Police have arrested a man linked to a series of apparently random highway shootings that have terrorized drivers in the Kansas City area, officials said Thursday evening.
Officers swarmed a home in Grandview, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, and towed away a green Dodge Neon with Illinois plates after apprehending the suspect Thursday.
Police Chief Darryl Forte would not confirm the man’s name or whether he was the only one suspected of carrying out a least a dozen shootings near a tangle of freeway interchanges known to local residents as the “Grandview Triangle.”
“We’ve apprehended what we believe to be the suspect,” Forte told reporters outside a home in Grandview, near where the attacks have occurred.
The 5.1-inch screen is too big to operate with the hand that’s holding it, unless your thumb can stretch like Mrs. Incredible’s. But Samsung has a clever, if weird, fix for this: Among the Galaxy’s 732,852 features is one called “One-Handed Operation,” whose function is to shrink the screen so that you can reach all of it with your thumb. It leaves empty black areas around the shrunken image. Clever! But if you wanted a smaller screen, why would you have bought a big phone?)
But the camera, too, has been Samsungized. It’s teeming with unhelpfully named filters and special effects that you’ll rarely use. Quick — what does the filter called “Shot & More” do?
Cassano’s reinstatement attempt comes just a little over a year after his embarrassed father issued a statement saying he was “extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by my son.”
Among his son’s galling tweets, were, “I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
On Martin Luther King Day last year, he tweeted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
Posting the messages on his personal twitter account @jcassano15, the commissioner’s son also wrote, “Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”
After making untold millions off of stoking political division, hysteria, apocalypticism and countless conspiracy theories, right-wing pundit and all-around media mogul Glenn Beck has decided he’d like to focus more on producing movies, because he hates politics and worries he’s “wasting [his] life.”
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Beck said he’s planning to refurbish a large studio in Texas in order to eventually shoot movies there. Beck already has at least three movies planned — one taking place during antiquity, one in modern times and one about faith and spirituality — and has optioned several other ideas, too.
Best of luck to you Glenn, after years of making a career out of attacking people on a personal basis, conspiracies to drive pocket money, and other malfeasance, yeah you wasted your life being a tool.
As Thom Yorke likes to say “you did it to yourself, you did. just you, you and no one else, just you”
Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The FreedomWorks-Beck relationship is just one example of a powerful and profitable alliance between the conservative movement’s most aggressive groups and the most popular radio hosts. The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics. It’s an alliance that helped spawn the anti-establishment tea party and power Republicans to landslide victories in the 2010 midterms. It’s also exacerbated congressional gridlock by pushing a hard line on the budget, immigration and Obamacare, and it is roiling the Republican Party headed into critical midterm elections.
A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation ending their sponsorships and groups like the Tea Party Patriots placing big ad buys.
A German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis in Europe, whose goods were banned because of their similarity to logos worn by SS officers, has opened a high-street store in the heart of London’s Jewish community.
The Viking Thor Shop, which opened in Finchley, North London a fortnight ago, is an outlet for Thor Steinar, a controversial brand whose products are strongly associated with far-right street groups and football hooligans.
The Ballards Lane store is situated yards from the office of the UK’s Chief Rabbi. Jewish and Islamic groups in the multicultural community have expressed concerns that the shop will attract far-right supporters and inflame tensions. But the store’s manager denied any neo-Nazi associations and claimed he was simply selling leisurewear.
UPDATE: New Stories are speculating that the leaflets are fake, or agitprop.
World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to “register” with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the language of the leaflets “is beyond unacceptable” and condemned whomever is responsible.
Honduras retains the world’s highest murder rate, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday, with the Americas overtaking Africa as the region with the most peacetime murders per 100,000 people.
Torn apart by gang warfare and invaded by Mexican drug cartels, the Central American nation of Honduras had a 2012 murder rate of 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, almost double Venezuela’s rate of 53.7.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s report, Central America fared particularly badly. Belize had a murder rate of 44.7, while El Salvador’s was 41.2 per 100,000.
In a previous report in 2011, Honduras topped the list, with El Salvador in second place and Venezuela in third.
The impetus for the vote was a proposal to build a $174 million BRT system in Nashville called The Amp, which would’ve ran on a 7.1 mile route and served rapidly growing neighborhoods across the city. There’s a more detailed summary of the project over at The Tennessean.
Although BRT has been shown to revitalize economies and reduce congestion, opponents of The Amp voiced concerns about the safety of unloading bus passengers along roadways and whether private land would be used to build dedicated bus lanes.
After the vote, Amp opponents revealed that the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded with the support of brothers Charles and David Koch, had lobbied in favor of the bus ban.
1CORRECTION 3:50 p.m. Eastern 04.16.14: An earlier version of this story overstated the scope of the ban; it applies only to mass transit projects in counties with metropolitan governments, specifically Davidson and Moore counties.
The report is as sad as it is horrifying.
A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria has been accused of killing her much older groom and three of his friends by poisoning their meals with rat poison.
The 14-year-old girl, Wasila Umaru, was married to the 35-year-old man last week.
Although she told authorities she was forced into the betrothal, Wasila will likely be charged with culpable homicide for the incident that took place last weekend.
“The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,” Assistant Superintendent Musa Magaji Majia said.
While shocking, Wasila’s story is far from uncommon.
According to the International Center for Research on Women, one-third of the world’s girls are married before they turn 18. One in nine will be married off before she turns 15.
Child marriage is most common in Nigeria and other African nations, particularly in drought years when a child bride can bring much needed money and decrease the number of mouths for a poor family to feed.