Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rip Torn apart by Alcohol, Economic Depression: Attempts Armed Robbery

Actor 'Rip' Torn Charged With Breaking Into Bank
Updated: 11 hours 13 minutes ago

SALISBURY, Conn. (Jan. 30) -- Actor Elmore "Rip" Torn has been charged with breaking into a Connecticut bank and carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated.

Police arrested actor Rip Torn at a Connecticut bank on Friday night. Here, he speaks at a news conference in Berlin last year.

State police say the 78-year-old Salisbury resident was arrested Friday night after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded revolver.

The "Men in Black" actor has been taken into custody and booked on charges including burglary and possession of firearm without a permit. He is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a Monday appearance in Bantam Superior Court.

Last year, Torn was given probation in a Connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.

A spokesman for Torn did not immediately return phone calls Saturday.

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Idaho Baptists Detained in Haiti: Accused of Child-Trafficking

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saudi Court Sentences Teen Girl to Prison, Flogging

Updated: 1 hour 44 minutes ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Jan. 24) - A teenage girl has been sentenced to a 90-lash flogging and two months in prison as punishment for assaulting a teacher, a Saudi judge said in an interview published Sunday.

Human rights group Amnesty International said the assault happened after the girl was caught with a camera phone at school.

The teenager's name was not immediately available. She could be spared with a pardon from King Abdullah, said Judge Riyadh al-Meihdib.

"The verdict was read out to her at the court and she did not object," al-Meihdib told Al-Watan, a national Saudi daily newspaper.

He said the teacher refused to forgive the girl, who will not appeal the case. Camera phones are banned at the school.

Al-Watan quoted the school headmaster describing the girl as "about twenty" years old.

However, Amnesty said the girl is 13.

In a statement Friday, the London-based rights watchdog urged Abdullah to "intervene immediately to ensure that the flogging sentence is rescinded."

"He must also take steps to reform Saudi Arabian law and criminal procedure to ban the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, in particular floggings of children," Amnesty interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone said.

Judge al-Meihdib said his court will issue instructions to local authorities in Jubail to carry out the sentence within two days.

Jubail is located on the Red Sea. Its court sentenced the teenager with the harsh punishment Tuesday.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

15 Yr. Old School-Girl Shot Dead by Hatian Police / Stealing Pretty Pictures

Haiti earthquake: Schoolgirl looter Fabienne Geismar, 15, killed by a single bullet to the head for stealing a few photographs

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Last updated at 6:22 PM on 22nd January 2010

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She lies limp on the ground, killed by a single shot to the head.

Crushed beneath her bloodied face, are the garish paintings which she paid for with her life.

But Fabienne Geismar was not one of 4,500 prisoners to escape after the Haiti earthquake broke Port-au-Prince prison apart.

Lifeless: Fabienne Geismar died after being shot by police. The pictures she had looted lie beneath her face

She was a 15-year-old girl, killed by police desperate to stop a wave of looting and lawlessness which pushes the island into deeper anarchy every day.

The sight of the dead on the streets of Port-au-Prince has become commonplace. Few bothered to even glance down at Fabienne's crumpled body, clad in a pink and grey top and pink skirt, her flimsy shoes still resting on her feet.

But even in a city rank with the stench of death, where the latest fatality toll stands at around 200,000, her family were distraught.

Her father Osam, sister Samantha and brother Jeff had watched as she was felled by a bullet in the ruins of Marthely Seiee Street. There was nothing they could do.

Later they returned with a cart to collect her body. Her mother Armante stood wailing, barely able to stand.

As the crowd watched, her 52-year-old father lifted Fabienne from the ground, her heavy limbs awkward in his arms. He laid her on the cart and then subsided in a paroxysm of grief.

It is unclear whether police deliberately aimed at looters, who had targeted properties destroyed in the earthquake, or had been firing warning shots over their heads.

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UpDate: Hatian Police Rice Murder

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hatian "Rice Wars" - Police Shoot 1 "Looter" Dead

Police have shot two men dead for looting at a market in the Haitian capital as desperation turns to death in Port-au-Prince.

Armed gangs and escaped prisoners are at large in the flattened city adding further fear and chaos to an already overwrought situation.

As the world’s attention focuses on the earthquake ravaged Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, just 20 kilometres outside the city lies Leogane where 85 per cent of the town is now rubble.

Grim figures are beginning to emerge highlighting the sheer scale of the death and destruction to hit the Caribbean island, the western hemisphere’s poorest nation.

The fragmented Haitian government claims that around 50,000 bodies have been collected with 25,000 being ferried out and buried in recently excavated mass graves.

The number of dead stands at around 50,000 with aid agencies and the Haitian government expecting the figures to increase to around 200,000, though its admitted the true death toll may never be known.

The survivors are having to deal with the memory of the initial quake, the grief following the deaths of family and friends, hunger, thirst, a lack of medical facilities as disease looms, no security and homelessness.

Of the 9 million Haitians 1.5 million are now dispossessed and the numbers are rising.

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