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April 21, 2008

Chicagoans shooting each other in record numbers

chgoshootings.JPGcbs2chicago.com | Police: 36 Shot, 2 Stabbed, 9 Dead Over Weekend
CHICAGO (CBS) ― Chicago police say 36 people were shot and two people were stabbed over the weekend; nine of those victims died. Authorities said that, although that is a large number of violent crimes for such a short time span, it is not unusual as the weather gets warmer.... Police admit that three dozen shootings in one weekend is a lot, but through the end of March in Chicago, violent crime was down. On Friday, 15 people were shot -- four fatally -- between noon Friday and midnight Saturday, police said.
Among those who were killed, Edward Black, 25, died after a gunman shot him in the chest as he stood with a friend in the 800 block of South Karlov at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. About 7 p.m. Friday, Marcus Hendricks, 34, of Flossmoor, was fatally shot in the abdomen at 714 W. 115th St. and pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 8 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. Bennie Teague, 39, of the 6200 block of South Sacramento Avenue, was charged with one count of first-degree murder for Hendricks' death. He was also charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly firing shots at responding officers. Police recovered an AK-47 assault rifle from the scene, police said. About 9:30 p.m. Friday, two 18-year-old men were fatally shot at 7555 S. Phillips Ave., authorities said. Killed were Melvin Thomas, of 14922 Washington Ave. in Harvey, and Rhonell Savala, of 9750 S. Hoxie Ave., the medical examiner's office said. One of the men suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and back and the other was shot in the neck, police said. About 10:50 p.m. Friday, Ricardo Sanchez, 65, of 8439 S. Exchange Ave., was found fatally shot outside his home after an attempted robbery, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 12:47 a.m. Saturday, the medical examiner's office said. About 5:50 a.m. Saturday, Michael Giles, 26, of 336 N. Avers Ave., was fatally shot in his home, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital. About 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Raul Lemus, 28, of 4630 S. Talman Ave., was fatally shot in the abdomen in an apparent gang-related shooting at an auto shop at 2520 W. 59th St., authorities said. He was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 4:16 a.m. Sunday, the medical examiner's office said. Late Sunday, Angel Ramirez, 26, and four other people were shot in a gang-related drive-by shooting on the 2800 block of West 21st Street. Ramirez, of 2714 W. 23rd St., was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital. Details on the ninth homicide of the weekend were not immediately available.

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Magazines are now photoshopping models to make them look less dangerously emaciated

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Nicky Eaton, the head of press and PR at Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue, GQ, and Glamour, also confirmed that images of models were enhanced to make them appear fuller-figured.

"There have been cases where models are booked way ahead of a shoot and then they turn up two months later looking less healthy and perhaps a bit underweight. We wouldn't be happy showing them that way, so it is then that we would need that person to look a little bit fuller."

But Susan Ringwood, the chief executive of the eating disorder charity Beat, condemned the practice. "Altering models' bodies to appear fuller-figured proves that the industry acknowledges there is a serious issue with projecting images of very thin models, but [it is] missing the point," she said. "They should be using naturally healthy models in the first instance, instead of having to make them look that way."

April 20, 2008

The beggar schools of Africa

Boy flees Islamic school that makes beggars of African kids - Yahoo! News

There are 1.2 million Colis in the world today, children trafficked to work for the benefit of others. Those who lure them into servitude make $15 billion annually, according to the International Labor Organization.

It's big business in Senegal. In the capital of Dakar alone, at least 7,600 child beggars work the streets, according to a study released in February by the ILO, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Bank. The children collect an average of 300 African francs a day, just 72 cents, reaping their keepers $2 million a year.

Most of the boys — 90 percent, the study found — are sent out to beg under the cover of Islam, placing the problem at the complicated intersection of greed and tradition. For among the cruelest facts of Coli's life is that he was not stolen from his family. He was brought to Dakar with their blessing to learn Islam's holy book.

In the name of religion, Coli spent two hours a day memorizing verses from the Quran and over nine hours begging to pad the pockets of the man he called his teacher.