Interesting news articles part 1

2 Teen Girls Found in Wash. Army Barracks; 1 Dead –,2933,494124,00.html

7 Terrible Abuses Suffered By Women Around The World –

A Death in the Congressman’s Office – American Politics Journal

A Pitfall Called the Enron Loophole –

About Record Contracts – Signing recording contract, Label Music Contracts –

Alford investigation ends – North Shore News

Amsterdam closes cannabis shops – Oddly Enough – Reuters

Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops –

Apple files patent for camera hidden behind display – AppleInsider

Baby P three face ‘substantial’ jail sentences – The Independent

Ban lifted, media witness return of U.S. war dead –

Barman tried over fatal tequila – BBC News

Bisphenol A found in canned soft drinks –

Boy’s Killing, Labeled a Hate Crime, Stuns a Town – New York Times


Can the government take away my laptop – HowStuffWorks

Canadian Wireless Companies Sued Over Text Messages – InformationWeek

Chicago cop arrested in teen’s beating –

Chief faces questions about police station parties – CBC News

Cop Charged For Using Taser Gun On Suspect In Hospital Bed – WESH Orlando

Cop drove drunk, then got promoted – The Province

Copyright law could result in police state – critics – CBC News

Courtney Love’s speech to the Digital Hollywood online entertainment conference – CD Baby

death penalty news—–N.Y., VA  –
“Recently, in Avon Park, Florida, a 6-year-old girl named Desiree Watson threw a temper tantrum in her kindergarten classroom. The police were called and handcuffed the little girl – around her upper arms because her wrists were too slight – and hauled her down to the county jail, where they took mug shots and booked her. Because Desiree had kicked a teacher (resulting in some redness around the teacher’s shin), the police charged the little girl with a felony. When I worked on juvenile defenses cases in New York City, I saw lots of similar cases, like when a young boy got mad at his teacher and stormed out of the room, bumping into her on the way out. The teacher, claiming assault, called the police and the boy was put in jail. Not insignificantly, Desiree and the boy in this example are both black.”

Driving, Porn Watching A Bad Mix –

Dziekanski in ‘combative stance,’ inquiry hears – CTV News

Energy – Non-Renewable Resources – Oil, Natural Gas, and LPG – Texas Environmental Profiles

Enron Loophole Archives –

Ex-Vancouver police chief Jamie Graham found guilty of ‘discreditable conduct’ – Vancouver Sun

Facebook Membership May Be Forever –,2933,494064,00.html

Facebook Toy Gun Photo Prompts Warrantless Home Search –

Fallout Continues After Videotaped Police Beating –

FBI Spied on Coretta Scott King – Drudge Retort

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping –

Google Latitude – Is the public ready for mobile tracking –

Happy Birthday –

Happy Birthday is owned by Time Warner – Joi Ito’s Web

Happy Birthday Screw You –

How Record Companies Make Money –

IMF poised to print billions of dollars in ‘global quantitative easing’ –

Inside Coretta Scott King’s FBI File – NPR

Inside the FBI’s secret files on Coretta Scott King –

Is marijuana illegal in Amsterdam – Yahoo! Answers

Is Oil A Renewable Resource –


Jamie Graham – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jury Returns Mixed Decision In Officer’s Taser Trial – WESH Orlando

Kid Rock Lashes Out Against iTunes, Endorses Illegal Downloading – Rolling Stone

Lawrence King Hub – (Gay Lawrence King) –

Making Money with Music – Tour or Go Hungry – SPIEGEL ONLINE,1518,438554,00.html

McCain Defends ‘Enron Loophole’:

Aaron Hickey killed Tammy Murray with three steak knives on September 19th, 2007. He was drunk, high on crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Tammy Murray had operated an escort service from her sixth floor apartment near Metrotown and was known to use street and prescription drugs and alcohol. Hickey was sentenced to 8 years for killing Murray. Since he had already served three years since the killing while awaiting sentencing, he will (according to the Tuesday, February 24th edition of ‘The Province’) spend five more years in prison.
However, kidnapping someone will get you 8-13 years!
McMynn kidnappers sentenced to 8-13 years –

Microsoft’s TV Ads That Watch You –

Monsanto challenges God’s patent’s – ViveLeCanada

Most Wanted –

Mounties rack up costly lawsuits –

New police chief may be Vancouver’s old chief – Victoria Times Colonist

Officer who drove drunk still a good cop – police department – CBC News

Officials – Race had no role in Philly police beating –

Oxnard teen shot on campus removed from life support – Los Angeles Times

Philadelphia police beating restrained suspects –

Philly Police Beating Caught on TV Video – ABC News

Police Crashes –

Saudi judge sentences pregnant gang-rape victim to 100 lashes for committing adultery – Mail Online

Seven-year-old Muslim boy stopped in US three times on suspicion of being a terrorist –

Since You Asked – Bisphenol A –

Smoking ban threatens famed marijuana cafes – HeraldNet

Stanley Park killer to get early release – CTV News

Sustainable oil – WorldNetDaily

The Cuban Five exposes U.S. hypocrisy of the War on Terror – The Canadian National Newspaper

The Enron Loophole – Seeking Alpha

The hoax of “enriched wheat flour” –

THE MEDIA BUSINESS – Sound of a $25 Million Deal ‘Happy Birthday’ to Warner – The New York Times

The Real Reason Behind The switch from Analog to Digital – The Truth & The Light Ministries

Ticketmaster under fire:
“touring has become the main revenue stream for artists”…What? What about the music industry charging $15-25 for a CD? Didn’t they once say that the majority of that money is to benefit THE ARTIST? When you see t-shirts being sold at concerts, that’s merchandise being sold for money that goes towards the artist. Record labels (and the rest of the music industry) don’t pay artists and musicians very well. Ask Kid Rock.
Comment by Stratos on February 17, 2009 – 9:23 PM “ A large percentage of the tickets in the secondary market come from sports (hockey etc) season ticket holders who are allowed to buy up to 8 concert tickets before they go on sale to the public, even if they only hold one season ticket. This leaves precious few to go on sale to the general public. They will often keep a couple for themselves and sell the rest back to TicketsNow (TicketBastard) at a profit. Pressure your local arena to change their policy to 1 concert ticket if you only hold 1 season ticket. There’s more of us than there is of them. Also, TicketsNow has been prevented from operating in Manitoba because it breaks local anti-scalping laws, but no such laws exist in BC. There is a provincial election in BC May 12th. Encourage candidates to make this an election issue. A lot of peeved off concert goers can become a lot of votes either for or against any candidate, and/or political party.”

Updated – Two Teenagers Found at Fort Lewis, One Dead – Timothy Bennitt Charged With Manslaughter –

Vancouver police chief apologizes for prank –

Vancouver police chief stepping down in August –

Wal-Mart worker dies in Black Friday trampling –

When Is Downloading Music on the Internet Illegal –

Who Owns the Song Happy Birthday –

Why Napster is illegal –

Willie’s story –

Woman wants to replace her glass eye with a webcam:

Freed man held 7 years, last 4 at Gitmo
London – A British resident who spent seven years in U.S. captivity and allegedly was tortured under questioning became the first prisoner to be released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration.
Binyam Mohamed, 30, returned to Britain yesterday and resumed life as a free man after what he described as an ordeal he had never dreamed of in his “darkest nightmares”, one in which he was “abducted, hauled from one country to the next and tortured in medieval ways – all orchestrated by the United States government”.
His case has been a lightning rod for criticism of the detention center at Guantanamo, and the allegedly brutal treatment meted out.
Mohamed spent four years in Gitmo after initially being picked up in Pakistan in 2002 and interrogated in Morocco. U.S. authorities accused him of training in al-Qaida camps and plotting with others to set off a “dirty bomb” in the U.S. All charges have been dropped.                                                                                      -Los Angeles Times
A close relation to this story is the documentary called “The prisoner or, How I planned to kill Tony Blair”. Part 1 of 8 here:

Chad Kroeger, lead singer of Nickelback (real name Chad Turton) is giving up his appeal against a drunk driving conviction. Surrey police say that his red Lamborghini was speeding through a ‘suburban area’ at more than 160 km/h (this is “estimated”; what, they don’t have radar guns in Surrey?). When asked for his driver’s license, Chad handed over a Visa card. Either he was joking, it was a subtle bribe, or yes, he was drunk. Chad and his lawyer were going to appeal on the grounds that it was illegal for the arresting Mountie to ask Chad to “blow on his face” based on the assumption that he had been drinking. Truly weird. Apparently Surrey RCMP don’t have breathalyzers either. (Portions from the February 6-8, 2009 edition of the Metro newspaper helped to provide the “facts” that you read here.)

Reprinted in full from the same newspaper:
“Robert Pickton’s siblings are suing the RCMP for allegedly leaving the family’s Port Coquitlam pig farm in disarray after the lengthy murder investigation. The suit claims that police have not compensated the family for damage to buildings, vehicles, equipment and landscaping on the property.”

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