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Dziekanski death at hands of RCMP a homicide, British Columbia coroner rules

Taser jolts led to Polish immigrant's fatal heart attack in 2007, report says.
Robert Dziekanski
© Paul Pritchard/Canadian PressRobert Dziekanski holds a small table at the Vancouver airport before he was stunned with a Taser by police in this image from video.
The death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in an altercation with RCMP officers at Vancouver's airport six years ago was a homicide, British Columbia's Coroners Service says.

Homicide is considered a neutral term in a coroner's report, meaning the death was caused by the actions of another person; it does not imply any blame.

Dziekanski, 40, who did not speak English, became agitated after spending more than nine hours wandering in the airport arrivals area in October 2007 and was confronted by four Mounties who stunned him several times with a Taser.

The incident was captured on amateur video, which fuelled public anger and prompted the government to order a public inquiry headed by former justice Thomas Braidwood.

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Iowa woman hangs pit bull from garage rafter by its leash

© ABC NewsAn Iowa woman was charged with animal torture after she hung her boyfriend's dog by its leash in his garage.
An Iowa woman was charged with animal torture after she hanged a dog she shared with her boyfriend from a rafter in his garage.

Sheena Cornwell, 28, of Des Moines told police she hanged Lilly, a 15-year-old pit bull mix, by her collar and leash because she "was going to die soon anyway," the police report stated.

Cornwell did not leave the garage to return to the house until the dog was dead, her boyfriend, Joshua Vandyke, told police.

Sgt. Jason Halifax, a Des Moines Police Department spokesman, told that Cornwell's boyfriend, Joshua Vandyke, came home from work around 5 p.m. on Saturday and found Cornwell upset about Lilly's behavior. Vandyke told police that Cornwell then took the dog into the garage.

According to the police report, Vandyke told police that Cornwell had been annoyed with Lilly for the past two months, because the dog paced back and forth in the house, but he was shocked that she would do this.

Halifax said that when police arrested Cornwell, she admitted to hanging the dog and said she didn't know what the big deal was. Vandyke had told police that Cornwell had a drinking problem and had been drinking vodka on Saturday, according to the police report.

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11,000 pounds of Nutella stolen

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Coffee and energy drinks are apparently not the only food products that thieves have an affinity for in Niederaula, Germany.

About 11,000 pounds of Nutella were stolen this weekend from a truck parked at a former train station there.


Minnesota airport worker charged with stealing guns

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A worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been charged with stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connections through the busy Twin Cities airport.

David Vang, 23, of St. Paul faces 11 felony counts, including 10 counts of theft of a firearm. He will be making his first court appearance April 25 in Hennepin County.

Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said Monday that Vang was employed by a Texas firm to maintain the belt on which checked baggage traveled. Hogan said authorities learned in September that weapons were being stolen, so they set up surveillance cameras.

A review of footage showed Vang removing items from checked luggage and taking them to an unsecured employee parking ramp where his wife was waiting in a vehicle, the criminal complaint said.

Vang was arrested in October and is no longer working at the airport, Hogan said.


3-year-old fatally shoots deputy's wife with his gun at Tennessee cookout

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A cookout in Tennessee ended in tragedy over the weekend when a 3-year-old child accidentally shot and killed the wife of a Wilson County sheriff's deputy.

According to WSMV, the toddler found the pistol and discharged it during a gathering at Deputy Daniel Fanning's residence on Saturday.

Deputies said that 48-year-old Josephine G. Fanning was dead by the time they arrived on the scene. The 3-year-old child was reportedly related to the Fannings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) determined that the pistol belonged to Deputy Fanning.


SSRIs: The REAL cause of gun violence

Anyone who studies the following partial list of confirmed cases of SSRIs-induced homicide and still refuses to see a clear and undeniable pattern is surely suffering from a serious case of terminal denial. It is imperative that the issue of SSRIs-linked violence is brought to public attention. Please, read and forward --- especially to those you know who have young children...

List of school shootings known to be linked to SSRIs(Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

Eric Harris age 17 (first on *Zoloft *then *Luvox*) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Colombine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold's medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of *Prozac *(three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather's girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

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Indonesia court upholds death sentence for Briton

© Firdia Lisnawati/AP PhotoLindsay June Sandiford of Britain sits at a courthouse during her trial in Denpasar, Bali island, Indonesia, Jan. 7, 2013.
An Indonesian court upheld a death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine onto the resort island of Bali, a court official said Monday.

The Bali High Court rejected an appeal from Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, who was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad, said court spokesman Makkasau. The decision on her appeal came last week, and Sandiford has 14 days to appeal to the national Supreme Court, said Makkasau, who uses only one name like many Indonesians.

Sandiford was arrested last May when 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds) of cocaine was discovered stuffed inside the lining of her luggage at Bali's airport. During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children.


Denver sheriff's deputy arrested, suspected of helping dangerous inmate escape from city jail

© Scripps MediaDenver Sheriff's Office Deputy Matthew Andrews was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of helping inmate Felix Trujillo escape from the city jail.
A Denver sheriff's deputy was arrested on suspicion of helping a dangerous inmate escape from the city jail, authorities said Monday.

"The name of the deputy is Matthew Andrews. He is a two-year veteran of the Denver Sheriff's Department," said Major Frank Gale, with the Denver Sheriff's Dept.

Andrews was arrested Sunday night at Denver police headquarters. He was assigned to general security at the jail.

The inmate, Felix Dino Trujillo, 24, escaped from the downtown Denver city jail around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Trujillo was being held on aggravated robbery charges when he escaped with a deputy's uniform, Gale confirmed Monday. Police didn't say if Andrews gave Trujillo that uniform but did say that no duty weapons or police radios are missing.

However, a source told CALL7 Investigators that Trujillo was also given a gun when he left the jail.

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The explosive growth of poverty in America: 21 statistics that everyone should know

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If the economy is getting better, then why does poverty in America continue to grow so rapidly? Yes, the stock market has been hitting all-time highs recently, but also the number of Americans living in poverty has now reached a level not seen since the 1960s. Yes, corporate profits are at levels never seen before, but so is the number of Americans on food stamps. Yes, housing prices have started to rebound a little bit (especially in wealthy areas), but there are also more than a million public school students in America that are homeless. That is the first time that has ever happened in U.S. history.

So should we measure our economic progress by the false stock market bubble that has been inflated by Ben Bernanke's reckless money printing, or should we measure our economic progress by how the poor and the middle class are doing? Because if we look at how average Americans are doing these days, then there is not much to be excited about. In fact, poverty continues to experience explosive growth in the United States and the middle class continues to shrink. Sadly, the truth is that things are not getting better for most Americans. With each passing year the level of economic suffering in this country continues to go up, and we haven't even reached the next major wave of the economic collapse yet. When that strikes, the level of economic pain in this nation is going to be off the charts.

The following are 21 statistics about the explosive growth of poverty in America that everyone should know...


Mystery over $7 Renoir 'flea market' find deepens

© POTOMACK COMPANY / AP PHOTOThis image released by Potomack Company shows an apparently original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir that was acquired by a woman from Virginia who stopped at a flea market in West Virginia and paid $7 for a box of trinkets that included the painting.
The identity of the Virginia woman who claimed she paid $7 at a flea market for a napkin-sized painting that turned out to be a Renoir has been revealed. But the case has taken mysterious twists and turns following the release of the owner's identity.

The woman, identified in court documents as Marcia Fuqua, a former physical education teacher who now runs a driving school, came forward as part of her legal battle with the FBI to reclaim ownership of the piece after it was revealed the painting, a river Seine scene titled "Paysage Bords de Seine," was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951.

The find by Fuqua, 51, made headlines in September when she turned the painting over to a Virginia auction house where it was expected to command at least $75,000. Instead, a Washington Post reporter uncovered documents showing the piece was stolen from the museum, the auction was called off and the FBI seized the painting.

Who the painting will ultimately go to is now in the hands of a judge in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., after the federal government filed an action there last month, according to the Associated Press.

Along with Fuqua, an insurer, the Fireman's Fund, is also claiming ownership after since it paid a $2,500 claim on the theft back in 1951.

Also in dispute now that Fuqua's identity has been revealed is how much she knew about the painting while it was in her possession.