Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Move Along, Nothing to See Here

This is charming.

Bomb-making factory found in Brooklyn apartment of Columbia professor

Police stumbled upon a bomb-making factory Sunday in the home of a Columbia professor who specializes in the spread of infectious disease - and are investigating whether he and his roommate have terror ties.

Cops evacuated the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood around the Remsen St. home of Michael Clatts, a medical anthropologist, after finding seven pipe bombs fitted with fuses in his flat, police sources said.

The frightening cache was discovered almost by accident - Ivaylo Ivanov, the man living with Clatts, accidentally shot off the tip of his left index finger and sought police help in the street about 1:15 a.m.

When investigators went to the 37-year-old Ivanov's apartment, they found the bombs, already capped on both ends and filled with powder. One of the pipe bombs was inserted into a Nerf football, cops said.

A 9-mm. handgun, two ammunition magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, silencers, a bulletproof vest, a crossbow and bomb-making equipment, including a drill and threading machine that could be used to make pipe bombs, were also recovered, cops said.

[mumblespeak] A "common-sense" 30-day waiting period, stricter licensing requirements for the lawful purchase of handguns, a ban on scary-looking guns, and mandatory ballistic microprinting would have prevented this criminal behavior. [/mumblespeak]

But, I digress.

Now, run a Google News search for Michael Clatts, Ivaylo Ivanov, and Heath Ledger, and see which current event coming out of New York City the world's media outlets have determined to be more newsworthy.

The results will astound you.