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May 10, 2012

13-year-old girl hangs herself after months of bullying and slut-shaming

Note that she had not even kissed a boy, and still her malicious peers slut-shamed her literally to death. Rachel Ehmke, 13-Year-Old Minnesota Student, Commits Suicide After Months Of Bullying
Rachel Ehmke, a 13-year-old seventh grader in Mantorville, Minn., died April 29 after hanging herself at her home. The months leading up to the tragedy were a whirlwind of peer abuse instances, her parents say. Now following Rachel's Friday funeral that was met with widespread community condolences, Rick and Mary Ehmke are speaking out against the bullying they say their daughter endured at Kasson/Mantorville Middle School and online. Rachel's family and friends say the teen fell victim to school bullying last fall when her chewing gum was stuck to her textbooks and the word "slut" was scrawled across her gym locker, the Austin Daily Herald reports. And while she was outgoing, athletic and friendly, the same group of girls reportedly threatened Rachel and kept calling her a "prostitute," though she had never kissed a boy, according to KMSP. Two days before Rachel's death, an anonymous text was sent to other students at the school, KARE reports. "It was pretty explicit. Something to the effect of that Rachel was a slut and to get her to leave the Kasson-Mantorville School, forward this to everyone you know," parent Chris Flannery told the station. But after the text was reported to authorities, it was traced to someone who wasn't a student at the school, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The district's bullying policy prohibits threats both in person and online, and promises investigations within 24 hours of any reported bullying.

May 09, 2012

White supremacist terror group busted in Florida

Racist Leader Marcus Faella Arrested In Florida Terror Probe | TPMMuckraker
The race war, he believed, was coming. So Florida white supremacist leader Marcus Faella instructed his followers over the past two years to prepare for it. The preparations, according to law enforcement documents made public this week, included stockpiling weapons, experimenting with the creation of ricin and plotting some sort of “disturbance” on Orlando City Hall. In a series of arrests that began on Friday, a joint terrorism task force that included the FBI and local police moved in on the Florida chapter of the white supremacist organization American Front. They arrested Faella, his wife Patti Faella and eight other people on suspicion of a number of offenses, including hate crimes and training a paramilitary group. Prosecutors with the Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday they were working on putting together felony charges for the 10 members.

May 08, 2012

We Almost Lost Toy Story 2

How Pixar Almost Lost Toy Story 2 to a Bad...

May 04, 2012

NYPD charges brutal father and son sex trafficking ring, cabbies, and two dozen Johns

These guys sound like monsters. NYPD Pursues Father-Son Sex Trafficking Ring Its Johns | | Feminist Law ProfessorsFeminist Law Professors
Last week, the Manhattan DA’s office unveiled charges against a father and son accused of running a sex trafficking ring. Six livery cab drivers were indicted for their roles in the operation as promoters of prostitution. Both the two pimps and the livery cab drivers have pled not guilty (details here and here). These men are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Wonder who patronizes prostitutes? In New York City, the group includes NYC finance and real estate professionals, a doctor, a restauranteur, a musician and recent college graduates. A spokesperson for the DA’s office says that 22 “johns” have been charged in the case. Two have already pled guilty. According to the press release from the Manhattan DAs office, the father-son pimps “doled out only a few dollars a night to buy food and other necessities” to the women working for them. The men “employed other forms of psychological manipulation and domination in an effort to maintain their control over the prostituted victims. For example, they branded victims with tattoos depicting their street names, and at least one of the women was tattooed with a bar code as well.