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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:20 pm 
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In other news, Mollie Tibbett's killer was an illegal alien. Big. Surprise. Now, are any liberal media stations reporting that part of the story?


You don't watch liberal media. So you wouldn't know whether or not that was true, which it isn't.
(If you did, you'd know better) :wink:

...Rivera, who's an undocumented immigrant, told them Monday that he saw and pursued her, getting out of his car and running beside Tibbetts. She warned him she would call police, officials told reporters Tuesday...

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/us/mollie-tibbetts-missing-iowa-student/index.html


An, "...undocumented immigrant."

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I don't have to watch FOX...


Thanks for proving my points, guys. :wink:

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Wellington Airport control tower to be decommissioned after 60 years
Matthew Tso·20:03, Aug 21 2018
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Wellington Airport's air traffic control tower is thought to be the only one in the world built on a residential street - it even has it's own letter box.

After nearly 60 years controlling the capital's skies, Wellington Airport's suburban control tower is due to wave on its final flight.

Built on Kilbirnie's Tirangi Rd in 1958, it was thought to be the only control tower in the world situated on a residential street - it even has its own letter box.

'The Grand Old Lady of Wellington' will be replaced by a new control tower in Lyall Bay, which will officially be opened on Thursday.

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John Farron, team leader at the soon to be decomissioned Wellington Airport control tower, keeps his eyes on the skies.

Known as "The Grand Old Lady of Wellington" to Airways New Zealand staff, the tower took over duties as the region's main flight hub from Paraparaumu Airport in 1959.

Airways air traffic services general manager Tim Boyle said its "unique" location among the houses in the hills on the western side of the airport gave it a perfect view over the runway.

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Wellington Airport's new control tower at Lyall Bay will replace the old tower on Thursday.

However, the premises had reached the end of its useful life.

The tower had served Wellington well over the last six decades, surviving major storms and keeping travellers and flight crew safe in the capital's notorious winds. It was estimated the staff at the tower had watched over 7 million flights during its tenure.

He said there were a number of Airways staff who had spent their entire careers in the tower and there would be plenty of people who would be sad to see it wound down.

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Wellington Airport's decommissioned control tower is situated between houses on Tirangi Rd, Kilbirnie.

The new tower at Lyall Bay is also located outside the main airport boundary, near a retail area carpark which is owned by the airport.

Boyle said the Lyall Bay tower was a leap forward in design from the old tower: "It's likely one of the most resilient buildings in the country."

The new tower had base isolators to limit earthquake damage and was designed to withstand a one-in-2000-year tsunami.

Airways did not have a confirmed date for the old tower's decommissioning, but Boyle said it would eventually be sold.

He thought the building would make a "pretty good house" for aviation enthusiasts.

Architect Roger Walker agreed and said the prospect of it becoming a residential property was intriguing. The "character building" was a landmark, and it's 360-degree views and height would make it unique.

"If you wanted to build anything new [on that site] you could only build to a height of 8 metres - any higher and you'd have to go through a resource consent procedure."

Walker said it "would be the tallest house" in Wellington's Outer Residential Area.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/106438 ... r-60-years

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Tilting air traffic control tower a nod to Wellington winds
Emma Jolliff
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Wellington's new $20m 'tilted' air traffic control tower has been officially opened and will be fully operational on Sunday.

The 32-metre high, 8-storey building leans into the northerly, at a 12.5 degree angle, as a nod to the capital's prevailing wind.

Tim Boyle of Airways NZ described it as one of the safest buildings in the country.

It is built to withstand a 10-metre wave in the case of a tsunami.

Staff control 97,000 flights into and out of Wellington Airport each year, or around 260 per day.

"It's a massive leap forward in terms of capability," Mr Boyle said.

Controller Nathan O'Keeffe said it gives controllers a better view of the runway, and it's a much safer building.

"Wellington Airport is in a harsh maritime environment," Mr Boyle said

It's expected to be one of the last 'bricks and mortar' airport control towers built in the country.

"Technology means the view over runways can be replicated by cameras and screens, so we won't need to build structures," Mr Boyle said.

But complexities in designing the building on a lean mean the tower has opened 12 months later than planned.

Mr Boyle hopes the 'leaning tower' will become something of an icon in Wellington.

Go here to see the movie :arrow: http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/ ... ocid=ientp

Ghost note: My place of work is located on the opposite side of this airport, I've been watching the Z shaped tower being built from the ground up, and, I must say, for a year or so it all looked pretty conventional, then they took the scaffolding down. In the flesh, the angle of the zee is quite dramatic, and it's in the corner of a shopping center car park and a public road, so you can get up close and personal for your novelty selfie (a la the leaning tower of Pisa).....It's already become a pseudo low level tourist attraction.....

A coven of property developers have already begun a frenzied bidding war trying to buy the old tower, rumor has it that Peter (is this a hobbit I see before me) Jackson will buy it as most of his movie empire is based in the same area and he loves the aeroplanes oh and he's got the money.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:06 am 
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Flight MH370 conspiracy theorist spots 'underwater' plane on Google Maps and claims it's the missing jet
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A conspiracy theorist claims he may have found missing flight MH370 on Google Maps.

An outline of a plane, which the theorist suggest could be underwater, has been posted online after he undertook a computer search of waters off the coast of Padang, Indonesia.

The location is around an hour's flight from where MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2014.

The post's unnamed author, publishing on worldpronews.com, said the plane could be underwater and, therefore, could be MH370.

However, he could not rule out the possibility of it simply being another plane coming in to land above the water.

The conspiracy theorist wrote: "Just putting this out there, what if this was the MH370 after all this time?

"Some will say it's just an aircraft coming in for landing caught on satellite, some may say this is just a bogus post.

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"But just imagine the aircraft came in for a slow soft water landing, in calm waters which is below the radar and they knew it was there for a rescue job.

"If you do a calculation of its size via google tools, its about 12 to 15m long on top of the water.

"I am not too sure for the formula to calculate its size say at 15-20m depth of water. Someone may know it."

Others agreed the images could show the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

One viewer wrote: "Yikes, it's not a bogus post, I just checked and it was there. And it ain't coming into land, if you look closely, it looks like it's upside down?
"It's so close to that island and the main coast, someone had to have survived?

"Unless it disorientated them being upside down? Nice catch."

Others were slightly more cynical, with one commenter adding: "It's right side up. If it were upside down, the engine mounts would be more visible.

"Also, this one is above the water, as you can clearly see it, vs if it was at the bottom in the water."

The Beijing-bound flight lost contact with air traffic control 40 minutes after take-off over the South China Sea and disappeared from radar.

The Malaysia Airlines jet was carrying 239 people, including all passengers and crew, when it disappeared off the radar.

In July, crash investigators revealed they considered more than 60 theories about what could have happened to the plane as they published their "final" report into the disaster .

According to lead investigator Kok Soo Chon, the aircraft, instead of going straight to Beijing, "made a right turn then a left turn and went in a south-westerly direction".

Communications equipment was also turned off.

The turn-back "was not because of anomalies in the mechanical systems... we can confirm the turn-back... was made under manual control", he said.

Mr Kok said: "We cannot establish if the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilot, but we cannot exclude the possibility of unlawful interference by a third party."

There was no psychological evidence to suggest any of the crew deliberately crashed the plane or that it was remotely hijacked by hackers, as conspiracy theorists have suggested.

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After 20 years, police have identified a key suspect in the murder of Nicky Verstappen, a young boy who was found dead in the forests of Brunssum, south of The Netherlands. While normally key suspects are by law protected so their last names and photos aren't released in national media, this one is an exception - he's one of those "forest survival" assholes, he has been missing for a while but is presumed alive.

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Eerie Sky Glow Called 'Steve' Isn't an Aurora, Is 'Completely Unknown' to Science

https://www.livescience.com/63385-steve-not-aurora-mystery-phenomenon.html

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer | August 21, 2018 07:00am ET

Late at night on July 25, 2016, a thin river of purple light slashed through the skies of northern Canada in an arc that seemed to stretch hundreds of miles into space. It was a magnificent, mysterious, borderline-miraculous sight, and the group of citizen skywatchers who witnessed it decided to give the phenomenon a fittingly majestic name: "Steve."

Given its coincidence with the northern lights, Steve was just thought to be part of the aurora — the shimmering sheets of nighttime color that appear in the sky when charged plasma particles streak out of the sun, sail across space on solar winds and jolt down Earth's magnetic field toward the planet's poles. However, a new study published today (Aug. 20) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggests that such a simple explanation might not apply. [Aurora Images: See Breathtaking Views of the Northern Lights]

According to researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of California, Los Angeles, Steve does not contain the telltale traces of charged particles blasting through Earth's atmosphere that auroras do. Steve, therefore, is not an aurora at all, but something entirely different: a mysterious, largely unexplained phenomenon that the researchers have dubbed a "sky glow."

"Our main conclusion is that STEVE is not an aurora," lead study author Bea Gallardo-Lacourt, a space physicist at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, said in a statement. "So right now, we know very little about it. And that's the cool thing."
There's something about Steve

To photographers and stargazers in northern climes, Steve has been a familiar night phenomenon for decades. But the mysterious ribbons of light only entered the scientific literature for the first time earlier this year, thanks largely to Steve-tracking efforts coordinated by Facebook groups like the Alberta Aurora Chasers. Writing in the journal Science Advances in March, researchers (including Gallardo-Lacourt) decided to keep the name "Steve" as the official nomenclature for the colorful happening, but they changed it to an acronym standing for "Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement" — aka STEVE.

Compared to the northern lights — which tend to shimmer in broad bands of green, blue or reddish light depending on their altitude — Steve is remarkably slim, usually appearing as a single ribbon of purplish-white light. What this ribbon lacks in girth, it makes up for in length; unlike the wavy northern lights, Steve appears to stab straight upward into the night sky, often spanning more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers).

This study found that, for all its quirks, Steve seemed to look and act like its more familiar cousin, the aurora borealis. When a European Space Agency satellite passed directly through Steve in July 2016, instruments on board confirmed that a pipeline of incredibly fast, ridiculously hot gas was slicing through the atmosphere there. At about 200 miles (300 km) above Earth, the air inside Steve blazed about 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius) hotter than the air on each side, and moved about 500 times faster. This band of hot, surging gas was about 16 miles (25 km) wide.

On March 28, 2018, Steve again appeared in the skies of northern Canada and happened to fall within the sight of both ground- and sky-based recording equipment. In the new University of Calgary study, Gallardo-Lacourt and her colleagues decided to use the data recorded that night to further investigate Steve's mysterious origins.
A particular mystery

For their new study, the team combined images taken by a network of ground-based cameras with data collected from one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites, which were equipped with instruments capable of detecting charged particles descending through Earth's atmosphere.

Contrary to the findings from the Steve study published earlier this year, the satellite did not detect any charged particles raining down toward Earth's magnetic-field lines, indicating that whatever created Steve did not follow the same rules as the solar particles that create the aurora.

According to the authors, that means Steve is likely not a feature of the aurora but is actually something completely different. What could that something be? According to Gallardo-Lacourt, that's "completely unknown." But, for the sake of keeping the conversation going, she and her colleagues dubbed the mysterious force a "sky glow."

"Based on our results, we assert that STEVE is likely related to an ionospheric process," the researchers wrote in their study, referring to the level of Earth's atmosphere that extends between 50 and 600 miles (80 to 1,000 km) above Earth's surface and sits directly below the planet's magnetic field. More observations taken at different levels of the atmosphere will be required to fully tease out the causes of that mystery of mysteries — good old Steve.


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Tim Cook is about to become a rich man... as if he wasn't already.

The Apple CEO has his compensation linked to Apple's stock price. The details are complicated, but the result is pretty simple: since Apple exceeded its goal, Cook gets the maximum compensation. That's 560,000 shares of Apple stock, which is worth approximately $120 million.

Last year, Cook only made a mere $89 million.

That works out to a 35% raise, which is amazing no matter what you make...

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Tim Cook is about to become a rich man... as if he wasn't already.

The Apple CEO has his compensation linked to Apple's stock price. The details are complicated, but the result is pretty simple: since Apple exceeded its goal, Cook gets the maximum compensation. That's 560,000 shares of Apple stock, which is worth approximately $120 million.

Last year, Cook only made a mere $89 million.

That works out to a 35% raise, which is amazing no matter what you make...



This I do know about, Fortune 500 companies often base bonus's on Goals that are linked to revenue amounts that are set and if met your bonus will be percentage that is used in a calculation based on your salary.

Say you make a $100,00 a year and the goal is met and set at 5% of you salary you will receive a $5,000 bonus, in the inverse the bonus can be "pro rated" based on what portion of the goal is reached.

Using the same formula if only 80 percent of the goal is met you would now get 80% of your of 5% which would be 4% which translates out to $4,000, this does not continue reducing infinitely but there is a failure to perform percentage, say less than 50% that would eliminate any bonus.

What if the Goal is exceeded, to encourage exceptional performance these companies build in what the call "Stretch" performances, just a mere 10% above the Goal can make the stretch double which would get one using the same formula $10,000, and the Stretch escalations can reach triple and even quadruple depending on the excess performance.

To get that bonus he must have really exceeded his Stretch performance by a formidable amount... :idea:


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No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

By Laurel Ives
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Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day.

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.

A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered.

How risky is moderate drinking?

The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK, between 1990 and 2016.

Analysing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day.

They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.

But an extra four people would be affected if they drank one alcoholic drink a day.

For people who had two alcoholic drinks a day, 63 more developed a condition within a year and for those who consumed five drinks every day, there was an increase of 338 people, who developed a health problem.

One of the study authors, Prof Sonia Saxena, a researcher at Imperial College London and a practising GP, said: "One drink a day does represent a small increased risk, but adjust that to the UK population as a whole and it represents a far bigger number, and most people are not drinking just one drink a day."

The lead author of the study Dr Max Griswold, at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, said: "Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increases with any amount of alcohol.

"The strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for heart disease in our study.

"Although the health risks associated with alcohol start off being small with one drink a day, they then rise rapidly as people drink more."

In 2016, the government cut the levels of alcohol it recommends for men and women to no more than 14 units a week - equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or seven glasses of wine.

At the time, England's chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, noted that any amount of alcohol could increase the risk of cancer.

'Informed risk'

Prof Saxena said the study was the most important study ever conducted on the subject.

She explained: "This study goes further than others by considering a number of factors including alcohol sales, self-reported data on the amount of alcohol drank, abstinence, tourism data and the levels of illicit trade and home brewing."

The study shows that British women drink an average of three drinks a day, and rank eighth in the world of highest drinkers.

A chart on female drinkers around the world
British men by contrast, ranked 62nd out of the 195 countries surveyed, even though they also drink on average three alcoholic drinks a day. This is because the drinking levels were far higher generally among men, with Romanian men drinking more than eight drinks daily.

A drink was defined as 10g of alcohol, which equates to a small glass of wine, a can or bottle of beer, or a shot of spirits. In the UK one unit is 8g of alcohol. Around the world, one in three people are thought to drink alcohol and it is linked to nearly a tenth of all deaths in those aged 15 to 49.

Prof Saxena said: "Most of us in the UK drink well in excess of safe limits, and as this study shows there is no safe limit. The recommendations need to come down further and the government needs to rethink its policy. If you are going to drink, educate yourself about the risks, and take an informed risk."

Yet Prof David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, sounded a note of caution about the findings.

"Given the pleasure presumably associated with moderate drinking, claiming there is no 'safe' level does not seem an argument for abstention," he said.

"There is no safe level of driving, but the government does not recommend that people avoid driving.

"Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention."


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Multiple fatalities in shooting at video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, authorities say
By Eric Levenson and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
Updated 3:19 PM EDT, Sun August 26, 2018

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/26/us/jacksonville-madden-shooting/index.html

(CNN) A mass shooting at a shopping-dining complex in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, resulted in multiple fatalities, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon.

"Multiple fatalities at the scene, many transported. #TheLandingMassShooting," according to Jacksonville Sheriff's twitter page.

"One suspect is dead at the scene, unknown at this time if we have a second suspect. Searches are being conducted," according to another tweet from the sheriff's office.


The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing complex during a qualifying event for the Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar, according to the Twitter of CompLexity Gaming, one of the gaming teams. One Madden participant, Young Drini, was grazed in the hand and is away from the scene and safe, Complexity said.


On an online stream of the Madden event posted to the website Twitch, several loud gunshots can be heard and the game abruptly stops.

The Jacksonville Landing is an open-air marketplace with stores, bars and restaurants in downtown Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.

Malik Brunson said he was at a nearby Hooters restaurant when the shooting occurred.

"All I heard was he got a gun and the shooting started. One of the man ran into Hooters with the shot wounds, they locked us in the restaurant," he said in a social media message.

Police responded to a shooting at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said he is contact with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams regarding the shooting, according to the City of Jacksonville's Twitter account.

"Mayor @lennycurry and Sheriff Williams are in contact regarding the ongoing situation at the Landing," the city said in a tweet.

Federal law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation in Jacksonville. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responding to the scene in Jacksonville Landing, a law enforcement source told CNN.


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As always... guns have nothing to do with that !
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After 20 years, police have identified a key suspect in the murder of Nicky Verstappen, a young boy who was found dead in the forests of Brunssum, south of The Netherlands. While normally key suspects are by law protected so their last names and photos aren't released in national media, this one is an exception - he's one of those "forest survival" assholes, he has been missing for a while but is presumed alive.

Here's a photo in case you find him:
https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achter ... ~b333b029/


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Charges dropped in Amalia compound case; three go free from jail
By John Miller | Taos News Aug 29, 2018 Updated 10 hrs ago

TAOS — State District Court judges in Taos on Wednesday threw out child abuse charges against five people arrested earlier this month at a compound in Northern New Mexico, saying prosecutors failed to meet a critical deadline in the case.

Three of the defendants were released from the Taos County jail following the rulings, authorities confirmed. Two other defendants, who face additional charges in the death of a toddler whose remains were found at the compound, pleaded not guilty to the felony counts Wednesday and remain in custody.

At back-to-back hearings, Judges Emilio Chavez and Jeff McElroy said prosecutors with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office had not scheduled preliminary hearings for the five defendants within 10 days of their incarceration on charges of neglecting 11 children in their care — a requirement under New Mexico Supreme Court rules.

McElroy called prosecutors’ decision to not schedule the hearings on time “a complete failure to follow proper procedure in the case.”

Chavez’s ruling Wednesday morning meant defendants Lucas Allen Morton, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were free to leave jail. The three were each charged with 11 counts of child abuse related to the conditions at their makeshift dwelling near the Colorado border, where they were living with the 11 children, ranging in age from 1 to 15.

The children were taken into state protective custody when law enforcement officers raided the compound Aug. 3. Authorities alleged the children were emaciated and clothed in rags.

Defense attorneys Aleksandar Kostich, Marie Legrand Miller and Megan Mitsunaga all cited New Mexico Supreme Court Rule 5-302, which defines time limits for the state to present evidence showing probable cause for charges against a defendant. Such a hearing must be held within 10 days for defendants booked into jail and must be held within 60 days for those who are released from custody.

The rule was revised in 2016 to state that violations will result in dismissal of the charges without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled.

“Clearly we are far past 10 days,” said Kostich, an attorney for Morton, who was arrested Aug. 3. The deadline for prosecutors to hold a preliminary hearing passed Aug. 22, Kostich said.

Prosecutor John Lovelace argued that under the rule, an extension could be granted for an “exceptional circumstance.”

He thought his office would have 60 days to hold the preliminary hearing, the time frame for a defendant who is not incarcerated, Lovelace said, following a decision Aug. 13 by another District Court judge, Sarah Backus, granting the defendants’ release from jail on bond and GPS monitoring devices.

But none of the five defendants had been released prior to Wednesday’s hearing.

In an attempt to show there was an exceptional circumstance for an extension in the case, Lovelace called on a witness, Walter Vigil, who has a contract with Taos County to provide defendants with court-ordered GPS tracking units. Vigil testified he was unable to make arrangements for tracking the five defendants in the case because they faced housing issues.

Authorities have razed the remote compound where the group was living.

Vigil also said he was concerned the defendants would discuss their cases with each other.

Under cross examination, Kostich said Vigil’s comments were out of place.

Chavez, in his ruling to dismiss the charges, said Lovelace failed to show an exceptional circumstance that would qualify for a hearing extension under the 10-day rule.

“This is one of the most clear rules that we have in our procedure,” the judge said. “… As to extensions,” he added, “I don’t believe there is a retroactive way to request or grant an extension even if I was to find there were exceptional circumstances.”

Judge McElroy quickly arrived at the same decision regarding initial charges filed against the other two defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, and his wife, Jany Leveille, 35. Like the other three defendants, Wahhaj and Leveille each had been charged with 11 counts of child abuse.

They also face new charges filed last week: conspiracy and child abuse resulting in the death of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj’s 3-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. Authorities accuse the pair of denying the child his medication for severe seizures and say the boy died during an Islamic prayer ritual Dec. 24.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj is accused by authorities in Georgia of abducting the boy in early December from his home in an Atlanta suburb, where the boy was living with his mother.

Because the judges dismissed the child neglect charges without prejudice, the District Attorney’s Office in Taos can refile the counts against all five defendants at a later date based on new information or a grand jury indictment.

Later Wednesday, McElroy addressed a motion by state prosecutors to review Backus’ controversial decision to grant the defendants release on bail rather than ordering them held without bond until trial. But McElroy swiftly upheld the previous ruling, saying the attorneys had failed to produce sufficient evidence.

In their motion seeking a review of Backus’ decision, prosecutors cited new evidence suggesting the defendants had been planning to carry out an attack on Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking pretrial detention of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille on the newly filed charges. A hearing on the detention request is scheduled for Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing for the pair on the new charges will be held Friday.


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Brazil's 200-year-old national museum hit by huge fire

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A fire has gutted the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, the oldest scientific institution in the country.

Most of the 20 million items it contained, including the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas, are believed to have been destroyed.

The cause of the blaze is not known. No injuries have been reported.

The museum, located in a building that once served as the residence for the Portuguese royal family, celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.

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Brazil's National Museum gutted by inferno
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Flames engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum, which houses more than 20 million items - including important dinosaur bones - has been consumed by fire.

Firefighters and museum staff tried to save historical relics from the flames that lit up the night sky.

The esteemed museum - likened to the Louvre or the British Museum - houses artefacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil. It was closed to the public at the time of the fire, which broke out at 7.30pm Sunday (Monday afternoon, NZ time).

There were no reports of injuries, the museum said, and it wasn't immediately clear how the fire began.

Roberto Robadey, a spokesman for the fire department, said 80 firefighters were battling the blaze and that by midnight (3pm, NZ time) it was "just about under control" and should be out within a few hours.

President Michel Temer called it "a sad day for all Brazilians".

"Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost," said Temer.

According to the museum's website, it has more than 20,000 items related to the history of Brazil and other countries, and that many of its collections came from members of Brazil's royal family.

Robadey said firefighters got off to a slow start fighting the blaze because the two fire hydrants closest to the museum were not functioning. Instead, trucks had to be sent to get water from a nearby lake.

But he added that some of the museum's pieces had been spared.

Connected to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the museum has expositions that include anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, among others.

The vice director of the museum, Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte, told Globo news the museum suffered chronic underfunding.

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The fire has been called a national tragedy, however the museum suffered chronic underfunding.

"Everybody wants to be supportive now. We never had adequate support," he said.

Latin America's largest nation has struggled to emerge from its worst recession in decades. The state of Rio de Janeiro has been particularly hard hit in recent years thanks to a combination of falling world prices of oil, one of its major revenue sources, mismanagement and massive corruption.

Just over a month before national elections, even before the flames were put out, the fire was leading to recriminations about dilapidated infrastructure and budget deficits in the city that hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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The museum has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil.

"Unfortunately, given the financial straits of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and all the other public universities the last three years, this was a tragedy that could be seen coming," Marina Silva, one of the leading presidential candidates, tweeted.

On Instagram, Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella called on the country to rebuild.

"It's a national obligation to reconstruct it from the ashes, recompose every eternal detail of the paintings and photos. Even if they are not original, they continue to be a reminder of the royal family that gave us independence, the (Portuguese) empire and the first constitution and national unity," he said.

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It wasn't immediately clear how the fire began.

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It wasn't immediately clear how the fire began.

The fire begun by the hands of omission, from its own people, from a country apparently without a future, and now without a past... :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

The oldest human fossil from the Americas, was not from Canada, US or Mexico (their best shot is that humans came North to South in the Americas), it was from Minas Gerais, Brazil, Luzia (a play with the famous Lucy Australopithecus fossil):

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New Mexico compound suspects to appear in court on federal charges
By Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN

Updated 8:32 AM EDT, Tue September 04, 2018
(CNN) Five suspects who lived on a New Mexico compound where a child's remains were found will make their first federal court appearance on Tuesday.

The FBI took them into custody last week and accused them of breaking firearms and conspiracy laws, authorities said Friday.

Jany Leveille, a Haitian immigrant, was accused of being in the country illegally and is alleged to have had firearms and ammunition, a statement from the US attorney and FBI said. The four other suspects -- Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Hujrah Wahhaj, 37; Subhannah Wahhaj, 35; and Lucas Morton, 40 -- were charged with aiding and abetting Leveille, 35, and with conspiring with her.

They will appear in Albuquerque before Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa, who may set a preliminary and detention hearing for Wednesday.

FBI agents seized at least 11 firearms -- pistols, revolvers, a shotgun and rifles -- and a large quantity of ammunition at the compound in Amalia, according to the criminal complaint. The document alleges the firearms were transported to New Mexico from another state in Leveille's vehicle.

Leveille came to the United States on a six-month, nonimmigrant visa in 1998. She received no more visas, the complaint says.

In May 2017, she applied for permanent residency. But her application was denied in June, the document says.

New Mexico compound suspects allegedly planned to attack Atlanta's Grady Hospital
The suspects were initially arrested and charged with child abuse offenses after authorities raided the compound on August 3 and found emaciated children.

Days later, authorities found the decomposed remains of Siraj Wahhaj's son, 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. Wahhaj was accused of abducting him from Clayton County, Georgia. Georgia prosecutors have decided not to extradite Wahhaj to face a custodial interference charge.

Last week, a state judge ordered that 11 felony abuse charges against three defendants be dismissed because the prosecution missed a 10-day window to formally charge them.

Prosecutors later dismissed state charges against the other two defendants but plan to bring a new case before a grand jury September 27.


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There was actually a terrorist attack in the Netherlands a few days ago...

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There was actually a terrorist attack in the Netherlands a few days ago...



Do you know what happened?


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Well yeah, sort of... 19-year-old male stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central train station, then he was shot down by the police. Perpetrator and victims are all in the hospital, no longer in danger.

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Well yeah, sort of... 19-year-old male stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central train station, then he was shot down by the police. Perpetrator and victims are all in the hospital, no longer in danger.


Wow... :shock: ...do Americans stand out that much or was he stalking them... :?:


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Well yeah, sort of... 19-year-old male stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central train station, then he was shot down by the police. Perpetrator and victims are all in the hospital, no longer in danger.


Wow... :shock: ...do Americans stand out that much or was he stalking them... :?:


Over the last couple weeks I've come into contact with a dozen or so Americans who all claimed to be Canadians.....

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Over the last couple weeks I've come into contact with a dozen or so Americans who all claimed to be Canadians.....

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