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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Mom Who Threw 6-Figure 'Black Panther' Theme Prom Party Featuring a Real Panther Now Accused of Welfare Fraud
[Townhall] A Philadelphia mom known for throwing back-to-back years of extravagant prom parties which cost upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been charged with welfare fraud, according to the Associated Press.

Prom is quite possibly the dumbest and most expensive American tradition to date.* Hundreds of dollars are typically spent on tuxedos and corsages for the boys while the girls spend even more on make-up, hair, and dresses for one night of awkward dancing. But, for Sheila Shuler, no cost was too much for her prom-send offs in 2017 and 2018.

In 2017, she threw a Dubai themed party for local high schoolers that cost $25,000. Then, in 2018, she spent 6 figures on a prom send-off party in honor of the movie 'Black Panther.' She even brought a live panther to the party. At the time, Shuler said she "had a contest this year that asked kids in her North Philadelphia neighborhood to send their report cards and essays explaining why they deserved to have an epic prom send-off" and ended up inviting 24 kids. Neighbors and parents supposedly pitched in for the audacious affair. Shuler dressed up as "as Queen Mother Ramonda" and party guests were entertained by African dancers and people wearing "custom costumes."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/19/2018 05:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So essentially, US taxpayers were funding the veneration of a criminal, leftest hate group.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/19/2018 5:11 Comments || Top||

#2  US taxpayers were funding the veneration of a criminal, leftest hate group.

Much like WHINSEC.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2018 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Black Panther, like the movie I think.
Posted by: gorb || 08/19/2018 11:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, G, says so right in the body of the article. But the inspirational undercurrent is there too...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Delusions of being Pakistan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/19/2018 18:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually got a good kick out of Infinity War.

Snorted out loud with the laser spears. The Gungan Formation, classic.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2018 20:38 Comments || Top||

Man fatally shot in East Baltimore after double shooting in same area
[BALTIMORESUN] 23-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in East Baltimore, one block from where two people were shot and maimed the previous night.

Saturday’s shooting was reported around 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of Harford Road, just north of the east side District Court on North Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

No suspect or possible motive were identified. But the shooting happened in the same area where two men, ages 30 and 40, were shot and maimed around 10:50 p.m. on Friday. Those victims were shot in the legs and taken to area hospitals for treatment, police said.

The most recent statistics from police show more than 500 people have been shot as of Aug. 11, with the total down 12 percent from the same period last year. Homicides were down 18 percent compared to the same period last year.
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The most recent statistics from police show more than 500 people have been shot as of Aug. 11, with the total down 12 percent from the same period last year. Homicides were down 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

I'm sure the families of the latest victims will find that heartening.(sarc/OFF)

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/19/2018 11:48 Comments || Top||

Faculty At Connecticut School Sexually Abused Students For Years
[NPR.ORG] An elite boarding school in Connecticut is acknowledging sexual abuse by seven now-former staffers against 16 students — going back as far as 1969 and lasting until 1992.

The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., is a private high school of about 600 students.

"For many graduates, Hotchkiss was a wonderful experience, yet a significant number of former students recounted enduring sexual abuse at the hands of faculty," according to a report from the law firm Locke Lord that was released on Friday.

The report names seven former staffers, including teachers, an athletic director, medical director and choral director. Most of those named were employed by the school for decades, some as recently as the 2000s and one in 2012. Three of them have died, the school says.

Three other adults who were "formerly part of the Hotchkiss community" are not named, but investigators found the reports of their abuse "highly credible."

Many of the instances of abuse detailed in the report focus on Leif Thorne-Thomsen, a classics teacher at the school between 1964 and 1992. He married two of his former students.

"Thorne-Thomsen abused girls who were vulnerable, a number of whom had experienced other sexual abuse earlier in life, and virtually all of whom felt they were outsiders of sorts," the report says. "Thorne-Thomsen would ingratiate himself with them by sharing personal details about his life and coax them into believing that he was relying on them for emotional support. He used the trust these students placed in him as a teacher and mentor to engage in repeated acts of sexual misconduct.
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A couple students who transferred from there to where I went to high school called it "Crotchkiss…"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Just preparing them for life.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/19/2018 13:16 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Mom's jitters give way to pride as Jesse Hernandez debuts as first male Saintsation
[TheAdvocate] After spending about $100 on lower-bowl tickets and driving 2½ hours from the Lafayette area, Tracey Hernandez was nervous as she took her seat near midfield of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night.

It wasn’t the preseason game the Saints were about to play against Arizona that worried her ‐ the dance instructor hardly watches football. What mattered to her was how her son, Jesse, would fare in his debut as the first-ever male member of the Saintsations, New Orleans’ NFL dance team.The crowd in the stadium was the biggest Jesse had performed in front of since his dancing career began 23 years ago, at the age of 2.

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Posted by: 746 || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  N'awlins has lots of drag shows. His mom should be happy he's not wearing a dress...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 9:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Faaaabulous!
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2018 10:01 Comments || Top||

#3  the "new" NFL
Posted by: 746 || 08/19/2018 11:25 Comments || Top||

#4  One step closer to making the quarterbacks wear skirts...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 12:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Carnivals always had bearded ladies.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/19/2018 12:40 Comments || Top||

#6  WHo asked for this? Male cheerleaders are OK, they have them in college and high schools. But DANCERS? And doing the same routines as the females?

The NFL is trying really hard to drive away its traditional audience. Have the owners lost their minds, are they living in some progressive bubble... or both?
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 08/19/2018 13:53 Comments || Top||

#7  It's nice his mom loves him, but I have little interest in seeing her son prance about. Especially at a football game. Wanna bet I'm not the only one?
Posted by: SteveS || 08/19/2018 14:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh, look, more degenerate decadent Capitalist shit, courtesy of the Benson family.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/19/2018 16:01 Comments || Top||

#9  Further proof that commissioner Goodell's a squish who keeps getting rolled on shit like this. Why the NFL owners re-upped his contract last year is astounding.
Posted by: Raj || 08/19/2018 16:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Way to make the NFL gay, because you know the avegage customer of football likes to watch flamming men dance on TV..

As IowaHawk likes to say:

1. Identify a respected institution.
2. kill it.
3. gut it.
4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.
Posted by: mossomo || 08/19/2018 16:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Pushed hard enough, far enough, fast enough, this might work, moneywise, given 1) there's a buttload of gay folk of all stripes within walking distance of the Dome (more or less), and 2) it's axiomatic to pretty much every "new Orleanian" that teh gayness is the sweetest smelling of sacred cows, proximity to which confers... well... help me out, Hemingway.
Posted by: Animatronic Benson Attired as Nero Presiding5194 || 08/19/2018 18:52 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Zorba Chins5612 || 08/19/2018 20:50 Comments || Top||

#13  Looks like a soccer player.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2018 20:59 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Camera footage of Denver mayor's son's expletive-laden outburst at cop
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought black kids were supposed to get "The Talk" so they wouldn't go mouthing off to the cops and get their asses shot by the racist/patriarchal/homophobic/misogynistic/didIsayracist?/
oppressive/white cops. Or is that meme no longer operative? It's hard to keep up.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/19/2018 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  The same kind of outburst that happened to Trump. The aristocracy does NOT like it when the little people try to enforce the laws. Laws are for us to follow, not for the aristocracy to follow.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/19/2018 1:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Black privilege?
Posted by: gorb || 08/19/2018 4:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Dad never had that talk? Son, you can right and the cop can be wrong, but you can be dead right. Don't give them any reason to unholster. Period.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  You raised a privileged piece of shit. Congrats!
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Just like not paying for ESPN or HBO, I won't pay for a trip to any blue crazy playground like Denver, Seattle or most of Cali.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 9:49 Comments || Top||

#7  It is only Denver and Boulder that are nuts Murcek. Rest of Colorado is still ok.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/19/2018 11:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Eastern Wshington is OK too
Posted by: 746 || 08/19/2018 11:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Being the spoilt child of a locally politically powerful politician trumps skin colour and economic class.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/19/2018 13:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Proof positive that the news is biased: had this been a rich WHITE Republican polician's kid, and a black cop, this would have been national news.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 08/19/2018 13:50 Comments || Top||

Hajj begins today
[Express] Hajj begins on Sunday, August 19 and ends in the evening of Friday, August 24....Muslims flood to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the five-day pilgrimage...

Pilgrims visit the Grand Mosque to praise Allah..Muslims walk around the Kaaba seven times as part of the Hajj pilgrimage...

To be completed, the Hajj requires a minimum of five days during which pilgrims travel across Saudi Arabia to complete various rituals.
max temp about 100F and min temp about 80F this time of year with dew points about 65F
Posted by: lord garth || 08/19/2018 00:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where are the Yemeni/Houthi/Iranian missiles when you need them?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2018 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  So, the stampede is what day?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/19/2018 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Pandemic Fever™ - catch it!
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2018 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Mullah R

The 'stoning of the devil' aka, the Jamarat is when stampedes occurred in the past, for example in 2006 over 300 people died during this event.

The Saudis have spent a ton of money expanding access to this site via escalators, elevated walkways and the like (a lot of American companies were paid big bucks).

The biggest dangers now are 1. if some group were to sneak explosives in and 2. communicable diseases
Posted by: lord garth || 08/19/2018 9:00 Comments || Top||

#5  I'll go with your #2, Garth.

Apparently Frank G. already has.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/19/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Hajj is a money making racket.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/19/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border
[France 24] Brazil will send troops to its border with Venezuela on Monday after residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima drove out Venezuelan immigrants from their improvised camps, amid growing regional tensions.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil over the past three years as they seek to escape the economic, political and social crisis gripping their country.

The latest show of tensions began early Saturday, hours after a local merchant was robbed and severely beaten in an incident blamed on Venezuelan suspects, in Pacaraima, where an estimated 1,000 immigrants are living on the street.

Dozens of locals then attacked the two main immigrant makeshift camps and burned their belongings, leading Venezuelans to cross the border back into their home country. Shots were fired, stores were shuttered and debris littered the streets.

"It was terrible, they burned the tents and everything that was inside," said Carol Marcano, a Venezuelan who works in Boa Vista and was on the border returning from Venezuela. "There were shots, they burned rubber tires."

Marcano said that some Venezuelans reacted to the attack by destroying a car with Brazilian license plates. She and her companions were among many who took refuge at checkpoints on the Venezuelan side of the border.

Three Brazilians were hurt in the clashes, a spokesman for military police said. No information was immediately available on the state of the Venezuelans involved.

The merchant who was attacked "is known, he is a neighbor, and there was indignation when it was learned that he had been robbed," a local told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"People began to expel Venezuelans who were in the center of the city, forcing them to return to their country."

Roraima state Governor Suely Campos made a plea to temporarily close the border and asked Brazilia to send security reinforcements to "face the increase in crime" she links to Venezuelans in the region.

In turn, the public security ministry vowed to send a contingent of 60 troops due to arrive Monday to join teams in the area.

Tensions are rising in Latin America over migration triggered by the crises in Venezuela and in Nicaragua, where President Daniel Ortega has led a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Peru and Ecuador are halting immigrants at the border by requiring would be border-crossers to show their passports -- which many lack -- instead of simple identity cards.

Last week alone, 20,000 Venezuelans entered Peru, authorities say. The restrictive measures there go into effect August 25.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2018 12:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  How racis of them.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/19/2018 13:25 Comments || Top||

#2  " 'Tear down that Wall!' "
Posted by: magpie || 08/19/2018 15:04 Comments || Top||

#3  At least the Brazilians are better fed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2018 20:55 Comments || Top||

#4  ...as in an army marches on its stomach.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2018 20:56 Comments || Top||

#5  I know several Brasillian military people. I suggest Maduro not mess with the ones I know.

I also know Brasilian women who grew up on the Amazom. Amazon women will feed you to the anacondas ïf you cross them.

And I have not even touched on thier Portuguese characteristics yet.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 08/19/2018 21:44 Comments || Top||

Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants
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British warships being raided for scrap metal
[NEWS.SKY] British ships sunk during the Second World War have been plundered for scrap metal, according to a report.

The 10 ships are designated as war graves and lie off the coasts of Malaysia and Indonesia, where they contain the graves of more than 1,000 sailors.

But a Mail On Sunday report says they have been raided by Chinese pirates in recent years, with their structures looted and the remains of fallen war heroes disturbed.

Previous reports have also blamed operators from Vietnam and Thailand.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the government "absolutely condemns" the unauthorised disturbance of any wreck containing human remains.

"I am very concerned to hear any allegations of incidents of Royal Navy wrecks being plundered in the Far East," he said.

"We will work closely with the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to investigate these claims."

The Royal Navy Admiral-class battlecruiser HMS Hood as viewed from the forcastle of the Renown-class battlecruiser HMS Repulse and her 42-calibre BL 15-inch Mk I guns from the forward A and B turrets whilst on patrol in the North Sea on 1 September 1939

The newspaper said that the operations were being carried out by Chinese-owned barges which drop massive anchors on the sunken ship to smash it.

They send down long cranes to collect the metal, which is taken to Indonesian scrapyards and cut into smaller pieces.

It is then taken to China and enters the world steel market.

According to an Australian diving expert quoted in the report, the metal haul from each ship can fetch more than £1m and the Indonesian government estimates there are hundreds of military shipwrecks off its coast.

But the plundering of the wrecks is against the UN International Salvaging Convention and also breaches the laws of Britannia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There is a *lot* of scrap steel floating around that is contaminated by radioactive impurities -- Atomic Age plus the sloppy and/or criminal selling of irradiated steel that should have been buried somewhere. There is a market for low-background steel...
Posted by: magpie || 08/19/2018 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Another lesson at Rantburg U.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/19/2018 11:25 Comments || Top||

Girl killed in crossfire during Karachi 'encounter' died due to shot fired by police, admits DIG South
[DAWN] Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Police on Saturday admitted that the 10-year old girl who was rubbed out during a police encounter with robbers in Defence on August 13, was killed by police fire.

Speaking at a presser, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Javed Alam Odho confirmed that it was a bullet fired by a policeman that led to the unintentional death of 10-year-old Amal and revealed that action has been taken against the coppers involved in the encounter.

The night of the incident, a police party which was on patrol was informed by a couple of families that at least two gunnies in a rickshaw were intercepting passersby and snatching their valuables at gunpoint.

"After some efforts, the police spotted two of the bandidos [in Akhtar Colony]. As our mobile van approached them, one of them fired shots at us and the situation sparked an exchange of gunfire," a police official told the media while adding that one of the bandidos was killed and the other bravely ran away.

Switzerland makes more than cheese...
when the guns fell silent after a few minutes, the girl ‐ who was passing by the area in a car along with her family ‐ was also found dead.

The DIG regretted the loss of an innocent life but added that the police had to shoot to kill the robber, otherwise, the suspect might have bumped off the policeman in question.

The bigwig disclosed that he has requested the authorities concerned to change the standard issue weapon to one other than the AK-47 rifle as this weapon usually carried by coppers is highly dangerous.

He said that the inquiry into the case has been completed and on the basis of the inquiry report, he has ordered the lodging of a First Information Report (FIR) against the policeman so further legal action can be taken.

Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Zardari secures protective bail in fake accounts case
[DAWN] Former president Asif Ali Zardari was on Saturday granted two weeks' protective bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), a day after a banking court had issued arrest warrants against his name.

The PPP co-chairman secured bail in a Rs4.14 billion money laundering case by depositing surety bonds worth Rs500,000. His plea, filed earlier today, was heard by Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb.

During the hearing, Zardari's lawyer, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, said his client wished to appear before the banking court and cooperate with the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) investigation, but feared arrest.

Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Home Front: Culture Wars
Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Earns Abysmal $126 On Opening Day
Well, that should just about end his Hollywood career...
[THR] - The ensemble crime-drama ‐ also starring Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton ‐ marks a career box-office low for the disgraced Spacey after premiering first on VOD.

Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey is enduring a career low at the box office this weekend.

The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in 10 theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day, following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses.

Put another way, that's a per location average of $12.60, which doesn't even equal two tickets if going by the current average ticket price of $9.27. For the full weekend, Billionaire Boys Club could have trouble hitting $1,000 ‐ by far the worst showing of a film starring Spacey. Titles that debut first on VOD aren't generally big draws at the box office, but Billionaire Boys Club is faring particularly poorly.

Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton share top billing in Billionaire Boys Club, followed by Spacey. Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson and Billie Lourd also star in the movie, which is based on the real-life club of the same name that made headlines in Southern California in the 1980s. Spacey plays real-life Beverly Hills high-roller Ron Levin.
Posted by: Raj || 08/19/2018 12:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He was good in Usual Suspects. Since then....
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder how many of the $126 dollars went expecting to see sexual exploitation...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2018 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Putting Spacey anywhere near "Boys" was a bad idea.
Posted by: charger || 08/19/2018 12:42 Comments || Top||

#4  LOL charger.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/19/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

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  Yemeni army inflicts heavy casualties on Houthi militants in Taiz
Sat 2018-08-18
  HTS executes 6 people accused of being ISIS members in Idlib
Fri 2018-08-17
  American Couple Dies Tragically While Biking Through ISIS Territory Trying to Prove Evil Does Not Exist
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  Islamic State member sentenced to death over killing security personnel in Nineveh
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  Antifa to Protest ‘Alt-Right’ in D.C.: Abolish ICE, No Borders, Close Prisons
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  Report: Ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas
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