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Parents lose custody of teen after seeking 2nd medical opinion; girl indefinitely detained in psych ward


Justina’s is only allowed 2 family members per visit, once per week, for one hour.
A judge has ruled that a Boston teen may continue to be held captive in a hospital and forcibly drugged... indefinitely. The tragic series of events began when a doctor discarded an earlier medical diagnosis and declared another, prompting objections from her parents and threats to discharge her from Boston Children's Hospital to take her to get a second opinion. An epic battle of egos ensued, and the hospital decided that the parents' insolence in challenging the doctor was tantamount to child abuse. Without a trial or having broken a specific law, the girl was stripped from her parents' custody and the state of Massachusetts has kept her indefinitely detained in a hospital since February 2013. Based on the latest ruling, the girl may very well be locked in a psychiatric ward until she turns 18 years old.

This past December 14th marked exactly ten months since 15-year-old Justina Pelletier was taken from her parents and placed in the custody of Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). Local news station, FOX CT, alleges that internal documents that they have obtained show that doctors called in child protection specialists (DCF) at the first sign of disagreement between the Pelletier family and their medical experts. Boston Children's denied that this is the case in an email to FOX CT (Connecticut):

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Man throws 3-year-old son, then himself to their deaths from roof of Midtown high-rise

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Svetlana Bukharina, Dmitriy Kanarikov and their son, Kirill, were once a happy family.

Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, who was in the midst of a child custody battle with his estranged wife, allegedly threw his toddler, and then himself to their deaths plummeting 52 floors from the roof of a West Side skyscraper.

A distraught dad threw his 3-year-old son and himself off the roof of a 52-story West Side skyscraper Sunday in a holiday death plunge that apparently stemmed from a custody battle, police said.The 35-year-old man, Dmitriy Kanarikov, died after jumping from the Lincoln Square tower at 12:05 p.m. The red-haired tot, Kirill, dressed in Christmas pajamas, died moments later at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, cops said.

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© Andrew Savulich
A distraught 35-year-old man threw his toddler off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan building and then jumped to his death Sunday, according to a police source.

His estranged wife, Svetlana Bukharina, boasted on her Facebook page in March, "I have the best husband and son in the world." But apparently their home life imploded in recent months. Kanarikov and Bukharina split and the cherished time he had with Kirill was curbed by a custody fight.

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© Andrew Savulich/ New York Daily News

Detectives in a crime scene van at 124 W60 St., Manhattan, after a 35-year-old man threw his toddler from the roof of the high-rise Sunday.

Their breakup was so fraught with anger that they had to meet in a public place - the NYPD's 17th Precinct stationhouse - to drop off and pick up their son, a source said.

Kanarikov picked up Kirill at 10 a.m. Sunday at the designated precinct and was to return him there at 1 p.m., the source said.

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Immigrants sew mouths shut to demand release from migrant center in Italy

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Tunisian migrants wait to be sent back to Tunisia, at the Lampedusa airport, on April 11, 2011.
Eight immigrants from Tunisia and Morocco, kept in a migrant center outside Rome, have sewn their mouths shut to protest forced long-term detention and further deportation from Italy, renewing the debate over harsh migration law.

Using a needle made from a cigarette lighter and threads from bedsheets, four Tunisians, all in their 20's and 30's, sewed their lips together with a single stitch in the middle. The protesters were found by the detention center's medical staff shortly after the action. None of them was hospitalized.

Hours after that four, or according to some local reports five, Moroccans also stitched their mouths. They have been also treated at the migrant center. The men are being currently held in the Center for Identification and Expulsion (CIE), the heavily guarded immigrant detention center in the suburb of Ponte Galeria.

"Their revolt requires us to reopen the national debate on these inhumane centers and on the legislation, the Bossi-Fini law, which criminalises those fleeing war, violence and poverty," said Rome mayor Ignazio Marino. "We cannot and do not want to get used to the tragedies. We must, on the contrary, all strive against indifference," he added.

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Canadian troops look to video games for training

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Ottawa - Video simulation, including commercial, first-person shooting games such as Call of Duty, will play an increasing role in the Canadian military in the coming years.

But a tug-of-war is underway between skeptics who see video as a mere cost-cutting tool, and soldiers who regard the technology as a welcome addition to the existing training regime.

National Defence is examining how computer-generated scenarios boost ordinary training, and for the first time is considering their use in mission rehearsals.

"That's something that's being seriously looked at," Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, head of special forces, said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

"It would be complementary. You wouldn't be replacing (rehearsal-of-concept) drills. It would be a complementary asset," said Thompson.

Before almost every major operation, troops carry out rehearsals to test the strengths and pitfalls of various battle plans. It's a practice that goes back at least to the First World War.

Whether storming full-sized mock-ups of targets, or taking notes based on sand models of the battlefield, preparation has until the last two decades been decidedly low-tech.

Computer simulations have changed that to the point where dozens of troops and even pilots can be linked to together in a virtual world, which includes realistically rendered enemies, right down to uniforms and faces.

Thompson stressed the technology does not substitute for the rugged dress rehearsals soldiers carry out before operations, such as commando raids and anti-terrorism missions.

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Midtown Manhattan: Man throws toddler son off 52-story high-rise rooftop, then jumps himself

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© Andrew Savulich
A 35-year-old man threw his son from the roof of a 52-story Manhattan high-rise Sunday, according to a police source.

A man threw his tiny son off the roof of a Manhattan high-rise Sunday afternoon before jumping off himself, a police source said.

The 35-year-old man died after jumping from the 52-floor building in Lincoln Square around 12:05 p.m. The child, who was either 3 or 4, died at Roosevelt Hospital, cops said.

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© Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News
A woman on a balcony looks down at the crime scene in Midtown Sunday afternoon.

A police source identified the man as Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35. A neighbor said the child's name was Kirill.

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Florida teen Terry Hadley killed his parents so he could throw a party 'at his crib' that night

The shocking story of a troubled Florida teen, his wild house party and two grisly murders

You could tell it was going to be a huge party because almost nobody had heard of the kid who was throwing it. Word was that his name was Tyler Hadley, he attended Port St. Lucie High, and, most crucially, his parents were out of town. Where exactly Tyler's parents had traveled, or how far, no one seemed to know.

Tyler had been telling his friends all week that he was going to have a party, but nobody believed him. He'd never thrown a party before, and it was impossible to believe that his parents, who had been increasingly strict with him lately, would give their consent. When his friends asked whether the party was still on, Tyler replied, "I'm working on it." They assumed that meant it was off. At 11:25 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, Hadley received a Facebook message from his friend Antonio Ramirez.
Tyler Hadley: sup bra

Antonio Ramirez: Chillen what you doin tonight?

Tyler Hadley: tryin to have a party at my crib

Antonio Ramirez: Your parents ain't home?

Tyler Hadley: nope

Tyler Hadley: well their leasvin soon
At 1:15 p.m. Tyler posted a message on his Facebook wall:
party at my crib tonight...maybe
No one was convinced by this, but at 8:15 p.m., Tyler posted another message:
party at my house hmu
Still his friends remained incredulous.
Ashley Haze messaged: "WHAO what what if your parents come home"

"they won't," replied Tyler. "trust me."

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Florida man breaks baby's leg after Xbox session is interrupted for a diaper change

Man was frustrated about being asked to change the baby's diaper.

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An XBox display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo
A Florida man is being held without bond on a charge of aggravated child abuse after he allegedly became so enraged about having to stop playing Xbox to change a diaper that he broke a month-old baby's leg.

The baby's grandmother told police that 20-year-old Citrus County man Paul Lajeunesse often would get upset about having to change the child's diaper and that she was concerned about how he handled the baby.

On Dec. 11, she asked Lajeunesse, who doesn't work and spends most of his time at home, to change the baby's diaper while he was playing Xbox.

Already frustrated with how his game was going, Lajeunesse lifted the infant's legs and "heard a pop and saw the right leg go limp."

After the baby's grandmother brought the infant to the doctor, X-rays revealed that the baby's leg had been fractured.

It's unclear what relationship Lajeunesse has with the victim, but he has been ordered to not have any further contact with the child.

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Food prices skyrocketed 72% in Venezuela in 2013: International financiers' currency speculation to blame?

Food prices in Venezuela have risen by an average of 72 per cent in 2013, thus giving the country the highest inflation rate for food items in the Americas.

The country imports more than 50 per cent of what it consumes. And imports are already pushing up prices given that the country's poor domestic production cannot support demand. Onions for example, whose production within Venezuela has drastically dropped, have seen a price surge of four hundred per cent over the past twelve months.

Comment: See also:

Venezuelan Government Expands Battle Against Currency and Price Speculation


How insane is France? Brittany bar boss has been fined €9,000 for using illegal workers by asking customers to bring their glasses and trays back to the counter after use

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Chez Mamm Kounifl
A Brittany bar boss has been fined €9,000 for using illegal workers - for asking customers to bring their glasses and trays back to the counter after use.

Maryka Le Floch, who has run the popular Mamm Kounifl music bar in Locmiquélic, Morbihan, for 10 years, told Le Télégramme officials from social security agency Urssaf had accused her and her husband of using customers as unpaid "waiters" by asking them to return glasses.

She said the pub, which has received the label Café de pays and hosts regular folk and Celtic music evenings with local bands, was often so busy that it was counter service only and they asked customers had to return trays and glasses.


France: Fewer speeding drivers

© The Connexion
The number of drivers caught speeding in France has fallen for the first time since fixed-point automatic speed cameras were introduced a decade ago.

Interior ministry figures seen by L'Express magazine show 15 million cars were flashed for breaking the speed limit in the 10 months to the end of October - down from 17 million over the same period last year.

The magazine says the downward trend continued in November - down 15% year on year - meaning 2013 will be the first time that automatic radars have failed to exceed the previous year's total.

However the reason for the decline is not necessarily a change in driving habits. It is reported that up to 600 speed cameras are currently out of action because of a maintenance backlog at the new company responsible for keeping the devices operational.