Southwest Missouri police foiled a potential mass shooting at a movie theater or retail store with the arrest of a 20-year-old Bolivar man, according to court records released Friday.
Blaec Lammers told police there that he first had planned to kill movie patrons at a Sunday showing of the new Twilight feature, but later decided to kill customers at the local Walmart.
Lammers, who said he already had purchased 400 rounds of ammunition, spelled out the reason for his change of heart in a chilling statement to police.
‘Lammers stated that he would walk into the store and just start shooting people at random,’ a police affidavit alleged. ‘(A)nd if he ran out of ammunition … he would just break the glass where the ammunition is being stored and get some more and keep on shooting until the police arrived.’
He told Officer Dustin Ross that he planned to surrender to officers when they arrived, according to the affidavit.
Lammers is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond, according to court records. He faces charges of first-degree assault, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action.
With a population of about 10,300, Bolivar lies just north of Springfield, about 140 miles southeast of Kansas City.
If you really hate living here on Earth the next best place to be is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!
But research to appear in Astronomy and Astrophysics has found three more - among them a “super-Earth” seven times our planet’s mass, in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist.
Many more observations will be needed to confirm any other similarities.
But the find joins an ever-larger catalogue of more than 800 known exoplanets, and it seems only a matter of time before astronomers spot an “Earth 2.0” - a rocky planet with an atmosphere circling a Sun-like star in the habitable zone.
HD 40307, which lies 42 light-years away, is not particularly Sun-like - it is a smaller, cooler version of our star emitting orange light.
But it is subtle variations in this light that permitted researchers working with the Rocky Planets Around Cool Stars (Ropacs) network to find three more planets around it.
The “dissident Catholic sect” seeks to save “traditional religious life” by having Mass said in Latin, singing night and day, and being governed by rules that they themselves created and are enforced by so-called “celestial police” who have no legal authorization to do so, and who at times “violate” constitutional rights, Barrera said.
“It’s impossible to walk around freely, there are patrols that prevent it. People are detained - not long ago they locked up a man and his girlfriend who had committed no infraction and fined them,” he said.
A total of some 2,500 people live in New Jerusalem, but over the past six years some 40 percent of the flock decided to shed traditionalist customs, which, according to the mayor, has created conflicts within the community.
The latest result was the demolition last week of six classrooms, six bathrooms and all the furnishings of two schools, after which the buildings were burned down.
The destruction left the community without any educational centers - one had been a kindergarten and the other a primary school - since they had been considered, according to Barrera, “schools of the devil.”
So, the Higgs boson has been discovered! That’s good news. You may have also heard that the Higgs gives mass to everything in the Universe, and that it’s a field.
The odd thing is that all of these things are true, if not intuitive. There are some attempts to explain it simply, but as you can see, even the top ones are not very clear. So let’s give you something to sink your teeth into: How do fundamental particles, including the Higgs boson, get their mass?
As good an article explaining the Higgs Field and mass as I have read. Enjoy.
To express it in layman’s language, the Holy See yesterday issued a detailed set of instructions calling on bishops and priests to show willing when faced with requests for celebration of Mass in Latin. These instructions follow on from the 2007 Motu Proprio data in which the Pope had eased restrictions on the use of the Latin or so-called Tridentine Mass, which had been sidelined, but not abrogated, by the liturgical reforms of the second Vatican Council, being replaced by the 1970 local language liturgy.
Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi yesterday said the new norms were published in order “to reconcile differences” between those in favour of restoring the Latin rite and those who see it as a backward step.
One is entitled to be sceptical on this front given that the former lobby tend to see fidelity to the old missal as a mark of traditionalist identity, whilst the latter lobby sees promotion of the Latin Mass as a contradiction of the teachings of the second Vatican Council.