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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Two students open fire at Colorado school, killing 1, wounding 8
[DAWN] Two male students armed with handguns burst into a Denver-area school and opened fire on Tuesday, killing one classmate and wounding eight before being taken into custody, law enforcement officials said.
I saw another article saying that the juvenile is a girl who identifies as a boy.
That’s what Reuters says. Legally Maya Elizabeth McKinney, identifying as Alec McKinney. Said to have been bullied about it, while Mr. Erickson hated all the right things, as far as I can tell.
Two surviving victims of the attack at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb, remained at death's door, medical officials said. Others were stable or had been discharged from hospital.

An 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said a short time later. "Two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations," Spurlock said.

He told Rooters in a brief interview that the suspects, each armed with a handgun, opened fire in two separate classrooms. Devon Erickson, 18, was named as one of the suspects, while the other was identified only as a juvenile. The school serves students from kindergarten through to 12th grade.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Soon the Demos will announce bans on adolescents.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 2:12 Comments || Top||

#4  The juvenile is Charlize Theron's son, 10 years from now.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 4:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Expect this story to be memory holed by the media. Christian and Trump hating guy, and a trans. Doesn't fit the narrative that only the right is violent.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/09/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#6  But Christians and straights drove them to it, thus proving the left's point...

/sarc (you really can't assume people will catch on any more. Sigh...)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 9:50 Comments || Top||

#7  (you really can't assume people will catch on any more. Sigh...)

I still maintain that Erb (the H is silent) is an anomaly.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Students rebelled against libs who turned memorial into gun control rally, chanting "mental health" before storming out
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/09/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#9  chanting "mental health" before storming out

In Colorado? Good luck...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Apparently the Castillo kid was a grade-A person, struck down defending his peers from certified, proud sociopaths.

And not a camera hogg among the classmates.

Heck Darth, our local teams basically retweet the national syndicates and this story didn't even prairie dog.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/09/2019 15:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Hat tip Gun Free Zone

Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/09/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#12  What happens when a memorial is organized by anti-gun zealots
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/09/2019 17:48 Comments || Top||

Hillsborough judge rejects move to stop Bobby Joe Long's execution
[TAMPABAY] A judge has denied an effort to stop the scheduled May 23 execution of Bobby Joe Long, a Tampa Bay area killer who murdered eight women in the 1980s.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco issued an order Monday rejecting arguments from Long’s defense, including the contention that Florida’s lethal injection drugs might cause Long to have a seizure during the execution. Long, 65, suffers from temporal lobe epilepsy.
One of the more absurd arguments ever made in court, I'd say...
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "... in Florida."
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Tampa is a very gritty place. Some hard precincts there, some hard outcomes for people who live on the edge. Bobby Joe is getting off easy if he gets put to sleep.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Florida’s lethal injection drugs might cause Long to have a seizure during the execution.

Sheesh. We're killing the guy for cripes sake. My only concerns are that the method is not unnecessarily cruel and doesn't make too big a mess.

Long's murder spree happened back in 1984, thirty some years ago. It's time to put this matter to rest.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2019 14:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure that a day rental on a mulcher isn't too steep. Clean up before return might need a day though. Definitely going to need a Hotsy for that task.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/09/2019 15:47 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Anti-vaccination student who sued health department after being banned from school now has chickenpox
[AOL] A Kentucky teenager who made headlines when he sued a local health department over its vaccination policy has now come down with chickenpox.

Jerome Kunkel, an 18-year-old student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy who was banned from school and his basketball team for refusing the chickenpox vaccination, now has the easily-preventable disease, a lawyer for the teen confirmed to NBC News.

Kunkel, who opposes vaccines due to his religious beliefs, reportedly understood the risk and still does not regret the decision.

"These are deeply held religious beliefs, they're sincerely held beliefs," attorney Christopher Wiest told the outlet. "From [his family's] perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it."

Kunkel sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department in March after it ruled that all students at Sacred Heart Assumption Academy who hadn't been vaccinated against chickenpox could no longer come to classes amid an outbreak of the disease, which began in February and included 32 confirmed cases.

"I don't believe in that vaccine at all and they are trying to push it on us," Kunkle's father, Bill, told WLWT.

A judge ruled against Kunkel and in favor of the Northern Kentucky Health Department in April, a decision that left the teen "devastated" and determined to appeal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2019 07:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What religion is Jerome Kunkel? AFAIK there's nothing in the Bible against vaccinations.

Must be some other religion.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/09/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think Moron is a religion.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  "I don't believe in that vaccine at all and they are trying to push it on us," Kunkle's father Bill, told WLWT.

"The sins of the father shall be visited upon the son."
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Karma baby, keep scratching that itch!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/09/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#5  My kids are vaccinated because I wanted them to be, not because they were forced to be or had to be to qualify for whatever activities, so in a way, I get it.

I don't believe in that vaccine at all

I do. I was anticipating the four day one-on-one ice cream time with each kid. Didn't happen. Also, been outside of the USA.

Speaking of which, sure seem to be a lot of unvaccinated shithole country people wanting to live next door, and I don't think chickenpox is the issue.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/09/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  I'ma think I'll wear a t shirt that says Vaccinated to frighten the snowflakes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  could be a Christian Science adherent. 'Science' in this case taking on the same meaning as 'Peaceful' in regards to islam.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 05/09/2019 16:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, it's one way of attaining immunity. Contract it and let the body do the work. Now, he can avoid the shingles vaccine also.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/09/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

#9  You may not believe in chickenpox, but chickenpox believes in YOU !!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 23:04 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Mongolian Couple Dies of Bubonic Plague After Eating Raw Marmot Kidney
[Breitbart] Nine tourists were left stranded in a remote region of Mongolia after an unidentified local couple died from the bubonic plague.

The ethnically Kazakh couple died on May 1 after ingesting raw marmot kidney ‐ traditionally believed to have health benefits, according to Ulaanbaatar’s World Health Organization spokesperson Ariuntuya Ochirpurev.

Dr. N. Tsogbadrakh, director of Mongolia’s National Center for Zoonotic Dermatology and Medicine, said that the husband hunted and harvested the large rodent for his and his wife’s use.

Unfortunately, marmots are known carriers of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that culled Europe as the "Black Death" in the middle ages. Once contracted by humans, it is extremely contagious and can be spread by coughing.

After their deaths, a six-day quarantine locked down the area, preventing nine tourists from Germany, Russia, and Switzerland from leaving. They, as well as 24-year-old American Peace Corps volunteer Sebastian Pique, were invited to the governor’s office on Friday to have the situation explained.

"After the quarantine [was announced], not many people ‐ even locals ‐ were in the streets for fear of catching the disease," Pique said. Fortunately, as no other cases have been reported, the quarantine is expected to lift on Monday.

According to the U.S. National Center for Zoonotic Disease, one person in Mongolia dies from the plague each year ‐ mostly from observing this cultural tradition.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2019 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under:

#1  raw marmot kidney ‐ traditionally believed to have health benefits

Well,... their health problems did go away.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Eating raw marmot kidneys is a local attraction?

They really need to get a better marketing guy.
Posted by: Beau || 05/09/2019 6:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Laughs in Darwin
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/09/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Read a site years ago that claimed the great bubonic/pneumonic plagues of the middle ages originated and mutated to virulence in Mongolia in the rodent population. Too bad these folks didn't read the same site.
Posted by: Angeamble Pheresing9233 || 05/09/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Cooking fires came along for a reason.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Love your one liners, B.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Intercontinental travel, a wildlife reservoir of dangerous pathogens and a reversion to medieval standards of public hygiene in parts of Western population centers.

What could go wrong?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 05/09/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||

#8  The only reason this became news is because of the stranded tourists and some 'OMFG!' posts by them from the airport.

They eat fruit bats, mice, donkeys there in outer Mongo. Tribalism and Culture kills more people than poverty itself I think.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 23:33 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Video of N.J. man peeing on police SUV as crowd cheered was ‘personal insult,’ cops say. Now he’s facing charges
[NJ] An Essex County man was tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
Sunday after police say video posted to social media shows him urinating on a marked police vehicle as a crowd cheered him on outside a movie theater.

Tauqeer Boyd, 22, of West Orange, was arrested less than 24 hours after the incident at CityPlex 12 Newark movie theater, according to Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose.

"We absolutely will not tolerate disrespect of our police," Ambrose said in a statement. "We take this as a personal insult. When our department became aware of this, we moved quickly to apprehend the suspect."
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  welcome to the jungle Tuaqueer .. and yes I spelled it the way I wanted.
Posted by: Warthog || 05/09/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, since the police are allowed to look at less and less actual minority committed crime, they might as well expand into nuisance behavior interdiction.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Sooo different than New York video
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Local color. Quaint local customs.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/09/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Would be nice if police vehicles had enough electricity flowing through the body to send a shock up the stream.
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/09/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

Explicit warning to UK from USA.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/09/2019 01:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  "in a network we don’t have confidence in and is not backdoored by the #NSA" he said in a correction.

It's not that the Chinese are spying. We don't know that. But we do KNOW FOR A FACT that the NSA uses backdoored equipment to spy. Not even on our enemies - to spy on civilians and friends.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/09/2019 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  It's not that the Chinese are spying. We don't know that..

Earth to Herb...Earth to Herb...come in Herb....

Sorry Captain - it appears our signal cannot reach Planet McCoy.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/09/2019 6:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I think we've all been backdoored by the NSA.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Why not just use the magical portal arch system they copied from the middle east?
Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 05/09/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 - you just never feel the digital hands on your shoulders
Posted by: Frank G || 05/09/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Herb, I've been looking for a tin foil hat that looks good, wears well and wasn't Made in China. Know where I can get one?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/09/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||

#7  It's not that the Chinese are spying. We don't know that.

We *do* know the Chinese are spying - extensive espionage campaigns, both military and industrial. A couple of intel professionals (was it CIA?) were nabbed just a couple days ago for spying for the ChiComs. There have been reports of computer motherboards with silicon back doors.

The Million Dollar Question: if you were the Chinese, and had the opportunity to backdoor national and international telecom networks, would you take it? I sure as hell would.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Herb says Commies wouldn't do it. Only US Intel would. Only a Commie Symp would deny the first and say the second is 100%
Posted by: Frank G || 05/09/2019 11:11 Comments || Top||

#9  and yes, the second IS 100%.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/09/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Nope, I said that we don't know. An entirely different thing. But good on you all for deliberately misstating what I said. It's what the Left does.

However we do know for a fact that US equipment is backdoored by the NSA. You know, the Deep State? The unelected government that's a threat to us all? The Chinese aren't nearly the same level of threat to the American people. They're just nationalists who want what's best for their people. They actually take stances that give them an advantage in trade negotiations. Would that our own government had done the same 20 years ago.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/09/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#11  Are you shitting me?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/09/2019 13:12 Comments || Top||

#12  I'll give him credit. He is a much more sophisticated troll than most that have visited Rantburg in the past. It is true that we have some people in our government who have sinister intentions and a sophisticated troll would use that to make propaganda points. But we're dealing with it. We now have a president who recognizes the danger that China poses. We have elections that allow us to choose such a man. Further, we ourselves are sophisticated enough to recognize when Chicom advocates attempt to soft pedal the danger. You wanna talk about unelected governments that threaten us?

Where is this evidence of yours that NSA has installed back doors in all American made telecomm equipment? Post a link. Tell us where to look for it. And if it's true, and if elections fail to solve the problem, we still have the Second Amendment. That's more than you can say for the Chinese.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/09/2019 14:09 Comments || Top||

#13  So which Intelligence Agency do we have that isn't covered in mud and suspicion? Military Intelligence perhaps?
Posted by: rschwarz || 05/09/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#14  They are not the only ones.

We had a ZTE phone. After noticing some some "suggested" purchases on Amazon were items we were talking about over coffee, never online. All listening features were turned off.

Warnings to all.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/09/2019 15:03 Comments || Top||

#15  Lol I'm not a troll you little man. I'm a patriotic American who loves his country and hates the NSA who spies on us despite a law telling them they can't.

The evidence? WTF were you in a coma when the Wikileaks came out? Snowden, ever heard of him? Exposed NSA spying on us?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/09/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||

#16  I thought we were talking about back doors in telecomm equipment. How do you know that NSA installed back doors on all American and European made telecomm equipment? Huawei's back door would give the Chicoms access to the Brit intel computer network. You know, the emails and the databases. So Pompeo is telling the Brits he doesn't want to share those secrets with the Chicoms. Kinda makes sense to me. But it sounds like you wouldn't mind.

No, I'm not pleased with NSA spying. But it's a whole separate issue and it does NOT excuse the Chinese.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/09/2019 18:23 Comments || Top||

#17  Stop making things up and telling me that's what I think! Jesus!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/09/2019 21:15 Comments || Top||

#18  Stop quibbling, guys. Each is right in his own way. But the Chinese are spying on America, just not for the same reasons that the federal agencies and many depts. of the NSA are. They were meant to be used against terrorism and jihad, and incidents like Heavensgate maybe.

China spies on all countries and their industry and universities, wherever they see innovation or an economic competitor rising, they'll either try to buy it off or steal it. That's all it's about. And maybe they also want AOCs and Bernies to gain more power in US politics. The Chinese are being ripped a new one by 'the Man' anyway.

Also, what the deep state does is beyond putting bugs or chips in mass produced home electronics. It's more nuanced and networked throughout every major and minor database of the government. What the system was meant to do is important for national security. In the right hands, it's an acceptable compromise.

It's replacing the blues in control of all that information that should matter to us all.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 23:26 Comments || Top||

Italian Secret Agent Found Suspiciously Dead In Paris Hotel; Had Encrypted Key, Classified Docs
[ZeroHedge] French authorities are investigating the suspicious death of an Italian intelligence agent after he was found lying in a pool of his own blood and vomit with a serious wound to his chin.

According to French magazine Le Point, the agent - identified only as 50-year-old Massimo I - had been living at the hotel in the Montmartre district since May 3, arriving from Rome that day. He was carrying a business card in his name mentioning his employer as "Presidenza Del Consiglio Dei ministri," or the Presidency of the Italian Council off Ministers, currently headed by Giuseppe Conte.

According to the report, the agent was in France on a language course.

French security sources told Le Point that Massimo I was a member of the Italian intelligence services, while the Italian Embassy in Paris says it believes he died of natural causes - and that the gaping wound could have been caused during a fall. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate him around 1:30 a.m.

The hotel room safe contained an encrypted security key, 1700 Euros ($1,900 US), a USB key, an SD card adapter and an SD card. Agence France Presse also reported that classified documents were found. AFP also added that Massimo was identified as a "high-ranking civil servant in Italian intelligence."

The Local - France has the same story from the same French source.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Avoid the bouillabaisse while staying in the Montmartre.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2019 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  a serious wound to his chin.

His throat was cut, or the old 'icepick up thru the soft palate' trick. The assailant missed the goodies though. I didn't think hotel room safes stopped anybody but the tenant.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 2:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I am told the area where he was staying is one block from Pigalle, a well known and dangerous red light district.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Arkancide?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/09/2019 9:25 Comments || Top||

Pashto singer shot dead by husband
[DAWN] MINGORA: A famous Pashto dancer and singer was rubbed out by her husband here on Tuesday.

According to Mingora police, Shaukat Ali shot up his wife, Meena, over a domestic issue, leaving her seriously injured. The incident took place just before Iftar.

"She succumbed to her injuries in the hospital while her husband expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. The police started searching for the accused after registering a case against him," Tariq, SHO Banr cop shoppe, said. However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the accused was still on the lam till filing of this report on Tuesday evening.

Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Didn't we see recently where one was shot because she wouldn't sing?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe that means something different than what we think it means. Maybe she was singing to a crowd.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Dude, it's Pakistain. I think we can't have any idea of what it means, ever.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 23:37 Comments || Top||

Exit far left: India's communists face election angst
[DAWN] India's once-vibrant communist parties are in danger of falling off the political map in this month's general elections as voters lose their revolutionary fervour.

From 61 parliamentary seats and a key role in a coalition government formed in 2004, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its hard left allies slumped to just 10 seats in the 2014 election.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury acknowledged that the left cannot afford another fall as he lobbied for precious votes in the last communist bastion of southern Kerala state.

In the past, tens of thousands of Indians turned out for communist rallies, chanting proletarian slogans and wearing hammer and sickle neck chains with their Marxist-red t-shirts and hats. But today, the movement is fighting an increasingly desperate battle.

As the communists defend their six seats in Kerala, Yechury acknowledged the critical stakes while keeping up his onslaught against capitalism and right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"The youth were led away by a lot of illusions," he said of the erosion of support for the communists.

"The neo-liberal blitzkrieg agenda will become an Eldorado and reality will hit them," the party secretary general predicted.

Yechury said the financial crisis of 2008 has made many people look to the left again.

"This is the first chance when we can test whether we are reversing the trend or not," Yechury said.

Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  One major reason for the decline of commie influence is the academic youth's abandonment of red doctrines. And the socialist face put on by mainstream political parties in India.

The academic abandonment is mainly because most of the KGB trained Indian intelligentsia of Indian Universities has died out. The current crop of doctrinaires is as mediocre as anything produced in suburban India with half knowledge and zero charisma.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/09/2019 4:17 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect a lot of this is due to the rapid and dramatic economic improvement in India over the last 20 years.

Communism has never delivered what capitalism and free markets have for the Indians.
Posted by: Tom || 05/09/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  It boggles me that in this day and age anyone is a communist. Did you somehow miss the 20th century?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2019 22:38 Comments || Top||

Suspected prostitution ring: FIA arrests 14 more Chinese nationals, recovers girls and weapons
[DAWN] Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Anti-Human Trafficking Cell on Wednesday recovered three Pak girls and incarcerated
You have the right to remain silent...
another 14 Chinese nationals in continuation of its crackdown on the gangs involved in fake marriages with Pak girls for trafficking them to China allegedly for organ removal and sexual exploitation.

According to well-informed sources within the FIA, the arrests and recoveries were made during raids conducted in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The suspects wanted to smuggle the girls abroad under the pretense of marriages, the sources said, adding that for the first time weapons were also recovered from the Chinese nationals.

The FIA sources further said that the detained suspects were being transferred to the agency headquarters, where they expect to extract more information from them during investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  crackdown on the gangs involved in fake marriages with Pak girls for trafficking them to China allegedly for organ removal and sexual exploitation.

Hopefully the latter, then the former. [/hope]
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/09/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Belt and Road and Prostitution and Organ Harvesting
Posted by: Frank G || 05/09/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

Tayyaba torture case: SC reserves verdict on appeals of convicts
[DAWN] The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement on appeals filed by a judge and his wife, who were locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
for torturing a minor maid employed as domestic help in Islamabad.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam had taken up appeals filed by former additional district and sessions judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar, who had been sentenced to one year in jail in April 2018 for keeping the then 10-year-old Taiba in wrongful confinement, burning her hand over a missing broom, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom, and threatening her of "dire consequences".

In June 2018, when both convicts appealed against the sentence, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had increased their jail time from one year to three years, with a Rs500,000 fine.

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#1  This is different than beating domestic help. [/different]
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Elephants march in Thailand to pay respects to newly crowned king
[DAWN] Ten elephants painted white marched on Tuesday near Bangkok’s Grand Palace to honour Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a day after ceremonies for his coronation ended.

The animals and their handlers from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya walked for a short stretch before paying their respects to a portrait of the king.

Many among the crowd of enthusiastic onlookers held portraits of the king.

"I’m delighted because I’ve never seen this before in my 70 years," said cycle of violence taxi driver Boonsueb Unnimit. Elephants hold special significance in Thai history and culture.

"The elephant is a symbol of the monarch, a symbol of battles, as well as a symbol of peace and serenity," said Bangkok resident Panarat Panchuer, 61.

No elephants participated in the official coronation ceremonies, although the king to be presented with a white elephant, a gift that is considered especially auspicious, some time later. The three-day ceremonies started on Saturday, after a long period of official mourning for the king’s revered father, who died in October 2016 having reigned for 70 years.

Laithongrien Meepan, the owner of Ayutthaya’s Elephant Kraal and Village, said he was pleased the elephants managed to stay calm on Tuesday despite the bustling crowd and the heat.

"We’re here full of happiness and overwhelmed," he said.

A non-toxic, water-based paint mixed with powder was used to create the appearance of a white elephant without harming the animals, the Kraal centre said.
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