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Detroit named nation's most violent city

Motor City named nation's most dangerous - Yahoo! News

DETROIT - In another blow to the Motor City's tarnished image, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according to a private research group's controversial analysis, released Sunday, of annual FBI crime statistics.

The study drew harsh criticism even before it came out. The American Society of Criminology launched a pre-emptive strike Friday, issuing a statement attacking it as "an irresponsible misuse" of crime data.

The 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" was published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It is based on the FBI's Sept. 24 crime statistics report.

The report looked at 378 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category was considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness, CQ Press said.

British Air flying empty flights across Atlantci to avoid losing runway spots

BA flying 'ghost planes' across Atlantic - Telegraph

And they are passing the cost of the empty flights to the consumer, by charging more for other flights.

British Airways is shuttling dozens of empty planes across the Atlantic because it has a shortage of cabin crew, it has emerged.

The "phantom" services have been flying between Britain and Canada and the US over the past two weeks in order to retain valuable slots at London's airports.

Several BA passenger flights took off without a single passenger, using up thousands of tonnes of jet fuel.

November 16, 2007

Move Michigan to the Gulf Coast

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Comatose man tasered by (and they are really called this) Terror Police

BBC NEWS | England | West Yorkshire | Terror police 'shot' man in coma

A man who had gone into a diabetic coma on a bus in Leeds was shot twice with a Taser gun by police who feared he may have been a security threat.

Nicholas Gaubert has described how the incident happened in July 2005, just a week before the fatal shooting of Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes.

. . .

Mr Gaubert said he was on his way to meet friends when he suffered a fit on the bus and slipped into a coma which left him slumped on his seat clutching his rucksack.

Armed police were called to the bus depot in Headingley and when he failed to respond to their challenges he was shot with the Taser.

He said as this was happening, another officer was pointing a real gun at his head.

He was restrained and eventually came round in the police van.

November 15, 2007

Our own dave-o out on the town as the hydra-headed goatboy

LJ | LeDiva | Quoted for truth, yo. "I gotta...

Ms. Magazine turns 35

Saw this on the newsstand today. Congrats to Ms. and...

How our Saudi masters support rape victims

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Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to womenSYDNEY (AFP) —...

November 14, 2007

Tentacle love. Why?

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November 13, 2007

San Francisco man shot for not walking down escalator fast enough

Metreon victim was killed after standing on escalator, not walking

A 15-year-old San Francisco youth facing charges in the weekend slaying at the Metreon shopping center told police that he opened fire after he got into an argument over the victim's having not traveled fast enough down an escalator, investigators said Monday.

The victim, Michael Price Jr., 18, of Oakland was leaving the gaming arcade at the complex at Fourth and Mission streets with his cousin and friends at the time of the shooting at 7 p.m. Sunday.

As Price was going down the escalator, the unidentified teenage suspect behind him complained to a friend who was with him about the man ahead simply standing on the escalator step rather than walking as the escalator went down.

Once they were down the escalator, an argument began. Witnesses said the youth threatened to open fire during the argument, saying, "I'll pop a cap in your ass."

The suspect told police that Price turned around and appeared to take a fighting position and that was when the 15-year-old got out the gun and fired.

"This was a senseless, stupid shooting," said Inspector Mike Mahoney of the San Francisco police homicide detail. "He wasn't walking fast enough - that is what he told me.