A toddler was thrown from a rolling SUV in Texas Saturday night and, amazingly, got back up tried to get back in the vehicle after a violent end to an armed robbery that was caught on dashcam video, Lubbock, Texas, police say.
According to KCBD-TV, 19-year-old Chelsea Betenbough was robbed at gunpoint minutes earlier by four teenagers in a parking lot.
When Betenbough was approached by (17-year-old Kenny Shawn) Jimenez she assumed it was a joke. He demanded she hand over her things, so she gave him the little cash she had.
… Betenbough quickly handed it over. Before the vehicle sped away, she noticed the three other individuals and a baby in the back seat.
After the crash, one of the suspects grabbed the child and ran away with her and another suspect. They were arrested in a nearby backyard, KCBD reported.
The toddler was taken to a hospital, but had only minor injuries.
EverythingLubbock.com reports that police arrested Jimenez, two 16-year old girls and a 14-year old boy. They face charges of aggravated robbery, injury to a child, unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and organized crime.
As more than a million people a day watched the viral video of an auto-tuned Mister Rogers last week, David Newell’s inbox started to fill.
Newell, who played speedy deliveryman Mr. McFeely on ‘Mister Rogers Neighborhood,’ heard about the clip from a friend in Sweden. Another friend in Italy also sent him the link, as did his three kids. Dozens of other e-mails came from around the nation.
“I’m surprised it took off like that,” said Newell, noting the video had nearly four million views Tuesday. “Everybody I’ve talked to loves it.”
What would Mister Rogers think?
“I think he would have liked his message to have gotten out,” Newell said. “I think in that respect he would have liked it.”
Rogers, who died in 2003 from stomach cancer, was a purist who preferred simple and deep talks instead of complex messages, Newell said. He wouldn’t have done an auto-tune video, though Newell said Rogers would have appreciated how composer John Boswell’s work was done in a respectful, loving way.
“What I think it does is show how versatile Fred’s message is and how it can be adapted to different uses,” Newell said. “I hope it does help let people know that the show is online on PBS Kids and is out there still to be enjoyed. I hope people take a second look.”
Texas A&M University researchers say controversial ”stand your ground” laws have increased the number of murder and manslaughter cases – rather than serve as a deterrent to crime.
The study, which looked at 23 states that have passed the castle doctrine laws, comes at a time when many critics say such self-defense statutes encourage vigilantism and escalate violence. At the center of that debate is the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot in February in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, who initially was not arrested for the shooting, claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, permissible under Florida’s Stand Your Grand law that allows people to use deadly force when they feel threatened.
In their study, Texas A&M associate professor Mark Hoekstra and grad student Cheng Cheng analyzed crime data from 2000 to 2009, finding that murder and manslaughter cases increased between 7 to 9 percent in those states with castle doctrine laws. The castle doctrine term is derived from the idea that people have a right to defend their home or castle using lethal force, if necessary.
The homicide rates in states that had not adopted castle doctrine laws remained steady, the study found.
The study concludes that the laws “do not appear to offer any hidden spillover benefit to society at large.”
Hoekstra said it’s difficult to determine the reason for the increase, but there are a few possible explanations. He said homicides may have increased because more citizens used deadly force in a self-defense situations, instead of being required by law to retreat or use non-lethal force during an assault or other threatening circumstance. This was likely the intended purpose of the law, he said.
Another explanation could be that the number of homicides increased because force was used in situations that otherwise would not have been violent.
Hoekstra said he and Cheng began their research last fall, before the Trayvon Martin case, and ”before everybody started caring deeply about the issue.”
He said he was surprised not to see any deterrence in crimes: “I didn’t know what to expect.”
In the wake of the widely covered Martin slaying, state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, has vowed to reverse Texas’ self-defense law during the 2013 legislative session. In 2007 , Texas altered its own Castle Doctrine law to say that Texans no longer have a “duty to retreat,” in the home or elsewhere, before using deadly force in a self-defense situation. Coleman was one of 13 in 2007 who voted against changing the law. It had wide support in both the House and Senate.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has established the Citizen Safety and Protection task force to review that state’s controversial law, which has been in place since 2005. On Tuesday, Martin’s parents, who allege Zimmerman started the confrontation, testified before the panel. They are planning to present the task force with a 300,000-signature petition asking for the law to be repealed, or reformed to exclude those who initiate confrontations, the Associated Press reports.
The Texas A&M University researchers do not take a position on the statutes, but in the study say that “any evaluation of these laws ought to weigh the benefits of increased self-defense against the increased loss of life caused by the laws.”
Saccharin, Aspartame and Sucralose are the respective ingredients of Equal, Sweet ‘n Low and Splenda. And despite having the same FDA classification of “generally recognized as safe,” the Times found little agreement about which was safest.
Particularly, the Times discovered a wide range of belief led by “hearsay, mythology and whim” that some were even dangerous to consume.
The article contains a breakdown of each sweetener’s scientific components and an animation where readers can opine on which brand of sweetener they prefer.
The ultimate conclusion, of course, is that no matter the brand, it’s always better to steer clear of sweets.
Bush was celebrating his 88th birthday with family at his summer home in Maine, where two days earlier he got to fly via helicopter to the USS George H.W. Bush, the newest carrier in the Navy fleet and the only one whose namesake is alive.
Bush was a naval aviator during World War II. He enlisted on his 18th birthday following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, postponing college for the opportunity to serve. His plane was shot down over the Pacific, but Bush survived.
“Do you feel like you used that second shot at life to the best?” his granddaughter asks.
“I’m sure I could have done a lot of things better,” he said. “It’s been a fulfilling time of my life, a lot of experiences, including being president of the United States.”
Bush recently traveled to Washington, D.C., for another family reunion of sorts at the White House. Fourteen members of the Bush family and hundreds of former Bush administration officials attended a ceremony to unveil the official presidential portrait of his son, George W. Bush.
“It was exciting,” he said. “Any time you go there, a certain sense of wonder about the experience. A lot of memories come flooding back. It’s hard to describe it.”
This week, HBO debuts a documentary about Bush, chronicling his life and his presidency, including his reflections on critical moments during his 4-year tenure such as the Iraqi War and the Tiananmen Square massacre.
While Bush’s son was a two-term president, the elder Bush was defeated in his 1992 re-election bid by Bill Clinton.
“Terrible feeling, awful feeling,’’ he said about losing. “I really wanted to win and worked hard. Later on, people said, ‘Well, he didn’t really care,’ which is crazy. I worked my heart out.”
Bush said in his Today show interview that he doesn’t have any expectations on what his legacy will be.
“I want somebody else to define the legacy,” he said. “I’ve kind of banned the use of the ‘L’ word, legacy word. “I think history will get it right, point out some of the things I did wrong and perhaps some of the things I did right.”
A father who said he saw a man molesting his 4-year-old daughter behind a barn apparently beat the man to death Saturday afternoon, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The death occurred about 3:45 p.m. at a horse barn near Shiner, Texas, about 127 miles west of Houston, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Harmon said the victim, a 47-year-old Gonzales man, died at the scene. His name has not been released because his next of kin has not yet been notified of the death.
No arrests have been made in the case. Harmon said a grand jury will probably determine what, if any charges, will be filed.
Harmon said the father and daughter were at their barn with several other people to groom and care for horses there. The victim came with some of the other people, but was not well-known, if all, to the father and child.
The group later heard the girl screaming behind the barn, Harmon said. Her father ran to see what was wrong and said he saw the man allegedly sexually assaulting the child. While pulling the man away from the girl, he hit the man several times in the head, Harmon said.
The girl was taken to the hospital to be evaluated and to have tests done to determine if a sexual assault occurred. She was released later.
An autopsy will be performed on the victim to determine what caused his death.
Bad dog? No, bad owner if not cleaned up. (doobybrain / flickr.com)
Jerusalem has a dog poop problem. It’s apparently so bad, city officials are going high-tech to deal with it. They’re planning to compile a DNA database of city dogs and when they collect the illegal poo, they’ll be able to track down the offending pups. And the owners pay, according to The Daily Mail.
In a statement, the municipality said it would first be collecting saliva samples from dogs in the city before inputting them into a citywide database.
“The municipality pilot project calls for establishment of a database of dog DNA to allow us to reduce the soiling of pavements, parks and public spaces,” the statement said.
Once the DNA database has been compiled, the city will conduct testing to see whether the samples can be effectively matched to dog droppings found around the city.
Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said the municipality hoped to get saliva samples from around 70 to 80 percent of the 11,000 dogs registered in Jerusalem.
Krystle Marie Reyes (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
Authorities arrested a Salem, Ore., woman last week, accused of swindling the Oregon Department of Revenue out of more than $2 million by filing what could be one of the biggest fraudulent tax returns in state history, Oregon Live is reporting.
Krystle Marie Reyes was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of computer crime and aggravated theft, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Oregonian.
According to the affidavit, Reyes used Turbo Tax, a popular tax preparation software package, to file a faked 2011 income tax return that reported wages of $3 million and claimed she was owed a $2.1 million refund. The state authorized the refund, and Turbo Tax issued Reyes a Visa debit card with the full refund amount.
… State revenue officials did not discover the fraud until Reyes reported the card as lost or stolen. In the meantime, she racked up more than $150,000 in purchases. Reyes, according to the affidavit, paid $2,000 in cash for a 1999 Dodge Caravan and used the card to buy $800 worth of tires and wheels.