded with his firearm after Redus apparently grabbed his baton and used it to strike him in the head and arm.

According to the Express-News, people who know the officer described him as 'mean.'

'He was mean,' Hugo Bustillos, a former neighbor, said. Bustillos lived above Carter's apartment for about a year. He said Carter also had run-ins with at least one other tenant over his dog before he moved away last year.

Comment: We used to live in a society where police officers were there to help members of the community whether they had been intoxicated or not. There are other ways to defend yourself against the belligerent, if that is even the case here. No human being deserves to be murdered in cold blood for 'resisting arrest'. Welcome to the Police State.


Eye 1

Director to Raw Story: Exposé on brutal Christian school cost me my faith

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Katie Logan
Kate Logan, the director of "Kidnapped for Christ" a documentary exposé about a brutal offshore Christian reform school, said that she lost her Christian faith in the course of making the film.

In an interview with Raw Story, Logan opened up about how her initial intent was to make a documentary praising the school, but that the façade the Escuela Caribe presented to the world quickly crumbled when she began to interact with the students. She first became interested in the school and New Horizons Youth Ministries at the age of 18 in 2004. "I was a missionary working in the area," she said. Escuela Caribe is located in the Dominican Republic, one of the most impoverished areas of the world. "And I found out about the school because you tend to notice other Americans there."

When she first heard of the program, it sounded great. "They told me the school was a place for kids that would either end up in jail, on the streets or dead, kids that were really in trouble," Logan said, "And I thought to myself, what a great program, where kids can learn about another culture and get away from bad influences back home."

A few years later, Logan was in film school and thought, "Hey, that would be a good project, to go down and make a short, kind of heartwarming documentary about these rough-and-tumble kids learning about Dominican culture together and getting therapy." "I had no idea what the school was really like or what their history was," she said.

Eye 1

BREAKING NEWS: Harvard students urged to evacuate after 'explosives' reported at 4 campus buildings

  • Police are investigating unconfirmed reports of explosives at Harvard
  • Students have been urged to evacuate the Science Center, Sever Hall, Emerson Hall and Thayer Hall, which are all on the main campus
  • Final exams have begun and some have now been canceled
Students at Harvard University are evacuating four campus buildings after police received unconfirmed reports of explosives on Monday morning.

Authorities urged students at the Ivy League college in Cambridge, Masachusetts to leave the Science Center and three other buildings - Sever Hall, which contains classrooms for the humanities, Emerson Hall, the philosophy building, and a freshman dorm, Thayer Hall.

Harvard issued the emergency alert for students shortly after 9am on Monday. Its Twitter account noted that there have not been any reports of explosions.

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Evacuations: Students gather in the Science Center Plaza at Harvard University on Monday after police received unconfirmed reports that explosives had been planted at four campus buildings

Bug

Caught on camera, the chilling moment girl, six, is led away hand-in-hand with the monster who raped and killed her

Filthy, disgusting animal

Hours after Cartoon's body was found, a music roadie called Nui was arrested 400 miles away.
Chilling CCTV footage of the moment a six-year-old girl was led away by the hand to be raped and violently murdered has been released in Thailand.

The grainy clip, which echoes that of British toddler James Bulger being walked to his death in 1993, shows the girl, nicknamed 'Nong Cartoon', strolling with a stranger through the lobby of Bearing skytrain station in Bangkok ten days ago.

Her disappearance sparked a massive police hunt that ended yesterday with the discovery of her strangled and decomposing body in a deserted area near the city's Suklhumvit Soi 501 motorway in a case that has shaken the nation.

Within hours of the grim find, detectives arrested a 32-year-old music roadie, named only as 'Nui', 400 miles away in the northern city of Nong Khai, following a tip-off from a member of public.

Cartoon' vanished from her father's pick-up truck where she had been sleeping while he watched the end of a folk music concert in Thailand's capital on November 6.

Road Cone

Philippines passengers die after bus plunges off elevated highway

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The aftermath of the bus crash in Manila.
At least 21 killed in suburban Manila as bus veers off highway in wet weather and crushes van


At least 21 people were killed and about 20 others injured when a passenger bus plunged from an elevated highway and fell onto a van in suburban Manila, police said.

Superintendent Elizabeth Velasquez said the bus veered off the highway and crashed onto a van passing below in suburban Paranaque city at dawn on Monday. Both drivers were killed.

TV footage showed a number of bodies strewn around the bus wreckage with police officers milling around.

The van was an unrecognizable pile of smashed white metal.

Light Sabers

Rival rallies continue in Kiev as Western meddling increases

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Pro-European integration protestors stand behind a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev December 15, 2013.
Tens of thousands of people from across Ukraine gathered in central Kiev for rival anti- and pro-government rallies on Sunday, continuing their demonstrations as US and EU officials increase their involvement in the political crisis.

US Senators John McCain and Chris Murphy have joined the opposition rally by addressing the crowd from a stage, declaring how the protests are inspiring the world.

"People of Ukraine, this is your moment. This is about you, no one else. This is about the future you want for your country. This is about the future you deserve," McCain said.

"We are here to support your just cause, the sovereign right of Ukraine to determine its own destiny freely and independently. And the destiny you seek lies in Europe," he added. "The US is with you."

Murphy also urged protesters to continue the fight. "Ukraine's future stands with Europe, and the United States stands with Ukraine," he said.

Meanwhile, Polish MPs set up a tent on Independence Square on Sunday, UNIAN news reported. "I haven't felt as free as I do here on the Maidan for a very long time," MP Malgorzata Gosevska said, adding that Polish national dishes will be distributed to the protesters in the evening.

Roses

Retired professor of astronomy Carol Ambruster found stabbed to death in her Philadelphia apartment

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Carol W. Ambruster
The Germantown apartment building where a retired Villanova University professor was found stabbed to death Monday night was not easily accessible to outsiders, one of the building's owners said Wednesday, suggesting that the woman might have known her killer.

Carol W. Ambruster, 69, a retired professor of astronomy, was found by her roommate in the kitchen of her apartment in the 5500 block of Wayne Avenue with a knife in her neck about 9 p.m., police said. She also had been stabbed in the chest.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said the scene indicated that there had been a violent struggle. Blood was spattered in several rooms of the four-bedroom, second-floor apartment, he said.

Ambruster's roommate, whom police did not identify, told investigators he found her dead when he returned home from running errands, said Capt. James Clark, commanding officer of the Homicide Unit.

The roommate - who was not romantically involved with Ambruster, Clark said, but was a friend who worked for the Philadelphia School District - said he had come home to the apartment building earlier in the night to retrieve his car, but did not go inside.

He told detectives that when he came back home, he found the apartment door unlocked, the lights off, and Ambruster dead in the kitchen. He told police he then ran to a neighbor, who called 911.

Nothing appeared to be stolen from the apartment, Clark said.

Detectives, who remained on the scene Wednesday looking for surveillance tape and interviewing neighbors, have not determined a motive for the killing, Clark said.

Cult

In God we trust: Five more Philadelphia Catholic priests suspended in sex scandal

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, battered since 2011 by a high-profile child sex abuse scandal, said on Sunday it had placed another five priests on administrative leave, including one accused of sexual abuse.

After a church investigation, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput determined that there was a substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor against a 58-year-old priest identified as Michael A. Chapman, according to a church statement. It gave no further details on the allegation.

Chapman was not immediately available for comment.

The other four suspended priests were determined to have violated standards of behaviour and boundaries, the church said without elaborating. A church document defines one of the boundaries as pertaining to appropriate behaviour with children.

The church said it had already reported the allegations against the men to the Philadelphia district attorney's office, and an archdiocese spokesman said he was not aware of any criminal charges against the men.

Calls to the district attorney's office were not immediately returned on Sunday.

The move means the suspended priests can have no public ministry, administer sacraments, wear clerical garb or present themselves as priests. All the suspensions announced on Sunday have been in effect for some time, with four of them dating back to 2011.

The allegations against the five grew out of a 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report that ended with the jailing of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic Church official convicted in a child sex abuse scandal.

Lynn, the one-time secretary of the clergy for the archdiocese, was convicted last year of endangering the welfare of a child by reassigning a priest with a history of sexual abuse to a Philadelphia parish that was unaware of his past.

Eye 1

State goes after BB Guns: "Young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over"

In New Jersey, an unregistered BB gun could mean jail time.

That's right...a BB gun. That iconic, much-desired gift from the movie, A Christmas Story. Apparently the government is just as deeply concerned about the potential of someone putting an eye out with a BB gun as Ralphie's mother was. They are so concerned that if you don't register your air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, you could go directly to jail. Do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200.



The Graves Act is the primary statute that forms the spine of New Jersey's oppressive gun control laws. It requires a minimum term of imprisonment and ineligibility for the violation of gun laws, even for first time offenders. Children are not exempt - they too are subject to strict punishment under the harsh gun control law.

Comment: Whatever happened to giving board games like Scrabble- or books - for Christmas?


Bad Guys

'Whole families murdered': Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians outside Damascus

FSA sniper
© AFP /Zac Baillie
A sniper of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)
Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields.

Government forces are continuing a large-scale operation against Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa Al-Islam fighters, who captured the town earlier this week. The area is located some 20 kilometers away from Damascus.

According to SANA news agency, around 1,000 militants were in the town when it was enveloped by the army on Friday. The military sources said the "armed groups have performed an execution of civilians" in Adra, RT Arabic correspondent Abutaleb Albohaya reported from Syria.

"For now it's established that over 80 people were killed in the areas now taken over by the army. Often whole families were murdered," he said.

The number of executed civilians is expected to rise after government troops manage to recover the rest of the town - which has a population of around 20,000 - from the Islamists, the military source added.


Comment: Learn more about the Syrian Rebels:

Syrian 'rebels' (CIA, Mossad, MI6) issue ultimatum to Assad: Capitulate or we blow your country apart
It's official: British and US intelligence is directing al-Qaeda operations in Syria
Yes, the Syrian rebels DO have access to chemical weapons
State-Sponsored Terrorism - Western Journalists Embedded With 'al-Qaeda' in Syria
British Special Forces, CIA and MI6 supporting armed insurgency in Syria
Rebels behind Houla massacre, US plan to destabilize Syria in full swing
U.S.-backed terrorists mass murder unarmed civilians in Syria
Syria Terrorists Admit France and US Are Supplying Weapons
First Syria rebels armed and trained by CIA 'on way to battlefield'
Eyewitness in Homs: Barbaric rebels are killing civilians indiscriminately, Assad's forces trying to protect us