Society's ChildS

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US: Pennsylvania - Scranton police seek city couple after diaper-clad boy, 7, tells of abuse

Scranton police said they are searching for a city couple after a diaper-clad 7-year-old boy told officers harrowing stories of abuse last week when they found him in a dark, bug-infested basement.

"Are you here to help me?" the frightened child said as he hugged one officer who entered the 823 Raines St. home on Sept. 26, according to an affidavit filed Friday.

"I am hungry and I didn't get dinner yet," he reportedly told another officer who asked why he was crying.

According to the affidavit, the child said he had been locked in a coffin in the basement and also duct-taped to a chair in the home, which has been condemned by the city.

Felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful restraint were filed Friday against Lori Gardner, 26, and Brian Sleboda, 31, both of 823 Raines St.

City police were still searching for the pair Monday night, Chief Dan Duffy confirmed.

"It's a very sad case," Chief Duffy said. "That's pretty much all I can say."

Police said the boy told them the couple put him in the home's basement "often" to punish him, and told him ghosts lived there. They would even "pick up chains and drop them to scare him," arrest papers said.


US: Intermittent outages hit major websites

Major websites from Gmail to Facebook and the New York Times went down completely for short periods of time Tuesday.

The sources of the outages - which in some cases lasted minutes, some longer - weren't immediately known.

The DownRightNow website reported Facebook as having a "likely service disruption," and Gmail as "possible service trouble."

© DownRightNow website

Che Guevara

Anti-cuts march in Manchester: More than 35,000 attend

More than 35,000 people have taken part in a march through central Manchester protesting against government cuts.

The TUC organised the March for the Alternative to coincide with the Conservative Party conference. Many protesters wanted tax avoidance tackled and spending to encourage growth.

On the eve of the conference, David Cameron pledged no U-turns on cuts and dismissed calls for extra spending.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said no arrests had been made during the march.

'People are angry'

A post-march rally was held at Number One First Street close to the conference centre.

About 200 protesters from the anti-cuts group Occupy broke away from the main march and positioned themselves in Albert Square, where they said they intended to stage a sit-in.

GMP said that some people had initially covered their faces, but were asked to remove hoods and scarves.


Egypt to substantially raise price of gas to Israel: report

Egyptian natural gas pipeline
© AFPEgyptian natural gas pipeline
Egypt will substantially raise the price of its gas exports to Israel, which have stopped after militants blew up a Sinai desert pipeline, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Oil minister Abdullah Ghurab said there would be "a large increase in the price" after the revision which would be announced soon, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The sale of gas to Israel, which signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, has always been controversial in the most populous Arab country.

Former president Hosni Mubarak, on trial for allegedly ordering the shootings of protesters during a revolt that ousted him in February, also faces charges of exporting the gas at cheap prices.


Kercher's Family Looks for Answers after Knox Freed

Amanda Knox
© Reuters/ANSA/TeleNewsU.S. student Amanda Knox smiles at the Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Fiumicino October 4, 2011. Amanda Knox, cleared of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, on Tuesday thanked supporters who believed in her innocence as she prepared to return home to the United States after four years in jail.
The family of British student Meredith Kercher said on Tuesday their ordeal would not end until they found out the truth about her murder, after Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted by an Italian appeals court.

Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's sister, said they would first wait for the court's written explanation of Monday's verdict.

"Once we've got the reasons behind the decisions for this one, then we can understand why they have been acquitted of it and work toward finding those who are responsible," she told a news conference.

"That's the biggest disappointment, not knowing still and knowing that there is someone or people out there who have done this," she said.

The acquittal of Knox and Sollecito leaves Rudy Guede, an Ivorian drifter and drug dealer, as the only person convicted of the killing which investigators believe was committed by more than one person.

Wall Street

Anonymous - The Bankers Are The Problem

A message from Anonymous concerning Occupy Wall Street and the bankers.


US: Police have action plan for protests

© Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrators opposed to corporate profits march in the Financial District of New York.
Police do not expect large scale issues with protesters during CHOGM but are urging protesters not to break the law.

This follows the announcement that Occupy Perth, a group affiliated with protesters in the United States who caused havoc on the Brooklyn Bridge on the weekend, were planning to protest during CHOGM.

Police arrested 700 people as a result of the protest by Occupy Wall Street.

Counter Terrorism and State Protection's assistant commissioner Duane Bell said WA Police were aware of many groups planning to protest at CHOGM.

"We do not expect to see any large scale public order issues during CHOGM 2011, however it is our responsibility to be prepared for any incident that takes place as we have a duty to protect the visiting dignitaries and the community," he said.


First Official Release from Occupy Wall Street

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© David ShankboneA protester holds up a sign in Zuccotti Park, in New York City, on September 28 2011.

This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group.

This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest version by emailing

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.


US: Dead Whale Discovered on New Jersey Shore Was Shot, Authorities Say

Shot Whale
© Associated PressAn Allenhurst Dept of Public Works employee removed the carcass of a 740-pound pilot whale that died shortly after washing up on a beach there.
Allenhurst - Authorities were searching Tuesday for the person who shot a whale that washed up dead on the New Jersey shore.

The 700-pound male pilot whale was discovered on a beach at Allenhurst, N.J., on Sept. 24, The Star-Ledger reported.

A gunshot wound to the animal's jaw caused an infection that prevented it from eating, according to scientists.

"It literally died of starvation," Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said.

"It probably traveled quite a distance before it became so weak that it washed ashore," he added.

Authorities were appealing to the public for information.


Truck bomb in Somalia kills 70

Mogadishu, Somalia - Al-Qaida-linked militants launched their deadliest single bomb attack ever in Somalia on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people and demonstrating how the group that blocked aid to famine victims can still mount devastating violence even after most of its fighters fled the capital in August.
© ReutersSomalia government soldiers carry an injured man from the scene of a suicide attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu October 4, 2011.

A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded outside the Ministry of Education, where students accompanied by their parents registered for scholarships offered by the Turkish government. The thunderous blast covered the city in dust more than a half-mile away, leaving blackened corpses sprawled on the debris-strewn street amid burning vehicles. One woman used a blue plastic bucket to pour water on a smoldering body.

Even in a city mired in war and anarchy for two decades, Tuesday's attack by the al-Shabab group horrified rescue workers. Ali Abdullahi, a nurse at the city's Medina Hospital, said countless victims were being brought in with amputated limbs and burns.

"It is the most awful tragedy I have ever seen," he said. "Imagine dozens are being brought here minute by minute. Most of the wounded people are unconscious and others have their faces blackened by smoke and heat."

Duniya Salad sobbed over her brother's burnt body after he died while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

"They killed him before he started university! Why was he killed? Damn to al-Shabab," she said.

Comment: Evidence - Why is it always lacking? "Al-Shabab includes militant veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts who have trained Somalis.." Says Who! We're always stuck taking someones word. Why is there never a link to the so-called Militants website? How is it the web site exists if the CIA and other alphabet agencies are monitoring such things? There are always so many "just take our word for it" points but never any hard evidence. For example, how did those WMD's in Iraq turn out? There was loads of evidence, they said. All of these poor people caught in the cross-fire of one nations, groups, army's desire for control, greed.., how heart-wrenching!