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Body of Spanish Man Laid Undiscovered in His Home for More than 15 Years

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Even cosy Spanish villages can harbour dark secrets for years
A man found dead in the hallway of his home in the tiny village of Cañizal in western Spain had apparently lain undiscovered for more than 15 years. Disturbing stories like this often pop up in the world's media but there's something particularly shocking about this one.


Female prisoners in USA give birth in handcuffs and chains


Only 16 of 50 states in the US have any regulations or laws against the shackling of female prisoners during childbirth
In 2007, a 17-year-old girl called Cora Fletcher was charged with retail theft. Over a year later, after she missed a court date, she was sent to the Cook County jail, in Illinois. She was eight months pregnant at the time.

During a pre-natal check-up at the facility, her baby appeared to have no heartbeat, so she was sent to the county hospital. As the medical team tried to induce her, Fletcher claims that both her hands and both her feet were shackled to either side of the bed. Only when she finally went into labor, three days later, was one hand and one foot released. It's hard to imagine a more crucifying way to force a woman to try to give birth.

Sadly for Fletcher, there was no payoff for the trauma and humiliation she was forced to endure, as her baby was born dead.

Fletcher was one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit brought against Cook County on behalf of 80 female prisoners and detainees who also claimed to have had similar experiences of being shackled during childbirth. Just under two weeks ago, the county agreed to a settlement of $4.1m dollars payable to the women, who will each receive between $5,000 and $45,000.


On-Air Attack: Greek Neo-Nazi parliament member hits female deputies during TV debate

Athens' prosecutors have ordered the arrest of a far-right member of parliament, following his attack on two female leftist deputies during a live TV debate. Ilias Kasidiaris threw a glass of water in the face of an MP after she brought up his alleged involvement in a mugging case 5 years ago. The television debate came ahead of country's parliamentary election in 10 days' time.

Heart - Black

Teachers at elite New York City prep school accused of sexually abusing students for DECADES

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Under fire: Graduates from Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York have claimed repeated sexual abuse at the hands of a string of teachers went on for decades
A former student of an elite New York City prep school has revealed decades of sexual abuse at the institution, accusing a string of teachers of vile behaviour while suggesting others covered it up.

In New York Times Magazine, Amos Kamil, who graduated from Horace Mann in the Bronx in 1982, gives a harrowing insight into the hellish school years for scores of boys.

He details how a music teacher took a student on solo trips to Europe where he repeatedly raped him, and how an art teacher would demand the boys underwent 'physicals' in order to assault them.

In other graphic examples, the same teacher asked a student to pose for a portrait before demanding he strip, while another teacher would join the boys in the showers.

Heart - Black

Brother, 5, of girl who was starved to death by mother, brought food to her funeral 'so his sister could eat in heaven'

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Tragic: Marchella Brett-Pierce, four, was found dead in September 2010, tied to her bed with jump ropes in her Brooklyn home
The five-year-old brother of a girl who was beaten and starved to death by their mother brought food to her funeral so she would have enough to eat in heaven, it was revealed.

'Monster mom' Carlotta Brett-Pierce was found guilty of murder last month and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison yesterday.

Her four-year-old daughter Marchella died covered in bruises and open wounds and weighing only 19 pounds in September 2010. She was found drugged and beaten, tied to her SpongeBob SquarePants bed at the Brooklyn home.


Woman who is EIGHT months pregnant 'Tasered by police officer after she parked in handicap space'

A woman who is eight months pregnant claims she was Tasered by a police officer Tuesday morning after a confrontation escalated.

Tiffany Rent, 30, said she and the Chicago officer were fighting after Rent parked in a handicap parking spot outside of Walgreens.

According to police reports, Rent tore up the ticket the officer handed her and attempted to drive off, but the officer - who warned her not to leave the scene - grabbed his stun gun and fired the weapon.


LinkedIn hacked, over 6 million user details posted online

LinkedIn has launched an investigation into reports that its password database has been compromised with more than 6 million users' details posted online.

The business social network is examining claims by security analysts that millions of encrypted passwords have been published on a Russian hackers' website.

Graham Cluley, the cyberthreats expert, said the passwords were now likely to be in the hands of criminals. He advised the website's 160m worldwide users to immediately change their login details.

The security scare will cause fresh embarrassment for LinkedIn, which is also facing privacy concerns about its mobile calendar application.

Arrow Up

Sexy Advertising On the Rise

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Magazine ads are becoming bolder.
Don't blush, but chances are the magazines you read are getting sexier.

Sexy advertisements are up in magazines from Playboy to Time and Newsweek to Esquire, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Since 1983, the percent of ads using sex to sell products rose from 15 percent to 27 percent by 2003.

Though sexual imagery is used to sell almost everything, even banking services, the bulk of the increase has come in ads for impulse buys: alcohol, entertainment, beauty supplies.

These products have long clung to the "sex sells" maxim, said study researcher Tom Reichert, a professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia.

"Advertisers use sex because it can be very effective," Reichert said in a statement. (Past research has suggested, however, that sex doesn't sell to female readers, with sensual advertising images leaving women bored and uninterested.)


Police State: Police handcuff 40 innocent motorists at gunpoint for two hours as they act on a tip to catch a bank robber at intersection

Police in Colorado stopped 25 cars and arrested and detained 40 innocent people over two hours as they turned their hunt for a bank robbery suspect into a frenzied blind search.

Handcuffing every adult at gunpoint, the intersection of E. Iliff Avenue and S. Buckley Road in Aurora, Colorado, turned into a chaotic scene as police swarmed the area looking for the suspected robber.

'Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,' said Sonya Romero, who was one of the drivers who had been handcuffed by police.

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21 Signs That This Could Be A Long, Hot, Crazy Summer For The Global Financial System


Mass protest in Montreal seen from the air
The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be very similar to the summer of 2008. Things look incredibly bleak for the global economy right now. Economic activity and lending are slowing down all over the planet, and fear is starting to paralyze the entire global financial system. Things did not look this bad back in the summer of 2011 and things certainly did not look this bad back in the summer of 2010. It is almost as if a "perfect storm" is brewing. Today, the global financial system is a finely balanced pyramid of risk, debt and leverage. Such a system requires a high degree of confidence and stability. But when confidence disappears and fear and panic take over, the house of cards can literally start collapsing at any time. Right now we are watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold and nobody seems to know how to stop it. Unless some kind of a miracle happens, things are going to look much different when we reach the start of 2013 than they do today.

The following are 21 signs that this could be a long, hot, crazy summer for the global financial system....

#1 There are rumors that major financial institutions are cancelling employee vacations in anticipation of a major financial crisis this summer. The following are a couple of tweets quoted in a recent article by Kenneth Schortgen Jr....