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teen saves kidnapped woman, hailed as hero

NEWSER) – Canada is hailing a 17-year-old cook in Montreal a brave, resourceful hero after his quick thinking helped save a kidnapped woman. It all started on Saturday, Aug. 1, when Malyk Bonnet was heading home from work in the north end of Montreal and noticed a couple fighting at the bus station, reports NBC News. The man and woman asked if he could help pay for their fare to the nearby town of Laval. Feeling funny about the situation, Malyk agreed to break his bills at a convenience store and, worried about the woman, pretended he was on his way to Laval, too. "My plan was to keep them in a public place where he wouldn't hurt her," he says. "I decided to be friendly with the man and have him think I was his friend. I played my game and he seemed to trust me."

Malyk says he talked to the man during their bus and metro rides to Laval, and when they arrived he offered to take them to a Tim Horton's and gave the guy $50 for dinner, reports CBC Canada. Bonnet's cell phone was dead, so he excused himself to go to the restroom and hastily called police from a stranger's phone. They were there in five minutes, and Malyk says the woman "was almost crying." Laval police raised $255 to reimburse Malyk for the $120 he spent that night, money he never expected to get back. "Money ain't nothing, food ain't nothing. For a life?" he says. Police plan to nominate Malyk for a bravery award, and his story made the front page of the Journal de Montreal, while five people stopped to shake his hand during CBC's interview. Malyk, who says he's had run-ins with the law, says he has a newfound respect for the work police do.

It started on August 1, when Bonnet, 17, was making his way home in the north end of Montreal, Canada, after finishing his shift at a local restaurant. At the bus stop, he noticed a couple fighting. The pair approached him and asked for bus fare to the town of Laval. Bonnet says he got a funny feeling, but he agreed to stop and break his bills at a nearby convenience store.

Not wanting to leave the young woman alone, Bonnet says he formulated a plan stay with the two. Although he lives in Montreal, Bonnet accompanied the couple saying he, too, was heading home to Laval.


"My plan was to keep them in a public place where he wouldn't hurt her. I decided to be friendly with the man and have him think I was his friend. I played my game and he seemed to trust me," said Bonnet.

Little did Bonnet know, the police had been desperately searching for the couple after the woman's family reported her missing earlier that day.

"We had been looking for a 29-year-old woman who had been reported kidnapped by her former boyfriend," Lt. Daniel Guerin of the Laval Police Department told Dateline. "We knew that the man was not stable. He was recently in jail for violence and had been found guilty of assault and death threats against her."
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 08:39 PM (12 replies)

The unbelievable icing fails that reveal how some bakers take their orders just a little TOO literal


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 08:18 PM (21 replies)

Kentucky student violates high school dress code with exposed collarbone

pdf of dress code here


"So this is my daughter at school today. I had to come to the school because according to her school principal what she is wearing is out of dress code and inappropriate for school," she wrote on her Facebook page, posting a picture of her daughter at school wearing jeans, a tank top and a white cardigan. "When I got there I found a group of female students standing in the office due to being out of dress code also."

She criticized the school for enforcing a dress code that forbids girls from showing their collarbones "because it may distract their male class mates. This is ridiculous!" she continued in the photo's caption. "Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change!"

Dunn said she went to the school with a scarf but that her daughter got sent home anyway after being accused of giving the principal "an attitude." She posted another photo of her daughter, asking of the principal: "What did he want her to tie it like a noose around her neck!"

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 07:16 PM (86 replies)

Trump Is Crushing the G.O.P. Lilliputians

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, or at Jeb Bush’s campaign office, when the latest opinion poll from Fox News came in over the weekend. It showed Donald Trump in first place, with twenty-five per cent of likely Republican voters backing him. Ben Carson, the surgeon-turned-politician, was in second place, with twelve per cent. And Ted Cruz, the Texan ultra-conservative, was in third, with ten per cent.

Where were the “serious” G.O.P. candidates? Bush, the establishment favorite, was in fourth place, with nine per cent. Governor Scott Walker, of Wisconsin, who not so long ago was vying with Bush for the lead, was in fifth place, and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, tied in fifth place, with six per cent. Carly Fiorina, the businesswoman, was in seventh place, with five per cent.

These are pitiful numbers, but others did even worse. Senator Marco Rubio, of Florida, and John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, whom many pundits hailed as the victors of the televised debate a couple of weeks ago on Fox News, were locked in a dismal embrace at four per cent. Kentucky senator Rand Paul and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, both got three per cent. Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, one of the few Republicans to criticize Trump directly, scored zero per cent—yes, zero.

Come on, you might object,that’s just one poll. But it isn’t. On Tuesday, CNN released its latest poll of Republicans and independents who lean Republican, which showed remarkably similar results. Once again, Trump was way ahead of the field, at twenty-four per cent. Bush came in second, at thirteen per cent; Carson was in third, at eight per cent: Walker and Rubio tied for fourth, at seven per cent; Paul was in fifth place, at six per cent.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 07:07 PM (7 replies)

Prosecutor: Mom says she killed young sons to help daughter

Source: associated press

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A woman calmly called 911 to report her baby son wasn't breathing on Tuesday and then hours later confessed to killing him and her two other young sons over the past several months because her husband ignored their daughter, authorities said.


Pilkington is accused in Tuesday's death of 3-month-old Noah and in the deaths of 4-year-old Gavin, who died in April, and 3-month-old Niall, who died in July 2014. No working telephone number for the family's home could be found, and no attorney information was available for the mother.


Logan County prosecutor William Goslee told The Columbus Dispatch he interviewed Brittany Pilkington and she confessed to killing each of her sons by placing a blanket over his head and suffocating him.

"In her mind," Goslee said, "she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father."

Read more: http://www.netzero-news.net/news/read/category/AP%20Top%20News%20-%20US%20Headlines/article/the_associated_press-police_ohio_mom_says_she_killed_3_young_sons-ap/
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 06:48 PM (10 replies)

neighbor retaliates with bright paint job


dispute among neighbors over dog waste in a usually sleepy Glen Ellyn neighborhood apparently prompted the owners of the dogs to respond in a very public -- and colorful -- way: They painted one side of their house in bright shades of yellow, orange and purple.

"It's a slap," neighbor Leigh Van Heule said of the paint job. "It's absolutely a clear message of retaliation."

The saga began earlier this summer when neighbors of the house on the 400 block of Longfellow Avenue began complaining about the number of dogs living there, their aggressiveness and the stench from dog feces in the yard.

It escalated when neighbors complained to police, who on July 24 issued a ticket to 55-year-old Julie A. Dombroski for having four large dogs living in the house -- one more than is allowed by village code. Dombroski had to pay a fine, according to court records.

A day after the ticket was issued, a man in his 20s or 30s painted the siding -- row by row -- in bright hues, neighbors say. A second coat of paint went up a day later, drawing a gathering of stunned neighbors.

The rest of the house remains a stark white, but the painted wall directly faces a well-manicured home where residents have been among those raising concerns about the dogs and smell.

Patricia Amabile, who lives in the house facing the freshly painted wall, says she's at "a loss of what to do."

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 09:35 PM (9 replies)

Officers Will Be Tried for Murder Over Infamous Death of Albuquerque Homeless Man

Officers Will Be Tried for Murder Over Infamous Death of Albuquerque Homeless Man

A judge has ordered a trial in the case of two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a homeless, mentally ill man after a standoff in March 2014, the AP reports. Officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy were part of a group that was removing James Boyd, 38, from a foothills campsite he'd made for himself; in a widely circulated video of the incident, police shout at Boyd to get on the ground and then shoot him in the back and arms as he turns away from them. He's believed to have been holding two knives during the incident:
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 09:22 PM (13 replies)

'Sagging pants' sign causes uproar at Henderson State University, taken down after two days


"The group that I'm representing was outraged by the sign," Haggans said. Those students wanting the sign taken down because they say "sagging pants" is culturally associated with African Americans.

"Its politically insensitive to certain groups. They felt like they were being targeted," Bell said.

"We certainly want to apologize for any misunderstanding or miscommunication, but there was not a particular group or individual that was targeted," Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr., Vice President of Student and External Affairs said. Shepherd continued to say the school does not have a dress code, but he has high expectations for his student body.

"We do a dis-service to students if we do not teach those values while they're here," Shepherd said.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 09:08 PM (21 replies)

Chinese are no longer abandoning their girl babies but abandonment of disabled babies on the rise

Disabled orphans: Numbers on the rise

The Chinese government has opened dozens of "baby hatches" -- small, detached rooms on the side of orphanages equipped with cribs, incubators and air conditioning -- in the past five years in order to help parents safely give up their babies instead of abandoning them in the streets, or worse.

One baby hatch in eastern China's Shandong province reported last year that it had received 106 children -- all with disabilities or medical conditions -- in the first 11 days it was open.

"Children's welfare policies are not complete in China," says Wang Zhenyao, Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute. "Also, there are too many loopholes in our humanitarian policies."

The China Philanthropy Research Institute, which works with UNICEF to produce the annual China Child Welfare Policy Report, wrote in a 2014 newsletter that the number of disabled orphans has grown by 30,000 to 50,000 every year. The institute says there are 878 non-government-funded organizations taking care of orphans and abandoned babies.

The Chinese government has said there are roughly 600,000 orphans nationwide. Other groups put the nationwide number at closer to a million orphans.

Chinese orphanages and foster homes are no longer full of healthy girls, as they were at the height of the "one child" policy. Relaxed laws allow parents to pay fines for additional children and traditionally patriarchal societal views are slowly changing.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 06:44 PM (0 replies)

Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition - first nationwide CNN poll since the debate

Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition

Donald Trump has won his party's trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

The survey finds Trump with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stands 11 points behind at 13%. Just behind Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 9%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 8%, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 6%, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich all land at 5%, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top 10 at 4%.

Trump is the biggest gainer in the poll, up 6 points since July according to the first nationwide CNN/ORC poll since the top candidates debated in Cleveland on Aug. 6. Carson gained 5 points and Fiorina 4 points. Trump has also boosted his favorability numbers among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, 58% have a favorable view of Trump now, that figure stood at 50% in the July survey.

These nationwide findings follow recent polling in Iowa and New Hampshire showing Trump also leads the Republican field in those two key early states.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 06:39 PM (1 replies)
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