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Shooter near Texas A&M campus in custody

Police respond to the shooting in College Station, Aug. 13, 2012.
Two people, including a police officer, are dead and as many as five others, including three officers and a female civilian, were wounded in a shooting near the Texas A&M campus in College Station on Monday, police and university officials say.

According to the College Station Police Department, the shooter was shot by police, but the extend of the suspect's injuries were not released. At a press briefing, a police spokeswoman said that there is "no longer a danger to the public."

According to WFAA-TV, the shooting began when officer "attempted to serve an eviction notice." Brian Bachmann, a 41-year-old sheriff's deputy, was fatally wounded in the shooting that occurred shortly after noon about a block away from the school's campus.

The wounded officers are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The female civilian underwent surgery Monday; her condition was not released.

According to the College Station Medical Center, three people were admitted with gunshot wounds.

"It appears that the shooter [was] shooting from a house with automatic weapons," KBTX-TV said.

Texas A&M issued an alert on its website just before 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday warning of an active shooter near Kyle Field, the campus football stadium, according to the Associated Press.

The shooting occurred near Highlands and Fidelity Streets in College Station, just south of the George Bush Drive and east of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.


War Wounds

© Daniel Borris for The New York Times

Maj. Ben Richards, who suffered repeated head injuries in Iraq, sums up his future: "It comes to failure."
It would be so much easier, Maj. Ben Richards says, if he had just lost a leg in Iraq. Instead, he finds himself losing his mind, or at least a part of it. And if you want to understand how America is failing its soldiers and veterans, honoring them with lip service and ceremonies but breaking faith with them on all that matters most, listen to the story of Major Richards.

For starters, he's brilliant. (Or at least he was.) He speaks Chinese and taught at West Point, and his medical evaluations suggest that until his recent problems he had an I.Q. of about 148. After he graduated from West Point, in 2000, he received glowing reviews.

"Ben Richards is one of the best military officers I have worked with in 13 years of service," noted an evaluation, one of many military and medical documents he shared with me.

Yet Richards's intellect almost exacerbates his suffering, for it better equips him to monitor his mental deterioration - and the failings of the Army that he has revered since he was a young boy.


More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

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A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare."

"The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes. However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are only benefiting from Social Security and/or Medicare.

Food stamps and Medicaid make up a large--and growing--chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. "Among the major means tested welfare programs, since 2000 Medicaid has increased from 34 million people to 54 million in 2011 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) from 17 million to 45 million in 2011," says the Senate Budget Committee. "Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade."


Intoxicated Homeland Security employee caught naked in ocean

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, Myrtle Beach police arrested Michael Worth Calfee, 35, of North Carolina after officers found him nude in the ocean near 29th Ave. North, according to a police report. Once officers arrived and told Worth to get out of the water, he found his clothes and got dressed, according to the report.

Police say Worth had slurred speech, red-glossy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. In the report, officers said they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Worth's body.

Worth was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct (nudity).

The police report states Worth is employed with Homeland Security.

Eye 2

Psychopathology may have had role in Penn State pedophile scandal


Jerry Sandusky, pedophile. Psychopath too?
Now that Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of over 50 and crimes against children over the course of many years at Penn State University and the NCAA has announced its sanctions on Penn State, several huge questions remain.

Two such questions are how and why. For Penn State and the rest of the world, the question of how something like this can take place and be concealed without proper intervention for so long still lingers. In addition, the question of why did these crimes take place and why did seemingly good men cover them up also remain a mystery. Many people have their theories; was it greed, reputation, good ol' boys or even naiveté. Here is one more theory to consider.

Let me tell you a story about a group of people estimated to make up to 1 percent to 4 percent of the population. They are called psychopaths. The term psychopath is very controversial and complicated; however, in a nutshell, it is thought that psychopaths are characterized by the inability to care about others, no concerns whatsoever with any other person's wants, needs, goals or dreams. Psychopaths don't feel shame, guilt or remorse for their actions, and thoughts of morality, honesty, honor, respect and ethical practices are replaced with words like collateral damage, deception and the ends justify the means. They have no problem placing money, success or even winning over human life. People are tools to them and their only value lies in how they can be used.


Large fire in London as Olympics come to a close

More than 200 firefighters have tackled a blaze described by London Fire Brigade as the biggest seen in the capital for several years.

The brigade was called at about 13:15 BST when flames took hold at a recycling centre in Dagenham, east London.

Smoke was visible for miles as the single-storey building burned, but there were no injuries.

The brigade said fire cover at Olympic venues had not been affected.

There were initial reports that people could see the smoke from the Olympic Park, approximately six miles away.

Arrow Down

Revealed: Shocking Figures Show one Scottish Child in 10 is Living with an Alcoholic Parent

Alcoholic Parent
© Daily Record and Sunday Mail
Little girl cuddles into drunken dad in doorway.
One youngster in 10 is living with an alcoholic parent in Scotland, shocking figures reveal. The research shows that up to 93,000 youngsters under the age of 16 are living with one or more parents with a drinkproblem.

Experts warned yesterday that kids were being raised in unstable, chaotic homes plagued by emotional and physical abuse.

Yesterday, kids' protection charity Children 1st said more needed to be done to protect youngsters from abuse, violence or neglect caused by their parents' boozing.

Anne Houston, the charity's chief executive, said: "Up to 93,000 children in Scotland - or one in 10 - could be bearing the brunt of our nation's attitude to alcohol. That should give us all cause for concern.

"From our work helping children recover from the trauma of violence fuelled by alcohol misuse, we know that many of them feel those negative effects for years, with some suffering from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

"Too many children are missing out on their childhoods because of their parents' drinking and we all have a responsibility to stop this from happening."

The latest figures were calculated from Scottish Government health surveys. They reveal that between 72,000 and 93,000children at are risk of harm from their parents' drinking.

SNP MSP Marco Biagi said: "We've known for some time that children often bear the brunt of our nation's attitude to alcohol but these figures reveal the scale of the problem.

"Key to addressing the issue is reducing the amount of alcohol adults consume.

"That is exactly what the Scottish Government is focused on doing, through its framework for action on alcohol, investment in health interventions and, most recently, in introducing a minimum price for alcohol. All these measures give us a real chance of changing the culture around alcohol and ensuring that children get the best start in life."


Mexican mayor-elect, campaign manager found shot to death

An opposition politician elected in Mexico's July 1 vote and his campaign manager were found shot to death in a truck early Sunday morning in the central state of San Luis Potosi, which has seen a spike in drug gang-related violence in the past week.

Edgar Morales, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who won the mayoral race in Matehuala, and Juan Hernandez were ambushed by gunmen after leaving a birthday party in the town, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

Authorities found spent rounds from high-powered rifles at the scene, the statement said.

Hernandez's wife, who survived the ambush, did not see the gunmen, and authorities have not established a motive for the murders, said a government spokesperson who requested anonymity for security reasons.

Morales who ran on a coalition ticket between the PRI and smaller Green Party, narrowly defeated a candidate from outgoing President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party, according to state election data.

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Psychopathic logic: Malaysian court frees pedophile bowler, citing his "bright future"

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Malaysian women's groups have questioned a court's decision to free a national bowler who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, reportedly citing his "bright future".

A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled on Thursday to release ten-pin bowler Noor Afizal Azizan on probation in the statutory rape case, overturning a lower court's decision to jail him.

In his decision one of the three judges agreed with Noor Afizal's lawyer that, according to national news agency Bernama, "public interest would not be served if Noor Afizal was sent to jail as he had a bright future".

The Joint Action Group For Gender Equality, which comprises six prominent women's groups, in a statement received yesterday, urged the judiciary to clarify its decision.

Heart - Black

Teen Sues California City Claiming Rape by Officer

Santa Maria, California - A teenage police Explorer Scout has sued the city of Santa Maria, claiming she was repeatedly raped by a police officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer after a struggle to avoid arrest.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 7 in federal court claims negligence and seeks unspecified damages. City officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Officer Alberto Covarrubias was killed in January by another officer after he was under investigation for having sex with the 17-year-old girl.

The suit claims Covarrubias raped the girl numerous times and told her if she didn't have sex with him that he would kill her boyfriend and her family.

The suit said city officials failed to act immediately once it was alerted to the allegations.

Source: The Associated Press