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Texas couple murders seven-year-old boy for trespassing

Boy, 7, dies in apparent trespass shooting - Crime & courts- msnbc.com

The boy, his 5-year-old sister, their father and a family friend were off-roading near a residential area about 40 miles northeast of Houston when they were shot after stopping so the children could go to the bathroom.

Authorities said the couple fired after they mistakenly thought the group was trespassing on their property.

Bishop said the area includes a dirt road, trees and overgrown brush and that it wasn't uncommon for people to go off-roading there. The Houston Chronicle reported that a sign in front of the suspects' home reads: "Trespassers will be shot. Survivers will be reshot!! Smile I will."

Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor said Sheila Muhs fired a 12-gauge shotgun once, then handed it to her husband, who also fired once.

May 09, 2009

What if Jay Smooth was funny?

Can white people say n-gg-r? The answer is: "Not really." Mojo, just go on an scroll past this. YouTube - Chris Rock: can white people say Nigger? {7/10}

Jay Smooth on the Ironic Risks Associate with Getting Comfy

ill doctrine: a hip-hop video blog Mojo, Fritz and I...

May 08, 2009

Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work? - TIME

Short answer: It pretty much worked.

At the time, critics in the poor, socially conservative and largely Catholic nation said decriminalizing drug possession would open the country to "drug tourists" and exacerbate Portugal's drug problem; the country had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe. But the recently released results of a report commissioned by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggest otherwise.

The paper, published by Cato in April, found that in the five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.

"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does." . . .

Russian hairdresser overpowers armed robber, keeps him as sex slave

Seriously?

This sounds way too weird to be true. But on the other hand, it's Russia. So who knows?

In what is either the weirdest Russian crime story of the year so far or a new low in yellow crime journalism, a female hair stylist in the Kaluga region is suspected of holding an armed robber in captivity as a sex slave for two days after he unsuccessfully tried to knock over her beauty salon.

. . .

The robber, a 32-year-old man identified by Life.ru as "Viktor," burst into the salon at around 5 p.m. waving a pistol and ordered all of the stylists and clients to hit the floor and toss him their money.

At this point, 28-year-old Olga, whom Life.ru describes as a "delicate" girl trained in martial arts, was apparently still standing when she offered to hand over her cash. But when Viktor tried to accept her contribution, Olga surprised him with a quick punch to the chest, knocking the wind out of him before she flipped him to the ground.

Olga proceeded to tie Viktor up with a hair-dryer cord, gagged him and dragged him into a storage room.

Curiously, Life.ru reports, Olga instructed the others to keep working, telling them that the police would soon arrive. . . .

D.A.R.E. cop caught in drug scandal

Times-News: Magicvalley.com, Twin Falls, ID

Former Twin Falls Police Det. Curtis Gambrel taught children how to stay off drugs through the nationally recognized D.A.R.E. program before he retired two years ago. Now he's facing felony drug charges.

A complaint against Gambrel, 44, was filed Wednesday in Twin Falls 5th District court asserting three counts of felony prescription fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit prescription fraud for acts allegedly committed between January 2005 and April 2, 2007 - the same day his retirement was publicly announced.

. . .

While still a police officer, Gambrel allegedly obtained medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone and hydro-codone from Sund and then split the drugs with her, according to court records.

Gambrel was named in 16 charges of prescription fraud and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud that were originally levied against Sund in December. Sund gave testimony on April 30, days before Gambrel was charged.

Recommendation lists are always welcome

In case you need some reading/watching lists Neil Gaiman has passed these along via Twitter. Here is a solid rec list for science fiction. And he also has one for fantasy. How many have you read (or seen)?