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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.

Che Guevara

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....

Light Saber

US Congresswoman Blackburn: TSA is staffed with pedophiles and child pornographers


On Monday, Blackburn released a report titled "Not on my Watch": 50 Failures of TSA's Transportation Security Officers". The report lists 50 crimes committed by TSA agents, including two from Nashville International Airport.

Blackburn said that more needs to be done to keep bad apples out of the airport screening process.

"TSA needs to immediately remove themselves from the human resource business. This report details highly disturbing cases where pedophiles and child pornographers wearing federal law enforcement uniforms are not only patting down unsuspecting travelers, but in many cases stealing valuables from their bags. Enough is enough. It's time for Congress to step in and demand accountability from Administrator Pistole," said Blackburn.


Mother charged with disorderly conduct. Her crime? Cheering at daughter's graduation

Florence, South Carolina mom Shannon Cooper was taken into custody minutes after she celebrated her daughter receiving her diploma. Apparently, her cheers were loud enough to get her handcuffed and arrested at the Florence Civic Center (video below).

Parents were warned by South Florence High School authorities not to cheer for their children or they would be removed, but Shannon Cooper did it anyway, on Saturday night.

Cooper told WPDE-TV: "Are ya'll serious? Are ya'll for real? I mean, that's what I'm thinking in my mind. I didn't say anything. I was just like 'Ok, I can't fight the law. I can't argue with the police, but I'm like are you serious?' I didn't do any more than the others did, which I feel like no one should have went to jail."


Another New Zombie Attack: Louisiana Man Carl Jacquneaux Bites Chunk of Victim's Face Off

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A Louisiana man is in custody after allegedly biting the face off of another man. This latest "zombie" crime is at least the fourth reported cannibalistic incident since a Florida man stripped naked and chewed 80% of the face off a homeless victim.

Law Enforcement officials in Scott, Lousiana, confirmed that Car Jacquneaux, 43, attacked an unnamed victim and, using his teeth, tore parts of the man's face off.

"During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim's face," said assistant police chief Kert Thomas. "He was clearly under the influence of some kind of drug."

Local TV station KATC is reporting that a friend of the victim believes that Jacquneaux was under the influence of a street drug known as "bath salts." The potent hallucinogen is known to cause, delirium, distress, psychosis and even homicidal behavior.


'Zombie attack': Homeless Miami man high growls, bites police officer, smashes head repeatedly against cell wall

A homeless man high on drugs and drunk on Four Loko growled and tried to bite off a police officer's hand after he was arrested for disturbing customers in a Miami fast food restaurant.

The incident comes just two weeks after Rudy Eugene chewed the face off a homeless man in Miami. The frenzied 18-minute attack only ended when police shot Eugene dead.

In this new case, Brandon De Leon, 21, repeatedly banged his head against the patrol car's Plexiglas and yelled, 'I'm going to eat you.' Both De Leon and Eugene are believed to have been under the influence of a potent drug, known as bath salts.

The shocking crimes have led to a safety warning issued to local police officers when they deal with Miami's homeless population.