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Psychopaths in the Classroom: Teacher Joins Students in Bullying 13 Year Old

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A 13-year-old boy at Kopachuk Middle School in Gig Harbor, Washington was allegedly bullied by his teacher John Rosi and eighth-grade classmates (video below).

The students swung the boy by his arms and legs, wrote on his feet, stuck a traffic cone on his head, gagged him with a sock and taunted him, reports the Daily Mail.

The boy's parents became aware of the bullying, after their son refused to go to school and became withdrawn and suicidal.

They complained to the school administrators and demanded to see the video footage from student cell phones.

The boy's father Randall Kinney told King5.com: "I was shocked. My wife broke down crying. It was tough to see. Rosi is completely ignorant of the fact that he's got a whole classroom hazing one kid. They classified it as roughhousing. But it's not 14 kids wrestling each other. It's a dozen kids using my son to demonstrate their dominance over him."

Stormtrooper

Police Brutality! Woman Dies after Genital Kick from LAPD Officer

Alesia Thomas
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Alesia Thomas
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating at least five officers after one of them allegedly stomped on a woman's genitals and she later died of suffocation.

Patrol car video camera captured a struggle between police and Alesia Thomas and several officers on July 22, according to the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green admitted to the Times that a female officer had followed through with a threat to kick Thomas in the genitals when she resisted being put into the patrol car. Video shows a restrained Thomas struggling to breath in the back of the patrol car. She was taken to a local hospital and later died.

Officers had been attempting to arrest Thomas on suspicion of child endangerment. After the woman resisted arrest, she was put into handcuffs and they placed a "hobble restraint device," or a binding strap binding, around her ankles. The original police report did not mention the kick to Thomas' genitals.

MIB

Black helicopters playing tag over local community in Michigan


Grand Traverse County - Dozens of people have spotted mysterious low-flying helicopters but no one seems to know who they belong to.

For a week, Grand Traverse County dispatchers have been fielding calls from residents concerned about unfamiliar helicopters near Chums Corner.

Jason Torrey, Grand Traverse County Dispatch Deputy Director says, "We got about 30 calls in a short period of time. Some people are scared because they are flying low and are not well lit, if lit at all. The report is that one helicopter is chasing another."

Question

Mysterious find of three shoes on Beach in British Columbia

Victoria - The discovery of three shoes - two of which appear to be children's - containing bone and a "meat-like substance" have forced police to shut down a stretch of beach in the province's capital.

The discovery of the first shoe, which appears to be that of a child's, was made by a tourist at about 5:30 p.m. PDT Thursday at Clover Point, a residential area, said Victoria police Const. Mike Russell.

He said a middle-aged male called police who found two more shoes during a search. One of the shoes was also children's sized, and appeared to contain bone and a "meat-like substance," too.

The discoveries are not the first, as officials have investigated the appearance of nine feet on B.C. shores since 2007.

"It's still way too early to say what it is, or if it's human or not," said Russell of the contents of the shoes.

"They're still sitting on the sand, so we have to seize them, get them back to the coroner's and pathologist, let them take a very close look at that, and that will help guide our investigation."

Crusader

Psychopath Blames the Victim: Catholic Priest Says Molester Priests 'Seduced' by Minors

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Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order, is shown in this undated photo.
A prominent New York Catholic priest stated in an interview that minors often seduce older clerics, leading them to commit sex acts. The interview was subsequently removed and the paper that posted it called its publication an "editorial mistake."

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, the Reverend Benedict Groeschel was asked how to deal with priests who sexually abuse minors.

Groeschel suggested that the priest was not always fully responsible for his actions.

"Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him," he noted. "A lot of the cases, the youngster - 14, 16, 18 - is the seducer."


He suggested that first-time offenders should be relieved of a jail sentence "because their intention was not committing a crime."

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandunsky, who is now likely to get life imprisonment after being found guilty of sexually abusing at least eight young boys, was also referred to in one of his answers as a "poor guy."

The interview, which was posted on the National Catholic Register's website, was subsequently removed and replaced with an apology from both the editor-in-chief and Groeschel himself.

Candle

'Toughest sheriff in America' under fire for warrantless arrests of critics in the middle of the night

Joe Arpaio
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Joe Arpaio
Self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" is facing a lawsuit for ordering police to break into the homes of two journalists and arresting them in the middle of the night.

The Phoenix New Times paper has long been a critical of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose questionable actions have included organizing detention facilities for illegal immigrants that some have compared to Nazi concentration camps. Apparently Arpaio got so annoyed with their criticism that he issued a subpoena demanding the newspaper to give up its sources. The subpoena, issued by Arpaio's office, "demanded that the paper reveal its confidential sources as well as produce reporters' and editors' notebooks, memoranda, and documents." When newspaper co-owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin refused to follow through, though, they received a surprise visit. Both men were arrested in the middle of the night in their own homes by sheriff's deputies and accused of a misdemeanor. Law enforcement didn't even bother to obtain a warrant for the arrest, however, so needless to say the charges were dropped the next day.

The sheriff is now facing a lawsuit for violating constitutionally-protected free speech by ordering the arrest of the two news executives in 2007.

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio's arrest and jailing of journalists is part of a pattern of trying to silence critics," Lacey told the Huffington Post. "It is an outrageous abuse of power. But he loves the publicity, even when it backfires. Arpaio relishes law enforcement by headlines. Today he rounds up Mexicans. Tomorrow's target is anybody's guess."

Although charges were dropped, Lacey and Larkin sued the sheriff for violating their freedom of speech. The newspaper co-owners also argued that they had been falsely arrested and targeted for selective prosecution.

On Wednesday, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the newspaper executives could sue the sheriff for their arrests without a warrant.

Lacey and Larkin had tried to sue Arpaio for $15 million in 2008, but it was dismissed. The federal appeals court overturned the ruling.

Cut

Unscripted 'Violence:' Simpsons' Itchy and Scratchy Show Cut from Russian Broadcasts

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Itchy & Scratchy
They've been maiming and killing each other for decades - but the infamous cat and mouse from the Simpsons are about to be cut permanently, thanks to a new Russian law purportedly aimed at protecting children.

­The law was written with a view to protecting children and young adults from "information detrimental to their health and development," and calls for anything screened on television to have a clear-cut age restriction policy. The categories are similar to those already used in cinemas across the globe, and feature age guidelines like 6+, 12+ or 18+. Images of violence, bad and addictive habits like smoking or drinking, unlawful behavior, swearing, gambling and engaging in sexual activities - all those fall in 18+ category and have caused TV channels nothing but grief.

Because the law, sponsored by the ruling United Russia party, is vague and hasn't provided broadcasters with clear-cut rules on what is and isn't acceptable, the country's TV industry has been in a panic in the run-up to September 1st, when the law is to take effect.

No one wants to be fined - or, worse, taken off the air - for showing something that could be deemed inappropriate, so preparations for the law are in full swing.

Popular American animated series the Simpsons, for example, will have to say goodbye to The Itchy and Scratchy show - an integral show-within-the-show piece turning the traditional triumph of good over evil on its head.

Light Sabers

Samsung Wins Over Apple in Japanese Patent Case

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A Tokyo court has ruled that Samsung Electronics' smartphones and tablets didn't infringe an Apple invention for synchronizing music and video data with servers.

­"It's hard to believe the products belong to the range of technologies of the claimant," Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji announced in dismissing Apple's case. The judge also ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

The court ruling pushed Samsung shares up 0.7% on the Korean floor. "We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," Samsung said in a statement. Meanwhile a representative of Apple in Japan didn't comment the verdict.

Eye 2

Professor confesses to killing two women, bloody pro-Pussy Riot message meant to confuse cops

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A house at 68, Fuchik Street in Kazan where two women were murdered and a slogan "Free Pussy Riot" was left on the kitchen wall
A man detained by Russian police in Kazan has confessed to a double murder, and to scrawling 'Free Pussy Riot!' in blood on the wall of victims' apartment.

"Igor Danilevskiy was detained by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department of Tatarstan's Interior Ministry early on August 31," a police statement said. "He has been identified as a 38-year-old Kazan university teacher with a Ph.D."

Danilevskiy was arrested in the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. The bodies of two women, a mother and daughter, were discovered in the city dead from stab wounds a day earlier. 'Free Pussy Riot' was written on the wall of the apartment, presumably in blood, the Russian Investigative Committee said.

The suspect confessed to police that he was a former classmate of one of the victims, Liliya Zaripova, 38, and was on friendly terms with her. The man had also persuaded the woman to pay off some of his debt by taking out bank loans worth several hundred thousand rubles.

Danilevskiy may have been involved romantically with the woman, promising to take her on vacation to Egypt - a popular destination for Russian tourists - investigators said. He then cancelled the vacation, blaming his difficult financial situation, and suggested they go to Ukrainian Black Sea resort instead.

Wolf

Man Pleads Guilty to Slaughter of Sled Dogs Near Whistler, British Columbia

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Robert Fawcett, accused of killing 56 sled dogs after the 2010 Olympics, leaves B.C. Provincial Court after pleading guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 30, 2012.
Canada, North Vancouver - A man charged with the slaughter of more than 50 sled dogs near Whistler, B.C., two years ago has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals.

Sled-dog operator Robert Fawcett entered his plea while standing next to his lawyer in a North Vancouver court Thursday afternoon. Outside, about a dozen animal-rights advocates gathered to call for a prison sentence for Fawcett.

Fifty-six dogs were dug up in a mass grave after details of the cull leaked out in January 2011, following a post-traumatic stress disorder claim made by Fawcett through workers' compensation.

The leaked documents from the workers' compensation claim described a bloody scene of how the dogs were shot or had their throats slit before being dumped in the grave site.

The slaughter prompted the B.C. government to bring in tough new anti-cruelty laws to protect sled dogs, with penalties that include fines up to $75,000 and two years of prison time.

The Crown prosecutor has asked for a psychological assessment for Fawcett, who is expected to be sentenced in November.

Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie did not specify what sentence Crown counsel will ask for.