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UK call centre fires regular staff, employs Prisoners for £3 a day instead

Becoming Green
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The MoJ confirmed that prisoners from Prescoed prison had done 'work experience' at Becoming Green's call centre.
A business is bussing in inmates from an open prison 21 miles away and paying them only £3 a day to work in its call centre.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed that dozens of prisoners from Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire, south Wales, had done "work experience" for at least two months at a rate of 40p an hour in the private company's telephone sales division in Cardiff.

People working in the prisons sector described the scheme as "disgusting" and a "worrying development".

Comment: Prison industrial complex using slave labour at the expense of genuine job seekers

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Phoenix police officer arrested for sexual misconduct with minors - worked with youth group

Christopher J. Wilson
Phoenix police say one of their officers was arrested Tuesday night for sexual misconduct with minors. Chief Daniel Garcia of Phoenix police identified the officer at a news conference Wednesday morning as 43-year-old Christopher J. Wilson.

A 14-year-old boy told his parents about the allegations of sexual misconduct, Garcia said. The investigation began when another victim, a 17-year-old boy, contacted police, he said. The relationship with the 17-year-old lasted three to four months, and the relationship with the 14-year-old was about three weeks long, Garcia said.

Wilson was a community relations officer that worked with a youth group, police said. He was arrested just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at his home without incident. Wilson admitted to the relationships and resigned, police said.

He was a 13-year veteran.


Marilyn Monroe 'Returns as Israeli'

Edith Daniel
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Edith Daniel claims she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
An Israeli alternative medicine practitioner claimed that the spirit of Hollywood actress and American legend Marilyn Monroe was reincarnated in her body.

In a video interview (Hebrew), Dr. Edith Daniel showed videos of herself in an ecstatic state, and told the camera Norma Jeane Mortenson was living in her body.

Edith was the name she was given by her mother, Daniel said. "I added Norma Jeane to my name when I received my doctorate," the Hebrew news site NRG reported on Sunday.

Daniel said that for years she felt something was strange and different about herself. At the age of five she saw a picture of the actress, kept by her father in his closet, for the first time. Marylin Monroe, unclothed, caused Daniel "to feel something" about herself.

Daniel, who holds a doctorate in alternative medicine and homeopathic remedies, turned to Dr. Bruce Goldberg, a hypnotherapist who authored a book on reincarnation, to try to understand what she was feeling.

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Secret diary of a 'paedophile teacher:' Chilling 800-page journal details how pre-school professor 'groomed young children in his care'


Busted: Federal agents have so far unearthed 4,100 images of child pornography and child erotica on just one of the more than 500 CDs seized from David Moe's home
A disturbing secret diary of a pre-school professor who is under arrest for possessing child pornography reveals moments of physical contact with many of his pupils. David Moe, 45, has worked as a teacher at the exclusive Paddington Station School in Denver for the past 18 years. However, he was arrested on July 24 for possessing large amounts of child pornography and has since been held in jail.

During a bail hearing yesterday, Denver prosecutors read out excerpts from the secret 800-page diary of Moe, which he had kept since 1997. Of one girl, Moe wrote, 'Did hold [name withheld by prosecutors] by the waist briefly, and she didn't flinch.' Another record read: 'Had [name withheld] by the hips, and she was fine by that,'. Moe wrote of another little girl entrusted to his care. 'Gave her a kiss on the cheek, and no bad reaction. I love her so much.'

In reply to one of his advances, Moe recalled a girl saying: 'I only let my family tickle me.' To this, he said in his diary: 'She's obviously been coached.'

Prosecutors revealed the journal's existence in a Denver federal court to argue to Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty that Moe should not be released before his upcoming trial.

But despite all of the chilling testimony revealed by federal agents handling the case, Judge Hegarty seemed skeptical the journal was, as Denver's 9News.com put it in their account of the proceedings, a smoking gun.


Kid Hospitalized for Dehydration After 4 Days of Xbox

Video Games
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A 15-year-old Columbus boy was hospitalized for dehydration after locking himself in his room to play an Xbox game for four consecutive days.

WCMH-TV reports that Tyler Rigby collapsed and was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after a Modern Warfare 3 marathon that left him severely dehydrated.

"It's like he was looking at me but he wasn't there. It was like he was looking through me," Jennifer Thompson, Tyler's aunt, told WCMH.

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Apple and Amazon security lapses exposed after writer has entire digital life destroyed by hackers in minutes

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Apple has been accused of having major lapses in its online security after a writer had his 'entire digital life' destroyed by hackers in less than an hour
A leading tech writer has revealed how easy it was for his 'entire digital life' to be destroyed in less than an hour - and how Apple security lapses mean it can happen to you.

Mat Honan, who writes for Wired, was hacked because Apple only requires basic security questions in order to access your Apple ID.

From there the hackers were able to delete his Google and Gmail account, stop his iPhone from working and take control of his Twitter page.

Along the way everything on his laptop, including every photo he had of his one-year-old daughter, was wiped.

In a disturbing article on Wired.com, Honan reveals how he actually spoke to the hacker who carried out the attack.

After telling him how he did it Honan was then able to repeat the same steps - and carry out his very own mock hack.

In the story Honan writes that on August 3 he realised something was wrong when all of a sudden his iPhone powered down.

When he tried to connect it to his computer he was asked for a four digit pin - which the hackers had already put on the machine to stop him from accessing it.


Exorcism Leaves Toddler Dead in Malaysia

Bukit Mertajam - A toddler died during what is believed to be a 20-hour exorcism ritual.

Police stormed a double-storey house in Taman Bukit Minyak on Sunday night and found a group of eight people lying on top of the two-year-old girl.

The girl was lying face down under the human pile made up of her parents, grandmother, uncle, aunt, two cousins and their Indonesian maid.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azman Abd Lah said the family members, aged between 16 and 67, were lying on top of each other with the toddler at the bottom in the master bedroom. The lights in the room were switched off.

"The child died due to breathing difficulties," he said. Her body has been sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for a post-mortem.

The case, he added, was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Apparently, another of the girl's uncles had earlier come by to invite the family for dinner but was chased away.


14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord - all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago.

For one, of the 119 (mostly Christian) participating schools, Zack Kopplin, a gutsy college sophomore who's taken to Change.org to stonewall the program, has identified at least 19 that teach or champion creationist nonscience and will rake in nearly $4 million in public funding from the initial round of voucher designations.

Many of these schools, Kopplin notes, rely on Pensacola-based A Beka Book curriculum or Bob Jones University Press textbooks to teach their pupils Bible-based "facts," such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesn't have to.

Below are some of my favorite lessons:


Fire at Chevron refinery produces health hazard emergency over San Francisco Bay area

Analysts say a fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries will contribute to higher prices at the pump on the West Coast.

The fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, broke out Monday evening.

It sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area and sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems before it was out the following morning.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, says Chevron's refinery is big and important to the market.

With inventories of gasoline in the region already low compared with the rest of the country, Kloza says pump prices in California and elsewhere on the West Coast will soon average more than $4 per gallon.

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Is There a Numerology Serial Killer in Brooklyn?

Isaac Kadare
© Joe Marino for New York Daily News
Isaac Kadare was found shot and stabbed inside his store Thursday night at 1877 86th street off of 19th Ave. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn shopkeepers are on alert after cops linked two storeowners' murders to the same gun and suggested the killer might be using numerology to choose his targets.

Isaac Kadare's store at 1877 86th St., where he was killed last Thursday, and Mohammed Gebeli's shop at 7718 Fifth Ave., where he was found dead July 6, both have addresses using the same three numbers - a fact that has workers shaken.

"That's really scary," said Citlali Amigon, 29, who manages the Panaderia La Autentica bakery at 1878 86th St.

"It's frightening. I'm really worried. . . . I tell my boss, 'Maybe I'm next,' God forbid," said Jamie Hazim, 55, who manages the Designs Plus Furniture Showroom across the street from Kadare's store at 1874 86th St.

"We have a close number to the addresses he has targeted. I wonder what the numbers mean to him," she said.

But detectives, while not ruling out the numerology theory, pointed out other links: Both targeted shops lacked surveillance cameras and were hit at closing time when the shopkeepers were alone.

Kadare, 59, was found shot in the head and stabbed in the neck inside his Amazing 99 Cent Deals shop in Bensonhurst.

The bullet that killed him is believed to have been fired from the same pistol used to kill Gebeli, 65, in Valentino Fashion Inc., police said.