October 2012 Archives

Red Sea Bar Shooting: 4 Injured, No deaths

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Four people were shot in the early morning on Saturday outside of Red Sea Bar on West Bank. None of the injuries are life-threatening, according to Kare 11.

According to KSTP, Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said bouncers in the club were attempting to move the crowd out of the bar with chemical spray when someone began shooting.

According to KSTP, the music at the club changes each night. Friday night was hip-hop night.

No arrests have yet been made.

7.7 Earthquake Strikes Off Canada's West Coast

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A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada late Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings around the Pacific. Several aftershocks were felt, including on as large as 4.6, according to Reuters.

Emergency management officials in British Columbia said that some power was out in certain areas, but no major damage was reported.

Tsunami advisories and warnings were put into place in the coastal areas of B.C. and in Hawaii. Evacuations in Hawaii began shortly after, but were eventually cancelled as more evidence was found that it would be less severe than originally thought, according to CNN.

Young Mother Shot by Husband in Cottage Grove Jimmy Johns

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A 22-year-old mother of two was fatally shot in a Cottage Grove Jimmy Johns on Thursday by her estranged husband, before he killed himself. Tensia Richards was in the process of filing for divorce at the time of the incident, according to Fox 9.

Surveillance footage shows Richard's husband, Chevel Richard, confronting the victim at a gym. She runs for her life as he shoots at her and misses. She proceeds to try calling the police from a nearby Jimmy Johns, but was killed before reaching the phone.

Chevel Richard died after being taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to police, the shooting marks the end of an abusive relationship. There had been previous calls, like an assault in June 2011, that show signs of on-going behavior, according to the Star Tribune.

The two leave behind two sons, aged 5 months and 3 years. A benefit fund has been established in their name, according to the Star Tribune.

Oldest Mayan Tomb to Date Found in Guatemala

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Scientists found jewels, jade, and symbols of early Mayan culture in an ancient tomb in western Guatemala, according to the BBC. No bones were found in the tomb, but scientists explain remains likely disintegrated in the more than 2000 years of internment.

"He was a big chief," said government archaeologist Miguel Orrego, according to the BBC. "He bridged the gap between the Olmec and Mayan cultures in central America."

The owner of the tomb was nicknamed by the scientists as K'utz Chman, which in the Mayan language means Grandfather Vulture, because the vulture symbolism in his tomb indicates his status as ajaw, or ruler.

"This symbol gives this burial greater importance," Orrego said, according to U.S. News. "This glyph says he ... is one of the earliest rulers of Tak'alik Ab'aj."

According to U.S. News and the Associated Press, the discovery a the Guatemala's Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site could shed light on early years of Mayan civilization. Historians were cited by Rueters as saying that this ruler may have been responsible for introducing elements into Mayan culture like pyramid-building and sculpture-carving to represent royal families. According to the AP, the jade and other items found in the tomb could also provide information about trade patterns and production.

The Fridley mother charged with Malicious Punishment of her child after an incident last May has pleaded guilty of the charges, according to the Fridley Patch. The father is facing the same charges.

According to the criminal complaint, as published by the Fridley Patch following the incident, the charges stem from a complaint filed against the couple last May when they shaved the head of their 12-year-old daughter, made her wear an adult diaper, and forced her to run laps outside of her home. Within 30 minutes, a crowd of 30-50 people had gathered to watch, including at least one of the girl's classmates.

According to the Fridley Patch, the couple were described to have joked about the incident, even in the back of the squad car. According to the Star Tribune, the mother, Stephanie Ann Broten, said she found no problem with the punishment, and that she was simply disciplining her daughter by embarrassing her.

According to the Star Tribune, the couple warned the girl repeatedly that she would face this punishment if her grades did not improve. The girl said this was the third time she had been placed on "diaper duty." This was not the first report of abuse by the couple, and the children also say they have been beaten on many occasions.

Following the couple's arrest, the 12-year-old girl, as well as her three siblings, were placed into foster care.

Sentencing will be November 14. Both defendants face up to a year in jail and up to a $3,000 fine.

Disney, the media and theme park giant, still seems unsure of itself when it comes to a firm place online. Disney.com is being redesigned for the third time in five years, as is DisneyStore.com. According to the New York Times, the site was launched earlier this month.

Robert A Iger, Disney's chief executive says the site is cleaner, simpler, and more elegant. The company hopes to revamp its gaming, mobile, and internet division after 15 quarters of losses, totaling nearly a billion dollars.

Some question why it took the powerful company so long to figure out the process. With an entire generation of target consumers spending increasing amounts of time online, the company's future will also need to be integrated.

The DisneyStore.com has several new features hoping to attract shoppers before and during the holiday season. One particular development is a customizable "Magical Video Message" that one can access when the gift is delivered, according to the HeraldOnline.

According to the New York Times, the struggles that big media conglomerates have faced show just how challenging it can be for traditional media sources to enter into the new cyberworld. In their efforts to find a niche, they have even let go of the "go-it-alone" policy, and have developed content for platforms such as Youtube.com.

"We have a long way to go," said John Pleasants, former chief executive of Disney's game console branch, "but we have a plan and just need to execute it."

Gunman Kills 3, Injures 4 in Wisc.

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A lone gunman killed three people and injured four more before killing himself in a salon in Brookfield, Wisconsin late Sunday morning. Employees said he entered the salon just before 11 a.m. and was asked if he was going to rob the store, according to CNN.

The body of Radcliffe Haughton, 45, was found in the salon with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The first reports listed the three deaths, but Haughton's body was found later. An improvised explosive device inside the salon delayed the investigation, according to CNN.

The shooting is being investigated as a possible domestic-related incident, according to Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The president was informed of the incident around 12:30 p.m. but was assured it was not a terrorist-related incident.

According to the LA Times, an unidentified petitioner filed restraining order against Haughton in early October, and on Thursday he received a no-contact order and instructions to turn his weapons over to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

According to the LA Times, the suspect's father in Florida believed Haughton's wife may have worked in the salon. His two daughters were found near his home in Brown Deer, but not much more information was given.

Jill Biden Visits Minneapolis Again

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The second lady of the United States visited Minneapolis Saturday, making it the second time during this campaign. According to The Examiner, there is speculation that the typically blue state is less of a guarantee this year.

According to The Examiner, the Minnesota GOP believes that this will be a year to take back the state.

Dr. Biden spoke at the Minneapolis location of "Organizing for America", a campaign office for Obama. Her main focus points were the president and vice president's past and future plans for education, Afghanistan, and the economy.

"We have seen 31 straight months of job growth," she said.

According The Examiner, she also took a stand for women's rights. "We want to make sure that our daughters and our granddaughters don't have to go back and re-fight those fights we fought decades ago," she said.

Being a teacher herself, education is a top priority for Biden. According to the Duluth News Tribune, she visited Duluth and Twin Ports, locations with several colleges.

"She's great talking to students," said Kristin Sosanie, the state communications director for the Obama campaign.

Zombies Fight on the Light Rail, Police Absent

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Zombies fighting on the Light Rail during this year's Zombie Pub Crawl have had people questioning the absence of police on the train, according to the Star Tribune.

"All the time I see crazy stuff on there. I've seen a guy pull a knife on another guy," said Beth Houston, who, according to Fox 9, captured the fight on her phone. "I've never, ever seen an officer or security on that train. I've never been asked to see if I'd paid and had a ticket. Ever."

According to the Star Tribune, police are still trying to investigate whether the fight caught on Houston's phone was the same that injured a female bystander. The woman reported the incident to police at 3 a.m. Oct. 14, claiming she was struck in the face after a verbal dispute with another woman and man while on the train.

Metro transit officials told Fox 9 that they have officers on the train at all times, in uniform and in plain clothes, but that it is impossible to station one on every car. They stressed the presence of emergency call boxes on the train and at each stop.

According to Fox 9, the report filed about a fight near the Humphrey Station is the same one captured in the phone video.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the July kidnapping of two photographers from the UK and the Netherlands, according to Reuters. Shajul Islam was arrested at Heathrow Airport on October 9th.

Islam is accused of imprisoning John Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans from July 17th-26th while the two were working near the Syrian border.

Prosecutor Piers Arnold told the court on Wednesday that Islam was a trainee doctor who studied at St Bart's and University London Hospital, and that Islam had joined a jihadist group in Syria as a medic, according to the BBC.

When he was arrested earlier in October, Islam was traveling back from Egypt with his wife and one-year-old daughter. Reuters reported that the 26-year-old woman believed to be his wife was also arrested, but she has since been released without charge.

The next hearing will be on November 2nd.

Anti-Bullying Event Draws Criticism from Christian Group

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Mix-it-Up Day has been an annual event for 11 years, encouraging children to sit by students they don't normally talk to, but this year a Christian group claims the program has a homosexual agenda, according to the New York Times.

The Southern Poverty Law Center started the program as a way of breaking up normal cliques and to help prevent bullying, inspired in part by the shootings in Columbine and other schools around the country. In years past, more than 2,500 schools across the country have participated. This year, however, more than 200 have cancelled the event. Though not all have expressly stated the reasoning, many believe this trend to be linked to an email sent out by the American Family Association earlier this month, accusing the SPLC of using this event to push acceptance of homosexuality as a norm.

"Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same," said Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the association, according to the New York Times. "It's just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda."

The SPLC does believe in equal treatment for the GLBT community, but the activities for Mix-It-Up Day have no specific reference to gay or lesbian students. According to New York Magazine, the only goals listed on the civil rights group's website are to "reduce prejudice" and "build an inclusive and welcoming school community."

Parents the subscribe to the American Family Association email were encouraged not only to keep their children home on October 30th, the planned day for the event, but to contact school administrators and tell them exactly why their child would not be present.

According to the New York Times, Maureen Costello, the director of the center's Teaching Tolerance project, said the AFA's email completely misrepresents the organization and the event itself. She also said that once parents understood the true goals of Mix-It-Up Day, the majority were once again willing to allow their child to participate.

Jumping from the Edge of Space

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ROSWELL, N.M. -- An Austrian skydiver broke the sound barrier in a dive on Sunday, becoming the first man to reach supersonic speeds without a jet or spacecraft, and setting a new record for high-altitude free fall, according to the Boston Globe and Washington Post.

According to preliminary data from the Boston Globe, daredevil Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph. He jumped out of a capsule as it reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth. According to the Boston Globe, the descent lasted for just over nine minutes. Almost half of it was spent in a free fall of 119,846 feet, according to Brian Utley of the International Federation of Sports Aviation.

According to the Boston Globe, the 43-year-old former paratrooper has said this is his last jump. Instead, he intends to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters.

An Anoka Halloween Parade committee has rejected the request of LGBT group, Justin's Gift, but has failed to provide sound reasoning behind the decision, according to the Star Tribune.

In a letter dated September 27th, a parade chair identified only as Liz stated, "At this time we are unable to accept your application for the parade. We have reached our maximum for walking units." However, according to MPR News, the parade license was submitted Wednesday, 15 days after Justin's Gift was told the roster was full. MPR obtained the license, which estimates approximately 31,000 people, 250 parade units, 200 vehicles, 50 dogs and 12 horses. When MPR attempted to contact parade officials for comment, there was no response.

According to MPR, Anoka Police Chief Philip Johanson said he's not aware of an official limit on the number of participants in the parade, only that the parade route needs to be approved in advance to allow enough time for officials to redirect traffic.

According to a September 2011 article in the New York Times, the Anoka area, particularly its LGBT community, has seen its share of conflict, with 8 teen suicides in just 2 years. The New York Times claims that according to friends and relatives, at least 4 of the teens were gay or bisexual and were victims of harassment at school. The group's namesake, Justin Aaberg, died after his 9th grade year after being "maliciously" outed in 8th grade.

Several other students served as plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing the school district of not protecting its LGBTQ students, citing numerous counts of harassment while teachers looked the other way, according to the New York Times.

According to the Star Tribune, the students had originally been disappointed but accepting of the decision, but when the officials refused to provide any explanations, families and community members began to question whether their LGBT message might be a factor. To the group, being able to participate would mean more than just having fun on Halloween.

"Letting Justin's Gift into the parade would be like telling society, 'It's getting better. We're doing OK. We're trying to make everything work,'" Meagan Davitt, 13, told the Star Tribune. "Sexuality shouldn't matter to anybody except for the person whose sexuality it is."

Drunk Minnesota Man Breaks into Wisc. Capital

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MADISON, Wis.-- A drunk Roseville, MN man was arrested Tuesday after breaking into the Wisconsin Capitol and passing out inside, according to the Star Tribune. Andrew Bishop, 21, has been accused of scaling the outside of the building, and breaking through a 5th-floor window. The criminal complaint states he also threw a fire-extinguisher through another window.

He was later found unconscious outside one of the domes. When asked how he had gotten to where he was, Bishop replied, "I don't know." Police say he was very apologetic afterwards, and claimed he'd "felt like an angel" and "just wanted to fly," according the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Wisconsin State Journal also lists that Bishop was jailed on $1,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday.

A former drama teacher at a Faribault prep school has been charged with 17 cases of sexual misconduct and molestation of former students, according to KSTP.

According to the Star Tribune, Lynn Seibel was fired in 2003 after child pornography was discovered on his computer. Complaints of misconduct had been filed as early as 2001, but no outside authorities were ever notified.

An investigation began after a young man told a community corrections agent with whom he was working that Seibel had forced him and other students to perform sexual acts in front of him. SInce then, several other young people have come forward.

According to KSTP, Seibel has now admitted to touching several of the students in a dorm room, among other charges listed in the criminal complaint. Police still expect more alleged victims to come forward.

Seibel is currently being held in Los Angeles for charges unrelated to this investigation.

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