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News & Not News / Third graders aimed to hurt teacher
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:16:42 PM »;_ylt=Ass43b3YMVq6lA8KzEN9L3Ws0NUE

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.

The plot by as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said.

"We did not hear anybody say they intended to kill her, but could they have accidentally killed her? Absolutely," Tanner said. "We feel like if they weren't interrupted, there would have been an attempt. Would they have been successful? We don't know."

The children, ages 8 and 9, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said. A prosecutor said they are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law.

School officials alerted police Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school, Tanner said.

Police seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight from the students, who apparently intended to use them against the teacher, Tanner said.

Nine children have been given discipline up to and including long-term suspension, said Theresa Martin, spokeswoman for the Ware County school system. She would not be more specific but said none of the children had been back to school since the case came to light.

The purported target is a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with learning disabilities including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity, friends and parents said.

The scheme involved a division of roles, Tanner said. One child's job was to cover windows so no one could see outside, he said. Another was supposed to clean up after the attack.

"We're not sure at this point in the investigation how many of the students actually knew the intent was to hurt the teacher," Tanner said.

The parents of the students have cooperated with investigators, who aren't allowed to question the children without their parents' or guardians' consent, he said. Authorities have withheld the children's names.

Police expected to forward the results of their investigation to prosecutors, Tanner said.

Children in Georgia can't be charged with a crime unless they are at least 13, District Attorney Rick Currie said.

Martin told The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., that administrators would follow school system policy and state law in disciplining the students.

"From what I understand, they were considered pretty good kids," Martin said. "But we have to take this seriously, whether they were serious or not about carrying this through, and that's what we did."

Four mothers of other third-grade students at Center Elementary called for the immediate expulsion of the suspected plotters.

Stacy Carter and Deana Hiott both cited school system policy stating that any student who brings "anything reasonably considered to be a weapon" is to be expelled for at least the remainder of the school year.

"We don't want our children around them," Carter told the Times-Union. "The one with the knife could have stabbed my child or someone else's child at lunch or out on the playground."

"This is an isolated incident, an aberration. ... We have good kids," Center Principal Angie Coleman told the newspaper.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Yet another delay is expected in the trial of two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing U.S. secrets after prosecutors told a judge Friday they plan to appeal a critical ruling on how classified information will be introduced at trial.

The ruling issued this week by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III is sealed, but a lawyer for one defendant portrayed prosecutors' decision to appeal as the latest in a series of setbacks to the government's case.

Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, were accused in 2005 of illegally disclosing sensitive national defense information. Their trial originally was set for 2006 but will now have to be rescheduled an eighth time — the latest date had been set for next month.

"It's now pretty clear that the government does not want to try this case," said Rosen's lawyer, Abbe Lowell. "They filed these charges without thinking them through, and there appears to be no one in government with enough authority or courage to admit they made a mistake."

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria declined to comment.

Even if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond hears the appeal on an expedited basis, it will likely take at least several months.

The charges against Rosen and Weissman fall under the 1917 Espionage Act, a rarely used World War I-era law that has never before been applied to lobbyists. They are not charged with espionage.

The indictment alleges that Rosen and Weissman conspired to obtain classified reports on issues relevant to American policy, including and U.S. policy in Iran, the al-Qaida terrorist network and the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel. The men are accused of sharing the information with reporters and foreign diplomats.

Rosen and Weissman have argued that the information in which they traffic is commonly traded by Washington insiders, and that government officials tacitly support such disclosures.

Over prosecutors' objections, Rosen and Weissman have already won the right to subpoena Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top administration officials. The defense believes their testimony will support their claim that the United States regularly uses AIPAC to send back-channel communications to Israel.

Lawyers have been meeting for weeks in secret hearings in an effort to take classified evidence and develop unclassified substitutes that can be used at a public trial. The process is frequently unwieldy, but has been especially so in this case.

Ellis has voiced frustration several times at the inability of prosecutors and the defense to agree on the wordings of the substitutions.

Ellis previously rejected an earlier proposal by prosecutors to use a series of secret codes to conduct the trial, in which lawyers would have referred to "Country A" or "witness B" to keep classified information out of the public realm. Defense lawyers had said the plan would have been tantamount to holding a secret trial.

Shootin' the Breeze / Favorite Onion 'Reports'
« on: February 25, 2008, 11:30:13 PM »

Video Games / Charles Barkley: Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
« on: February 03, 2008, 07:53:24 PM »

Shootin' the Breeze / hello, i'm new
« on: January 30, 2008, 02:37:10 AM »
hi guys, this is my fist post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :guts: :serpico:

i just wanted to say i love beserk.  :void: its not like those tyipcal wher its clear whose the bad guy and whose the good guy. the good guy  :badbone: has a dark past and the bad guy is a likeable and sooooo hot lol.  :chomp:  :beast: the monga is waaaaaaaaaaay bitter than the anime. :zodd:

btw, does anyone have scan of the cahpters. i want to get evil genius but my internets acting up  :???: i love beserk but they take forveer to. i hope kento can makee the faster so that he dosn't die midstory and leave us all hanging.  :troll:  :ganishka:

oh, yeah, why iz pakku in there he sukcs  :puck:

btw, duz anyone know wen they r going too relees tha next chpter?  :schierke: id aprecaite that, k thx. :idea: :griff:

  :daiba: :SK: :isidro: :zodd:

Shootin' the Breeze / Translating Humor
« on: January 24, 2008, 01:40:02 AM »
Humor is one of the most difficult things to translate. If someone comes across a joke in a manga or elsewhere should he try to provide a literal translation at the expense of the comedy or should he try provide a loose translation/replace the line in order to keep it funny at the expense of preserving the meaning?

Obviously not every situation is identical, but what do you think as a general rule?

Berserk Miscellaneous / First medium of exposure to Berserk
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:49:21 AM »
What was your introduction to Berserk?

Manga Mausoleum / Favorite two-page spreads
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:47:36 PM »
Kentarou Miura does some fantastic artwork and his artistic talent really shines in his two page spreads.

This one is the most memorable for me. It's creative. I never thought an artist could capture a man's shock so great that it hides him from overwhelming guilt so well in a single, textless drawing.

What are your favorite two page spreads?

Video Games / Boycotting gamespot
« on: December 01, 2007, 02:37:56 AM »

Jeff Gertsmann, a former employee of gamespot wrote an unflattering review and did an unflattering video about the game Kane & Lynch. Eidos was outraged and threatened to remove their advertisements, so gamespot caved in and fired Jeff for doing his job. They even pulled his video off of the website.

The video can be found in the first link.

I will never visit this website again unless gamespot rehires Jeff and issues an apology. I recommend you to do the same and cancel any paid subscription to gamespot. If they don't fix their mistakes, I hope they go bankrupt.

To quote sarcasticgamer:
Gamespot: Either stand behind your people, or put the words “Paid Advertisement” in front of all of your review scores.

News & Not News / Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Torture Appeal
« on: October 13, 2007, 03:56:12 AM »

Good to know that our government is doing whatever it can to keep Democracy and justice safe, just as they do with their "black sites", just as they did with COINTELPRO, just as they did in Iran in 1953 when they ousted the popularly elected prime minister who wanted to nationalize the oil industry and gave the king a secret police force to crush any resistance, just as they did when they supported Saddam through Kurdish genocide, just as they do in Guantanamo. I would make a complete list but then I'd be making an encyclopedia series.

"Extraordinary Rendition" is a disgusting euphemism. Why not just call it kidnap, export, and torture?

I had looked at the title for episode 87 and thought it sounded interesting. I typed the phrase into google and came across a book by Ban'ya Natsuishi called Right eye in the Twilight.

These haikus would describe Guts quite well:

Illness in one eye:
I’m walking
like a goldfish

White mud piles up
in my right eye—
a new century

Berserk Miscellaneous / Kentaro Miura interviews
« on: July 14, 2007, 07:09:56 PM »
I've been trying to find out more about Kentaro Miura and his thoughts on the series, but the only one I have been able to find is the one that was on the anime DVD. Does anyone have links to interviews with Kentaro Miura translated to either English or Spanish?

Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk Abridged
« on: July 12, 2007, 05:15:10 PM »
I found a parody series of the berserk anime:

It wasn't that good at first, but it has gotten a lot funnier since it progressed.

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