Russian lawmaker found beaten to death inside cement barrel

Mikhail Pakhomov 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A Russian lawmaker was found beaten to death inside a cement barrel, according to police reports in Moscow Russia.

Mikhail Pakhomov, 36, had been missing since he was kidnapped several weeks ago in Lipetsk, which is located 230 miles south of Moscow, where he was a prominent pro-Kremlin member of the city council.

His body was discovered by police in a metal barrel full of wet cement in a garage in the Noginsky district of the Moscow region.
Police said on Monday they had arrested eight people suspected of involvement in his death, including the person who allegedly ordered the kidnapping, a 40-year-old former public service officer named Yevgeny Kharitonov.

An unidentified police source told the Russian press that Pakhomov’s body showed signs of beating and torture before his death. Video recordings showed his corpse being removed from the garage on a stretcher, with the cement barrel, cut in half, standing in the background.

Kharitonov was arrested on board a plane at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. He was charged with armed kidnapping.
Police said that other gang members were charged with kidnapping and robbing about $10,000 in Lipetsk, from the victim after he was kidnapped.

A regional senior detective said he believed the crime was related to the debts owed to Kharitonov.
Pakhomov, a married father of two children, was known as a successful businessman and a young politician in Lipetsk. He was a member of United Russia, the party that supports President Vladimir Putin.

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New hotel allows guests to experience homelessness

The Faktum Hotel room 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Ever wondered how it feels to be Homeless?

Now you can, at this brand new hotel that just opened which allows you to experience homelessness, according to video uploaded to the internet.

When you book a stay at this hotel forget about the fancy pillow. In this hotel, there is no pillow, blanket or bed.
If you're lucky, once you get to the $10-a-night Hotel Faktum, you will enjoy life in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a homeless person.

If you're unlucky, you really are homeless and sleep every night under a bridge, which is one of the many options on the menu at the Faktum Hotel.

With a harsh winter climate, however, the majority of customers experience the homelessness through virtual reality. It may appear as if you are not getting a lot of the $10, but that money goes to a good cause of raising awareness about homelessness.

"We had a very cold season in January and February. It is time to take matters like this more serious," the manager of the Faktum Hotel, Aaron Israelson, said.

All proceeds are used to support the charitable works of the Faktum magazine, a journal of the street in Sweden, sold by the homeless.

"Feel the pulse of the city from dawn to dusk in Gullbergsvass. This lovely home is just a short walk from the pier Romantic Dreamer, which is a source of inspiration for musicians and artists alike," the hotel website wrote.
Israelson said that the idea of the hotel was to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.

"We do not believe that politicians do enough. This is a reminder of poverty and a way to engage in an easy way," Israelson told a U.S. news website.

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Court bans parents form forcing girl to have an abortion

Evan Madison 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A pregnant little girl won a lawsuit against her parents seeking to stop them from forcing her to have an abortion, according to court proceedings in Texas.

The boyfriend of the 16-year-old pregnant girl from Texas who said that her parents tried to force her to have an abortion, told the press on Monday that the couple never considered having an abortion.

"We were always determined to have the baby," Evan Madison, said.
The parents of the girl, who is 10 weeks pregnant, agreed Monday in state court not to force her to have an abortion, an anti-abortion group representing the girl, said.

"We just got an agreed order," Stephen Casey, a lawyer and founder of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, said.
Casey had argued that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision of the Supreme Court which guarantees the right of women to have an abortion, works both ways.

"Roe was about the right to choose," Casey told the court. "This young woman has the right to choose to have a child," he added.
Legal experts said no one can force anyone, minor or not to have an abortion. The legal action was intended to stop the parents from trying to influence their daughter to undergo the procedure.

Madison, 16, said he and the girl plan to marry. The legal age for marriage in Texas is 16 with parental permission.

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Haunted mirror sells for $155 on ebay

Haunted mirror for sale on ebay 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A haunted mirror sold for a nice sum of money on ebay, according to video uploaded to the internet.
An antique mirror managed to sell for $155 in a recent ebay auction despite, or perhaps because of claims that it is haunted.

The two owners of the mirror, Joseph Birch, 20 and Sotiris Charalambous, 43, said that they got their hands on the supposedly haunted mirror when its owner put it in a dumpster outside the London home about five months ago.

Since then, the two claimed to have suffered a run of bad luck, including financial problems and disease according to press reports in London.

The two also claimed that since taking in the mirror, they have been awakened screaming in pain and felt a sense of impending doom. They also saw flickering shadows reflected in the mirror, adding that the last straw was when one owner woke up covered in deep red scratches.

The two recently decided to get rid of the bad luck mirror and auctioned it on ebay, but they made sure to fully disclose its weird properties.

The mirror only had one offer for the item and for the price it was originally offered by the two men.
The buyer's name has not been released.

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Elderly man ordered to register as sex offender after painting nude

Michael Charles Shaw 
By: Debbie Gross

A 76-year-old, had to register as a sex offender after he walked out of his house naked.

Michael Charles Shaw, of Millom, Cumbria, United Kingdom, will be subject to five years of supervision and he is now officially called a sex offender.

Shaw told police that he took a shower and then decided to go out to paint his garden gates and he did not think that anyone will see him in his private yard.

Prosecutor Pam Ward said that a man who was walking his dog saw Shaw, and was shocked as there were children playing in the street.

At the trial, the court heard that Shaw had eight previous convictions for sexual exposure that go as far back as December 1970. The prosecutor said that Shaw, admitted to having sexual gratification from walking around naked, but not by being seen by others.

At the sentencing, the judge told Shaw, that he is forbidden to be naked in any part of his property where it could be seen by the public and that he was not to be nude in a public place or wearing less than one item of clothing, other than for a medical examination.

He has to do 36 months of community service, register as a sex offender and pay fines.

Little boy creates device to scare off hungry lions

Richard Turere 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A little boy came up with an interesting device all by himself which scares away hungry lions, according to press reports in Kenya and in California.

Richard Turere, 13, does not like lions. In fact, he hates them. However, this brilliant young man has invented an innovative solution that is helping humans and animals alike.

Living on the edge of Nairobi National Park in Kenya, Turere first became responsible for safeguarding livestock of his family when he was only nine-years-old. But often the valuable cattle would be attacked by hungry lions roaming the park, leaving him counting the losses.

"I grew up hating lions a lot," Turere, from Kitengela, south of the capital Nairobi, said. "They used to come at night and feed on our cattle when we were sleeping," he added.

So, at the age of 11, Turere decided it was time to find a way to protect his family's cows, goats and sheep from the grip of the hungry lions.

Turere realized that the lions were afraid to venture near the fence of the property when someone was walking with a flashlight. He put his young mind to work and a few weeks later he had come with an innovative, simple and He placed a series of flashing LED bulbs on poles in all areas of the livestock.

The lights were connected to a switch box and an old car battery powered by a solar panel. They were designed to flash intermittently, thereby deceiving the lions into believing that someone was moving around carrying a flashlight.

It worked. Since Turere installed the Lion Lights, his family has not lost any livestock to wild beasts, to the delight of his father and the astonishment of his neighbors. He received an award in California for his great innovations.

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Nude female scammers ring extorting men online

Man watching naked woman online 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police have warned about a new scam lurking on the internet.

Who would have thought that getting naked and naughty with an unknown woman online could have negative consequences?

It turns out that, besides the possibility of walk-ins by your wife or girlfriend, you now have to worry about being blackmailed.
Singapore police are reporting what appears to be a ring of online scammers who use attractive women to friend unsuspecting men on social media sites, seducing them into webcam cybersex and then threatening to post pictures or videos of them online if they do not pay up.

"They would start a conversation with the suspects and begin to undress before convincing their male victims to appear nude or perform sexual acts in front of web cameras," the Singapore Police Force wrote in a post on its website.

Police said more than 50 cases were reported in 2012, compared to 11 the previous year.

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Girl,14, lashed to death after being convicted of adultery

Hena Akhter 
By: Sarah Weiss

A little girl was arrested, charged and convicted of adultery, according to court proceedings in Bangladesh.

Hena Akhter was only 14-years-old, the youngest of five siblings, who lived in Shariatpur, Bangladesh. Her problems began when her married cousin, Mahbub Khan, who was three times her age, returned to her village and became fond of Hena.

Khan started following and harassing her on the way to and from school, where she was in the 7th grade. So the father of Hena filed a petition to the elders of the village in order to put a stop to his behavior. Khan was fined $1,000 payable to the Hena's family and was ordered to leave her alone.

He did not. Months later, he seemed to be waiting for her to come to his house. Hena went outside to use the bathroom. That's when Khan jumped behind her, gagged her with cloth, forced her behind some bushes, beating her and raping her.

Khan's wife heard Hena's screams and found her husband raping the girl. His wife then dragged Hena away, while beating and stomping her.

When the family went to a local court, the judge ruled that Hena Akhter committed adultery.
She was sentenced to 101 lashes. Khan was sentenced to 201.
At the of the punishment, Khan managed to escape after only a few lashes.

Hena Akhter only got to 70 lashes before falling unconscious. She died a week later in the hospital.

Man gets 202 years jail after running over foot of police officer

Behind bars 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested, charged and convicted after running over the foot of a police officer among other crimes, according to court proceedings in Colorado.

Now, the Thornton, Colorado, man has been sentenced to 202 years in prison for leading police on two separate high-speed chases, rammed a police car head-on and trying to run over an officer.

Andrew Terry, 37, was convicted in last year of attempted first-degree murder, assault and eluding vehicles among other crimes, according to the Adams County Office of the District Attorney.

Terry, who turned out to be a habitual offender, was sentenced Friday.
Terry was spotted trying to break into a vehicle in a parking lot near West 88th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. He fled and led police on a high-speed chase, rammed a police car in order to escape, according to a press release.

Eleven days later, Terry was confronted by a police officer in a Thornton parking lot on 128th East Avenue and there was a scuffle. Terry injured the officer, hitting his hand in a closing car door and running over the officer's foot while driving off.
Several police agencies pursued Terry, who led them in a "dangerous high-speed chase" through Thornton, Commerce City and Adams County.

Terry’s vehicle was immobilized during the chase, but he continued to drive, trying to run over an officer during his flight. His vehicle was finally stopped on Interstate 76 and deputies arrested Terry.
He was sentenced Friday by Adams County District Court Judge Thomas Ensor, to 202 years behind bars.

Australian Jews accused of being loyal to Israel

Ben Zygier gravesite 
By: Sarah Weiss

Australian Jews are coming under attack from anti-Jewish elements and self hating Jews claiming that a good Australian citizen cannot be loyal to Israel as well, according to press reports in Australia.

Following the publicity surrounding Prisoner X, Australian Jews are being attacked by outside elements and certain fringe elements within the Jewish community on charges of dual loyalty.

The Australian press has been full of stories about Ben Zygier and how he ended up dead in an Israeli prison, reportedly as a Mossad agent. Elements in the country are taking advantage of the stories and are raising loyalty questions Australian Jews have to their country of birth.

Last week, Joseph Wakim, who heads the Australian Arabic Council, wrote on an Australian news site that the Taglit Birthright, which leads college-age students to Israel to become familiar with the country, was an indoctrination program to give Australian citizens an Israeli identity. "When does loyalty to Israel becoming disloyalty to Australia?" He asked.

Meanwhile, Doctor Ben Saul, professor of international law at the University of Sydney, who is himself Jewish, wrote in a popular Sydney newspaper: "When it comes to the truth, the majority of Australian Jews are expected to choose loyalty to Australia over Israel, or even hope that the Australians are our Mossad double agents. Israelis undoubtedly wish to side with Israel.
There comes a point where a Jew cannot be faithful to Australia and to Israel at the same time. You have to choose."

New fund launched to help free imprisoned Jews around the world

Alan Gross with his wife at the Western Wall 
By: Shifra Unger

A new fund was launched last week in order to help free imprisoned Jews in the United States and around the world, according to press reports in Washington.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, established the legal defense fund for Jews who are believed to be unfairly in prison because of their religion and will also help free Alan Gross, who is currently in prison in Cuba, for helping the Cuban Jewish community with internet connectivity.

Financial contributions will be used to help cover the legal defense of Jews in the United States and around the world who are believed to have been wrongly accused or imprisoned.

The organization highlighted how Jews value Pidyon Shvuyim or redeeming captives, in a statement announcing the new fund.
The tax-deductible charitable contributions cannot be assigned to a particular prisoner.

The first funds will be used to help Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba since December 2009 and is serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the state.

Jews of France flee to the U.K to escape anti Semitic attacks

Jews in France 
By: Shifra Unger

The number of new faces seen every Shabbat in the synagogues of England, rose sharply in 2012, as French Jews are escaping a surge of anti Jewish attacks, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

The number of French Jews crossing the Channel to find a safe haven in the U.K. has increased as figures released this week showed a 58 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France for 2012.

Last week, the Chief Rabbi of the U.K., Lord Sacks, warned: "the position of the Jews in Europe today is very difficult. There are threats now to ritual circumcision and ritual slaughter. Jews in Europe have begun to ask, is there a place for us in Europe?"

The warning follows a sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in France following the murder of four Jews in Toulouse, last winter. In the following 10 days, 90 anti Jewish incidents were reported, more than five times the average rate.

St. John's Wood Synagogue in London has launched an independent French prayer service, regularly attended by 120 people on Shabbat. The rabbi of the congregation, Mordechai Fhima, originally from Paris, said: "Every Shabbat there are new faces here who tell me that they can practice Judaism more openly in the United Kingdom."

Dutch court orders Orthodox Jews to carry ID on Shabbat

Orthodox Jews in the Netherlands 
By: Shifra Unger

It just became more difficult to keep Shabbat in the Netherlands, as a Dutch court ruled that Jews must carry ID at all times including on Shabbat. Orthodox Jews are not permitted to carry items in a public domain on Shabbat.

A Dutch appeals court has confirmed a $90 fine against an Orthodox Jew who refused to show police identification, citing religious reasons.

The Hague Court of Appeals ruled that a law requiring all persons over 14 years to carry ID cards and show the police at their request does not have a religious exemption.

The man, whose name was not released because of privacy laws, had argued that it was against his religious beliefs to wear nothing but his clothing on the Jewish Sabbath.

The ruling did not say why the police approached the man.
The law was introduced in 2005 amid a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim incidents.

Carrying identification cards had not been mandatory in the Netherlands since the Nazi occupation in World War Two.

Most advanced automated grocery shopping introduced in Israel

Online grocery shopping 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Grocery shopping in Israel has just gotten a whole lot cheaper.

A new concept in online shopping has been introduced in Israel. This amazing shopping experience allows customers to save a lot of time and money.

How it works: go to “” select the product you want to buy. The automated system will calculate the prices and it will show you which supermarket will be the cheapest.

This advanced system will also show you products that are similar but cheaper than the one you chose.

At the end of your order you can see your total bill at different supermarkets, allowing you decide where you want to place your order based on who is the cheapest. Then, just wait a short while until your entire order arrives to your door.

If you chose to order at one particular supermarket but then change your mind and you decide that you want to get it from another supermarket, you can do so easily with a click of one button.

Another fantastic feature is that the system will save your weekly grocery shopping list, so you can reorder quickly and easily, just press the order button and you are done.

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Florida day care hit with arson and swastikas

Bishop Ivory Wilson's day care center attacked 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Florida day care was struck by arsonists and vandals, who spray painted swastikas, among other damages, according to press reports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Vandals attacked the Fort Lauderdale day care center early Sunday morning, defacing the walls with three red swastikas, breaking windows and leaving parts of the building, which serves as a church on the weekends, charred and blackened.

"We have worked very hard for this facility to be up and running," Bishop Ivory Wilson, who inspected the destruction Sunday, said. "The kids love us, the parents love us and we love you," the Bishop added.

Wilson and his wife Sandra Wilson, director of the Child Care Center Little Leapers, said they believe the fire was intentional and that it was a hate crime.
In recent weeks, employees said they have also been on the receiving end of verbal threats.

“Three weeks before the fire, an unidentified person telephoned us and threatened us,” Joyce Bryant, a schoolteacher at the facility, said. “The caller told staff to pack up and leave,” Bryant said.

When the call came, the bishop and his wife contacted police. Police have not arrested any suspects.
When Wilson came to church on Sunday morning he found a bleak scene.

"It broke my heart, I could not help but cry and cry more. I could not stop crying," Sandra Wilson, said.
"We have parents who do not know where to take their children tomorrow morning," Wilson said.
The couple had been leading the community for over four years and are still puzzled as to why they had been attacked.

"We will not leave the area," he said.

Drunk driver found guilty of killing Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn New York

Moshe Berkowitz 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted after driving drunk and killing an Orthodox Jew in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York, according to court proceedings in Brooklyn, New York.

The Brooklyn, New York, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, today announced the conviction of Anel Kolenovic, 25, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and second-degree assault.

He was accused of killing the driver of a car which he hit, while speeding down Ocean Avenue drunk, several years ago. He faces a maximum of five to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next month before the Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, John Ingram.

Several years ago, Kolenovic sped down Ocean Avenue and ran a red light on Avenue N in Midwood, where he hit the car driven by Moshe Berkowitz, killing him. Two passengers in Kolenovic’s car were also injured. Kolenovic was drunk at the time of the incident.

The case was prosecuted by Gayle Dampf, Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Seth Zuckerman.

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Yahoo bans work at home mothers

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Yahoo has ordered all work at home employees to return to the office or be fired, according to a memo released by the company last week.

Managers and employees are engaging in a heated discussion about the decision of Yahoo Inc. to call back all home workers to the office.

Some are encouraging the decision of CEO Marissa Mayer for bringing all employees closer, while others say the measure is anything but friendly to working parents. Inevitably, Donald Trump has intervened, saying on twitter that Mayer did the right thing by ordering workers back into the office. “She is doing a great job,” he added.

Whatever you might think about the issue, the decision was announced in a press release last week by the human resources director of Yahoo, which also revealed a little discussed truth in many companies, that working remotely has some serious drawbacks, ranging from less confident teams, a greater likelihood of communication problems and a blurred boundary between home and work.

Noting that some of the best ideas come from chance meetings in the hall or around the coffee machine, the note adds that "the speed and quality is often sacrificed when working from home. We have to be one of Yahoo, and that begins with being physically together."
Several hundred Yahoo employees work at home full time, with many more teleworking some days of the week.

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Naughty mayor in trouble for photos of cream and strawberry on his privates

Mayor Jonas White 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Sending provocative photos has gotten many people in trouble.

Now, South Africa mayor Jonas White, is being investigated for allegedly sending inappropriate pictures to a female deputy.

According to local press reports, the photos which the mayor allegedly sent, included one that showed his privates covered with cream and garnished with a strawberry.

While one’s wife might appreciate the gesture, the female deputy who claims to have received the photos did not appreciate it. She filed a complaint with the Western Cape executive committee of the African National Congress.

The complaint also alleges that Mayor White, offered deputy Lorna Scheepers, a private trip for the two of them to Durban, at the expense of the municipal office.

Songezo Mjongile, secretary of the African National Congress confirmed that they are investigating the Mayor on these allegations. Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa, also confirmed investigation.

"The mayor does not remember sending inappropriate messages to anyone in the municipality," White's spokesperson, Anthony Mlata, said.

3 teenagers suffer severe burns after bicycle fire stunt goes wrong

Bike stunt gone wrong 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Three teenagers got burned as their bicycle fire stunt failed.

Trent Forester and Shane Bentley, 15, along with a girl, tried to pull off a stunt by jumping through burning cardboard boxes at the “Stunt at Findon Skid Kids on Reserve Parade”.

The boxes were supposed to fall to the ground as the teenagers jumped through the fire with their bicycles. But the boxes failed to fall causing the teens to be trapped in the fire. They fell to the ground and the event organizers used blankets to extinguish the flames.

The St. John Ambulance team treated them at the scene and then took the three to the Hospital where they were treated.

Findon Skid Kids President, Mick Harley, said that the stunt went wrong because it was incorrectly set up. "We have been making the jump through fire for 55 years and from time to time, someone might get some burns," he said.

The cardboard stunt is usually made up of two sheets joined together in the center so it breaks when it is hit. This time, they used cardboard that was a full sheet and they did not cut it in the center, causing the stunt to fail.

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Man arrested for whistling too loud

Robert Smith 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Standing on a street corner and whistling can be annoying to people passing by, but is it a crime?

Robert Smith, of Portland, Maine, likes to whistle to a tune and he does it wherever he goes. People refer to him as the whisler.

His whistling did not sit well with store owners who felt that Smith, 32, was disturbing business.

Police officers agreed with the business owners as they arrested Smith on charges of disorderly conduct for "loud whistling."

Smith argued that it is his constitutional right and that freedom of expression protects his right to whistle. Prosecutors disagreed since the whistling annoys people. “His whistling is no longer protected free speech as it annoys other people,” a prosecutor in the case said. Disorderly conduct carries fines ranging from $100 to $500.

Now, a judge ruled in favor of Smith, allowing him to whistle in public on the condition that he keeps walking and he does not stop and whistle in one place, so as not to disturb pedestrians and businesses in one area.

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Republican Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson sues Wall Street Journal reporter for defamation

Sheldon Adelson 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A Republican Jewish billionaire has sued a high ranking reporter for defamation, according to court proceedings in Hong Kong.

Billionaire casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, has sued a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, for defamation after the publication of an article last year in which the Republican financier was described as "foul-mouthed".

The article was co-written by Kate O'Keefe and Alexandra Berzon but the lawsuit, filed last week in Hong Kong, only names O'Keefe and said that Adelson is trying to recover damages. O'Keefe reports for the paper from Hong Kong.

The newspaper article in question provided a summary of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former executive.
The article detailed the struggle in U.S. courts between Adelson, who is the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Steve Jacobs, the former CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. operations in Macao, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in 2010.

The company has denied the allegations made in the complaint of unlawful termination. The article ran under the title "Fired Executive irritates casino industry" in the U.S. edition of the newspaper, but also appeared in the foreign editions.

The article, which ran late last year, portrayed Jacobs, a 6 foot 5 inch tall and Ivy League graduate, as a person who rarely curses, while portraying Adelson, as a lowly fouled mouth billionaire from working class Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Gaza missiles slam into Ashkelon breaking months of calm

Gaza rocket flying towards Israel 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Several months of calm was interrupted overnight after several missiles were fired into Israel from Gaza, according to press reports in Israel.

A Grad rocket was fired from Gaza, into the Israeli city of Ashkelon, early Tuesday morning, breaking months of calm between Israel and the Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip.

The rocket landed on a road in an industrial area south of the city at around 7:00 am, according to a television news station. No one was hurt, but the road was damaged.

Residents said they heard two explosions and authorities are checking to see if two missiles were actually fired into the city. There were no reports of an alarm warning of incoming rockets.

The firing of rockets from Gaza stopped after Israel and Hamas agreed to end hostilities after Operation Pillar Of Defense, late last year.

Analysts have linked the latest rocket attacks to the recent tensions in the West Bank after a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody died on Saturday. Israeli troops clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians in several areas around the West Bank and many Palestinians have called for revenge.

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Newly built Israeli border fences go Hi-Tech

Israel's Hi-Tech border fence 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Israel's border fences have gone Hi-Tech after the military completed a special training course for an elite army unit, according to press reports in Israel.

Arye Egozi/I-HLS.COM

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The Israeli website I-HLS.COM reports that fifteen soldiers have joined the ranks of the technicians maintaining the advanced fences that protect Israel, following the conclusion of the most recent cycle of the 'Border Alert Systems' training course.

These technicians are responsible for hundreds of kilometers of fencing fitted with touch and motion sensors, which protect Israel from threats in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, Lebanon and Sinai.

During the three-week training course, which took place at the Tzrifin training base, the participants learned to recognize every detail of the fences.

According to the IDF, before being accepted to the training course, each of the new technicians was evaluated and given a sufficiently high physical profile to serve as a combat soldier who can respond if attacked on the border during a maintenance mission.

The training course includes a broad range of content, but the emphasis is on the practical aspect. For that purpose, a fence of several meters was built at the instructional base for participants to practice locating and repairing malfunctions.

Border protection in Israel and around the world has become a high tech business. In a recent event many of these advanced security methods were showcased.

"Smart Fence" technologies were presented, including underground protection solutions which use seismic and electronic sensor systems to provide answers to intrusion scenarios such as walking, crawling, digging, drilling, tunneling etc.

As the requirements and needs for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continue to grow in the homeland security (HLS) arena, companies displayed solutions especially designed for that market. These UAVs have the capability to transfer video in real time, day and night, also enabling detection, identification and recognition of a car’s plate from a distance of 200 meters.

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which can replace soldiers and save lives, were presented as well. These are semi-autonomous vehicles, offering enhanced weapons capabilities including a command and control system, a variety of payloads and modular weapon stations, and a tailored communication suite. They are designed for border patrol, force protection, combat support and more.

Electronic warfare solutions were offered, including communications jamming and detection systems, cellular jamming devices, automatic intruder detection systems, stereoscopic systems that are capable of analyzing suspicious movements in 3D, passive vibration sensor cables designed for outdoor installation on various types of perimeter barriers such as chain link or welded mesh fences, cyber security systems which intercepts and alerts for attacks, worms and other threats, and video capturing and recording solutions which can be transmitted and displayed whenever and wherever necessary.

Many of these technologies have been implemented on Israel's borders, providing top-notch security to Israel's citizens. A high ranking army office told I-HLS that the complexity of border fences requires a special force to maintain it: "We have in the unit a number of specialists that are capable of doing the job."

Homeless Brooklyn New York man sues parents for his sufferings

Bernard Bey 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A homeless man is blaming his misfortunes on his parents so he decided to sue them in court, according to court proceedings in Brooklyn, New York.

The homeless man from Brooklyn is suing his parents, claiming they have been unsupportive and indifferent to his growing problems.

Bernard Bey is seeking $200,000 in damages from his mother and father.
"I feel like my parents don’t love me, as they are not supportive, are emotionally abusive and verbally abusive," the 32-year-old, told a local radio news station. "We do not have a family bond that a normal family should have," he added.

Bey thinks that his parents should take a mortgage on their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone and use the money to help him open a Domino Pizza franchise.

"Why not start a family business and start earning wealth for ourselves? No person would sit by and let assets deteriorate," Bey said. "Why did they do that? Why live off the state, public assistance and food stamps. Why allow children to live that way?" Bey asked.

His mother said her son has never worked a day in his life and should go out and get a job.
But Bey said his mother is lying and that he has been working nonstop since he was 16-years-old.
"I have an associate's degree in business administration and accounting. I graduated in 2009," Bey said.

Bey now has the dream of becoming a recording mogul.
"I hope I can reach some kind of resolution with my parents so we don’t have to go through this at all. We could just work together," Bey said.

Family members said that Bey has psychological problems.

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Massive sinkhole suddenly appears on Garden State Parkway

Garden State Parkway sinkhole 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared on a very busy U.S. highway, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Crews are working to repair a huge hole that opened in the center lane of the Garden State Parkway, southbound.

The four-foot wide hole damaged 18 vehicles after opening up around 6:00 am in the center right lane on the approach to the Driscoll Bridge near Mile 128.

The sinkhole caused the commute to work to turn into a nightmare for many Staten Island, New York, residents.
"Suddenly I saw the sinkhole, but I was unable to go around it. It was just horrible," one commuter told a local television news station. "I was definitely shaken up," the commuter added.

A sinkhole forms when the ground beneath the surface crumbles.
Tow truck workers who towed damaged vehicles from the scene, said that sinkholes can be especially dangerous when vehicles are traveling at high speed.

"I was very busy trying to get everyone out of the road safely," one tow truck worker told the television news station.
Most vehicles which came into contact with the sinkhole suffered punctured tires and dented rims, police said.
No injuries were reported.

Repair work is expected to be completed sometime this week.

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New Jersey teacher arrested after offering student money in exchange for sex

Thomas Weir 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A school teacher in New Jersey, was arrested and charged with child sexual assault related charges after offering money to a student in exchange for sex, according to police reports in New Jersey.

The teacher at John F. Kennedy school in Paterson, was arrested on Saturday night, according to the Office of the Passaic County Prosecutor.

Thomas Weir, 50, was arrested after an investigation conducted by the Office of the Special Victims Unit.
Weir was charged with multiple counts, including attempted sexual assault, sexual misconduct, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attracting and luring a child for sex, the prosecutor said.

"The student has a facebook account and the teacher has a facebook account. He used the instant messaging application of facebook to communicate with the student and try to go to a place where he was willing to pay money for sexual relations," Joseph Del Russo, Assistant Attorney General for the County of Passaic, said.

Weir had offered the student fifty dollars in exchange for sex and was arrested in the parking lot of a restaurant, authorities said.

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