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Japanese boy missing in mountains after being left by parents as 'punishment'

Source: Cnn

Rescue teams are searching for a seven-year-old boy missing for two days on a mountain range in Japan, after his parents abandoned him "as punishment."

The area near Nanae-cho, Hokkaido, in the country's north, is known to be home to wild bears.

The boy, Yamato Tanooka first went missing at around 4 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Hokkaido Prefectural Police.
He said police had received an emergency call from his parents at around 6 p.m., and were initially told that the boy had gone missing while on a day trip to the area with his parents and sister to collect wild vegetables.

The parents later admitted to police they had left the boy alone in the mountains while on the way home to punish him for throwing stones at passing cars and people.

The boy's father suggested the family had hesitated in reporting him missing because of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
"I was not able to ask for (a search) with a reason of punishment," he told TV Asahi. "I thought it might be taken as a domestic violence."

The parents immediately drove back to where they had left Yamato, but he was no longer there, according to the police spokesman.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/asia/japan-boy-woods/index.html
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon May 30, 2016, 04:54 AM (39 replies)

Arrest warrants issued for 4 canadians. trampled fragile Yellowstone ecosystem & wakeboarded salt fl

The criminal complaint accuses the four men of breaking the park's regulations and veering off a boardwalk before stepping onto the largest hot spring in the country.

Yellowstone spokesperson Charissa Reid said they are still assessing the damage to the 'sensitive bacterial mats' that play a role in the colors of the spring.
'When people walk on them it actually makes like white footprints in the bacterial mat,' Reid said. 'Not only does it damage the bacterial mat but it also means that other people may be tempted to walk the same path.'

One visitor reported the incident to a park ranger after he took a video and several photographs of the offense, while the men posted photographs of themselves standing along the edge of the spring.

Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said she thinks there are more instances of park visitors getting into trouble because they are looking to get their video and pictures out on social media.

According to their Facebook page, the group members 'travel around the world for a living and make fun and adventurous videos', while promoting their clothing line.

The men, several of whom are from Vancouver, were traveling in a recreational vehicle with British Columbia license plates and are believed to be back in Canada.
Although the group said they 'will be accepting the ramifications of our actions', they are unlikely to be extradited if they are already in Canada.
However, they can be arrested if they attempt to cross the US border or denied entry.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3615215/Outrage-Canadian-adventurers-wreak-havoc-Yellowstone-Bonneville-Salt-Flats-social-media-page.html#ixzz4A7vh1YXW
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon May 30, 2016, 04:47 AM (7 replies)

Did you call 911?' Here's how one man reached out to his rescuers

no names were exchanged that day in Hollywood.

The woman who came to the aid of a man in distress did not know him, nor did she know the other two women who offered support. When paramedics arrived and raced the man to the hospital, the street was cleared and the women returned to their routines not knowing if the man would live to see another day.

A few weeks later, a sign was posted to a tree at the intersection where the drama had played out.

"Did you call 911 last March 17?" it said. "You saved my life. Please call me."

The sign included a name, Leon, and a phone number. A colleague alerted me to the sign and I called several times. No answer.

The sign on the tree
Then one day Leon picked up. He is 71, a retired judge who preferred that I not use his last name.

He told me the story, or at least what he knew of it.

He was taking his car in for servicing that day, a day like any other, when he got hammered by a sudden, massive heart attack. He did not recall any warning signs, didn't know where it had happened or how he stopped his car. It was all a blank.

He learned from Los Angeles Fire Department records that someone had called 911 from the intersection of McCadden Place and Waring Avenue, not far from where he lives, and had begun CPR. So after five days in the hospital and more time in outpatient recovery, Leon drove to the intersection, posted his sign and began knocking on doors. He was grateful he hadn’t hurt anybody and was determined to give thanks.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 29, 2016, 10:39 PM (5 replies)

Florida cop surprises homeless man with lunch


Officer Acosta tells 7News that he went to grab lunch for two people and then came back to eat hot dogs with Robert. The officer sat down and had a 20 minute conversation with the man and spoke about each other’s life and how he became homeless.

Robert told the officer that he was battling cancer and has had several surgeries on his leg. After that, Robert lost his home and has not been successful in finding another job and getting back into society.

Officer Acosta said he enjoys helping others and likes to chat with others about issues as it helps bridge the gap between the police and homeless community.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 29, 2016, 07:09 PM (6 replies)

Albuquerque police say they will no longer set up reverse drug stings involving the homeless.

Albuquerque’s homeless won’t be target of reverse drug sting

Albuquerque police say they will no longer set up reverse drug stings involving the homeless.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1sVmg11) that while police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza defended the use of such a tactic, she says the department will refrain from using it on homeless people.

City officials have voiced concerns about undercover operations luring homeless people to buy drugs in order to arrest them.

The decision comes as Mayor Richard Berry is highlighting city programs under his administration aimed at panhandlers and the homeless.


interviews last week, a broad cross-section of city councilors expressed serious reservations about reverse stings – especially a recent operation in which undercover officers sold small amounts of drugs to homeless people, then arrested them.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Councilor Klarissa Peña, a West Side Democrat. “It’s a shame – embarrassing, kind of.”

Republicans also voiced concern.

“Given the shortage of officers and the demands of the Department of Justice, aiding or enticing homeless people to buy $5 of crack is probably not worth our time or resources,” said City Council President Dan Lewis, a Republican from the West Side.

The debate over the reverse drug sting comes as Berry, a Republican, touts the success of several city programs launched under his administration to help homeless people and panhandlers. The city has won national recognition for offering day jobs to panhandlers and finding places to live for people the most at risk of dying on the streets.

Berry said his office had no part in the reverse drug sting.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 29, 2016, 07:00 PM (0 replies)

Tribute to gorilla. Fury at parents expressed online


Highest rated comment
Where were the parents ?? What were they doing ??

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 29, 2016, 05:28 PM (15 replies)

Fired hospital worker's case points to a trail of stolen drugs and thousands of patients at risk

When a surgical technician named Rocky Elbert Allen was accused in February of stealing drugs from a Denver-area hospital, it was the sort of news that ended up in a police blotter.

But as investigators began combing through the 28-year-old former Navy operating-room tech’s past, they say, what emerged was a startling, five-year trail of inside drug thefts at hospitals across the West, the story of a man who was fired repeatedly yet was somehow able to talk his way back into employment – and, authorities say, more drugs.

The thefts, typically of syringes containing fentanyl – a powerful opiate given by anesthesiologists – “occurred at virtually each and every healthcare facility” dating back to his employment with the Navy in 2011 and ending at Swedish Medical Center in suburban Denver, authorities say.

Allen’s alleged modus operandi – to switch sterile, narcotic-filled syringes with potentially unclean syringes containing a saline solution – has also raised concerns about contamination.


To date, hospitals in or around San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix and Denver have asked 6,350 former patients to come in for blood tests to check for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 29, 2016, 10:28 AM (2 replies)

NBA player shot dead. Entered wrong apartment during visit


A Dallas resident told police he heard someone enter his apartment by kicking open the front door, police spokesman DeMarquis Black said in a statement. The resident said "he called out to the individual, but was not answered," and when the resident's bedroom door was kicked open, the resident fired his gun, police said

Dejean-Jones collapsed in the breezeway, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, Black said.
The basketball player's agent, Scott Nichols, said Dejean-Jones was in Dallas to visit his girlfriend for his daughter's first birthday.
This was the first time Dejean-Jones visited her new apartment, Nichols said. Later that night Dejean-Jones came back to the apartment complex but went to the wrong unit on the third floor, just below his girlfriend's fourth-floor apartment, Nichols said.
Police had no immediate response to Nichols' comments.
"There is no information that suggests the deceased Bryce Dejean-Jones knew the apartment resident, or was armed as he entered the apartment," Black said.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 28, 2016, 07:37 PM (43 replies)

Repo man charged with manslaughter. Chased SUV until driver hit tree


Prosecutors say the crash occurred on May 17 in Pleasant Grove, south of Salt Lake City, when Drew went to Best's house around midnight after she fell behind on title loan payments.

Best's husband Brennen Best stepped between the tow truck and SUV, and the two men argued until Drew agreed to leave the SUV alone to allow the couple time to make a payment and return with proof, charging documents show.

A short time later, Best got in her SUV and drove away. Her husband told police he had instructed her to drive the SUV to her mother's house.

Drew later told police he was angry about the deception and sped after her in his tow truck with his girlfriend in the passenger's seat. A neighbor's security camera shows Drew trying to force Best against a curb as both cars accelerated.

Later in the chase, prosecutors say Drew drove alongside Best's SUV, grinding his rear right tire into her door. Going faster than 50 mph, Best jumped a curb and smashed into a tree. She died a short time later.


SALT LAKE CITY — The repossession agent showed up around midnight to a cul-de-sac in a small Utah city, his girlfriend a passenger in his company tow truck. As he backed up to a driveway to take back an SUV belonging to a woman who had fallen behind on a title loan, her husband came outside to intervene.

An argument ensued. A gentleman’s agreement was made. But when the woman fled in her car, breaking the agreement, the angry repo man sped after to start what prosecutors describe as a high-speed, reckless chase through the streets of Pleasant Grove, Utah.

It ended tragically, authorities say, when the repo agent’s tow truck forced the woman’s car off the road and her 2002 Lincoln Navigator smashed into a tree, killing her.

As Ashleigh Best drove around the tow truck, a neighbor’s security camera shows Drew trying to box Best in against a curb as both cars accelerated. A neighbor reported hearing raised voices and cars peeling out. Ashleigh Best escaped, and the pursuit began.

Later in the chase, prosecutors say Drew drove alongside Best’s SUV, grinding his rear right tire into her door. Going faster than 50 mph, Best jumped a curb and smashed into a tree. She died a short time later.

Drew initially told investigators he didn’t force her off the road, but that she sped past him, fish-tailed and hit the tree. Confronted with evidence investigators had gathered, Drew later said he may have used his truck to try and end the chase and said he didn’t really remember how the crash occurred.

His girlfriend said she wasn’t sure if he meant to run Ashleigh Best off the road, but said she was scared throughout the chase.

Police say it’s illegal for repo men to use force to reclaim vehicles.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 28, 2016, 06:30 PM (1 replies)

Six Numbers That Show Why Clinton Is Still the Favorite in 2016 by CARRIE DANN

But a deep analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still currently the more likely of the two candidates to emerge as the winner when the voting's all over on Nov. 8, 2016.


The advantage for a generic Democratic candidate over a generic Republican is 4 percentage points

One of the most basic questions we ask in every NBC/WSJ poll is whether or not voters want to see a Republican or a Democrat elected president, no matter who the nominees of each party may be. And as recently as last fall, the generic Republican option edged out the Democratic one. Not so anymore, with 47 percent of voters favoring a Democratic president and 43 percent choosing a Republican one. If the advantage holds, it would defy the notion that Americans are reluctant to grant a party the presidency after it's held the White House for eight years. (The last time that happened? George H.W. Bush in 1988.) Nothing about the unpopular Clinton or the even-less-popular Trump is "generic," but Dems have the advantage on this fundamental measure of party strength.

The Democratic Party is nearly breaking even on favorability, while the GOP is under water.

Barack Obama's approval rating is 51 percent.

Trump is under-performing with white women by 10 points.

Trump's showing a nine-point drop in the suburbs.

Clinton has a 10-point advantage on the commander-in-chief test.
This poll showed that Trump has very significant advantages when it comes to questions about economic issues. He handily beats Clinton when voters are asked which candidate would better on trade, dealing with Wall Street or managing the economy. But Clinton has a ten point advantage (43 percent to 33 percent) when voters are asked who would be the best commander-in-chief. Yes, Clinton's disadvantage on the economy is a big deal, particularly for the significant portion of voters who still aren't feeling any impact from the economic recovery. But an advantage on the commander-in-chief test is something any candidate covets, particularly in courting late deciders and swing voters.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 28, 2016, 05:20 PM (1 replies)
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