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Cop fired for using Trayvon Martin images in target practice

People along with New York City Council members attend a press conference to call for justice
© AFP Photo / Allison Joyce
People along with New York City Council members attend a press conference to call for justice in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on the steps of City Hall March 28, 2012 in New York City.
A Florida policeman has been fired for using photos of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot and killed last year by a neighborhood watchman, for target practice. Martin's family attorney condemned the act as "depraved."

Sgt. Ron King of the Florida's Port Canaveral Police Department allegedly offered paper shooting targets emblazoned with Martin's image to two other officers, an internal review revealed. He was dismissed on Friday for possessing a number of such shooting targets.

"Port Canaveral Police Department considers that behavior unacceptable," John Walsh, CEO of the Port Canaveral Authority said. King reportedly acquired the paper targets online and brought them to a firearms training session.

Heart - Black

'Heartbreaking' auction of Hopi katsinam proceeds in Paris

© Courtesy Survivor International

Young Hopi man Bo Lomahquahu with Director of Survival International France Jean-Patrick Razon outside the Drouot auction house.
As many concerned Hopi had feared, the auction of 70 katsinam happened on April 12, despite passionate protests both outside and within the Drouot auction facility in Paris.

In an auction described by an AP reporter as "chaotic," the items, commonly referred to as "masks," brought in 930,000 Euros, or 1.2 million, over the pre-sale estimate of copy million. One of the katsinam, or "friends," called the Crow Mother, sold for $209,000.

On the street outside the building, a protester carried the American Indian Movement (AIM) flag as a group sympathetic to the Hopi's cause handed out leaflets. Bo Lomahquahu, a Hopi student studying in Paris, was a notable presence. He described the scene to the New York Times as "very surreal and heartbreaking." He explained that the katsinam "are truly sacred to us; we feed and care for them. ... And to see people walking out with them in bags, like some object, I felt really helpless and hurt."

Che Guevara

Protestors line up outside George Osborne's office in demo against 'bedroom tax'


A campaigner sets up on the Little Heath in Knutsford
A group of campaigners has set up home outside George Osborne's office in Knutsford in a protest against the legislation known as the 'bedroom tax'.

UK Uncut arrived in Knutsford at lunchtime today, Saturday, April 13, where they are protesting against the government's decision to charge housing tenants an extra amount for having a spare bedroom in their property.

The organisation told the Guardian the move would mean that tenants who are considered to have one spare bedroom will have to find an extra £529 per year - more than £10 a week - while those considered to have two spare bedrooms will be asked to pay £945 a year more.


Elderly woman survives komodo dragon attack

Komodo dragon
© Sergey Uryadnikov / Shutterstock
Komodo dragons have long, forked tongues that they use to help smell and taste.
An 83-year-old Indonesian woman survived a recent attack by a fearsome 2-meter-long (6.6 feet) Komodo dragon and is currently recovering in the hospital.

The attack occurred when Haisah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was making a broom from a coconut tree, Agence France-Press reported. The reptile pounced and bit down on her hand and Haisah told AFP, "I knew that I faced a fight for survival." She kicked one of the reptile's front legs, which was enough to get it to release her hand, then screamed for help. That is one tough lady!

Haisah's wrist required 35 stitches and was initially paralyzed, though it has since recovered some mobility.

This incident follows a spate of Komodo dragon attacks in recent months on the Indonesian islands that are the native home of the species. Komodo dragons are the world's largest lizard, growing up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms); they are considered a vulnerable species and are protected in their native habitat.

Cell Phone

Social media use linked to poor academic performance

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The widespread use of media among college students -- from texting to chatting on cell phones to posting status updates on Facebook -- may be taking an academic toll, say researchers with The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.

According to a new study, freshmen women spend nearly half their day -- 12 hours -- engaged in some form of media use, particularly texting, music, the Internet and social networking. Researchers found media use, in general, was associated with lower grade point averages (GPAs) and other negative academic outcomes. However, there were two exceptions: newspaper reading and listening to music were actually linked to a positive academic performance

Black Cat

Day care worker arrested for biting child

An Ohio day care worker decided to teach a 5-year-old a lesson by giving him a 'bite' of his own medicine.

When 56-year-old Robin Mullins of Cincinnati found out about a 5-year-old at her day care that was biting other children, Mullins sat him down, then chomped on his arm in order to 'teach him a lesson.'

Mullins' plan of action, however, didn't go over too well with the parents -- or police for that matter. Mullins was arrested and charged Thursday with assault after leaving a visible bite mark on the kid's arm, Colerain Police Officer Eric Renner wrote in court records.

Arrow Up

Scotland Yard sergeant resigns over tweets about Thatcher's death


Hatred: Sergeant Jeremy Scott said he hoped the former prime minister's death at the age of 87 was 'painful and degrading' - and has quit today
  • Sgt Jeremy Scott: World would be better place if David Cameron died
  • Met Commander Allan Gibson said: 'This officer's behaviour was completely unacceptable and it is right that he has resigned'
  • But officer will still receive his full pension, Met confirms
  • Tory MP Iain Stewart said he was 'absolutely disgusted' by comments
  • Labour Party official: Blair should be buried in the same coffin as Thatcher
  • Coventry council's Labour leader joked he would fly a flag with 'a happy smiling face on' above the Council House for Margaret Thatcher's funeral
  • A serving police officer who sent a series of sickening tweets about the death of Margaret Thatcher has today resigned from his job at Scotland Yard.

    Sergeant Jeremy Scott said he hoped the former prime minister's death at the age of 87 was 'painful and degrading'.

    The 52-year-old Metropolitan Police officer also suggested the world would be a 'better place' if David Cameron, too, were dead.

    Scotland Yard said today: 'The officer concerned, today submitted his resignation and it was accepted with immediate effect.'

    However a spokesman said he would be 'receiving his full pension at an appropriate time' but refused to give further details of the amount involved.

    Met Commander Allan Gibson added: 'This officer's behaviour was completely unacceptable and it is right that he has resigned.'

    Meanwhile today another public figure, a Labour Party official, was also in hot water for saying Tony Blair should be buried in the same coffin as Mrs Thatcher.

    Writing on Twitter, Sgt Scott questioned whether a flypast would 'bomb' Lady Thatcher's coffin and said her passing was '87 years too late'.

    He said: 'Goodnight Twitter. The world is a better place today now that c*** is dead. Now for Cameron, May and Osborne.'

    The comments of the police officer, sworn to uphold the law, mark a new low in the bitter hate campaign ahead of Lady Thatcher's funeral.

    Comment: The only people mourning Margaret Thatcher are the uber-wealthy. All those whose livelihoods were destroyed by her psychopathic policies are celebrating.
    Margaret Thatcher's criminal legacy
    Britons mark Thatcher's death by remembering all the evil she did that led world to where it is today
    British public pays its respects to passing of Margaret Thatcher by propelling 1930s Wizard of Oz song - "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" - to number one spot!

    Cupcake Pink

    Angry mother throws toddler so she can fight woman on bus

    When a mother got into a heated argument with a woman on the bus in Connecticut, she started yelling and then threw her baby so she could attack.

    Another passenger caught the incident on video. In it, the woman is in full view as she holds the calm baby on her lap. The young mother starts cussing at the woman, saying she disrespected her in front of her child.

    The audio is not audible at times, but it is apparent that the women were fighting over the relationship a relative of the young mother had with the other woman's boyfriend.

    Dollar Gold

    Surprise! Financial regulators accused of protecting banks instead of helping struggling families


    Elizabeth Warren
    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts chided two financial regulators on Thursday, wondering why the men were protecting big banks rather than helping struggling families.

    During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Warren questioned Daniel P. Stipano of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Richard Ashton of the Federal Reserve about the Independent Foreclosure Review. The investigation of foreclosure abuses ended in January with a $8.5 billion settlement.

    She accused the two financial regulators of withholding data obtained from the investigation. Warren asked whether they planned to provide evidence of illegal activity to families who were suing banks over wrongful foreclosures.

    Ashton responded that they had not made a decision about that.

    "So I just want to make sure I get this straight," Warren replied. "Families get pennies on the dollar in the settlement for having been the victims of illegal activities or mistakes in the banks' activities. You now know individual cases where the banks violated the law and you're not going to tell the homeowners, or at least it's not clear if you're going to do that?"

    Heart - Black

    8-year-old follows Tennessee lawmaker around Capitol until he drops welfare bill

    A Tennessee lawmaker has relented and agreed to drop his bill linking academic performance to the family's welfare benefits after an 8-year-old girl shamed him by following him around the state Capitol.

    On his way to vote on Thursday, state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) was confronted by 8-year-old homeschooler Aamira Fetuga, who presented him with a petition signed by people opposing his welfare bill, according to the Tennessean. Nearby, a choir of about 60 activists sang "Jesus Loves the Little Children."

    "You are so weak, to not listen to a child," a parent said as Campfield walked away with the girl following.

    "Why do you want to cut benefits for people?" 8-year-old Fetuga asked after she caught up with him on a Capitol escalator.

    "Well, I wouldn't as long as the parent shows up to school and goes to two parent-teacher conferences and they're exempt," the state Senator explained.