26-year-old gay man found dead in bathroom of Flatbush apartment

Scene of the incident 
By: Hydar Tomar

A young man was found dead in the bathroom of an apartment, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that they found the 26-year-old man strangled in the bathroom of the Flatbush apartment on Saturday.

According to the initial police investigation, the 26-year-old man of upstate New York, had met another gay man, 36, for a date at the apartment. The man was found at 284 E. 31 Street.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death. The suspect is currently being questioned by police, and no charges have been filed.

In May, a man was arrested on charges of assault after he allegedly beat another man because he is gay, police in Tennessee said. Nashville Police said that the suspect was charged with aggravated assault after a gay slur degenerated into a violent attack.

28-year-old William Eugene Massey, was arrested in connection with the incident that occurred in the Z-Mart located on Dickerson Pike. The incident began when Massey, who was holding a beer while waiting in line at the cash register, was asked “where's the party at?"

Massey responded with a gay slur. The man, who is gay, asked Massey if he had been called the insulting name and Massey said “yes.”

Massey repeatedly asked “Now what happens?” Massey returned to his car and told someone else to help him.

The two suspects came back into the store and punched the victim in the head and face, causing the man to lose consciousness. The victim needed 13 stitches on his face.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the store and a probation officer recognized Massey. Investigators are still looking for the second suspect in the beating.

He was described as a black male in his mid to late 20s. He was wearing his hair in braided lines and appears to be approximately 5 feet nine inches tall. He and Massey left in a gold Chevrolet Avalanche.

3 Queens teens arrested for beating ultra-Orthodox Jewish teens in unprovoked attack

Scene of the incident 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Three teens were arrested on charges of assault after beating several ultra-Orthodox Jewish teens in an unprovoked attack, police in New York said.

Queens Police said that two teen boys, one who celebrated his bar mitzvah on Sunday night, were attacked on Saturday, while walking home from synagogue in Far Rockaway.

The two teenagers were walking on Beach 12 Street, when three teens walking behind them physically attacked, knocking them to the floor. Several witnesses called the police.

The suspect were arrested several blocks from the scene of the incident. Paramedics treated the boys for facial injuries at the scene.

So far, 17-year-old Jahquon Matthew, was charged with assault. The two other younger teens were released after being issued a warning.

Terrorist released in Shalit deal arrested for killing Israeli police officer

Ziad Awad 
By: Aryeh Savir

A Muslim terrorist who was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, was arrested on charges of killing an Israeli police officer, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Ziad Awad, 42, is responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, the senior Israeli police officer killed on Passover eve near Hebron.

Awad, a resident of the Arab village Idna near Hebron, was arrested by an elite police unit while they were searching for the three abducted yeshiva students last week.

Police Commander Mizrachi was murdered on April 14th, when he was on the way with his family to celebrate Passover. His wife was wounded in the attack. A senior police officer notified the wife about the terrorist's capture.

DNA samples, fingerprints and other incriminating material were collected at the crime scene. An indictment was filed on Monday, against Awad for murder and attempted murder. His son, A Adin Awad, 18, was also arrested for aiding his father in the attack and to flee the scene.

Awad was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal after he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Arabs who were suspected of collaborating with Israel.

Beit Guvrin Caves and Maresha located in central Israel declared U.N. Heritage Site

The Bell Caves 
By: Aryeh Savir

Several historic Israeli sites have been designated as U.N. Heritage Sites, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Beit Guvrin Caves and the ancient town of Maresha, located in central Israel, have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a heritage site on Sunday, during its 38th World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar.

The man made caves, known for their unique “bell caves,” represent the "land of a thousand caves" in the Judean lowlands, scattered over an area of ​​about 100 square kilometers.

The Beit Guvrin and Maresha caves join the White City of Tel-Aviv, the Biblical Tels of Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba, the Incense Route and Desert Cities in the Negev, the Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa, the Western Galilee, Masada, the Old City of Acre, and the Carmel caves as the eighth site to be recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in Israel.

The World Heritage List includes 1,001 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

Dr. Zvika Tsuk, chief archaeologist of Israel's Nature and Parks Authority, stated after the announcement: "We are delighted that our professional opinion to declare the caves of Beit Guvrin as a World Heritage Site has been adopted by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Much work has gone into preparing the case by officials and many others, which has eventually led to this success. Thanks to the large number of caves and their various types, as well as the duration for which they were used, spanning nearly 2,000 years, this special site has won recognition as an outstanding site of global value."

UNESCO crowned the Beit Guvrin caves as “a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves.” "This 'city under a city' is characterized by a selection of man-made caves, excavated from the thick and homogeneous layer of soft chalk in Lower Judea. It includes chambers and networks with varied forms and functions, situated below the ancient twin towns of Maresha and Beit Guvrin. The periods of excavation and usage stretched over 2,000 years, from the Iron Age to the Crusades, as well as a great variety of subterranean construction methods. The original excavations were quarries, but these were converted for various agricultural and local craft industry purposes, including oil presses, columbaria (dovecotes), stables, underground cisterns and channels, baths, tomb complexes and places of worship , and hiding places during troubled times.

The ancient town of Maresha and Bet Guvrin are two main sites in a larger area of caves that existed just off the Via Maris during the Byzantine period. According to evidence produced by Prof. Yoram Zafrir, over 100,000 people lived in this area away from the main trade route. The main urban settlements in the Judean foothills were safely removed from the main Via Maris with its movements of conquering armies between Egypt and the Fertile Crescent. Maresha and Bet Guvrin, important ancient cities located in the basin of the Guvrin Stream, were highly populated in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine eras, and their unique natural formations were used as hiding places for the local population in conjunction with neighboring towns. Maresha is mentioned among the cities of Judea noted in Joshua and as one of the cities fortified by Rehoboam against the incursion of Babylon into his kingdom: 'And Rehoboam... built cities for defense in Judah. He built even Bethlehem...and Mareshah."

During the Persian period, after the destruction of the First Temple, Maresha and all of southern Judea was settled by Edomites, who came from the southeast. At the end of the 4th century B.C.E. Sidonians and Greeks came to Maresha, bringing the Hellenistic culture with them. In addition, isolated Egyptians and a few Jews lived there - refugees from the fall of the Temple and emigrants from the Coastal Plain. Thus was created the special fabric of society in this Hellenistic city, which was an important economic center. During the same period, the Lower City was built, and in it many caves were hewn. From historical sources and local excavations it became evident that in 113 BCE John Hyrcanus I, the Hasmonean, conquered Maresha and converted the residents of the city and its surroundings to Judaism. The upper and lower city became desolate ruins. However, Maresha recovered and was repopulated, but its settlement was sparse, and according to Josephus Flavius, it was finally demolished by the Parthian Army in 40 BCE. Beit Guvrin replaced Maresha as the most important settlement in the area. It is initially mentioned by Josephus Flavius in 68 CE as one of the towns conquered by the Roman general Vespasian. Following the destruction of the Second Temple, it continued to exist as a rather crowded Jewish settlement until the Bar-Kochva Revolt, 132-135 CE. Emperor Septimus Severus changed Beit Guvrin's name to Eleutheropolis ("City of the Free") and granted it municipal status. Two aqueducts brought water from afar, and together with local waterworks, supplied the needs of the residents. The city boasted an amphitheater and public buildings. The Jewish settlement was rehabilitated, and in the 3rd-4th centuries, Beit Guvrin was mentioned in the Talmud and Midrashim - Commentaries on the Scriptures - and by its sages. From the Roman and Byzantine periods, a large Jewish cemetery and architectural remains were discovered, as was a synagogue inscription. During the Byzantine period, Beit Guvrin was an important center of Christianity with a number of churches. Most of the bell caves were dug during the Early Muslim period, and findings from the Crusader period indicate that it was a small fortified city, at the hub of which was a church dedicated in 1136. The city was surrounded by Crusader villages, and apparently the Church of St. Anne was restored at about the same time.

Israel Air Force attacks 9 military installations in Syria

Israeli fighter jets illustration 
By: Aryeh Savir

The Israel Air Force has attacked military installations in Syria, as a response to the killing of a 13-year-old boy at the border on Sunday, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Israel's Air Force attacked nine Syrian military targets last night, in response to the attack that killed the 13-year-old Israeli citizen and wounded two others.

The targets included head quarters, bases and shooting positions. Directs hits were confirmed.

“Yesterday’s attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area,” IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel’s sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the State of Israel,” Lerner added.

“This is not a case of errant fire, but of an intentional attack,” he clarified after the attack Sunday. “The IDF will continue to watch the northern border and react to developments in the field accordingly.”

Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon stated after the attack in Syria: "Tonight, the IDF attacked and destroyed a number of Syrian military targets. The attack took place following a serious incident yesterday, which killed Israeli teenager Muhammad Crackera and injured two others. We hold Bashar al-Assad's regime and the Syrian army responsible for what is happening in the area under their control, and we will respond aggressively and harshly against any provocation and violation of our sovereignty. Recently, there have been repeated attempts to act against Israel from the territory controlled by the Assad regime. We will not tolerate any harm of Israeli citizens and the IDF forces, and we will exact a heavy price from anyone who tries to disrupt our lives, whether it is the Syrian army and whether it is terrorist elements operating from Syrian territory."

Minister Ya'alon sent his condolences to the Crackera family and wished a speedy recovery to those injured during the incident yesterday.

Global surge in anti-Semitic attacks boosts immigration to Israel by 55%

Ben Gurion Airport 
By: Aryeh Savir

This year, immigration to Israel has risen by 55 percent as compared to last year, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Chairman of the The Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, announced today that global Aliyah (immigration to Israel from around the world) is up 55%, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine.

Speaking at the opening plenary of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors' June meetings in Jerusalem, Sharansky announced that The Jewish Agency estimates French Aliyah will surpass 5,000 individuals by the end of 2014, an all-time record and a full 1 percent of the 500,000 person French Jewish community. Never before has such a large proportion of a Western Jewish community made Aliyah in a single year.

Chairman Sharansky said: "Never in the history of the State of Israel has there been a Jewish community in the free world that has sent such a large proportion of its Jews to Israel. We cannot take responsibility for the fact that so many Jews and so many French young people in general are leaving France, but the fact that Israel has become the number one destination for young French Jews is a testament to our success in connecting them to the Jewish state."

Sharansky noted that The Jewish Agency's Israel experience programs, including Masa Israel Journey and teen program Bac Bleu Blanc, have seen record growth amongst young French Jews over the past two years, and stated that it is The Jewish Agency's responsibility not only to facilitate French Jewish immigration, but also to strengthen Jewish life in France.

According to Jewish Agency data, a total of 7,912 individuals have made Aliyah since the beginning of the year, compared to 5,092 during the comparable period in 2013 , consisting of a 55% increase. This number does not include Aliyah from Ethiopia, the pace of which is determined by the Government of Israel. 713 Ethiopian Jews made Aliyah during this period in 2013, a number that dropped to 143 this year due to the conclusion of Operation “Dove's Wings.”

2,254 French Jews made Aliyah during the first five months of 2014, compared to 580 during the equivalent period last year, a dramatic 289% increase. The first five months of the year also saw a dramatic increase in Aliyah from Ukraine, with 1,587 Ukrainian Jews immigrating to Israel, compared to 684 during the same period in 2013, a 132% increase.

France has been experiencing a violent wave of anti-Semitism in recent years. The highest volume of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe during 2013 occurred in France. French Jews have expressed an intensified feeling that personal safety and communal wellbeing have been jeopardized over 2013. 73% of French Jews blamed radical Muslims for the surge in violence. Ukraine has been experiencing turmoil and civil war, which has brought the rise of anti-Semitism and a Jewish exodus.

Man earns $11 million by selling property on the moon

Moon deeds 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man who claims ownership of the moon, said that he already earned more than $11 million by selling some of his properties.

66-year-old Dennis Hope of San Francisco, California, took advantage of a loophole in the U.N. 1967 Outer Space Treaty, to claim ownership of the moon.

Hope divided the moon into plots and sold them at his local bar and over the Internet through his company, Lunar Embassy. He charges $20 per acre or $25 including mineral rights.

Among his customers are Hollywood actors Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Clint Eastwood, as well as Star Wars creator George Lucas. Hope said that six million people have bought property so far.

Hope has created its own state, the Galactic Government, in 2004, which has a ratified constitution, a congress, a unit of currency and a patent office. Each owner receives a gold embossed certificate and the right to vote in future elections.

Hope, a former used car salesman, investigated the law of land grabs before writing to the United Nations to claim the moon. He did not receive a reply rejecting his request, and therefore considers himself to have a legal right to the moon and all its minerals.

Hope also claimed ownership of other planets in the solar system and their moons.

Man pays for sex before posing as cop and demanding money back at gunpoint

Johnnie Shingler 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man had sex with a prostitute and then demanded his money back at gunpoint.

Johnnie Shingler is facing charges after he impersonated an officer while robbing the prostitute.

The 27-year-old of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was charged with robbery, impersonating a public servant and patronizing a prostitute.

Susquehanna Township Police said that Shingler answered an advertisement of a local website in which the woman was offering services as a prostitute. He went to a hotel located on the 4100 block of North Front Street and gave the woman $100 for her services.

When the two were done, Shingler displayed a handgun and told the woman he was a detective, while demanding she return the $100 he gave her. He then left the hotel.

Police located Shingler. During an interview, he allegedly admitted to the incident, according to police. He was arrested and taken to Dauphin County Prison, where he is being held in lieu of $10,000.

Kidnapped woman escapes after heroic pit bull suddenly turns on its owner

Gabriel Garcia 
By: Hydar Tomar

A woman was freed after being kidnapped thanks to her kidnapper’s dog.

Authorities in southern New Mexico, said that the suspected kidnapper was arrested after his own dog turned on him.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's investigators said that they arrested Gabriel Garcia, after he kidnapped a 26-year-old woman.

Authorities said Garcia met the woman at a party and took her car keys. Garcia later contacted the woman through a friend on Facebook, to arrange to return the keys.

The woman agreed to met with Garcia, who then bought alcohol and asked the woman to come to his home, authorities said.

About 10:00 p.m., the woman asked for the keys and a ride home. Garcia refused and allegedly made sexual advances toward the woman, but she did not want to have sex with him.

When Garcia left the room to get another beer the woman called 911. Garcia heard the conversation, and became angry. He allegedly pushed the woman down a flight of stairs and ordered his pit bull terrier to bite her.

However, the dog attacked him instead. The dog bit Garcia on the arm. Garcia then grabbed a hammer, threatened to kill the woman and dragged her by the hair to his bedroom, authorities said.

The woman managed to escape and called 911 a second time, authorities said.

Garcia was charged with second-degree kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Judge demands deployed U.S. soldier attend custody hearing or lose daughter

Matthew Hindes 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A soldier was left devastated after a judge ordered him to attend a custody hearing in person or lose his daughter.

However, the U.S. Navy sailor of Washington, is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean.

He does not have enough time to get back to the United States for the hearing, and he is not allowed to attend via Skype or phone.

Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his now 6-year-old daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was taken away from his former wife, Angela, by Child Protective Services.

However, the judge has ordered him to appear in court on Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his former wife, and a warrant issued for his arrest if does not show up.

Kaylee is currently living with her father’s new wife Benita-Lynn, in Washington.

Hindes’ Attorneys argued that he should be protected by the Service Members Civil Relief Act, establishing that courts in custody cases “grant a stay of proceedings for a minimum period of 90 days to defendants serving their country.

However, Judge Margaret Noe disagreed. The judge said that if the child is not physically living with her biological father, then it would be in the best interest of the child to live with and be raised by her biological mother rather than her stepmother.

Dumb criminals shoot themselves in prison in order to file lawsuit

Kirk Cartwright, Joanne Billups, and Deshandre Billups 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) Seven people were arrested after two men shot themselves in an attempt to sue prison officials.

The two inmates of Florida, along with five others, were arrested on Tuesday, in what officials described as a plot to sue the Florida Department of Corrections.

The department began its investigation against 33-year-old Kirk Cartwright, and 26-year-old Deshandre Billups, after they managed to get their hands on a .25 caliber pistol in the Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City.

The men told the guards that they were shot by an unknown person while praying in his cell.

Apparently, they had plans to shoot themselves and sue the prison system in an effort to settle for reduced sentences.

Now, they are facing five new felony charges, including possession of firearms and several counts of possession of contraband for cell phones.

Cartwright was already serving a life sentence for murder, and Billups was serving 20 years for armed robbery and theft.

A third inmate, 21-years-old Tony Underwood, who was also arrested for allegedly helping the men, was charged with introducing contraband into the prison. He is serving a six-year sentence for robbery and theft.

Cartwright's girlfriend and Joanne Billups, the mother of Billups, were also arrested and charged during the investigation. Arrest warrants have also been issued to Cartwright's sister and Underwood’s girlfriend.

Woman, 25, faces life in prison for stopping on highway to save ducks

Emma Czornobaj 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) An animal lover was found guilty of driving violations after she stopped on a busy highway to save ducks.

Emma Czornobaj, who stopped her car on the highway to rescue the ducks, has been convicted of causing the death of a motorcyclist and his daughter.

The 25-year-old of Montreal, was convicted by a jury on Friday, of two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years imprisonment.

Czornobaj was charged in the death Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16. Czornobaj was released until her pre-sentence hearing after Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault, said the 12-member jury voted unanimously.

The accident occurred when Roy’s motorcycle crashed into Czornobaj’s Honda Civic after she stopped in the left lane of Highway 30 in Quebec. Jessie was sitting in the back of his father's Harley-Davidson.

The girl’s mother, Pauline Volikakis, was riding her own motorcycle behind her husband and daughter, and watched in horror as they were thrown into the air.

Defense lawyer Marc Labelle, said that he was surprised by the verdict. “This was not a race. This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk. This is not someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver,” he said.

Texas gay fathers denied parenthood of their biological twins

Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna 
By: Hydar Tomar

In a surprising ruling, a judge denied two gay men the joy of fatherhood.

Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna are the proud parents of two boys named Luke and Ethan, in what they described as a “magical” birth, by surrogate mother Charlynn.

Each of the men is the biological father to one of the babies. However, because Texas still bans gay marriage, judges may use their own judgment in these cases.

Despite being the biological fathers, neither of the men are currently on the birth certificates of either one of the boys, nor have they been able to co-adopt the biological child of the other.

The surrogate mother - who is not biologically related to the children, since the embryos were transferred to her - is on the birth certificates.

In essence, the men are not legally defined as the parents of their own children, despite having DNA evidence to prove it.

In Texas, two men cannot be on a birth certificate. The lawyer for the men asked the court to remove the surrogate mother from the birth certificate, and have the name of each biological parent on the birth certificate of his own son, and then they would proceed to have the child adopted by the second parent. However, the entire request was denied.

Hanna and Riggs met four years ago, and they knew that they wanted to be together and raise their own children, so they saved up money, knowing it would be a costly process.

They married last July, in Washington DC, where gay marriage is legal, and then returned to Dallas, to celebrate their wedding with family and friends in August. They found a surrogate mother, and the twins were born.

“I was shocked. I had a lot of questions as we walked away from the courtroom,” Riggs said.

The couple's attorney has offered several options such as changing the paperwork and process to bring the petition back to court. However, there is no doubt that if gay marriage was legally recognized, they would not be having these problem at all.

Soon to be father, 17, dies after falling onto sunbed and cutting his neck

Grant Adams 
By: Anika Rao

A young man was looking forward to the birth of his daughter, but he died before she was born.

17-year-old Grant Adams of England, died after stumbling and falling onto a sunbed in his home.

Adams died in a hospital after the freak accident in which a broken tube cut his neck in two places at his home in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.
His mother, Amanda Smedley, 39, described how she found her son - whose girlfriend is due to have his baby in a couple of weeks - at the bottom of the stairs bleeding.

Paramedics arrived at the house and the teen was taken to the hospital where he was placed in an induced coma. Despite doctors working on him in the operating room for five hours, Adams could not be saved and was pronounced later that night.

His mother said that Adams was two weeks shy of his 18th birthday. He had recently bought a car so that he can take care of his family.

Adams’ 16-year-old girlfriend, Shauna Gardner, is deviated by the news. She is about seven months pregnant with his little girl.

Garnder said that her boyfriend was very much looking forward to be a father and that he worked hard to earn a living so he can take care of his baby when she is born.

30-year-old female hospital patient suffers injury after bullet shot through 8th floor window

The bullet hole in hospital window 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A young female hospital patient suffered injuries after a bullet was shot through the window of her room, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that the patient was injured by broken glass when the bullet flew through the window on the eighth floor.

It happened about 5:45 a.m. on Friday, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for Special Surgery. The 30-year-old woman suffered facial cuts from the glass.

A bullet hole was clearly visible. Bullet fragments were found on the floor of the patient's room. The shooting rattled visitors of the hospital.

“I feel bad because the hospital has an excellent reputation, and I would come back here if I ever needed surgery,” one patient said. The Hospital for Special Surgery said it was cooperating with the police in the investigation.

Police said that they do not know where the bullet came from.

Teenagers hijack car by pulling female driver out by her hair

Pulling hair illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman is traumatized after two teens pulled her out of a car by the hair and stole it, police in Indiana said.

Indianapolis Police said that they are looking for the stolen SUV and the two violent suspects.

Anna Hernandez Martinez and her son Carlos, said that they never thought such a thing can happen. According to the police investigation, Martinez was still in her car trying to park at 6:30 p.m., when the two suspects, 17 and 18 years old, approached, pulled her out by the hair and drove off.

The suspects fled in the 2009 black Nissan Rogue that Anna is still paying for. Two cell phones were also stolen along with a bag and $800 in cash.

Martinez spent the night at a hospital. For now, she is forced to walk to work. She works as a waitress, earning about $275 per week.

Police are looking for the suspects, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Tractor trailer driver arrested after carrying shipment of marijuana made to look like watermelons

Marijuana watermelons 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A tractor trailer driver was arrested on charges of drug smuggling after being caught with marijuana that looked like watermelons, U.S. Customs agents in Arizona said.

The incident began when a drug cartel of Mexico, decided to use their painting skills to smuggle millions of dollars of marijuana into the United States.

Customs and Border Protection agents pulled over the trailer on Thursday night on Interstate 19, south of Tucson. The driver told officers that he was transporting a shipment of watermelons.

When officers inspected the items using X-rays, they discovered that the marijuana packages were actually painted to look like watermelons. The contents of the trailer were discovered at a checkpoint near Tucson.

Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration later took custody of the contraband and the tractor trailer. The estimated value of the marijuana is in the millions of dollars.

The driver of the truck remains in custody.

Taxi driver arrested after beating elderly tourist who refused to pay $150 for 30 second ride

John F. Kennedy Airport 
By: Anika Rao

A taxi driver was arrested on charges of assault after beating an elderly man, who refused to pay a sky high price for a 30 second ride, police in New York said.

The Port Authority Police Department said that the tourist of Russia, was charged $149 for the taxi ride that lasted under a minute at John F. Kennedy Airport.

75-year-old Vladimir Zakharov of Moscow, got into the unlicensed livery cab driven by 41-year-old Wayne Walker, and asked for a ride to Terminal 2 on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

They arrived 30 seconds later. That is when the driver handed him the bill. Zakharov refused to pay, so Walker locked all the doors, trapping him inside his Nissan Pathfinder.

Zakharov tried to take the keys, prompting a struggle in which the driver grabbed the victim by the shirt and punched him in the face. After several minutes, the victim managed to escape.

Walker was arrested on multiple charges. He was charged with false imprisonment, assault and unlawful solicitation of ground transportation.

The victim has already returned to Russia.

Man charged with attempted murder for throwing hot food at his neighbor

Edward Holley 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of attempted murder after allegedly throwing hot food at his neighbor, police in Florida said.

Orlando Police said that the man is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder after launching hot grits on his neighbor during an argument.

The incident began when 60-year-old Edward Holley, got into a fight with 29-year-old Darryl Blacknell, on Tuesday. Before the attack, Holley warned Blacknell that if he returned he will attack him with hot food.

On Wednesday just after 12:00 p.m., when Holley saw Blacknell on his porch playing cards with friends, he threw the hot food at him. Blacknell suffered second and third degree burns on 30 percent of his body, and will have to be hospitalized for a significant amount of time.

Due to the severity of his injuries, Holley was charged with attempted second-degree murder. During questioning, Holley told police that next time he will kill his neighbor.

Mail delivery person fatally beats barking dog with a rock

Ricky Eugene Jackson 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A mail delivery person was arrested on charges of animal cruelty after fatally beating a dog with a rock, police in Texas said.

Fort Worth Police said that U.S. Postal Service worker Ricky Eugene Jackson, was booked into the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

He was later released on $3,500 bail. The incident began when dog Owner Lawrence Brown, had to euthanize his dog named Maxwell, after being found seriously injured.

According to the police investigation, Brown was working in his garage when he heard a commotion. Brown said that when he confronted Jackson he admitted to the act.

Brown asked Jackson: “What did you do?” To which he replied: “I beat it with a rock.” Jackson was put on paid leave since the incident.

Russia seeks to ban high heels for women

High heel shoe illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a new law that will ban women from wearing high heel shoes.

The opposition lawmaker has introduced the bill that would ban certain types of sneakers, ballet flats and high heels in the Customs Union, due to the health risks posed to the user.

State Duma Deputy Oleg Mikheyev of the A Just Russia party, sent a letter to Viktor Khristenko, the chief economist of the Customs Union - comprising of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan - asking him to add orthopedic regulations codes.

Mikheyev blamed heelless footwear such as sneakers, ballet slippers and stilettos for various foot disorders.

Canvas sneakers also seem to affect the battle readiness of the Russian Army, with young men being drafted into service for the first time this year, because the projects committee could not find a sufficient number of recruits.

“In the past, women suffered from uncomfortable shoes, because most of the complications were caused by high heels. Now, the risk group also includes men,” Mikheyev said.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Vladimir Khoroshev agreed that high heels and flats could cause health problems, such as memory loss and bone problems.