I Don't Care...
I mean, I understand the need to carve out a distinctive niche in the market, to differentiate yourself from the competition, and to increase brand awareness, and all, but, please!
The cooperation of witnesses led to the arrests yesterday of two Boston men, whom authorities called known gang members, in the high-profile killing of a 22-year-old woman after a house party in Dorchester last month.
Chiara Levin, who was visiting from New York, was caught in crossfire between Manuel Andrade, 33, of Dorchester, and Casimiro Barros , 20 , of Roxbury, Suffolk County prosecutors announced yesterday in a press conference after their arrests. Andrade and Barros will be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court on murder, assault, and weapons charges, prosecutors said.
Both men have lengthy criminal records, including gun charges, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
"My son didn't hurt anyone," said Barros. "We've never had a problem with him and I don't believe that, that he shot someone."
Officers arrested the operator of the car, Casimiro M. Barros, Jr., 20, of Roxbury and charged him with Operating Without Being Licensed, Speeding, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, Second Subsequent Offense, and Being an Armed Career Criminal.
"We hope that the loss we are enduring that has changed our lives forever and from which there is no recovery will help others to reflect upon the senselessness of violent responses to conflict and the danger of Massachusetts' 'revolving door' system of justice, which routinely allows known, dangerous lawbreakers to walk the streets, and terrorize their neighborhoods, with impunity."
"We hope that the loss we are enduring that has changed our lives forever and from which there is no recovery will help others to reflect upon the senselessness of violent responses to conflict and the danger of easy access to and misuse of weapons."
CHICAGO - Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun suffered a broken wrist when a mugger tried to steal her purse, authorities said Saturday.
Braun, 59, was standing at her front door late Friday when an assailant came out of the bushes and tried to take her purse, said her spokesman, Kevin Lampe. When Braun resisted, the man pulled a knife and cut the strap of the purse.
I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta
From a better, vanished time.
Barn find. It's the phrase that conjures up the notion of that wonderful treasure you sniffed out, heard about on the grapevine, that car that has been sitting at the back of a barn for years, covered with dust, and the original owner who's now in her 80s wants to get rid of it.
Ideally, that creaky old Packard or Alfa-Romeo will be sold for a song and you will gleefully haul the tatty but intact treasure back home, lovingly clean it up and then, fingers crossed, see if she fires up.
The story of Manny Del Arroz's Ferrari is a variation on the barn find -- one important variation is that the seller was extremely savvy and Del Arroz did not get this car for a song. Nonetheless, it's fair to call this story an authentic under-the-carpets-languishing-in-the-Arizona-desert find.
The car is a 1950 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta. According to Michael T. Lynch, a Monterey automotive historian who specializes in Ferraris, only 25 of these cars with the 2-liter V12 motors were built. Most of them still exist.
Nearly 50 years ago, according to Lynch, a guy living in Europe, possibly serving in the U.S. armed forces in Germany, found the 166MM at a used car showroom in Lausanne, Switzerland. He contacted his friend, Reg Lee Litton, in Scottsdale, Ariz., who knew something about Ferraris and, Lynch recalled, "Litton said buy it for me and ship it to California. The car probably went for somewhere between $5,000 and $8,000."
Litton met the car at the port of Long Beach, "gets it running and drives it home. In Arizona, he has some friends with some old Maseratis, one with a Chevy motor, and they would race all over the valley and then they'd go home, have a few beers and talk about it," Lynch said. Eventually, something in the Ferrari broke and "Litton puts it in the backyard, covered up with some rugs and black plastic held down with two-by-fours. Then somebody used the rugs for something else and the car was left open to the sky. The car was just sitting out in the yard until he died."
OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO OFF-DUTY SHOOTING
April 23, 2007
A Boston Police Officer was sentenced to probation today after admitting to discharging his department-issued firearm and injuring a fellow officer last summer while both men were off-duty.
Officer PAUL DURKIN, 50, had been scheduled for trial later this week on a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the June 22 incident, which injured Officer Joseph Behnke. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders sentenced Durkin to three years of probation and ordered that he undergo evaluation for alcohol abuse.
Had the case proceeded to trial, witnesses would have testified that Behnke and Durkin were outside Behnke's West Roxbury home sometime after 3:00 a.m. when they became engaged in a dispute over whether Durkin was sober enough to drive himself home. During the course of this dispute, the evidence would have shown, Durkin drew his service weapon, a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic, and fired once. That shot struck Behnke in the left hip, injuring him.
Following the incident, Durkin walked away from the scene and called a friend on his cell phone. That friend, who knew nothing of the shooting, picked Durkin up and let him sleep at his home. Behnke, meanwhile, walked into his home and received assistance from his wife. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to an area hospital, from which he was released later that morning.
The incident was investigated by Boston Police detectives assigned to the Firearm Discharge Investigation Team, which examines all police-involved shootings. Suffolk prosecutors led a grand jury investigation into the night's events, leading to Durkin's indictment on Sept. 28.
Durkin was represented by attorney George Murphy.
Hub cop may resign after guilty plea in shooting
A veteran Boston police officer is expected to resign from the force after pleading guilty yesterday to charges he shot a fellow cop during an off-duty argument about whether he was too drunk to drive, officials said.
Officer Paul Durkin, 50, entered the guilty plea yesterday, just days before his trial on assault and battery charges was expected to start. He also indicated in court that he would turn in his badge after 27 years of service to the Boston Police Department, entitling him to a city pension.
The sentence was applauded by BPD Commissioner Edward Davis last night. “Violence is unacceptable in our society and anyone who engages in violent behavior must be held accountable,” he said in a statement.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders sentenced Durkin to three years of probation and ordered that he undergo evaluation for alcohol abuse.
Policeman admits to shooting officer
He gets 3 years' probation and agrees to resign
By Suzanne Smalley, Globe Staff - April 24, 2007
A 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department pleaded guilty yesterday to assault charges for shooting a fellow officer with his service weapon after a night of heavy drinking.
Officer Paul Durkin has also agreed to resign from the department, which bars convicted felons from its ranks, spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.
Durkin, who pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, was sentenced to three years of probation and a mandatory evaluation for alcohol abuse.
Durkin, 50, was set to face trial this week in connection with the shooting, which prosecutors say unfolded June 22 after Officer Joseph Behnke offered his friend a place to sleep because he believed Durkin was too drunk to drive home.
Prosecutors allege that Durkin became annoyed when Behnke pressured him to stay at his West Roxbury home instead of driving to Easton.
They say that as the two argued, Durkin unholstered his service weapon and fired once at close range, striking Behnke in the left hip.
Durkin then walked away, leaving his friend bleeding, and arranged to stay at the home of another friend, who knew nothing about the shooting, prosecutors say. Behnke's wife called an ambulance, which took him to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Behnke remains on paid administrative leave, Driscoll said.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley declined to be interviewed about the case, but has said it was "pure luck" that no one was killed.
With gun violence in Boston up sharply in recent years, one of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's top legislative priorities this year would strip convicted gun offenders of their right to drive for up to five years.
Menino, however, wants to take away something that very few gun offenders have, according to a Globe analysis of more than 100 gun convictions last year and state Registry of Motor Vehicles records of those offenders.
To criminologists and others who assert Menino's proposal is political and not pragmatic, such numbers are further evidence that passage of the mayor's legislation would have little or no impact on the city's efforts to curb gun violence.
Nolan added: "We have one of the strongest gun laws in the country and that doesn't deter [offenders].
What makes people think that these people even apply for driver's licenses or have them at all?"
When the city first touted the legislation, it was Menino's brainchild.
Friday, when the Globe raised questions about its rationale, it became the offspring of the Boston Police Department.
James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University, said the proposed law also fails to consider young people who carry guns for self-defense.
"The risk of being unarmed in the face of a threat is worse than the risk of being unlicensed in the face of needing to go somewhere," Fox said. "From their perspective the criminal justice system, whether it be the mayor and his initiative or the DA, can just take their number and wait in line with the other people who may be out to get them."
Given the public frustration with the rate of gun violence, [Thomas Nolan, a Boston University criminologist who was a Boston policeman for 27 years] said it is not surprising that Menino would find any proposed remedy appealing.
In 2002, an armed gunman was killed by armed students at Appalachia Law School. Or maybe he was unarmed or his gun was empty or he had put it down by the time he was shot dead.
When [the gunman, Peter] Odighizuwa exited the building where the shooting took place, he was approached by two students with personal firearms.
At the first sound of gunfire, fellow students Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, unbeknownst to each other, ran to their vehicles to fetch their personally-owned firearms. Gross, a police officer with the Grifton Police Department in his home state of North Carolina, retrieved a 9 mm pistol and body armour. Bridges pulled his .357 Magnum pistol from beneath the driver's seat of his Chevy Tahoe. As Bridges later told the Richmond Times Dispatch, he was prepared to shoot to kill.
Bridges and Gross approached Odighizuwa from different angles, with Bridges yelling at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. Odighizuwa then dropped his firearm and was subdued by several other unarmed students, including Ted Besen and Todd Ross.
Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.
Every year, North Americans use enough disposable wipes to fill 9,000 18-wheelers to capacity. It's easy to reduce this waste by choosing reusable cleaners like the one we've enclosed.
The Red Sox could not bring Alex Rodriguez all the way back to earth last night. These days, no one can.
But they undressed another Yankee demigod, closer Mariano Rivera, in stunning fashion, scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a four-run deficit, then held their collective breath while watching Hideki Okajima, the stand-in for closer Jonathan Papelbon, solve A-Rod and save a 7-6 win before a delirious crowd of 36,786 in Fenway Park.
Washington, Apr 18 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18) — In the aftermath of Monday’s deadly shooting in Blacksburg, Virginia, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is proposing a comprehensive, three-point plan to deal with the violence plaguing America, including a ban on handguns.
Kucinich is currently drafting legislation that would ban the purchase, sale, transfer, or possession of handguns by civilians.
A gun buy-back provision will be included in the bill.
Who is to decide which law-abiding citizens have the reason and self-control to be trusted to exercise the use of deadly force?
Happy Patriots Day. The day when folks in Massachusetts get a day off work to celebrate having completely forgotten who they are.
Obama said hunters have to be persuaded that there’s a difference between buying a rifle to hunt and gun violence.
April 18, 2007
Fuck you. You lose.
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- DCE, Weekend Pundit
- Jim, Free New Hampshire
- Mashby, Stark Raving Mad
- Countertop, The Countertop Chronicles
- Jay G., MArooned
- Weer'd Beard, Weer'd World Arrrr
- Tom H., Freedom Under Fire
- Bradley O., Pr0ducer
- Matt, Matt Knows
- Cowboy Blob, Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery
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- Sebastian, Snowflakes in Hell
- Bill, No Better Country
- Jed, Freedom Sight
- Gunner, No Quarters
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If anyone's picture should go up, its the Israeli professor who showed us what a man ought to do.
A 75-year-old Israeli professor and Holocaust survivor was killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech Monday when he leaped between the gunman and his students.
According to eye witnesses the heroic action of Liviu Librescu saved the lives of an unknown number of students in his class.
NEW YORK --NBC News' decision to air some of the video and pictures sent by Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui had immediate repercussions Thursday, with family members of victims canceling their plans to appear on the "Today" show.
The family members "were very upset" with NBC for airing the images, "Today" host Meredith Vieira said Thursday.
Cho, 23, sent a package filled with rambling, hate-filled video and written messages, and several pictures of him posing with a gun, to NBC News on the morning of his killing spree. It arrived in the mail Wednesday, and contents began airing on the network with the "Nightly News."
"We've made the decision because by showing some of this material, perhaps it will make us understand or answer the question why, why did it happen," he said.
Lest we forget at our own peril, these are the same cowardly fucks who refused to show the Mohammed cartoons "out of respect for the Muslim community".
NEW YORK - With a backlash developing against the media for airing sickening pictures from Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, Fox News Channel said Thursday it would stop and other networks said they would severely limit their use.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino urged the Bush administration yesterday to tighten gun control laws and stand up to the National Rifle Association in the aftermath of the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech.
"The federal government could take action ... by getting the NRA to back off these issues," Menino said in a telephone interview.
"Young kids have guns today. ... How is this being perpetrated throughout the country? It's not just a Boston problem. It's a national problem."
The mayor made his comments as he returned to Boston from New Jersey, where he attended a meeting yesterday of a coalition of mayors united against illegal guns. Menino and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York started the coalition with 15 mayors in April 2006, and it grew to 214 with the addition of 27 mayors from New Jersey yesterday.
Like Menino, Bloomberg said yesterday that he will wait for the investigation to be completed before offering extensive comments on the massacre, though he did say that an average of about 30 Americans are slain by gunfire daily.
Menino pointed out that the guns Seung-Hui Cho used to kill 32 people and then himself were bought legally in Virginia. He said looser gun laws in Southern states such as Virginia cause the streets of Boston to be flooded with illegal guns.
Like many cities, Boston is confronting a surge in homicides. This year, the city is well ahead of the pace of last year's total of 74 homicides, just one shy of the 10-year high of 75 set in 2005.
"A young person goes to one of those Southern states with liberal gun laws and brings them to Massachusetts and sells them out of trucks," Menino said. "Why isn't the president doing something about it?"
The mayors' coalition will begin airing television ads on network political talk shows Sunday to push for the repeal of a law that prevents the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from sharing gun trace information with local law enforcement.
Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis say the law makes it more difficult for police to apprehend criminals who use guns to kill and maim people.
The website of the NRA says the group supports the legislation because it protects the privacy of gun owners, whose weapons could be traced even when they are not used in crimes.
An Auburn, New Hampshire woman has a stranger to thank for rescuing her from flood waters during Monday's storm.
Colette Deusinger was trapped in her convertible on a washed out road, and the vehicle was quickly filling with water. As it sank, she pressed her face against the rear window and gasped for breath.
"That was it, I was gone," she told WBZ radio. "Especially when there was absolutely no more air. There were no bubbles left. There was nothing I could breathe. I was just frantic."
Lucky for Deusinger that Fred McNeill had stopped at the flooded out road. He yelled for somebody to bring him a knife, but ended up with a screwdriver.
"By that time she stopped yelling and I was very concerned," McNeill said.
McNeil used the screwdriver to punch small holes in the convertible's roof, until he could rip the top open.
"Her head popped right out gasping for air," he said. "Seconds after we pulled her out, her vehicle sank in the water."
Massachusetts state law prohibits anyone, except an on-duty police officer, from bringing a gun on a school campus.
But Virginia, where the National Rifle Association is headquartered, has some of the most lax gun laws in the country, experts noted.
Virginia residents can buy guns without a background check...
...and carrying a concealed weapon requires only a permit from local police.
In one sentence [New York Times editors] say is that it is “premature to draw too many lessons”, yet they then go on to say that stronger laws are needed over “lethal weapons”, even though nothing is known about how he got them.
This atrocity was the responsibility of one individual, one person who decided -- for whatever reason -- that this life was no longer tolerable and chose to leave it, and -- damn him to hell -- to take over 30 others with him.
This deed was not committed by a weapon, a political movement, or some failing of society. It was not carried out by a video game, a rap song, or pornography. This was, ultimately, the fault of exactly one man -- and we can't punish him for it, as he has already chosen to enact the ultimate sanction upon himself.
To deny this monster the full credit for his heinous deeds is to deny his free choice to carry it out, and to diminish the responsibility that lies at his feet, and his feet alone.
Obey your attacker and give him what he wants.
At least nine bullets were fired in a shootout Saturday morning at a downtown bar that ended with the gunman who allegedly instigated the shooting hospitalized after he was shot twice by another customer.
About 50 people were inside the Uptown Tavern, 1301 Elm St., at 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the shooting happened, sending customers diving to the floor for cover.
Police said Eliezer Encarnacion, 26, of 214 Bremer St., Apt. 2, fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun about a half-dozen times at two bouncers and the assistant manager standing in a rear doorway.
Customer Kenneth Gage then pulled out his Kel Tec .380 semiautomatic handgun and fired it three times, hitting Encarnacion twice, according to court records.
Police did not release Gage's age or address. He told police he pulled out his gun and fired it after Encarnacion shot at the bouncers and at him.
Wet tennis shoes will probably slow down some of these runners.
Perhaps, if the weather had been like today, they wouldn't have been up for the fight.
BLACKSBURG, Va. --A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing at least 21 people in the deadliest campus massacre in U.S. history. The gunman was killed, bringing to death toll to 22, but it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.
We in New Hampshire often show our ignorance of state history by citing the "Live free or die" motto. We have used it to protest taxes, anti-smoking ordinances for restaurants, the right to bear arms (including assault weapons) and now the proposed seatbelt law. It would do us well to change the slogan on the state license plate back to "The Granite State" and educate our adults and children as to the motto's real origin: Gen. John Stark's reunion greeting in abstentia for a 1777 battle that occurred in Vermont, not New Hampshire.
The motto was adopted by New Hampshire in 1945, not in the 1700s, and Stark would not know he would be embossed on a license plate.
"Live, freeze or die" would have been more relevant.
Residents have screamed this motto in editorials and letters to the editor as if we seceded from the union and are free to do what we want, anytime we want, when we want and for any reason, in fear of our local state government absconding our rights to "freedom."
The state's job is to protect the citizens...
...and the motto is not in the U.S. Constitution.
The absurd notion has led us to be last or close to last to pass logical legislation for proven health and safety measures that would save the lives of our citizens and our children.
It has also embarrassed us nationwide by delaying our recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day...
...and now for stalling automobile safety regulations as if we arrogantly know better than all the other states of the union that mandate the protection of our fellow citizens in this modern day.
Gov. Corzine was seated in the front passenger seat of his official Chevy Tahoe when the accident happened. New Jersey law mandates seatbelt use for anyone in the front seat of a vehicle. Disobeying the law carries a small fine. Gov. Corzine has a reputation for not wearing his seatbelt, but what are the odds that he's ever paid a fine for that violation, or that the state trooper driving him has ever written him a ticket?
We are pretty sure that Gov. John Lynch wears his seatbelt all the time -- in a state where the law does not force him to. Like most Granite State drivers and passengers, he chooses to wear it.
Gov. Corzine often chose to disobey a law designed to protect him from his own decisions. He recognized, in his private life, at least, that having the right to choose a risky behavior was a valuable personal freedom -- even if the behavior chosen was foolish.
Gen. Stark did not need a seatbelt on his horse, so its irrelevant. Few rapid-fire guns existed back then, most guns having been made in England and muzzle-loaded in a slow fashion.
Below is the origin of the motto by Gen. Stark. New Hampshire legislators who vote for our citizens' protection would best be educated as to its origin and the lack of its application to most of the recent editorials in every New Hampshire newspaper.
The motto was part of a volunteer toast which Gen. Stark sent to his wartime comrades, in which he declined an invitation to head up a 32nd anniversary reunion of the 1777 Battle of Bennington in Vermont, because of poor health. The toast said in full: "Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils."
Are you really interested in tax rates that benefit the economy and raise revenue--or are you interested in redistributing income for political reasons?
MANCHESTER – Bullets flew outside the Uptown Tavern early yesterday when a peeved patron began shooting at a doorman after being thrown out of the club. The shooter himself was shot twice by an armed customer who rushed to the bouncer's defense, a club owner and police said.
The shooter had missed doorman Chad Ryan after firing about four shots at him in the 1301 Elm St. club's parking lot when the alleged gunman was himself hit twice by the unidentified patron who returned fire about 12:45 a.m., said club co-owner Dave Somers.
The wounded suspect, identified by police as Eliezer Encarnacion, 26, and his companion -- both of whom were thrown out of the club moments earlier -- ran from the parking lot up Myrtle Street with an angry group of club patrons in pursuit.
Encarnacion was about six to eight feet from Ryan when he fired the first shot, hitting the door frame, Willard said. When the second shot rang out, a male customer inside the bar realized what was happening and intervened, he continued.
"He feels the bouncer's life is in danger and he produces his own firearm and proceeds to return fire," said [Det. Lt. Nick] Willard, who credited the patron with saving the doorman and possibly even Brown from being shot.
Police withheld the patron's name while they continue their investigation, which will include an inquiry into whether his use of deadly force was justified.
Club employees were not aware the customer -- described as a regular patron -- was carrying a concealed weapon, Somers said.
"I'm not okaying it. But if he didn't, probably my doorman would be dead," Somers said.
NEW BEDFORD [Massachusetts]-- Police continued their hunt late today for an armed suspect who shot two people and slashed another inside a popular gay nightclub.
The incident occurred about midnight inside the Puzzles Lounge on North Front Street. A bartender, who asked that his name not be used because he feared for his life, said a man armed with a hatchet, a machete, and a handgun attacked patrons before he fled the bar.
GASSVILLE, Ark. --A teenager suspected of a hatchet-and-gun attack in a Massachusetts gay bar shot and killed a small-town police officer and the teen's passenger before he was critically wounded in a gun battle with police Saturday, authorities said.
There was a shootout in a Manchester bar early yesterday, leaving one man wounded - and under arrest.
It started when Eliezer Encarnacion, 26, of Manchester, and another man were thrown out of the Uptown Tavern just before 1 a.m., following a confrontation with employees, the police said.
Encarnacion pulled a gun and fired several shots at tavern employees, the police said. A customer who saw the shooting then pulled his own gun and wounded the gunman.
Encarnacion ran off, wounded in the arm and leg, but the police found him a short while later. After surgery, he was recovering and awaiting a court date on attempted assault and firearms charges. His companion was arrested on a probation violation.
No one else in the bar was hurt.
NEW YORK - A man jumped to his death Friday out the window of a 69th-floor law office in the Empire State Building.
Police responded to the New York City landmark shortly before 3 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a severed leg _ covered in a gray sock _ on the street below. The rest of the body was recovered from a setback on the 30th floor.
CONCORD, N.H. -- Emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rose 18 percent in the U.S. from 1990 to 2004, with New Hampshire showing one of the highest percentage increases.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group analyzed carbon emissions in 48 states. Fast-growing Nevada ranked first for percentage growth in carbon emissions at 55 percent. New Hampshire was third, with a reported 50 percent increase.
The study found that only Massachusetts, Delaware and the District of Columbia cut back on those emissions.