Three Chicago teens accused of gang-raping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and posting the video to Facebook will face charges as adults, Cook County prosecutors announced Friday.
A judge ordered Justin Applewhite, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Scandale Fritz, 16, each held on $900,000 bond. The teens each face one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
The alleged sexual assaults took place at Fritz’s house Dec. 15, 2012. Fritz had the girl meet him at home, and then took her into the basement and allegedly raped her. According to court documents, Fritz threatened the girl, who had pleaded him to stop, by showing her a gun, and is alleged to have later filmed Applewhite and Brown raping her.
Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents knew their 18-year-old daughter was dating a 15-year-old girl whom she met through classes and varsity sports at the Florida high school the two attended. But when the younger girl’s parents learned about the relationship, they had Kaitlyn arrested on two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child ages 12 to 16. Kaitlyn must now choose whether to go to trial — if found guilty, she’d have to register as a sex offender and could serve up to 15 years in prison — or accept a plea deal of two years’ house arrest and one year of probation. The Hunts hope growing publicity will pressure the state to drop her case and focus on protecting and educating teenagers instead of prosecuting them for falling in consensual love.
Steven Hunt told Jezebel in a phone interview that his daughter Kaitlyn, whom friends and family call “Kate,” grew close with her 15-year-old former girlfriend through classes and the varsity basketball team the two played on at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla; the younger girl was a freshman student enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses with upperclassmen, so they were peers in the same social circle. Kate’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, wrote on Facebook that the two girls hung out with the family at their home and before basketball games. Since Kelley had seen the girl’s father at sporting events, she assumed her family knew about and accepted the relationship. Kate had always dated boys, but when she told her mother she was dating a girl, Kelley “didn’t want to make it a big deal,” she wrote. “I talked to her about it, and figured it was just a social thing, times have changed and a lot of kids are experimenting, so I didn’t make much of it.”
(The Root) — Ethel and Eugene Arms have three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Now, after 49 years of marriage, the Birmingham, Ala., couple have something they’ve waited on for 50 years: prom memories.
The Ullman High School sweethearts didn’t go to the prom in 1963, because for students who attended black high schools in Birmingham, there wasn’t one. In May 1963, hundreds of these students had protested for civil rights as part of the Children’s March — facing fire hoses, dogs and police with clubs. Many went to jail, and several were kicked out of school.
Officials at the time canceled senior proms and several other school activities, for safety reasons, they said. Students said the cancellations were punishment aimed at those who dared to stand up to protest segregation laws.
Neither Ethel nor Eugene Arms marched in the Children’s March, but they were supportive, Eugene said. “I attended rallies. I worked, and I contributed money, but I yielded to my mother’s wishes and didn’t march,” he said. “But just because you didn’t march doesn’t mean you didn’t face discrimination or experience the denial of rights and privileges.”
The year 1963 was a turning point in the South, but the changes did not come without sacrifice. People were beaten. Churches and residences were bombed. Images from Birmingham were shown around the world, raising awareness of the intense grip of segregation on blacks and forcing the courts and the government to yield to the call for human and civil rights.
Obesity is on the rise— as is the incidence of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke and various forms of Cancer. And, shockingly, diseases that had in the past begun in old age are now appearing at much earlier ages.
A groundbreaking scientific study showed how easily (and inexpensively) the rate of occurrence of these and other serious illness could be greatly reduced— but this information is widely ignored.
In this new book, Dr. T. Colin Campbell addresses these issues. Here’s an excerpt from the review:
This gist of T. Colin Campbell’s new book, Whole, (with co-author Howard Jacobson) is this. After publishing his radical landmark The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health in 2005, let’s suppose what he reported there is true. Eight years later, why hasn’t that information and perspective broken through to more widespread awareness? Why hasn’t your doctor or dietitian told you about it, or heard of it, or given it serious consideration? Why haven’t school lunches changed across the board? Whole gives answers.
Three p-words permeate Campbell’s thesis here: profits, power, and paradigms. Power and profits drive the big businesses of livestock and processed food, Campbell argues… (Read it all)
Court records did not identify Rosen by name, but government officials confirmed to the Post that he was a target in the case. Both Rosen and Fox News declined to respond to the paper about the allegations.
In the court documents, FBI agent Reginald Reyes described a cloak-and-dagger system of communication and meetings between Kim and Rosen, including one or more “face-to-face” meetings at the State Department. The FBI tracked key cards to determine that both men entered and exited the State Department within minutes of each other.
Reyes said that the evidence showed that Rosen had broken the law, “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”
Rosen had allegedly instructed Kim how to send codes through a Google account to signal if a meeting was taking place: “One asterisk means to contact them, or that previously suggested plans for communication are to proceed as agreed; two asterisks means the opposite.”
According to the affidavit, Rosen asked Kim to provide “what intelligence is picking up” so that he could break the news “ahead of my competitors.” He also said he would “love to see some internal State Department analyses.”
Isn’t the espionage?
In the late 19th century, the Howell torpedo was an incredibly advanced piece of military equipment, a breakthrough device in the United States’ quest to achieve naval dominance. But only one surviving Howell torpedo was known to exist—until Navy dolphins nosed up another.
The US Navy employs bottlenose dolphins to locate underwater military equipment that can’t yet be detected by machines. Using their sonar, the dolphins search for objects—usually mines—on the ocean floor. If they detect an object, they are trained to tap their noses to the front of the boat where the Navy specialists are waiting. If they find nothing in the area, they tap the back of the boat instead.
The LA Times reports that, when the dolphins started indicating positive results in an unexpected area, the specialist ordered one of the dolphins to take a marker to the object. Sure enough, Navy divers uncovered a lost piece of military technology: a Howell torpedo. The torpedo was in two pieces, was inert, and bore the stamp “USN No. 24.”
Only 50 Howell torpedos were made between 1870 to 1889. At the time, they were considered a highly sophisticated torpedo, able to follow a track without leaving a wake. The 11-foot-long brass torpedos had a range of 400 yards and could reach a speed of 25 knots.
As much of the nation continues to debate gun control and as Colorado gets ready to implement sweeping new gun control laws just passed in the latest legislative session, one small town in southwest Colorado has decided to go in the opposite direction by passing an ordinance that makes gun ownership mandatory.
Nucla, Colo., about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and with a population of less than 1,000, recently passed an ordinance on a 5-1 vote which requires a head of a household to own a gun, according to the Montrose Daily Press.
The new ordinance does have some exceptions for heads of households who can’t legally own a gun or who simply do not want to own a gun.
Bill Long, the lone board member who voted against the measure says it’s just a symbolic gesture and that it’s just as intrusive as laws that try to limit guns. “Ideologically, it’s no different than saying, ‘You can’t own guns,’ Long said to The Associated Press. “If you want less government in our lives, this isn’t that. It’s a symbolic gesture.”
Nucla leaders say that the ordinance was inspired by the law that made gun ownership mandatory in the Georgia town of Nelson. Called the “Family Protection Act,” WSB-TV reported that the proposal was submitted by a city council official over concerns that the current lack of a police presence — which often leaves Nelson patrolled by a single officer or none at all — makes the town’s residents unsafe.
Cecelia Crocker’s body provides her with a constant reminder of the most traumatic event of her life - one that she doesn’t otherwise remember.
At only 4 years old, Crocker was the lone survivor of a 1987 plane crash that killed 154 people aboard and two on the ground near Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
In the new documentary film, Sole Survivor, Crocker breaks her silence, discussing how the crash of the Phoenix-bound jetliner has affected her.
‘I think about the accident every day. It’s kind of hard not to think about it when I look in the mirror,’ she said.
‘I have visual scars. My arms and my legs. And I have a scar on my forehead.’
Crocker, 30, also sports an airplane tattoo on her left wrist.
‘I got this tattoo as a reminder of where I’ve come from. I see it as - so many scars were put on my body against my will - and I decided to put this on my body for myself,’ she says in the film.
It’s been more than a quarter-century since Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.
The plane was just clearing the runway at 8:46pm on Aug. 16, 1987, when it tilted slightly. The left wing clipped a light pole, and the damaged airliner sheared the top off a rental car building.
The MD-80 left a half-mile trail of bodies, charred wreckage, magazines and trays of food along Middle Belt Road when it crashed.
How do you stop one anti-government extremist from coordinating a trillion dollar “paper terrorism” scheme involving a raft of false financial documents, or deal with another who sues prosecutors for allegedly conspiring against him by using poor grammar?
This is the question that state governments and federal agencies are faced with, ever since a surge of people who consider themselves “sovereign citizens” began acting on their belief that all aspects of law and government are illegitimate. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that in 2011 there were approximately 100,000 “hard-core” believers in sovereign citizen ideology, though it’s a tough number to nail down because the movement is so disparate. For the same reason — and because, by their nature, members of the movement don’t believe in laws — it’s also tough to draft legislation to specifically target those crimes favored by sovereign citizens.
The FBI has contacted two former staffers of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, adding to the swirl of federal and state investigations looking into alleged financial improprieties by top officials in the campaign.
The former campaign aides with direct knowledge of the investigation have confirmed the FBI inquiries. Both spoke to the Star Tribune on condition of anonymity.
St. Paul attorney John Gilmore, who represents former Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish, also confirmed that his client is among those being interviewed by the FBI as a witness. “Andy Parrish has been contacted by the FBI for purposes of an interview,” Gilmore said. “That has been set up for next week and Mr. Parrish will cooperate fully.”
Veteran election lawyers say an FBI inquiry would be unusual in a typical campaign finance case. But the controversies surrounding the Bachmann campaign have been anything but typical, with ex-staffers turning on one another and providing dueling affidavits on a range of legal and ethical questions.
One source familiar with the FBI inquiry said an agent from the bureau’s public integrity section expressed interest in campaign finance allegations contained in a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint brought by whistleblower Peter Waldron, a Florida pastor who worked on the Bachmann presidential campaign in Iowa.