From Besoeker in the other post on this one:Yep, here it is Frank. They increased coverage on the structure and contents to $21,400,000 just last month. Looks like we've solved another one.
Indianapolis -- A devastating explosion that killed two neighbors and destroyed dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill neighborhood last month was the culmination of a tangled tale of greed, debt, desperation and deceit.
Three people were arrested and charged with murder in what Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry called a "thoroughly senseless act."
Monserrate Shirley, 47, her boyfriend Mark Leonard, 43, and his half-brother Robert "Bob" Leonard, Jr., 54, were charged with murder and multiple other felony counts for what investigators described as having essentially turned Shirley's home into a bomb.
Investigators say the blast was a plan hatched by the Leonards, two men characterized by others as practiced con men -- half brothers with a history of suckering people and insurance companies out of cash. Detectives believe that the suspects tried to blow up the home the weekend before the explosion. The gas, however, failed to detonate.
Just the day before the actual blast. Mark and Bob Leonard spoke with a gas company employee at a Southside business about the differences between natural gas and propane. They asked him about how valves work and "how much gas would it take to fill a house."
The employee told detectives that he said "a house is like a balloon which would fill until it popped."
The employee said he didn't think anything of the conversation at the time, but arson investigators say that information helped the brothers formulate a plan that would turn their home into a bomb. They say Shirley's gas fireplace was rigged so it would pour out natural gas and that they set a microwave oven's timer to trigger the blast.
A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded "releasing the awful and unpleasant odor" in his Baltimore office.
In a December 10 letter accusing him of "conduct unbecoming a federal officer," the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his "uncontrollable flatulence" had created an "intolerable" and "hostile" environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors.
The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he suffered from "some medical conditions" that, at times, caused him to be unable to work full days. But a SSA manager noted in the reprimand letter that, "nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."
A redacted copy of the letter was recently circulated among officers of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union that represents the SSA worker. Contacted today at his office, the employee said, "I can't talk to you about this, I'm sorry."
[NPR.org] At least 30 people were killed when farmers raided a village of herders in southeastern Kenya early Friday in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity, the Kenya Red Thingy said. "Them nesters is encroachin' on our land! It's gonna be... Range War!"
Five children and five women were among the dead, the Red Thingy said. Forty-five houses were set on fire during the attack, Red Thingy spokeswoman Nelly Muluka said. "Buck! The ranch house!"
"Fergit the ranch house! See to the wimmin and kiddies!"
"I'm gonna git me a nester fer thet! A whole slew o' nesters!"
Anthony Kamitu, who is leading police operations to prevent attacks in the region, said that the Pokomo tribe of farmers raided a village of the Orma herding community at dawn in the Tana River Delta. He said the raiders were armed with spears and AK-47 rifles. "Monty! Oil up yer .45!"
At least 110 people were killed in festivities between the Pokomo and Orma in September and October. The tit-for-tat cycle of killings may be related to a redrawing of political boundaries and next year's general elections, the U.N. Humanitarian coordinator for Kenya, Aeneas C. Chuma, said in September. However, corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds... on the surface the violence seems driven by competition for water, pasture and other resources, he said.
Which, for some reason, was pretty much the same as all of Argentina's previous economic crises. To steal a line from famous Argie writer Borges, "... only the time, place and one or two proper names were changed."
A former U.S. Marine who languished for more than four months in a Mexican prison on a questionable gun charge was on his way to spending Christmas with his family Friday after U.S. politicians intervened for his release.
Jon Hammar, 27, was released from a facility in the border town of Matamoros, just across from Brownsville, Texas, said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He was back in the United States by Friday night.
As a Mexican friend told me, always pay mexican policemen their bribes quickly and without haggling. If you wind up at the station, you're going to need to bribe more people and spend alot more money.
One thing you do NOT want to do is wind up in Mexican court. (or Mexican prison).
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
" If you wind up at the station, you're going to need to bribe more people and spend alot more money."
That is so much the third world ... and not just Mexico either. Should go down as one of the Quotes Of The Year for 2012.
Posted by: Frank G ||
That is so much the third world ... and not just Mexico either
You're paying one way or the other, whether in bribes, or through the more 'civilized' union contract. Considering that some law enforcement officials in California will pick up six-figure retirements, I wonder if $50 handed out now and then wouldn't be cheaper in the long run.
More people are murdered with rolling pins and other blunt instruments than with rifles, assault or otherwise. Ban rolling pins! And save lives by getting rid of pie at the same time. Bloomberg will love it.
The Senate overwhelmingly backed a $633 billion US defense bill for next year that would tighten penalties on Iran to thwart its nuclear ambitions and bulk up security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya.
The vote Friday was 81-14 for the sweeping policy measure that covers the cost of ships, aircraft, weapons and military personnel. The White House has threatened a veto, but it remains unclear whether President Barack Obama In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed... will reject the solidly bipartisan legislation.
[VOA News] Indian officials are vowing to take measures to better protect women following the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital.
Police have so far placed in durance vile Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! five people in connection with Sunday's attack and said Friday that they are searching for a sixth assailant. The suspects are accused of rape and attempted murder, with police seeking life imprisonment for the perpetrators.
The woman was attacked after she and a male friend were given a ride on a chartered bus in New Delhi. Officials say a group of men raped her and beat both of the victims with an iron rod, later stripping them and dumping them on the road. The woman remains hospitalized with severe internal injuries.
Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Friday announced a series of measures to prevent such violence. He said bus drivers' licenses will be thoroughly checked, tinted or otherwise covered bus windows will be banned, and plainclothes coppers will be deployed on buses. Authorities will also crack down on drunk driving and those who drink and loiter in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wine tasting, Greasy Thumb reached for his rod!... hundreds of protesters in the Indian capital marched to the presidential mansion on Friday, demanding strong action against those accused in the attack and better protection for women against violence and harassment.
More than 600 cases of rape have been reported in New Delhi so far this year, one of the highest rates in the country.
Prime minister says Israel will continue to build in east Jerusalem despite condemnation from UN, international community, adds: "The capital of the Jewish state, for 3,000 years, has been Jerusalem. I want to say it clearly."
At least one of the condemners is carefully covering all the angles: