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US: School Without Power After Falling Behind On Bill


Detroit, Michigan -- A Detroit school is trying to find funds to turn its gas and electric back on after falling behind on a $100,000 bill.

A representative for DTE Energy said it turned power off to Detroit Urban Lutheran School as a last resort.

Principal Dave Siefker said he tried working with the utility company but has only been able to come up with $10,000.

"We have students, parents and teachers working through every kind of fundraiser that you can imagine," he said. "But fundraising is not going to fund our school. Donations, only major donations, probably."

Cell Phone

US: Thieves in Florida Take $10M in Phone Equipment

Newly released video from the $10 million heist at an Orlando wireless company shows crooks moving pallets of stolen merchandise and ramming them into the back of a stolen trailer.

The video shows one suspect guiding the driver of the semi-tractor trailer toward one of the bay doors of Quality One Wireless off Tradeport Drive sometime after the business closed at 7 p.m. Friday.

Another video camera caught one suspect operating a forklift and moving pallets of electronics into the trailer while the other men helped hold the trailer doors open.

Orlando police investigators also said burglars targeted the business in 2007 and 2008 - and some of the company's employees think it could have been an inside job.

After the 2008 burglary, employee Augusto Urena told police "he believes the suspect(s) must be familiar with the layout of their warehouse as the suspect(s) had a good idea where to make the hole in the wall."

"In both cases [2007 and 2008] they believe an employee may be responsible," the police report from the 2008 burglary shows.

Burglars in September 2007 "gained entry into the locked and alarmed business by burning a hole approximately 5 ½ feet long and 2 feet high," with a blow torch, the commercial burglary report shows.

Police investigators said the suspects then removed "1,500 boxes of Samsung C416 cell phones. There were a total of 6,683 black cell phones and 1,689 red cell phones inside these boxes."

Estimated value of what was taken in the September 2007 burglary is $711,720. Surveillance cameras showed one suspect taking notes during that heist.


US: Johnson: Charge 10-year-old as an adult in accidental fire? Grow up

Go for broke. Put the kid on the stand.

This is the reason I do not practice law, and would be quite bad at it if I did because I would go all in.

I'd put the kid up there, let those who will judge him soak in the absurdity of it all, that we live in a world that sees fit to charge a mere boy with a felony.

Jacob Christenson is 11.

More to the point, he was 10 last May when he and a buddy were playing with a lighter they found at their Parker townhome complex.

They put it to a piece of paper. The flame rose quickly and burned the buddy, who flung the lit paper into a dry pine bush.

By the time firefighters were done, a nearby townhome lay smoldering, the damage totaling nearly $200,000.

Arrow Down

Ponerization in Action: Rape Laws Blurry for Israelis

Israel Rape Law
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Rape laws blurry for Israelis: researcher
More than 60 percent of Israeli men and 40 percent of women do not believe that forcing sex on an acquaintance constitutes rape, an Israeli researcher said on Tuesday.

The findings, set to be published in a book in the United States later in the year, indicate a stark difference between public perceptions of what constitutes rape and the way it is defined by law, author Avigail Moor told AFP.

"Among the public there is a very stereotypical view of rape of a stranger jumping out the bushes and assaulting a woman," said Moor, a psychologist who treats victims of sexual violence and a researcher at the Tel Hai college in northern Israel.

Moor asked participants in her study for a yes or no answer on whether forced sex was rape when carried out by a stranger, an acquaintance or a partner.

Comment: "Any human group affected by the [ponerization] process [...] is characterized by its increasing regression from natural common sense and the ability to perceive psychological reality. Someone considering this in terms of traditional categories might consider it an instance of 'turning into half-wits' or the development of intellectual deficiencies and moral failings." - Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology


America's Blood Sport of Buying Trophy Killer Guns: The Tuscon Glock

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Glock Pistol
When is rising consumer demand bad for America?

When it comes in the form of guys buying guns used in killings as blood-sport collectors' trophies.

That's what happened in Arizona after the Tucson massacre, when the sales of the Glock handgun used by the killer soared:
Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.

Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols - popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters - flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

"We're at double our volume over what we usually do," Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Bizarro Earth

Suicide Tourists Make Swiss Minister Uneasy as Terminally Ill Seek Escape

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Former Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has proposed making the practice more difficult by demanding oversight by doctors who aren’t connected with one of the country’s four right-to-die organizations.
Switzerland is the destination of choice for people from abroad who want to die. The office of the country's top legal official is pushing to change that.

While assisted suicide is permitted in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington and Montana, only Switzerland allows doctors to help foreigners end their lives. More than 25 percent of the 380 assisted suicides in Switzerland during 2009 involved foreigners, most of whom died after drinking water laced with a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Former Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, who was replaced by Simonetta Sommaruga in November, has proposed making the practice more difficult by demanding oversight by doctors who aren't connected with one of the country's four right-to-die organizations. Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942.


Monk Caught with Nun's Skeleton at Airport

A Cypriot monk caught at a Greek airport with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage on the weekend told authorities he was taking the relics of a saint back to his monastery.

The 56-year-old Cypriot was detained at Athens airport on Sunday after security staff discovered a skull wrapped in cloth and skeletal remains in a sheet inside his baggage.

"They maintained it was a woman who was a saint," a Greek police official who declined to be named told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that the monk told authorities he was transferring her remains to a monastery in Cyprus.

The remains were those of a nun who died four years ago. She was not a saint in the Greek or Cypriot Orthodox Churches, but had once been a nun at a Cypriot convent, police said.

Revering the skeletal remains of saints is common in the Greek Orthodox tradition. A sect within the church may have venerated the nun even though she was not an official saint.


US: Bomb Found Along Martin Luther King Jr Parade Route

Device reportedly had remote control detonator; incident described as 'domestic terrorism'

A backpack found along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march in Spokane contained a bomb "capable of inflicting multiple casualties," the FBI said Tuesday, describing the case as "domestic terrorism."

The FBI said the Swiss Army-brand backpack was found about 9:25 a.m. PST on Monday on a bench at the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.


'Smoking Gun' Letter Reveals Official Vatican Cover-up of Child Sex Abuses

Pope Pious
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A letter written by a Vatican official in 1997, marked "strictly confidential," warned Irish bishops to avoid reporting the sexual abuse of children in the church, in hopes of avoiding public fallout from the scandals that were sure to ensue.

Victims' groups the world over were calling the letter -- first obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE - the "smoking gun" which proves institutional complicity in untold thousands of reported sexual abuses.

The church has long maintained that it did not and would never instruct its bishops to engage in a cover-up of such heinous crimes: a claim that appeared to be false.

"And if that instruction applied here, it applied everywhere," Colm O'Gorman, with the Irish chapter of Amnesty International, told the Associated Press.

The AP also noted that the Vatican has refused to acknowledge policies passed by Irish churches that command bishops to report any instances of suspected or confirmed sexual abuse.

Alarm Clock

African Food Riots Spread To Persian Gulf As Oman Is Next; Adverse Implications For Oil Prices?

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While deadly protests in Africa have been largely ignored, because, well, they are in Africa, and they don't even have iPads there and Kindle WhisperNet coverage is spotty if any, the world may be forced to start paying just a little more attention as food riots get ever closer to the center of the oil extraction infrastructure in the Persian Gulf. From BBC Monitoring, which discusses the latest outbreak of protests sweeping Oman "Most participants in the protest were reluctant to be quoted as they were government employees. However, some said they protested against low salaries and soaring prices." Luckily, for now the protest is still peaceful. The thing about hunger is that it doesn't go away if you ignore it. And as Oman borders the UAE, all it takes is for the riots to jump one more border and then it gets interesting. And to all those observent enough to note that soaring prices continue to occur in countries with "growing unemployment" i.e., economic slack, and wonder how this is possible, after all the Fed said record slack can never lead to inflation, don't worry - you are certainly not alone.