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

© Rashaun Rucker / DFP
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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

Video Game
© 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."


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.

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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.


Vietnam Detains Anti-China Demonstrators

© The Associated Press/Margie Mason
In this Sunday, July 1, 2012 file photo, about 200 protesters march through the capital’s streets, in Hanoi Vietnam, following China's recent announcement that it will open nine oil and gas lots to international bidders, even though the area overlaps with Vietnam’s current foreign exploration contracts. Witnesses and a rights group said Vietnam has detained demonstrators who were protesting recent actions by China concerning the South China Sea, including Le Hien Duc, 81, center, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam detained more than 30 protesters on Sunday who expressed their anger over China's recent actions in the South China Sea, a participant said.

Human Rights Watch said four bloggers along with anti-corruption activist Le Hien Duc, 81, were among those detained in Hanoi.

Duc told The Associated Press she was taken from her wheelchair, put in a car and driven to a police station where she was held for over two hours and instructed not to join rallies because she is too old. Police later returned her wheelchair to her house, she said.

After being released, she went to Loc Ha rehabilitation center - generally reserved for drug addicts and prostitutes - to wait for news about more than 30 other protesters who were detained there, she said.

"I participated in the protest to show the Vietnamese people's patriotism and that we should not allow China to invade Vietnam," the former elementary school teacher said.

Vietnam, China and other Asian nations have competing territorial claims in the potentially resource-rich South China Sea, which is home to vital shipping lanes.

Better Earth

Hiroshima Marks 67th Anniversary of Atomic Bomb Attack with Call for Nuclear Disarmament

© The Associated Press/Itsuo Inouye
Anti-nuclear protesters stage a rally in Hiroshima, western Japan, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Hiroshima marked the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing Monday. A banner, third right, reads "Osprey and nuclear plants are unnecessary."
Hiroshima marked the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack on Monday with a call for the elimination of nuclear arsenals.

About 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast that destroyed most of the city and killed as many as 140,000 people. A second atomic bombing Aug. 9 that year in Nagasaki killed tens of thousands more and prompted Japan to surrender to the World War II Allies.

The ceremony, attended by representatives of about 70 countries, began with the ringing of a temple bell and a moment of silence. Flowers were placed before Hiroshima's eternal flame, which is the park's centerpiece.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Japan must take a bolder role in leading global disarmament efforts and called on world leaders to come to his city to "contemplate peace."

He also said the nuclear accident at Fukushima last year has shown the dangers of nuclear technology, even for peaceful purposes, and urged the government to create a mix of energy sources for Japan that is safe and secure.