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$1m lottery winner, 25, who was busted for fraud after claiming welfare is found dead in home from 'overdose'

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Probation: Amanda Clayton, 25, was still claiming $200 a month in food stamps despite winning $1 million on a state lottery last year.
Three months after pledging to turn her life around and get a job, a lottery winner convicted of fraud has died from a suspected overdose.

In June Amanda Clayton pleaded no contest to fraud, having continued to collect state welfare handouts despite pocketing her $1 million prize.

She accepted her punishment and was said by her lawyer to be trying to move on. But on Saturday morning she was found dead at her Michigan home.

Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that the 25-year-old's was discovered at about 9 am, thought to be the result of a drug overdose.

No further details were given and Clayton's relatives did not immediately return a phone message for comment.

Clayton won the Michigan Lottery in September 2011, continuing to collect $5,475 in food handouts over the subsequent months.


California Governor Jerry Brown signs dozens of bills: Bans open-carry of guns

Brown signs open-carry ban on rifles and shotguns in cities, plus college, carpool bills.
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A supporter of open carry laws carries an unloaded carbine on a Hermosa Beach street, which will be illegal under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Sacramento, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday outlawing the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in cities across California.

The measure was among dozens of bills the governor approved that take effect Jan. 1, including proposals intended to help curb student fee hikes at the state's public universities and exempt hybrid drivers from toll charges in carpool lanes.

Brown also signed a measure banning state agencies from regulating Internet phone service - a priority for the tech industry - and took steps to establish a state-run retirement plan for low-wage, private-sector workers.

Brown vetoed bills that would have increased fines for Californians who use a cellphone while driving and required motorists to provide at least three feet of space between their vehicle and bicyclists they pass.

He has until the end of Sunday to act on proposals sent to him by the Legislature in the session that ended last month. Nearly 200 bills remain on his desk.

The gun measure sprang from the actions of gun rights advocates who toted long guns to coffee shops and other public places to declare their right to bear arms. It took on new urgency after the mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and a Milwaukee Sikh temple.

Heart - Black

Masked Connecticut teen killed by dad was a 'good kid'

New Fairfield, Connecticut - Tyler Giuliano had no trouble with the law. The teenager loved flying small planes as a Civil Air Patrol cadet and seemed happy as he played an online game with friends Wednesday night. But hours later, authorities say, Tyler was outside wearing a black ski mask and wielding a knife when he was shot by his father, who thought he was a prowler.

No immediate charges were brought against Jeffrey Giuliano, a popular fifth-grade teacher, in the slaying of 15-year-old Tyler, who was gunned down in his aunt's driveway next door to his own home in New Fairfield around 1 a.m. Thursday.

"It's something out of a Hollywood script," said John Hodge, the first selectman, or top elected official, in the town of nearly 14,000 people about 50 miles from New York City. He said he couldn't recall another killing in his eight years on the job.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the boy had never been in trouble with the law, and some of those who knew him described him as a good kid with an easygoing personality. Investigators and acquaintances said they were at a loss to explain what he was doing outside dressed all in black and carrying a weapon.

"Certainly, that is the major question we are trying to answer at this point," Vance said.


Border agent fatally shoots California mother of five who 'accidentally' ran him over

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Valeria 'Monique' Alvarado, 32, was fatally shot through the windshield of her car by a Border Patrol agent
  • San Diego housewife Valeria Alvarado was killed while driving just yards from her home
  • Police claim the plain-clothed agent acted out of self- defense
  • 'I want justice', says her husband
A 32-year-old mother of five was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent just yards from her home in suburban San Diego on Friday, after she ran him over.

The agent fired after being driven several hundred yards on the hood of Valeria Alvarado's car.

Her husband, Gilbert Alvarado, is furious about what happened and believes the agent who shot her overreacted.

'My wife got killed for no reason,' Gilbert told NBC 7. Show me that my wife had a gun or something that threatened the guy's life where he had to use lethal force against her.'

The shooting occurred about five miles north of the Mexican border as plainclothes agents were looking to serve a felony warrant in the area to someone other than Alvarado, Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott told U-T San Diego.

'Fearing for his life, he discharged his weapon to get the vehicle to stop,' Scott said. No other agents fired.


Catarina Migliorini, 20, auctioning her virginity to help poor people

Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian student, is offering her virginity to the highest bidder to raise money to build homes for poor people in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Migliorini insists that she is not a prostitute. So far the bids are up to $155,000.

The physical education student will be filmed, before and after her first sexual encounter, by a film crew for a documentary called 'Virgins Wanted,' reports the Daily Mail.

Migliorini told the Folha newspaper:
"I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it. If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer. The auction is just business, I'm a romantic girl at heart and believe in love. But this will make a big difference to my area."

Heart - Black

Rapist demands visitation rights to the child he fathered

An unidentified man, who plead guilty to statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2009 and got her pregnant, is now filing for visitation rights to see the toddler produced by the rape.

The man was sentenced to 16 years probation in 2011, reports the Daily Mail. Part of the probation required that he pay child support, however, that also entitles him to seek visitation rights.

The man met the 14-year-old girl at church and, later, had sex with her and got the teen pregnant. However, she was too young to legally consent to sex, reports Fox 25.

Black Cat

Bigoted congresswoman defends soldiers caught urinating on corpses in Afghanistan

Texas Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) was apparently infuriated by the unclassified Red Team report which detailed the abusive behavior of American soldiers against their Afghan military allies [ANSF] and Afghan citizens.

The Red Team report said that ANSF members found many U.S. soldiers to be "extremely arrogant, bullying, unwilling to listen to their advice, and were often seen as lacking concern for civilian and ANSF safety during combat."

The Red Team report described vulgar and crude acts the American soldiers engaged in, such as urinating in public, cussing, disrespecting women and bullying people during night raids.

Rep. Riddle was not offended by the actions of American soldiers, but rather by the conclusion of the Red Team report which recommended sensitivity training for American soldiers in Afghanistan.

According to the thedailydolt.com, Rep. Riddle wrote on her Facebook:

"Our soldiers do NOT need to be taught how to be sensitive to radical Muslims. They do not need to be worried about blowing their nose wrong or using their left hand and offending someone. . . . They should not be bothered with being sensitive to people who want us all dead! We need a true leader in the White House - a vote for Obama is a vote to destroy our country."

Bad Guys

Plot Against Occupy: Government entrapment turned five misfits into hapless terrorist cell

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Thunder rumbled and rain pattered on the leaves as Connor Stevens tramped through the darkness down a wooded path to the base of the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge. A sad-eyed 20-year-old poet from the Cleveland suburbs, Stevens was crouched in the foliage, his baby face obscured by a bushy lumberjack's beard. Beside him ducked two friends from Occupy Cleveland - the group that had come to define Stevens and his place in the world - both as gaunt and grungy as Stevens himself. Farther up the trail, Stevens knew, three other comrades were acting as lookouts. Gingerly, the young men opened the two black toolboxes they'd carried down from their van. Inside were eight pounds of C4 explosives.

They were actually going through with it. The six of them were going to blow up a bridge.

That they were on the brink of something so epic was surprising, even to the crew, a hodgepodge of drifters plus a pair of middle-class seekers: quiet Stevens and puppyishly excitable Brandon Baxter, also 20. Anarchists who had grown disenchanted with the Occupy movement, which they considered too conservative, they yearned to make a radical statement of their own - to send a message to corporate America, its corrupt government and that invisible grid underlying it all, the System. They'd joined Occupy Cleveland in the fall, but over the winter they'd waited in vain for the group to pick a direction before finally taking matters into their own hands. For weeks they'd fantasized about the mayhem they'd wreak, puerile talk of stink bombs and spray paint that had anted up to discussion of all the shit they'd blow up if only they could. But the grandiosity of their hopes stood in stark contrast to their mundane routine. They spent their days getting stoned at their Occupy­subsidized commune in a downtown warehouse, squabbling over dish duty and barely making their shifts at the Occupy Cleveland info tent; when they managed to scrounge up a couple of cans of Spaghettios for dinner, it was celebrated as an accomplishment. If not for the help of their levelheaded comrade Shaquille Azir, who at this critical moment stood as lookout, hissing, "How much longer is this gonna take?" the plot might never have come together.

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Inhuman: Spanish authorities are locking up trash cans to prevent people from foraging for food

Spain food foraging

In Spain, Freeganism is not a choice
Here's how bad the economic crisis has gotten in Spain, according to the New York Times' Suzanne Daley:
"So pervasive is the problem of scavenging that one Spanish city has resorted to installing locks on supermarket trash bins as a public health precaution."
The need to ask for help is deeply embarrassing, Daley write.

Arrow Down

Exorcism gets everybody killed, female faith healer gets the gallows

Tokyo - Japan hanged two inmates this Thursday September 27th 2012, two months after the last executions took place on August 3rd.
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Sometimes, you can’t beat the demons out of someone without killing them in the process.
Sachiko Eto, 65, a faith healer and self-professed exorcist, was convicted for murder after the deaths of six believers in Fukushima Prefecture between 1994 and 1995.

According to Japanese media reports and The Associated Press, Sachiko Eto, her daughter and another accomplice had beaten their victims to death, using thick drumsticks designed for the Japanese 太鼓 (Taiko) and other blunt instruments. The beating were to "drive out demons hiding in their bodies" and conducted in her home.

At least one of the exorcism (悪魔払い)was apparently motivated by Ms. Eto's decision that the the victim was sleeping with Ms. Eto's lover. Another victim was "exorcised" after refusing to loan Ms. Eto money. There were also questions as to the vanishing of her husband in 1992, before she became a spiritual leader.

She was convicted on four counts of murder, and two counts of assault resulting in death. She was hanged this Thursday morning in Sendai detention center. At this point in the time, while Ms. Eto was blessed with magical powers, she has not successfully resurrected herself.

Sachiko Eto is reportedly the first female in Japan to be executed in more than 15 years. Her daughter and the other accomplice have both been sentenced to life in prison.