In its zeal to identify bin Laden or his family, the CIA used a sham hepatitis B vaccination project to collect DNA in the neighborhood where he was hiding. The effort apparently failed, but the violation of trust threatens to set back global public health efforts by decades. The distrust sowed by the sham campaign in Pakistan could conceivably postpone polio eradication for 20 years, leading to 100,000 more cases that might otherwise not have occurred, says Leslie F. Roberts of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.Read more »
An attorney who represented prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay was found dead last week in what sources said was a suicide.
Andy P. Hart, 38, a federal public defender in Toledo, Ohio, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hart left behind a suicide note and a thumb drive, believed to contain his case files. It is unknown where Hart died, what the suicide note said or whether an autopsy was performed.
Who knew, the US Government created Lyme Disease as a bio-weapon. One of my friends and many Americans suffers from this disease. I had no idea it was created by the Government until I saw a show on the History Channel.Read more »
Homeless man shooting tin cans in the woods couple blocks away from motorcade was charged with breach of peace in the second degree, threatening in the second degree and interfering with an officer.Read more »
A new monument was unveiled in Mexico on Friday to memorialize the tens of thousands of Mexicans and visitors killed since the start of the drug war in 2006.Read more »
Brian Krebs has always been a trailblazer among security reporters. His exposés completely shut down a California hosting service that coddled spammers and child pornographers and severely disrupted an organized crime syndicate known as RBN. More recently, his investigative journalism has followed the money to the people who sell malware exploit kits, illicitly procured credit reports, and DoS services in underground forums. Now, Krebs has achieved a decidedly more grim distinction.Read more »
87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at Glenwood Gardens senior living facility in Bakersfield, California. A nurse named Colleen called 911 and was instructed by the dispatcher, Tracey Halvorson, to perform CPR to save the woman’s life, but Colleen replied that it was against their policy and she couldn’t do it, so she watched Lorraine die.
Audio of the 911 call has been released which is chilling to the bone, and mainstream coverage of the story is almost as terrifying.Read more »
Louisiana state health inspectors destroyed 1,600 lbs of deer meat donated by hunters to a local homeless shelter. The agency received a complaint that deer meat was being served at a mission. State regulations bar food establishments from serving hunted deer meat. Late January, the department discovered the deer meat — which had been appropriately processed at an area slaughterhouse — and destroyed it in a dumpster by dousing it in bleach. The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission had been serving deer meat donated by area hunters for decades.Read more »
We Have Ghost Estates: China Has Ghost Cities
A $19 billion development in Zhengzhou, packed with blocks of empty apartmentsRead more »
DETROIT - Local 4 Defenders have learned that in Detroit in the last two weeks, nearly ten crimes have been reported involving men posing as police officers. The latest incident, Thursday morning, resulted in the shooting death of a 35-year-old woman and critical wounding of her 12-year-old sister. Those attackers remain at large.
Retired Detroit police detective Tom Berry said in some cases, the police impersonators stop cars on the street.Read more »
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