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BBC staff arrested and tortured in Libya by Gaddafi forces

Journalists subjected to mock execution in ordeal which represents most serious incident against international media

Journalists working for the BBC in Libya have been arrested, tortured and subjected to a mock execution by security forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The shocking account of their experiences, including being held in a cage in a militia barracks while others were tortured around them, was made available to media colleagues in Tripoli after the men had been released and left the country.

At one point during their captivity the men say they had shots fired past their heads as they were led into a barracks.

One of the men was attacked repeatedly with fists, boots, rifle butts, a stick and piece of pipe. He also described trying to help other victims of torture whom they saw, some of whom had had their ribs broken during beatings.


Bad Guys

California, US: Man Burns Ex-Girlfriend's Body as Kids Watch

Moreno Valley - A man killed his former girlfriend and torched her body in front of her six children before fleeing and remained at large Monday, Riverside County authorities said.

Tyrone Levoid Harts, 39, of Riverside is considered armed and dangerous, sheriff's investigator Melissa Nieburger said.

Harts is accused of killing Brandi Marie Morales at her Moreno Valley home.

Deputies called to the scene found her body on a staircase.

She had been set on fire, but four of her younger children had doused the flames before help arrived, they said.

Family members told investigators that Morales, 35, had at least a three-year relationship with Harts, but they recently separated and he had moved out of her home, according to officials.

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Scientology's ugly truths revealed

Scientology calls itself a religion and claims to offer purpose and meaning to its members. Yet for some who worked in the church's militaristic Sea Organization, Scientology provided something different: physical punishment, humiliation, beatings, sleep deprivation, and long and ruinous separation from loved ones.

The stories of 11 former staffers, reported in a St. Petersburg Times special report Sunday, are told with such detail and emotional heft that the church's official denials of abuse ring hollow.

It takes courage to challenge the Church of Scientology, which has long pursued and attempted to destroy its critics. Yet now 15 former Sea Org members have gone on the record with their stories of abuse during years of working at or near the church's top management. Four of those, whose stories were related in the Times' first special report in June, are the highest ranking officials ever to defect from Scientology.

Bad Guys

BP Oil Spill Victims Sickened and Dying, Local Physicians Clueless

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Lisa Nelson of Orange Beach, AL is one of a growing number of people sickened and dying as a result of the BP disaster. Local physicians have no idea how to diagnose or treat patients who have bee exposed to highly toxic crude/dispersant combination. Local, State, and federal agencies continue to cover-up and offer zero assistance.

Very sad; Lisa Nelson passed away today 3.7.11. She was an inspration to all who were fortunate enough to know her and will be dearly missed. God bless her beautiful soul.

Syringe

Drug War warriors at work in the US: Illegal steroid use by cops now epidemic


Eye 2

Shell Oil - The Awful Truth


Vader

GOP rams anti-union bill through Wisconsin Senate




Vader

Wisconsin GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

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© AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King
State Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, says 'no' during a vote on the budget repair bill after a meeting of a state Legislature conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011. Senate Republicans used a procedural move on Wednesday to pass the proposal without the Democrats present. Schultz was the lone Republican voting against the bill.

Madison, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill" - a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.

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UK: Victims' Concerns Put London 9/11 Sculpture on Hold

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Plans to erect a sculpture in a London park using girders salvaged from New York's World Trade Center, which was destroyed in attacks on September 11, 2001, have been put on hold after victims' families complained.

The memorial, designed by Japanese-Russian artist Miya Ando, was to be crafted from twisted shards of steel ranging between 5 and 8 meters (yards) in height, standing in a pool with lights.

"It is my hope that by standing upright the fallen steel columns, I may evoke a quiet yet strong message of transcendence and the role of education in the growth of hope from tragedy," New York-based Ando said in a statement submitted with the planning application.

London's Southwark Council approved the plans last December and the sculpture was due to be inaugurated in London's Potters Fields Park this September to accompany an educational program and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks by suicide hijackers who flew two planes into the World Trade Center, killing nearly three thousand people.

Trustees of the 9/11 London Project Foundation -- the educational charity which commissioned the sculpture -- on Wednesday said they had decided to extend a consultation period for the artwork after "significant concerns" were raised, especially by British families.

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US: Farmhouse Fire in Pennsylvania Amish Country Kills 7 Kids While Mom Does Chores

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© P Photo/Courtesy of Noah Sauder
The Albright and Clouse children are seen in a Christmas photo taken in December, 2010, in Loysville, Pa., provided by their grandfather, Noah Sauder. Top row from left, Evan Albright, 7, Brady Clouse, 7, Trevor Albright, 6, Miranda Clouse, 20 months, Christina Clouse, 11, Isabelle Clouse, 9, Samantha Clouse, 7 months. Front row from left, Leah Clouse, 3, Hannah Clouse, 6, Autumn Albright, 4, Heidi Clouse, 4. A fire ravaged the farmhouse of Theodore and Janelle Clouse in Loysville, Pa., Tuesday night March 8, 2011. Seven Clouse children including an infant perished in a fast-moving fire while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road. The Albright children are cousins of the Clouse children and were not involved. Leah Clouse is the only child to have survived.
Seven children including a 7-month-old infant perished in a fast-moving fire in a home on a Pennsylvania dairy farm while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road, police said Wednesday.

No cause or origin of the fire had been determined by early Wednesday morning, but the children's grandfather, Noah Sauder, told The Associated Press the blaze may have started in the kitchen, where the family used a propane heater. Fire marshals were investigating.

Public records indicate the parents are Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A neighbour described the family as hard-working.

Police said the children's father had left the two-story home on a working farm in dairy country not far from the state capital, to begin his rounds hauling milk around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Two children, ages 2 and 3, were watching television at the time.

The father picked up milk and then parked the truck about a mile from home before nodding off, state police Trooper Tom Pinkerton said.

Soon after, the 3-year-old smelled smoke in the home and ran to the barn to alert her mother, who apparently tried to get into the house. The woman then ran to the homes of two neighbours before getting someone to call firefighters, then ran with the child to the father's truck and banged on its windows, screaming that their home was on fire, he said.