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Creepy-ass elementary teacher morphed his students' faces onto porn

Prosecutor: Salinas teacher morphed porn to include students' images - By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY - MediaNews - August 8, 2007

Eww. Eww. Eww.

Prosecutors say child pornography found on the computer of a Salinas elementary school teacher contained the "morphed" faces of some of his students.

Prosecutor Gary Thelander said accused child molester John Hawthorne, of Soquel, used Photoshop software to cut and paste digital photos of female students onto pornographic images he downloaded from the Internet.

Judge Lydia Villarreal increased Hawthorne's bail Tuesday to $2 million based on the new revelations, which were contained in a motion by Thelander.

Hawthorne is charged with 15 felony counts and three misdemeanor counts of child molestation, as well as 20 felony counts of possessing child pornography.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to prison for multiple life terms.

The shady underground world of raw milk buyers

Should This Milk Be Legal? - New York Times

THERE was the name of a Web site scrawled on cardboard and quickly torn to bits by an anonymous farmer in the Greenmarket at Union Square. Then came the paperwork, legal enough presumably, to protect the source of the illicit substance. Finally, Yaron Milgrom-Elcott received the monthly drop site: an address near Chelsea, open for two hours, show up or lose the white stuff.

Mr. Milgrom-Elcott never missed a drop. Each month, he joined mothers with newborns and Wall Street titans in search of a box of unpasteurized, unhomogenized, raw milk. He is also part of a movement of perhaps hundreds of thousands across the country who will risk illness or even death to drink their milk the way Americans did for centuries: straight from the cow.

Twenty years ago, the Food and Drug Administration banned interstate sales of unpasteurized milk. This spring the agency warned consumers again that they were risking their health drinking raw milk.

Woman shoots panhandler for asking for change

The Enquirer - Panhandler shot to death

Donald Francis, who police believe was homeless, stood outside the Marathon station at Eighth and Linn streets late Monday night, asking people for money.

That annoyed Geraldine Beasley so much, Chief Tom Streicher said, that she shot and killed Francis when he approached her, "He asked her for a quarter," the chief said Tuesday.

Beasley, 62, of Walnut Hills, complained to someone else at the scene about the panhandling, Streicher said. Then, he said, when Francis asked her for money, she pulled out a gun and fired.

"That's apparently all there was to it," the chief said.

Beasley was charged with murder after police collected evidence at the scene and spoke to witnesses and Beasley, court documents said.

August 07, 2007

Cop shoots at snake, kills boy, 5

Cop shoots at snake, kills boy, 5 - CNN.com

Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather, Jack Tracy, when Tracy said he heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing.

Moments later, a second shot hit Austin in the head.

A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said.

"I was told that they tried several ways to get the snake down, but it was still hissing at them and firmly lodged," Wade said. "What I was told is that the owner of the home either suggested or agreed that they should go ahead and shoot the snake, and then everything happened from there."

Marburg virus rears its ugly head

Reuters AlertNet - Marburg virus makes unwelcome comeback

After a couple of quiet years, the Marburg virus is back.

Like its cousin the Ebola virus, Marburg is a contagious haemorrhagic fever that produces sudden massive internal bleeding and can kill within days. Death is painful but slightly less spectacular than Ebola - one journalist once described the sound of someone dying of Ebola as like a sheet being ripped. Marburg is quieter, but just as lethal. There is no vaccine, no cure and little effective treatment.

The last outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted through bodily fluids, was centred around the town of Uige in northern Angola in 2005, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

. . .

Now, the World Health Organisation says Marburg has been confirmed in the case of a 29-year-old man who died in a mining community in Uganda, again near the Congolese border. There have been several other suspected cases, and the Ministry of Health and WHO are closely monitoring the area.

(via POE News)