Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wisconsin Teacher Accused of Theft

Amanda Rhyner

(New Berlin, Wisconsin) A 27-year-old teacher formerly at New Berlin Eisenhower High School, Amanda Rhyner, has been accused of stealing several laptop computers from her school.
According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Rhyner is charged with four misdemeanor counts of theft, accused of stealing three laptops and reselling another.

Prosecutors said surveillance video, which they have not released, shows Rhyner in the school on a Sunday in October stopping in various classrooms. She then leaves the school carrying a "laptop bag and a blue Rubbermaid-type bin."

The case came to light when a man Rhyner allegedly sold one computer to contacted Dell to register the machine in his name.

When Dell traced it, it discovered the laptop belonged to the school district. The buyer said he bought it from Rhyner on Craigslist for $100.
Details on booking not reported.

Plane Ugly

Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit last week were horrified when a Chinese child squatted on his seat and proceeded to defecate, World News, a U.S.-based, Chinese-language news site, reports. The child’s parents spread newspaper on the seat to catch the waste.

Passengers reportedly asked the parents to bring the child to the restroom, but the child’s grandfather insisted that his grandson finish his business at his seat.

Passenger Luolan Gang Wang told Chinese Sina News that an odor filled the plane and passengers were complaining and outraged.
Social media users in China claim that disgrace has been "thrown into the sky."

Facebook sides with Nazis

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network's "community standards," according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.

The page in question, is named, "Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews." The page, which spells "Zionist" incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Individuals complaining about the page were greeted with the following message (screen captured below):

"We reviewed your report of Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."

Last Thursday, a mob of more than a dozen men assaulted a Jew in his suburban Paris home who had been identified through a French Facebook page that listed the faces and identities of Jews to be attacked. The social network declined to remove the page until after the assault had taken place.

UPDATE: After a social media outcry,  Facebook has since removed the page.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

New Jersey Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with Two Boys - Update

(Sayreville, New Jersey)
A former New Jersey high school teacher who sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students is now headed to prison.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jaclyn Melillo of Sayreville received a four-year state prison term when she was sentenced Monday.

She also has forfeited her teaching certificate, will have to register as a sex offender and will be on lifetime parole supervision once she's freed from prison.
Man, she really screwed up her life. One must wonder who paid for her education to become a teacher. Surely they are pissed. Thousands of dollars into the crapper, eh?

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New Jersey Teacher Guilty of Sex with Two Boys - Update
[Previous 3/13/14 post]
(Sayreville, New Jersey) This week, Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher Jaclyn Melillo pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting two high school boys.
Under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua, Melillo will be sentenced to serve four years in a New Jersey state prison.

Additionally, Melillo will forfeit her teaching certificate, will be banned from holding a public job, must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender and will be subjected to parole supervision for life.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 19.

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New Jersey Teacher and Two Boys
[Previous 10/12/13 post]
(Sayreville, New Jersey) A 25-year-old special education and English teacher at Sayreville High School, Jaclyn P. Melillo, has been accused of sexually assaulting two 16-year-old boys,

Melillo faces two counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Following a joint investigation by the Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, it was determined that Melillo sexually assaulted both boys individually on multiple occasions over the summer.

The school began investigating before handing the matter over to the police.
Melillo was booked into custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center with bail set at $200,000.

Tennessee Woman Accused of Raping Boy

(Carter County, Tennessee) A 32-year-old Elizabethton woman, Brooke Amber Thornburg, has been accused of raping a teenage boy.

Thornburg has been charged with aggravated statutory rape.
In a press release from the EPD, Sgt. Chris Bowers said officers had been investigating Thornburg since May 18 of this year.

The juvenile said he and Thornburg had consensual sex at least five times over the course of a few days, Bowers said.
Thornburg was booked into the Carter County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tennessee Teacher Nets Second Intoxication Charge

(Rutherford County, Tennessee) A 40-year-old teacher at Wilson Elementary School, April Littlepage, has been accused of public intoxication … for the second time.

Littlepage was arrested at the Paddock Club Apartments swimming pool around 4:30 this past Friday afternoon.
When police arrived at the apartments, they observed Littlepage to have bloodshot eyes and she was reportedly unsteady on her feet.

The person who complained about Littlepage at the pool suggested she was annoying and she presented unwanted behavior in the pool area.
Littlepage has a court date in September.

WV Teacher Faces Drug Charges

(Sisterville, West Virginia) A 33-year-old 5th-grade teacher at Sisterville Elementary School, Gina Crawford, has been arrested on drug charges.

Details on the type of drugs and the specific charges have not been reported.
According to the Sistersville Police Department, Gina Crawford, a fifth grade teacher at Sistersville Elementary, was arrested on Saturday.

Crawford was arrested on drug charges and is currently being held at the Northern Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000.
A search of the West Virginia inmate database found no results for Crawford as of today.

What triggered the 2007-2008 financial crisis?

I have not previously heard of this but it does have explanatory power.  I should have guessed that government bungling lay behind it.  We all knew that the pricking of the housing bubble lay behind the financial collapse but what pricked the housing bubble?  The bubble peaked in 2006 and in 2007 the trouble  started, building up to the collapse of Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Bros. and AIG in 2008

In 2005, Americans who racked up an inconceivable amount of credit card debt realized they could file for bankruptcy to relieve themselves of any obligation to pay back debts.

There were those who exploited the system, of course, spending excessive amounts of money on credit cards, and then filing for bankruptcy the moment any bank started asking questions.

Banks wanted protection from this sort of abuse, so they lobbied for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which made it costly to actually file for bankruptcy.

Everything was great, and smooth sailing after that, right?  Nope.

Turns out that there were people who were actually, you know, bankrupt.   The new law made it to where a large number of people didn't have the money to even file for bankruptcy.  As a result, these people had to default on all their debts, including their mortgages, which the banks had to foreclose.

So, now we have a situation in which all the banks have a bunch of houses they can't do anything with. What are they going to do with houses?  Well, they need to sell them, of course.

As it would turn out, though, all the banks simultaneously realized that the housing market was being flooded with houses from other banks doing the same thing.  Because of supply and demand, housing prices plummeted, causing even more people to default on their mortgages.

This also meant that the value of mortgage-backed securities dropped precipitously as well,  leading to more than $40 billion of writedowns for U.S. financial institutions.

Banks lost so much money that they themselves began filing for bankruptcy, including one of the prominent banks that lobbied for the law in the first place, Washington Mutual.  Nearly everyone lobbying for the law was subsequently punished: Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Charles O. "Chuck" Prince stepped down after losing $11 billion of writedowns on top of more than $6 billion in the third quarter of that year. Stan O'Neal was ousted as CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co., the world's largest brokerage, after an $8.4 billion writedown. Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest securities firm, had subprime losses that cut fourth-quarter earnings that year by $2.5 billion...


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Iced Tea Bottle Theft

(Zhejiang Province, China)
It all started when 43-year-old Zhang Hoa was scavenging for recyclable bottles around a warehouse in Wenzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province.

He noticed that the warehouse door was unlocked and, on taking a peek inside, discovered the recycler’s equivalent of the Holy Grail: 30,000 pristine plastic bottles.

The only trouble for Zhang was that all the bottles contained iced tea. So he enlisted the help of three friends who, over the next 12 hours, unscrewed every bottle and poured the iced tea into a drain outside the warehouse.

From there the plan was simplicity itself – the men called a local plastic bottle collection firm to take the loot off their hands, and made off with a tidy £11 for their work.

Split four ways over 12 hours, that’s £2.75 each, or a little under 23p an hour.

It has to be said at this point that bottles of the iced tea sold for the equivalent of 66p, so Zhang could have made more if he stole a mere 17 bottles and sold them to his friends at market price.

Fast forward to when 38-year-old Liang Feng arrived at his warehouse, planning to pick up a pallet of the iced tea to sell to a customer. It would have been one of the all-time greatest facial expressions when he discovered his ENTIRE warehouse empty.
Talk about dumb criminals!

Iowa Woman Charged with Sex Abuse of Boy

Mindy Jo Fetters

(Riceville, Iowa) A 22-year-old local woman, Mindy Jo Fetters, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

Fetters faces counts of third-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

Fetters pleaded not guilty, posted bond and was released to await trial.

Detroit Gang Bust

Detroit Police Chief James Craig announces the indictment

(Detroit, Michigan)
More than 30 members of a Detroit street gang have been indicted on federal drug and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Friday five of the 33 Latin Counts members were also indicted on racketeering charges, including assaults, murder, narcotics, firearms and robbery.

She says the suspects were indicted on charges involving the distribution of heroin and cocaine, as well as various firearm offenses.
The Latin Counts allegedly use violence to intimidate rivals and ordinary citizens. Reportedly, the gang members are mostly aged 20 to 30 and they operate in Detroit and downriver communities.

Hitler lives  -- in America

A Israel defends itself against rocket fire and genocidal attack, the demonization of Israel and the scourge of raw anti-Semitism reappear

As Israel continues its dangerous incursion into Gaza to suppress Hamas terrorism and unceasing rocket attacks on Israeli citizens, predictably, the UN, the world media, and intellectual elites have initiated their collective denunciation of the Jewish state. More alarming have been the pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and other U.S. and European cities which quickly devolved into anti-Semitic riots, with protestors yelling such epithets at pro-Israel counter demonstrators including such vile comments as, “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores.”

In Boston, student supporters of Israel were surrounded by angry demonstrators, physically assaulted, and called “Jesus killers,” asked how many babies they had each murdered, and told they would “burn” for supporting Israel.

During Operation Cast Lead, the 2008-09 incursion by Israel into Gaza, campus radicals rose up in a similar manner, demonizing Israel for defending itself, accusing Jewish students and other supporters of Israel of being racist oppressors and supporting the “genocide” of Palestinian Arabs, and sponsoring campus events in which Israel, Zionism, and Jews were libeled, assaulted, and attacked for simply trying to live in peace.

Facing a fall semester of radicalism and hatred

We know from history that this fall campuses will again be in turmoil as pro-Palestinian activists, radical professors, and Muslim student groups agitate for resolutions, sanctions, and aggressive censure of Israel, and will use the recent events in Gaza as a platform for their continuing campaign to demonize Israel and intimidate Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of the Jewish state.

SPME addressed this same anti-Israel activism last semester as well in events such as these:

* At San Francisco State University the General Union of Palestinian Students organized an event at which students sold a t-shirt lauding Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled, and the GUPS president, Mohammad Hammad, expressed the wish for all Israelis to be killed. Students were encouraged to use a stencil bearing the image of a notorious terrorist and another that stated, "MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS"

* At University of Michigan, pro-Palestinian radicals promoting a BDS resolution on campus yelled “dirty Jew” and “get off campus, kikes” at pro-Israel students

* At Vassar College, members of Students for Justice in Palestine physically blocked faculty and students, passed out fliers, and verbally assaulted them as they attempted to enter a classroom where an International Studies course was being held because the course involved a trip to Israel and the West Bank. After a school-wide meeting was called by the diversity office to discuss the “ethics” of the trip, campus radicals continued to demonize Israel, harass the two Jewish professors leading the trip, and argue for the necessity for boycotts against Israel

* The American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and other academic associations continue to propose resolutions to boycott Israeli academic institutions, making the claim that Israeli academic institutions-and only Israeli ones-should be targeted for a boycott that marginalizes Jewish scholars because of the policies of their government. Radical faculty within these associations hold secret meetings and enlist the support of well-known Israel-haters who seek the destruction of the Jewish state.

Email from SPME

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Expensive New Drug Worries Government

Months before Gilead Sciences’ breakthrough hepatitis C treatment hit the market, Oregon Medicaid official Tom Burns started worrying about how the state could afford to cover every enrollee infected with the disease. He figured the cost might even reach $36,000 per patient.

Then the price for the drug was released last December: $84,000 for a 12-week treatment course.

At that price, the state would have to spend $360 million to provide its Medicaid beneficiaries with the drug called Sovaldi, just slightly less than the $377 million the Oregon Medicaid program spent on all prescription drugs for about 600,000 members in 2013. It potentially would be a backbreaker.

Faced with those steep costs, Oregon and several other states are looking to limit who has access to the drug that nearly everyone acknowledges is a revolutionary treatment for the disease affecting more than 3 million Americans.

Expensive specialty drugs aren’t new to health care. But Sovaldi stands out because it is aimed at helping millions of Americans who carry hepatitis C, and a large share of those infected are low-income and qualify for government coverage.
The revolutionary treatment is feared to be too expensive to provide without exploding health care budgets. Medicaid officials are debating how to stifle the anticipated costs.

Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

"Invertebrate" means "no backbone".  At that rate America has an ample supply of invertebrates -- in Congress. Seriously, though, how can anybody know how many beetles, wasps etc there are?  It's a fantasy.  They might as well have just made the number up  -- which they probably did

Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species around the world. By current estimates, at least 322 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years. And researchers estimate that 16 to 33 percent of the world’s vertebrate species — animals with developed spinal cords — are currently threatened or endangered. But a new article, published today in Science, paints an even more alarming picture, as scientists have found that the number of individual insects, crustaceans, worms, and spiders decreased by 45 percent on average over the past 40 years — a period in which the global human population doubled.

"We had strong suspicions that the problem was largely with the vertebrates," said Rodolfo Dirzo, an ecologist at Stanford University, in an email to The Verge. "But it was surprising to see this now, also, among the invertebrates," or animals without developed spines. Dirzo calls this loss of animal life "defaunation," and he blames it on humans. "The richness of the animal world of our planet is being seriously threatened by human activities," he said. Many species have gone extinct and the ones that remain — mammals, birds, and insects alike — are showing dramatic declines in their abundance.

In the article, Dirzo and his colleagues reviewed past studies, and compiled a global index of all invertebrate species over the past 40 years. Overall, they found that 67 percent of the world’s invertebrates have declined in numbers by an average of 45 percent. In the UK, for instance, there has been a 30 to 60 percent decline in the number of butterflies, bees, beetles, and wasps. This, the researchers write, is important because too often we measure animal diversity in terms of number of species, or in terms of extinctions. But an animal’s contribution is about more than the mere presence of its species on the planet — it’s also about local shifts in populations that could impact everything from agriculture to human health.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Kentucky Woman Reportedly Naughty with 5 Boys

(Walton, Kentucky) A 42-year-old local woman, Theresa King, has been arrested for allegedly molesting five teen boys.

King faces 11 counts of sodomy in the third degree and five counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree.
Police say King provided alcohol to the teens and then performed oral sex on them at various times between April and July of this year.

Four of the boys were under the age of 16 when the sex acts happened, officials said.

Authorities did not specify King's relationship with the teens.
King was booked into custody at the Boone County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Maryland Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse of Student

(Baltimore, Maryland) A 58-year-old religion teacher at Seton Keough High School, Helene Murtha, has been accused of sexually abusing a student in the 1980s.
She has not been charged in the incidents, according to online court records.

The allegations were forwarded to the Baltimore city and county police departments, archdiocesan spokesman Sean Caine said.

"We investigated it, and the suspect was not charged, based on the victim's wishes," said a Baltimore County police spokesman, Lt. Robert McCullough.[…]

The allegations date to when Murtha taught at the Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls Catholic school, which she joined in 1977.

The school merged with Seton High School in 1987 to become Seton Keough, and Murtha remained at the school until 1992.

She moved to what was then the College of Notre Dame as associate dean for student life before returning to Seton Keough, first as a substitute teacher and then, beginning in 2011, as a full-time religion teacher and member of the school's Campus Ministry Team.
Although Murtha was fired from her teaching position, it's not known what happens next.

Minnesota Dance Teacher, 33, and Boy, 13

Sondra Mae Huhn

(Meeker County, Minnesota) A 33-year-old local dance teacher, Sondra Mae Huhn, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student.

Huhn faces a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The victim told police that on Friday, July 11, Huhn was driving him from a dance activity to the annual Watercade Waterball Fight, which is a summertime event held at the Litchfield Rescue Hall.

The victim said Huhn parked her van and then leaned in towards him and kissed him. He said she also took his hands and rubbed them over her breasts under her bra.
Details on booking unavailable.

Plume of Fire and Deafening Roar Aimed at France

Colin Furze with his fart machine

Colin Furze, a plumber and inventor from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has begun building the biggest fart machine ever, which he plans to place on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim across the Channel towards France. His hope is that the French, 21 miles away, will hear the blast.

The machine, which Furze will house in a pair of specially constructed buttocks, is a giant pulse valveless jet engine – as used in Nazi V-1 bombs during the Second World War – that creates a plume of fire to go along with its deafening roar. Furze hopes to mount the contraption on the cliffs of Dover on July 24, between 6 and 7pm.
Hard to believe, eh?

Oklahoma Woman Complains to Police About Her Methamphetamine

Lynette Rae Sampson

(Enid, Oklahoma) A 54-year-old local woman, Lynette Rae Sampson, has been accused of drug offenses after she called police and said she thought her methamphetamine was laced with something.

Sampson faces counts of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, at 5:09 p.m. Monday Enid Police Department Officer Aaron Barber went to 308 W. Illinois to speak with Sampson.

Sgt. Tim Doyle had told Barber that Sampson had called him at the police department and told him she had methamphetamine in a tin container on her kitchen counter, according to the affidavit.

Barber knocked on the front door of the home and Sampson told him, “I’m glad you came,” according to the affidavit. Barber asked if he could speak with her, Sampson said yes and the two walked into the living room.

Sampson began telling Barber she thought her “ice” was laced with something, according to the affidavit. Ice is a common slang for methamphetamine.

Barber asked Sampson to show it to him and Sampson walked into the kitchen with the officer, showing him a tin container on the counter.
Sampson was booked into custody with bond set at $5,000.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Texas Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

(Houston, Texas) A 48-year-old teacher formerly at Thornton Middle School, Kristina Lynn Moore, has been accused of having an ongoing inappropriate relationship with a student.

Moore faces a charge of sexual assault of a child.
The victim’s mother said the relationship started two years ago when the boy was 14 years old, and it lasted over a year. The boy is now in high school.

According to court documents, the pair had sex at Thornton Middle School, the student’s house, Moore’s house and on a dead end road near a school.

Court documents state that another teacher observed suspicious behavior and reported it. Surveillance video is said to have confirmed what the teacher saw.

Moore denied the relationship, but the boy is said to have admitted to it.
Details on booking not reported.

Ohio Teacher Gets Early Release from Prison in Student Sex Case - Update

(Hamilton County, Ohio)
A former Colerain High School teacher will be allowed to leave prison early.

Judge Norbert Nadel granted Julie Hautzenroeder's request for early release Thursday morning, despite saying she was "irresponsible and stupid."

"I'm taking into consideration you have an 8-year-old daughter which you've been separated from. I indicated what you did was stupid and irresponsible, but I do feel that you've paid some debt to society," Nadel said.[…]

Hautzenroeder was sentenced and reported to prison in December. She was released from the Hamilton County Justice Center on Thursday afternoon.
So, Hautzenroeder's sentence was whittled from two years to six months even though the judge stated she was irresponsible and stupid. Interesting, eh? Frankly, I'd speculate that very few convicts become responsible and smart once awarded early release from prison.

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Ohio Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with Student - Update
[Previous 12/11/13 post]
(Hamilton County, Ohio) Former Colerain High School teacher Julie Hautzenroeder was sentenced today to two years in prison.
Hautzenroeder was free on bond before today's sentencing. She'll be allowed to remain out of jail until she reports to prison January 13. She'll also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender and spend 5 years on probation once she's released from prison. She must also pay court costs.
Hautzenroeder cried during the proceedings.

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Ohio Teacher Guilty of Sex with Student - Update
[Previous 11/2/13 post]
(Hamilton County, Ohio) Former Colerain High School teacher Julie Hautzenroeder, 36, was found guilty by a jury yesterday on one count of sexual battery for having sex with a 16-year-old student.
“You were stupid and irresponsible ... ,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel told the teacher, Julie Hautzenroeder. “It is a very very sad situation.”

Nadel said he will weigh the fact that Hautzenroeder, 36, of Loveland is raising a 7-year-old daughter when he sentences her on Dec. 11. She faces up to five years in prison and is required by law to register as a sex offender.[…]

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Hautzenroeder brought two students to her home in May, gave them marijuana, alcohol and then had sex with them while her daughter slept nearby.
Hautzenroeder will remain free on bond until sentencing on December 11.

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Ohio Teacher Indicted for Sex with Students
[Previous 7/26/13 post]
(Colerain Township, Ohio) A 36-year-old science teacher at Colerain High School, Julie Hautzenroeder, has been indicted for allegedly engaging in sex with two male students.

Hautzenroeder faces two counts of sexual battery.

The sacredness of a baby

An Israeli man instantly used his body to protect a baby

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Washington Teacher Guilty of Sex with Students - Update

(Tacoma, Washington)
A former Tacoma math teacher accused of having sexual relations with her students made a plea deal Wednesday that could get her a shorter time behind bars.

Meredith Powell was teaching at Lincoln High School when male students came forward early this year accusing her of sending inappropriate texts and engaging in sexual activity. Wednesday she pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child in the third degree and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Tacoma Schools representatives said they were grateful she finally admitted to her wrongdoing that ultimately affected students and her colleagues.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 29.

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Washington Teacher Accused of Sex with Students
[Previous 2/6/14 post]
(Tacoma, Washington) A 24-year-old math teacher at Lincoln High School, Meredith Claire Powell, has been accused of engaging in sex with students.

Powell faces counts of third-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Tacoma schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said the district received an anonymous tip about allegations of sexual activity with students at Lincoln High on Tuesday and immediately passed that information along to the Tacoma Police Department.

Powell was placed on paid leave according to Voelpel. He said when the district learned Powell had been arrested she was placed on unpaid leave.
Powell was booked into custody at the Pierce County Jail.

Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Sex with 4 Boys

(Mercersburg, Pennsylvania) A 34-year-old local woman, Lisa Marie Smith, has been accused of engaging in sex acts with 4 teen boys.

Smith faces 16 counts, including statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors.
Mercersburg Police said Smith admitted to buying liquor with the children's money and performing oral sex on two teenage boys back during incidents that occurred back in May, the website reported. However, Smith denied allegations that she had intercourse with the boys.

"She claimed she had a lot to drink and may have blacked out," the website quoted the affidavit as saying.

The incidents allegedly occurred May 18 and 25 and over the weekend of May 31 to June 1, police said.
An arrest warrant was issued on Monday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eating Faces

There is a company in Vermont named Burnt Impressions that is selling toasters that make bread selfies.

The price is a little steep -- $75. Or maybe not. After all, wouldn't being able to eat a slice of toasted bread with your face on it every day actually be priceless? You could even serve your burnt image to family and friends.
Interesting. If a selfie can be placed on a piece of toast, then any person's face could show up.

Islamists Kill Somali Protest Singer/Lawmaker

Saado Ali Warsame

(Mogadishu, Somalia) Veteran Somali protest singer and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame was gunned down earlier today by Islamist assassins who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets.
Believed to be in her 70s, she was renowned for songs that landed her in jail when she challenged the former dictator Siad Barre before he was toppled in 1991 and Somalia plunged into conflict.

Attackers from al Shabaab Islamist group, which has staged a series of assaults during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, claimed the killing.

"We are behind the killing of lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame and we shall eliminate them one by one," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, told Reuters.
Islamists kill, again.

MH17: no link to Kremlin in plane downing - US intelligence  officials say no evidence of direct Russian government involvement

The report below is probably the best informed yet and should go some way towards damping down the hysteria about President Putin.  The plane was clearly shot down by Ukrainians -- Russian speaking ones.  Given that Ukraine has resisted their demands for independence and attacked them instead (have we forgotten that Americans also once fought for their independence?), they were clearly entitled to shoot back, and, equally clearly that was what they thought they were doing in attacking the plane.  The launcher appears to have been an early model, a BUK 1 so all they may have seen on their radar was a blip that could have been Ukrainian.  As far as I can see, the only guilt lies with the Malaysian managers who sent their plane into airspace where planes were already being shot down

Senior US intelligence officials have said that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.

The officials briefed reporters on Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298 people.

The plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the intelligence officials said, citing intercepts, satellite photos and social media postings by separatists, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.

But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the missile launch. They were not certain that the missile crew was trained in Russia, although they described a stepped-up campaign in recent weeks by Russia to arm and train the rebels, which they say has continued even after the downing of the commercial jetliner.

In terms of who fired the missile, "we don't know a name, we don't know a rank and we're not even 100 percent sure of a nationality," one official said, adding at another point, "There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here," a reference to a fictional detective who solved mysteries.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the U.S. was still working to determine whether the missile launch had a "direct link" to Russia, including whether there were Russians on the ground during the attack and the degree to which Russians may have trained the separatists to launch such a strike.

"We do think President Putin and the Russian government bears responsibility for the support they provided to these separatists, the arms they provided to these separatists, the training they provided as well and the general unstable environment in eastern Ukraine," Rhodes said in an interview with CNN.

He added that heavy weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine from Russia following the downing of the plane.

The intelligence officials said the most likely explanation for the downing was that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military airplanes, the officials said.

The officials made clear they were relying in part on social media postings and videos made public in recent days by the Ukrainian government, even though they have not been able to authenticate all of it. For example, they cited a video of a missile launcher said to have been crossing the Russian border after the launch, appearing to be missing a missile.

But later, under questioning, the officials acknowledged they had not yet verified that the video was exactly what it purported to be.

Despite the fuzziness of some details, however, the intelligence officials said the case that the separatists were responsible for shooting down the plane was solid. Other scenarios - such as that the Ukrainian military shot down the plane - are implausible, they said. No Ukrainian surface-to-air missile system was in range.

From satellites, sensors and other intelligence gathering, officials said, they know where the missile originated - in separatist-held territory - and what its flight path was. But if they possess satellite or other imagery of the missile being fired, they did not release it Tuesday. A graphic they made public depicts their estimation of the missile's flight path with a green line. The jet's flight path was available from air traffic control data.

In the weeks before the plane was shot down, Russia had stepped up its arming and training of the separatists after the Ukrainian government won a string of battlefield victories. The working theory is that the SA-11 missile came from Russia, although the U.S. doesn't have proof of that, the officials said.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers said last week that "because of the technical complexity of the SA-11, it is unlikely that the separatists could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. Thus, we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems," she said.

Asked about evidence, one of the senior U.S. intelligence officials said it was conceivable that Russian paramilitary troops are operating in eastern Ukraine, but that there was no direct link from them to the missile launch.

Asked why civilian airline companies were not warned about a possible threat, the officials said they did not know the rebels possessed SA-11 missiles until after the Malaysian airliner was shot down.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).


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