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A 10-year-old’s smart thinking saves her from attempted abduction

A two-year-old’s screams may have saved his big sister’s life on Tuesday when a man tried to snatch her off the street in broad daylight.

Philadelphia police say it is one of the most disturbing things they’ve seen — a surveillance camera captured video of the man trying to abduct the 10-year-old victim, twice.

“It is gripping, to say the least. It is disturbing,” said Capt. John Darby with the Special Victims Unit.

The victim and her little brother were walking home on S. Lee Street in South Philadelphia after getting water ice a couple of blocks away.

In the video, you see the man come up from behind them. He grabs the little girl and tries to run off with her. She struggles with him and falls to the ground. The man tries a second time to take her, but is stopped by the little boy’s screams.

“Ultimately, with the screams from this little boy and by her account [the victim] she says the child literally screams louder than anything she’s ever heard before, he literally interrupts this assault,” said Captain Darby.

The attacker ran, got into his car and fled east on Porter Street.

The girl’s father told NBC10 he is proud of how his daughter fought off the attacker. The father claims his daughter bit the man and struggled to free herself, techniques he claims she picked up while watching NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The girl’s neighbors went door to door, collecting donations to buy a Toys R Us gift card for the girl.

“I think it’s sickening what happened to her,” said Jennifer Carulli. “Seeing the surveillance video, it’s heartbreaking. I think it’s so scary that he followed her all the way here and actually got out of the car to grab her. It amazes me that this happened, it amazes me.”

“What is he capable of doing any other time?” asked Harry McDowell. “What’s he capable of doing right now?”

The suspect is described as a thinly built Hispanic male between the ages of 30 and 40 standing between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet with a thin mustache, short black curly hair and medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a black short sleeve t-shirt and blue pants.

The man’s vehicle is described as a late 1990’s-early 2000’s white mid-sized foreign 4-door, possibly a Mitsubishi or Nissan with a black scuff mark on the driver’s side rear bumper and a dent on the left front fender wheel well.

“I want this creep off our streets, immediately,” said Mayor Nutter during Wednesday’s press conference.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the suspect’s arrest. However, they also warn anyone who sees the suspect to not approach him but call 911 immediately.

- NBC Philadelphia

Pastor sues telecomms company for giving his cell phone records to wife

We’re sure that Bishop Carl Mimms III would like to modify the Ten Commandments and add one more amendment:  ”Thou Shalt Not give a man’s cell phone records to his wife when she’s trying to find out if he’s creeping around.”

The pastor was under the microscope of suspicion from his wife Diane, who believed that he might be getting into a few “unholy” activities in his spare time.  That’s when she reached out to Sprint to find out who he’d been calling, texting and all that other stuff.  the pastor is angry about Sprint releasing his personal records and is filing suit against the company for doing so.

Pastor, I mean Bishop Mimms is the head of the Freedom Tabernacle of Praise Church in Indiana. Mimms said that he specifically told Sprint not to release his personal information to anyone, including his wife. He was then told that the information would not be released to anyone.

Mimms’ wife found a way around the Pearly Gates of Sprint and got a hold of all of the pastor’s phone records. The pastor says that his wife then humiliated him in front of the entire congregation by confronting him on his doggish behavior.

According to the lawsuit, “Plaintiff’s conversation with that Sprint employee or representative caused Plaintiff’s blood pressure to increase, his head to perspire, and his heart rate to increase.”

Bishop Mimms also says that his teenage daughter was present when he was confronted, which made the situation that much worse.  The Sprint Store’s manager, Abdul Entallaby apologized to Bishop Mimms and said that the employee who gave out the information no longer works there.  That gives no comfort to Mimms.  The pastor and his attorneys are suing Sprint for breach of confidentiality, negligence and invasion of privacy. His lawyer is Scott Barnhart.

He never specifically mentioned if his wife was telling the truth about him cheating.  Maybe that’s for the Lord to work out later on.

- Black Blue Dog

Police officer afraid to testify in court after alleged threat to his life

A key police witness in the death of Ademola Adedeji, who allegedly died in police custody, failed to appear at the coroner’s inquest after claiming he had received threat messages.

Mr. Adedeji, 39, a distributor at Rite Foods Limited in Lagos, was arrested by officers of Ikeja police station after it was alleged that he issued the company four dud cheques which ran into millions of naira

Mr. Adedeji allegedly died in police custody although police authorities claimed he suffered a heart attack and subsequently gave up the ghost in hospital.

Audu Eghor, a police sergeant, said that one of the threat text messages he received told him “they are aware that one of his children is in one of the universities.”

“The young man is apprehensive of what is going to happen being that he is coming to testify on the side of the deceased,” said Clement Eko, counsel to the deceased’s family.

“Maybe the court would subpoena him to come and give evidence on his depositions,” Mr. Eko added.

Mr. Eghor’s testimony is vital to the inquest as the deceased’s family maintained that he was present when the investigating police officer for the case told them Mr. Adedeji suffered a stomach ache and not heart attack as officially declared.

Cyril Ejiofor, counsel to the police, said that Mr. Eghor’s reason for not appearing in court “does not hold water.”

“I wouldn’t know who would be witch hunting a sergeant,” said Mr. Ejiofor.

“He made this deposition outside the police because the legal department is not even aware,” he added.

Tajudeen Elias, the chief coroner, said that Mr. Eghor must come and testify since “this is a fact-finding tribunal.”

During cross examination, Jide Akinbode, the deceased’s mechanic echoed Mrs. Adedeji’s testimony that her husband had no health challenges prior to his death.

“I’ve known him for 15 years, there were no health challenge,” said Mr. Akinbode, who spoke through an interpreter.

Innocent Osuji, the Chief Security Officer at Rite Foods, said that the company’s managing director informed him of the dud cheques.

“Looking at the cheques, one was in December and the others were in January. And we were in February,” said Mr. Osuji, during cross examination.

“I asked Ademola (the deceased), why did this happen? He said that he doesn’t know but that he’ll pay.”

Mr. Osuji said he called the police to come and “investigate it” and two police officers arrived at his office, arrested Mr. Adedeji, and took him away to Ikeja police station.

He never returned.

- Premium Times

Russia, China veto sanctions on Syria

Russia and China vetoed a new U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday that would have imposed new sanctions on the Syrian regime.

Western countries have been pushing for a resolution that threatens sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad if government forces don’t stop attacks.

However, Russia has opposed any international effort that would blame, punish or change the leadership of the Syrian government. Russia and China have vetoed two previous draft resolutions in the U.N. Security Council, leading to accusations that Russia is protecting the Syrian regime.


Washington DC cop says that he would shoot First Lady Michelle Obama

A District of Columbia Police officer is being investigated for an alleged threat toward First Lady Michelle Obama.  The officer allegedly stated that he would shoot Mrs. Obama, according to the Washington Post. The officer’s threat is an especially strong concern, given that he has worked as a motorcycle escort for Mrs. Obama in the past.

Several officers overheard the officer’s remark during a conversation about threats against the Obama family. The officer said that he would shoot the first lady and then used his phone to find a picture of the weapon he’d use to shoot her.

D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said this to the Washington Post: “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments.”

Edwin Donovan from the Secret Service told The Associated Press  that they would “take appropriate follow-up steps.”

This is the latest  in security breaches from the Secret Service.  Just a few months ago, a team that was preparing for the arrival of President Obama to El Salvador was discovered to have parties with strippers, alcohol and sexual favors.

- Black Blue Dog

Is Wikipedia dying? Some say that they are overwhelmed

Wikipedia has been an amazing resource built on the contribution of many.  It’s the place where you can go just about any time and get pretty accurate information on just about anything.  No one seems to know where the information comes from, but they use it all the time.  The project is currently faced with the problem that people are becoming less and less committed to the site. They also need more editors and administrators, since they are far outnumbered by the number of patrons.

In 2007, the number of volunteers editing on Wikipedia peaked and has since been in decline. Administrators on the site are responsible for managing the information on the pages, essentially protecting them from vandals. Sysops are people who are nominated to take on the application process for that role. Sysops are not paid, and continue to volunteer their services to the site.

In October 2005, 67 people were promoted to become sysops by Wikipedia. There were many months in 2005 and 2006 where 40 or 50 people would become sysops. Unfortunately, since 2006, the number of people who are interested in working for the site has been in steep decline.  In fact, the number of people who were promoted to administrators had fallen into the single digits, causing worry.

Only two people became admins in March 2010, followed by only six in June of the same year.  Author of The Wikipedia Revolution, Andrew Lih, who is also a journalism professor at the University of Southern California, said that the process that the new admins go through to become promoted is intense, claiming that the process is essentially a “hazing ritual” now.  It’s difficult to imagine anyone going through a hazing ritual in order to do a job for which they are not going to be paid. n

Lih was a Wikipedia admin back in 2003. Back then, someone would nominate you, others would conclude that you were a good choice, and in about a week’s time, you would have new authority on the site. Lih said that the process back then was pretty easy.

Since then, the process has become more arduous. To become an admin these days, you have to answer questions about copyright law, write essays about notability and endure hypothetical simulations. Wikipedia editors would then dig into your history and grill you on it.

Lin, who is not satisfied with this new model says, “It’s a rejection of the commitment [Wikipedia editors] put into the project. Adminships used to be conferred without much fanfare, but now, even if you seek the position, you’re going to get a gigantic amount of scrutiny.” That’s probably why the commitment to the site has dropped so significantly in the last few years. This decline is likely to put Wikipedia in the end of the first era of social media.

- Techville

Save the Earth? Hackers steal (and distribute) secret emails from Shell, BP, other major oil companies

Five multinational oil industry companies (including Shell Exxon and BP) were hacked by the same anonymous movement that hacked Yahoo last week. 1,000 + email credentials belonging to these companies were displayed online. These are the same hackers that took information from Billabong, Nvidia and formspring.

Each of these mega oil companies (including Russian oil firms Gazprom and Rosneft) have been accused of melting the Arctic ice caps. 315 of their emails and MD5 hashed passwords from June and 724 emails and passwords were displayed on the site. Another 26 clear text passwords were loaded yesterday.

The majority of the uploaded data from the hackers is encrypted. The hackers want volunteers and hobbyists to do some of the code cracking and provide passwords for the mail addresses.

The hackers have yet to use any of the information that they have stolen to cause harm to anyone.Ironically, employee details that were hacked from the sites were used to add signatures to petitions such as “Save the Arctic”. @le4ky says that the first set of data that they collected fell into phishing schemes.

Reportedly, the website management was poor, making it easy for the hackers to grab the information from the shell domains and other subdomains. These hacks are less of a malicious attack on these companies, but instead a sign on how “data trails” can lead to issues when there are weak points in chain information, and when that chain information is accessible to the wrong people.

These are just the latest in attacks on major companies. Just a few days ago, Yahoo was attacked, costing the company hundreds of thousands of passwords that were delivered online. LinkedIn was also attacked not too long ago.

These attacks raise awareness for cyber security issues in a world that is increasingly less secure over time.  Even the Pentagon is starting to invest heavily in developing techniques to prepare for next generation warfare that might involve as many computer geeks as actual soldiers.  It looks like we’re headed to a brave new world.

15-year old girl accused of murder with an afro pick

A 15-year old girl is on trial for killing her enemy with a steel afro comb.   The girl allegedly attacked the other young lady because she was spreading gossip about her, according to police.  Authorities are saying that the girl stabbed the comb into the skull of Julie Sheriff, a 16-year old girl who happened to be the daughter of a police officer.

The girls lived in London, and Julie was in a coma for 19 weeks.  She never regained consciousness and eventually died in the hospital.  The girl’s family moved to London from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where her father was a police officer.

“What lay behind this antagonism, the crown cannot say with any certainty,” said prosecutor Jonathan Turner.

“But there seems to have been a row brewing between them over certain allegations that Julie had been making about the defendant, and some boyfriend or boyfriends of hers.”

Police say that the alleged killer saw the other girl in her territory and confronted her.  That’s when the incident took place.

The noise when the girl allegedly hit Julie was “like the noise it makes when we kill a goat back home,” according to a boy who witnessed the killing.

“He described [the 16 year-old] as reaching into her bag and pulling out a pin-tail comb and stabbing Julie with it not once but twice,” Turner said.

“The first one was to Julie’s collarbone, but it barely penetrated, and it was the second blow that went into her making a noise, he said, like a noise it makes when we kill a goat back home.”

Right after the attack, Julie said that her head was sore, and that’s when she collapsed. Her brain had begun to swell and she fell into a coma. She went through several surgeries and succumbed to cardiac arrest on September 21.

When police came to arrest the girl who allegedly committed the crime, she is accused of giving them a false name.

“Is it about the fight yesterday? I don’t think I did anything wrong,” she allegedly said.

Police then searched her bag and found the metal comb that was allegedly used in the murder.  The comb only had her DNA on it.

“This does not necessarily preclude it from being the murder weapon,” said Turner. “After all, she had a couple of days to wash it clean.”

The girl on trial has stated that she feared for her life and that the other girl was trying to attack her.  But it’s hard to tell if prosecutors or jurors are buying it.  It’s her word against a dead girl.

- Naturally Moi

And more trouble: George Zimmerman joked, “I’ll come out with my hoodie” during taped jail conversation

As if George Zimmerman’s callousness couldn’t get any worse, new audio tapes released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey reveal that Zimmerman joked about what Trayvon Martin was wearing.

“You know that when I get out of here, I’ll come out with my hoodie,” Zimmerman says in Spanish during one call.

This revelation comes one day after a woman known only as witness 9 accused Zimmerman of molesting her for over a decade:

The alleged molestation occurred at the home of George Zimmerman’s parents.

Among the other revelations in the audio tapes recently released:

  • Zimmerman said his attorney, Mark O’Mara, told him to claim that he was destitute even though he had money. Zimmerman said  during a call that he told O’Mara about the money, but O’Mara told him that it didn’t matter since he wasn’t working.
  • He was worried about his wife and family being followed by the media
  • Zimmerman was worried about the bounty offered by the New Black Panthers because, as he said, $10,000 is a lot of money to some people.
  •  Zimmerman is on Zithromax, an antibiotic; Celaxa, an anti-depressant;  Bentyl, a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome; Remeron, an anti-depressant; and Adderall, a drug that treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • - Black Like Moi

Report: Gunmen storm Bauchi

A security source has just told SaharaReporters of shooting in Dunga, in Tafawa Balewa area of Bauchi State, following the arrival of unknown gunmen who immediately started shooting.
Details are still sketchy, but gun shots were still being heard at the time of this report. 
Only today, President Goodluck Jonathan ended the emergency he declared in 15 local council areas in four States last December.  The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, said that local and state governments will now be responsible for the maintenance of security in those States: Plateau, Borno, Yobe, and Niger.
 Last Wednesday, July 11, four persons were killed when unknown gunmen invaded Tafawa Balewa

- Sahara Reporters

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