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Man Arrested In Superhero Outfit: 'A Classic Case Of Overkill'

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© lehighvalleylive.com
Matthew Argintar is shown being arrested on Aug. 1, 2012.
The attorney for a New Jersey man dressed in a superhero outfit when he was arrested last Wednesday thinks police overreacted.

William Ware characterized the arrest of Matthew Argintar as "a classic case of overkill."

Police said Argintar, 23, was wearing a mask, a bulletproof vest, elbow and arm pads, a cape and carrying handcuffs when he was arrested July 31 outside the Home Depot on Route 57.

"I'm not aware of anything in the law that would prohibit anyone from dressing how they choose to dress," William Ware told CBSNewYork. Ware is representing Argintar.

"Whether he was in a tuxedo, scuba outfit, or however he was dressed that day, there's nothing preventing anyone from dressing how they choose."

Police charged Argintar with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of handcuffs. If convicted, Argintar could face up to seven months in county jail.

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Joplin mosque razed to ground, second fire this summer

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© AP Photo / The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown
Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month.
A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.

No injuries were reported, but the Islamic Society of Joplin's building was a total loss after the blaze, first reported at about 3:30 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. As of late Monday, nobody had been arrested in connection with the fire.

Investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Jasper County Sheriff's department were at the scene all day Monday, moving the rubble with a bulldozer and other equipment. A specially trained dog assisted.

Only remnants indicated a building had been there, including some stone pillars that were still standing and a few pieces of charred plywood loosely held up by a frame.

Comment: If that's the way Joplin treats its minorities, then what can we say but that you reap what you sow.

US: 116 Dead from Missouri Tornado; More Twisters Possible


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Woman opens fire on crowd leaving Detroit Princess riverboat; police search for suspect

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The Detroit Princess boat a 1900 passenger, 4 deck entertainment boat sits in the Detroit River in this 2005 archive photo.
A woman who was on the Detroit Princess riverboat went to her car after getting on shore, retrieved a gun and opened fire early Monday, hitting four of her relatives and friends, officials say.

Another family member who wasn't on the boat returned fire, critically injuring the shooter's boyfriend as they were driving away.

Officials with the Detroit Princess say the shooting occurred around 1:15 a.m. on the shore near the boarding area behind Joe Louis Arena. An employee of the Detroit Princess was also shot in the foot and required two stitches, said Chris Clarke, general manager of the Detroit Princess.

Question

Mysterious Island-wide blackout in Jamaica

The entire Island of Jamaica is without power and I doubt its Ernesto. Moderate to heavy rains are affecting some Central and Eastern parishes but I can't see how in the West where no rain or impacts the power is out. It's not quite as big as 600 million in India but it's highly unusual for the entire Island to be without power at any given time.

I remember this happened a few years back and it was a huge issue. There are always conspiracy theories about drugs, guns, etc. being smuggled in or out in the events like these. Well hopefully the power is restored soon.

Heart - Black

Man Tried to Trade Baby for Food

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Police released this photo of the man and baby.
Police in north Florida were searching for a man who allegedly went door-to-door at a motel offering to exchange a baby for food.

Orange Park police were trying to identify the man, who was picked up by a taxi at a McDonald's between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday, but there is no record of any taxis picking them up, according to Orange Park Police Det. Garry Briggs.

Briggs said the cab may have given them a ride off the meter.

Authorities want to "determine the status and safety of the infant," Briggs said in a statement.

Chalkboard

MIT Students Learn how to Game the Massachusetts Lottery

Winning the lottery isn't just a game of chance, a group of MIT undergraduates and a biomedical researcher have proven.

A brainy group of MIT math and science majors purchased around $40 million of Massachusetts Cash WinFall lotto tickets over seven years, and won $48 million, coming out ahead by $8 million, the Boston Globe reports.

They legally calculated the mathematical odds and found that when the lotto prize reached $2 million, they could buy $100,000 worth of tickets, in one day, and almost always win.

The Massachusetts Cash WinFall game allows people to buy as many tickets they want on any day, so the students did nothing illegal, reports the Daily Mail.

Pills

Nearly 2,000 arrested in China's counterfeit drug crackdown

Chinese government authorities have detained nearly 2,000 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on the sale of fake or counterfeit drugs and health care products, according to a report on Sunday from Xinhua, the official news agency.

The government said that it had mobilized more than 18,000 officers in recent weeks to break up drug counterfeiting rings and that officials had seized about $182 million in fake medicine, including fraudulent drugs for the treatment of cancer, hypertension and diabetes.

The crackdown comes amid growing concerns about the prevalence of counterfeit drugs and tainted food supplies in China, and increasingly sophisticated counterfeiting operations. The government acknowledged Sunday that the manufacturing of fake drugs had become harder to detect. Earlier this year, the authorities in Zhejiang Province, not far from Shanghai, discovered that hospital workers were saving old packages, including those of high-end medications, and reselling them to drug counterfeiters to refill with fake drugs.

Attention

Violent Video Games Incite Kids to Crime, Says Australian Police Commissioner

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© The Daily Telegraph, Australia
Violent video games have been blamed for an increase in knife crime.
Knife crime is soaring among youngsters because brutal video games that reward players for murder, rape and theft have made violence seem acceptable, the state's top cop said yesterday.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione believes young people are being desensitised by spending hours acting out deadly scenarios on their computer screens.

"The thing that's concerning me is the prevalence of people who are at this stage not just prepared to carry a knife, but prepared to use it," Mr Scipione said.

"That has increased significantly."

He said he had reached the conclusion that there was "nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they're being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they're playing."

"How can it not affect you if you're a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end," he said.

"You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people.

"That's not going to affect the vast majority but it's only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You've got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who's got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia. That's concerning."

Sherlock

Witness Says Four Shooters at Sikh Temple Shooting


Comment: Interesting that the witness speaks of four shooters and the police officer of one. No prizes for guessing which version will prevail as the official story.


Heart - Black

Boy Scout Files Reveal Repeat Child Abuse by Sexual Predators

Steven Terry Hill
© Reuters
Steven Terry Hill, pictured here, is one of many known pedophiles alleged to have been knowingly appointed by the Boy Scouts of America to work with young boys.
Los Angeles Times review of Boy Scout documents shows that a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators too often failed in its mission.

For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has relied on a confidential blacklist known as the "perversion files" as a crucial line of defense against sexual predators.

Scouting officials say they've used the files to prevent hundreds of men who had been expelled for alleged sexual abuse from returning to the ranks. They've fought hard in court to keep the records from public view, saying confidentiality was needed to protect victims, witnesses and anyone falsely accused.

"It is a fact that Scouts are safer because the barrier created by these files is real," Scouts Chief Executive Robert Mazzuca said in video posted on the organization's website in June.

That barrier, however, has been breached repeatedly.