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Americans depend more on federal aid than ever USA TODAY4-26-2011Americans depended more on government assistance in 2010 than at any other time in the nation's history, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data finds. The trend shows few signs of easing, even though the economic recovery is nearly 2 years old. A record 18.3% of the nation's total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010. Wages accounted for the lowest share of income — 51.0% — since the government began keeping track in 1929.The income data show how fragile and government-dependent the recovery is after a recession that officially ended in June 2009.The wage decline has continued this year. Wages slipped to another historic low of 50.5% of personal income in February. Another government effort — the Social Security payroll tax cut — has lifted income in 2011. The temporary tax cut puts more money in workers' pockets and counts as an income boost, even when wages stay the same. From 1980 to 2000, government aid was roughly constant at 12.5%. The sharp increase since then — especially since the start of 2008 — reflects several changes: the expansion of health care and federal programs generally, the aging population and lingering economic problems.Total benefit payments are holding steady so far this year at a $2.3 trillion annual rate. A drop in unemployment benefits has been offset by rises in retirement and health care programs. Source: USA TODAY; Bureau of Economic AnalysisAmericans got an average of $7,427 in benefits each in 2010, up from an inflation-adjusted $4,763 in 2000 and $3,686 in 1990. The federal government pays about 90% of the benefits."What's frightening is the Baby Boomers haven't really started to retire," says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes of the 77 million people born from 1946 through 1964 whose oldest wave turns 65 this year. "That's when the cost of Medicare will start to explode.“Accounting for 80% of safety-net spending in 2010: Social Security, Medicare (health insurance for seniors), Medicaid (health insurance for the poor) and unemployment insurance.
The dollar, less almighty: Big investors see possible long-term currency weaknessThursday, April 21, 8:41 PMWashington PostLast month, Warren Buffett went shopping — abroad. He flew to South Korea for a factory opening and called the country a “hunting ground” for investments. He also pronounced post-earthquake Japan “a buying opportunity,” and then traveled on to India, where he said he was eyeing more acquisitions. April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Greg Anderson, senior currency strategist at Citigroup Inc., talks about the outlook for the U.S. dollar and other major global currencies.This is Buffett’s way of betting against the U.S. dollar. Armed with about $38 billion of cash at Berkshire Hathaway, he can use dollars now to buy companies that will generate profits in other currencies for years to come. (Buffett is a director on the Washington Post Co. board.) “I would recommend against buying long-term fixed-dollar investments,” Buffett said at a public appearance in New Delhi. “If you ask me if the U.S. dollar is going to hold its purchasing power fully at the level of 2011 five years, 10 years or 20 years from now, I would tell you it will not.” Buffett isn’t alone. Some of the most successful investors in the United States and the biggest money management funds are worried that trade deficits, big budget deficits and the possibility of renewed inflation will make the U.S. dollar a weak currency compared with others around the world.
Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling PlansApril 25, 2011| FoxNews.comShell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.“What the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shell’s drilling would increase air pollution levels close to air quality standards,” said Eric Grafe, Earthjustice’s lead attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.At stake is an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil. That’s how much the U. S. Geological Survey believes is in the U.S. portion of the Arctic Ocean. For perspective, that represents two and a half times more oil than has flowed down the Trans Alaska pipeline throughout its 30-year history. That pipeline is getting dangerously low on oil. At 660,000 barrels a day, it’s carrying only one-third its capacity.
11-year-old earns multiple black belts, teaches peers martial arts April 22, 2011 If you close your eyes, the grunts and instructions coming from Samantha Knopfer sound much older than her 11 years.The 84-pound blond little girl struts around The Karate Connection in Yorktown as if she owns it. And her dad does. But that's not what gives Samantha her commanding air. It might be the four black belts she earned last year for various forms of martial arts. Or, it might be that she's won multiple state and regional karate titles and is on her way to her second national competition in July.But if you ask Samantha, and she'll make you lean in to listen to her whispery voice during a one-on-one conversation, she'll say that her karate confidence comes from all of the hard work she puts in.And hard work it is. Lest someone think that all of Samantha's black belts were earned on the tails of her father's white karate Gi, Steve Knopfer brought in instructors from out of state to judge Samantha's black belt test.To earn her belts, she ran 5 miles, did 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, 2,000 kicks and memorized the precise movements of the style. And she did it alongside adults in their 30s and 40s attempting to earn the same prestige that comes with a black belt."Samantha is a very special little girl," Steve says. "She comes in here and works so hard. During her last competition she got to the very last round before she ever admitted that she wasn't feeling very well. I took her to the doctor and she had pneumonia. She fought like a champion, and she had pneumonia.“Samantha has black belts in four styles of karate — Shorin-Ryu, which originated from Chinese kung-fu, Shotokan, a Japanese style, Goju-Ryu, a softer, circular style that originated from Chinese kung-fu and Ryukyu-Kobudo, a weapons art.
China risks getting old before it gets rich – Wed Apr 27, 6:11 am ETBEIJING (Reuters) – The harsh logic of China's one-child policy is starting to unravel, and census data to be released on Thursday may well stoke debate whether the aging nation should relax restrictions.Demographers worry that without change, China will become the first country in the world to age before it gets rich.Once seen as key to averting a Malthusian disaster of over-population, China's choke on family size to usually one child in cities and two in the countryside now threatens its economic future, many demographers say, with fewer people left to pay and care for an increasingly grey population.They say maintaining that policy is a mistake with profound implications for the world's second-largest economy.
China Bans Time Travel. Seriously.April 14, 2011, 10:04 PM Large Hadron Collider notwithstanding, it’s widely accepted that time travel is not a thing that exists. In fact, the concept of time travel is used primarily to help long-running television programs dig their way out of a writer-created hole, or as a cheap gimmick to bring people into the theatre*. Seeing as how it isn’t a real thing, you would think that people would have a hard time not liking it, right?Not if you’re China. In fact, China sees time travel as such a threat that the country has banned any form of television, movie or literature that features time travel. Why is China banning anything with time travel, you ask? I’ll leave the spokesman for China’s State Administration for Radio, Film and Television to explain:The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.Furthermore, China’s State Administration for Radio, Film and Television, or “CSARFT” (say that aloud, why don’t ya?) claims that time traveling programs “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”
A Designers Unique Royal Wedding Memorabilia9:39 PM, Apr 26, 2011 Twenty-four year old British designer Lydia Leith was looking to do something different for the royal wedding, and decided on a set of royal wedding sick bags. Soon she was inundated with orders from around the world, and at last count had sold more than 8,000. She said most people understand the bags are meant to be humorous. "Everyone has seen it as a funny joke and I think people who like the royal wedding and like the royal family really like the sick bags and they've said 'oh I'm going to put confetti in mine and have it at my street party," she said. Each sick bag is signed by hand and is designed to be a collector's item. "I do hope that people keep them and maybe frame them and take them seriously, rather than actually use them as a sick bag. It would probably be a bit sad if someone does that, but I know someone will do that," Leith said. And for what the creator's describe as the most "romantic" of royal memorabilia, there are the Crown Jewels condoms. "We never quite understood why mugs and plates seemed to be the natural accessories of the royal wedding. And we wanted to come up with a gift and a momento that would be more memorable, more original, and more reflective of the romance of the occasion," said the Managing Director of Heritage Condoms Limited, Hugh Pomfret. Pomfret said the royal wedding has resulted in a cottage industry of enterprises looking to celebrate the occasion in a distinctive way. "That's very much what Crown Jewels was trying to do and it's what the makers of the sick bags and the distinctive plates and the ash trays - they're all doing something that's a bit distinctive.
French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban France's riot police have complained about being "treated like children“ following a new ban on drinking alcohol while on duty. 21 Apr 2011 The TelegraphThe CRS (Republican Security Companies), which made its name quelling student demonstrators during nationwide disturbances in 1968, has always enjoyed a glass of beer or wine with its meals. However, following photos of riot police drinking bottles of beer during Paris street protest, police chiefs have decided to put an end to the tradition. They were wearing body armour and carrying weapons as they sipped from beer and wine bottles. Some were also smoking. Didier Mangione, national secretary of the police union, said bosses were "trying to turn us into priests, but without the altar wine". "Nobody should object to a small drink on jobs," he said. "CRS officers do not have any more or less alcohol problems than anybody else in society. They should be allowed to drink in moderation." While British police are strictly barred from drinking on duty, the French have traditionally been allowed 25cl of wine or a small beer with their main meal of the day. It was normally served on an official tray and sometimes eaten in full view of the public, often outside riot-control vans. "Our right to drink alcohol with our food is protected by the law and our members are very unhappy at being treated like children," MrMangione added.
April 21, 2011FOXFifth Graders React During Sex Ed Class Chicago TribuneJackie Gill stood confidently at the front of the classroom, her PowerPoint presentation cued and ready to go with slides of hormones, sperm and fallopian tubes."Boys and girls, are you excited that I'm here today?" she asked the giggling seventh-graders at Westview Hills Middle School in Willowbrook.They answered loudly and in unison: "No!"
The quotable Donald TrumpNBC News 4-25-2011As most Americans have probably noticed by now, Donald Trump has a lot of strong opinions.The TV host/ real estate tycoon/ interminable bombast generator has done scores of media interviews throughout his years in the spotlight, building – along with something in the ballpark of 95 percent national name recognition -- a Google-ready quote trove for journalists and political opponents to mine.News outlets, including First Read, have already noted Trump’s potentially problematic statements about his onetime support for universal health care, his praise for the stimulus plan, and his flip-flop on abortion.Digging through those transcripts, we also found some instances of Trump opining on famous folks, from a former president of the United States to, um, K-Fed.Here’s a few of them.On Paris Hilton:“Paris said she wants to build a brand just like Donald Trump and I don't know if she's done it the same way but she is smart like a fox … I also happen to think that I believe she's very beautiful. A lot of people don't agree with me, you know. Some people say ‘Oh, she's really not.’ I happen to think she's very beautiful.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006) On Angelina Jolie:“She's been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby, OK, with the other side. And I just don't even find her attractive.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)
On Rosie O’Donnell:“She went to my wedding. She had lots and lots of cake, and I'll tell you what, she is a terrible human being.” (FOX, May 29, 2007)On God:Caller: “Number one, where is the best real estate to buy right now? And number two, what do you think about God?”Trump: I love God. I believe in God, much more important question. And number two, real estate is good all over depending on if you know the location.” (CNN, March 9, 2006)On Michael Jackson“Yes, he's a friend of mine. I mean, he's a good guy. You know, he's a little different.” (CNN, May 17, 2005)On Sir Richard Branson, billionaire founder of the Virgin brand“I'm not a man of the people, right? He is. But the fact is that, you know, as far as Branson's concerned, I doubt -- I personally don't see how he could be a billionaire. He's in the airline business. Who's a billionaire in the airline business?” (CNN, November 24, 2004) On President Bill Clinton“Why do they keep revealing the details? He had sex, but now they talk about the kind of sex, the--where it took place, where it was, on the desk, off the desk--I mean, it's--it's so out-of-control. I've never seen anything like it.” (CNBC, August 27, 1998)On Clinton’s accusersTrump: These people are just, I don't know, where he met them - where he found them … The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it's just a really unattractive group. I'm not just talking about physical.Interviewer: Would it be any different if it were a supermodel crowd?Trump: I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch. (FOX, August 19, 1998)On President Bill Clinton vs. President Trump?“Can you imagine how controversial I'd be? You think about him with the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?” (CNBC, August 27, 1998)
On former Rep. Mark Foley:“And, you know, if I were gay, which is perhaps a well-known story that I'm not, I would admit that I'm gay. But he would come in with magnificent-looking women. It was like torture to me watching this.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006) On former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich:“I don't say he’s a rocket scientist.” (Fox News, May 24, 2010) On onetime presidential candidate Pat Buchanan:“He's a Hitler lover. I guess he's an anti-Semite. He doesn't like the blacks, he doesn't like the gays. It's just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy. And maybe he'll get 4 or 5 percent of the vote and it'll be a really staunch right wacko vote.” (NBC, October 24, 1999) On O.J. Simpson:“This is probably the least innocent person I`ve ever seen.” (CNN, September 19, 2007)On Kevin Federline, ex-husband of Britney Spears:“You know when somebody likes you, you say ‘Hey.’ So, I totally changed my mind. I think Kevin Federline is fantastic.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)On former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:“Condoleezza Rice, who's a lovely woman but she never makes a deal. She doesn't make deals. She waves. She gets off the plane. She waves. She sits down with some dictator, 45-degree angle. They do the camera shot. She waves again. She gets back on the plane. She waves. No deal ever happens.” (CNN/ March 16 2007)On the cast of 'The View':“Barbara Walters is a person that I know very well. I mean, she picked me last year as one of her top 10 people of whatever it's called. So, it's not like I dislike Barbara, but I'm disappointed in Barbara.”And: “I don't even know Joy Behar. I just think she has no talent whatsoever.”And: “Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not, as I said, is not the brightest light on the planet.” (Fox, May 31, 2007)
Fanatics' fury at Muslim Playgirl Published: 27 Apr 2011The Sun A MUSLIM actress has caused a storm by posing naked for Playboy. SilaSahin has been branded a "whore" and a "western slut" after appearing topless on the cover of the German edition of the men's magazine. And Islamic fanatics have posted threatening internet messages. Sila, raised in Germany by conservative Turkish parents, says she fears being "spat at" and "shamed". Her parents are said to have reacted with "horror" at the 12-page coverage, and her mother has apparently cut off all contact. Sila, 25 - star of German soap Good Times, Bad Times - claimed the shoot was a reaction to the "slavery" of her youth. She added: "What I want to say with these photos is, 'Girls, we don't have to live according to the rules imposed upon us'. "For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation."
UK gets Viagra-laced beer4-26-2011 Royal Virility Performance, a limited-edition beer soon to be made available in the U.K., will contain lashings of viagra, which is available without a prescription there.According to the specially commissioned label, the Royal Virility Performance contains Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed and 'a healthy dose of sarcasm'. The beer is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale and has been brewed at BrewDog's brewery in Fraserburgh. With this beer we want to take the wheels off the royal wedding bandwagon being jumped on by dozens of breweries; The Royal Virility Performance is the perfect antidote to all the hype.Quite the hard sell.
Swiss-Tech Micro-Max XI 19-in-1 ToolIf you dumped the average guy’s toolbox into a Tumi messenger bag or a Diesel backpack and slapped it on someone they’d tip over like Snooki at 3am. Unless you plan on using tools around your own house only, you’re going to need a more convenient means to transport them. Whether you’re out and something needs to be fixed or you’re helping your old neighbor assemble an entertainment unit in return for baked goods, the Swiss-Tech Micro-Max XI is just about all you’ll need to get it done. With 19 professional-grade tools jammed in it, it’s like someone injected our favorite Swiss Army knife with human growth hormone. The Swiss-Tech Micro-Max XI is loaded with multiple screwdrivers and hex wrenches, pliers, a hand drill and plenty more. The whole thing folds up and attaches to your key ring and costs less than a t-shirt. $15
Euthanasia coaster: assisted suicide by thrills4-23-2011JulijonasUrbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, designed this "Euthanasia Coaster" that will kill its riders with a series of brain-scrambling loops: "a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely -- with elegance and euphoria -- take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster's track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death."
Here's a clever idea to make your ballpoint pen last much longer. Desigend by Han Chi-hoon, Kim Yeon-soo, Park Byong-gon & Kim Sung-geun. The T&T Pen-ink Chamber has been entered for an iF concept design award.
High-ranking Rhode Island lawmaker faces Connecticut drug charge The Associated PressApr 25, 2011 @ 09:30 AM EAST HAVEN, Conn. — A high-ranking Rhode Island lawmaker who criticized the Legislature by invoking the image of pot-smoking immigrants is facing drug charges in Connecticut.Police in East Haven, Conn., say East Greenwich Republican Robert Watson, the House Minority Leader, was stopped at a police checkpoint Friday and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.Police say there was a "strong odor of marijuana" from Watson's car. He was released on a promise to appear in court.Watson issued a statement Monday acknowledging that police discovered "trace evidence" of marijuana but said he wasn't driving under the influence.Watson drew fire in February when he said state lawmakers had their priorities right "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."
Former Miss Russia Anna Malova arrested for shoplifting in Manhattan after presciption forging bustDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Wednesday, April 27th 2011, 6:12 PMA former Miss Russia who was busted for forging prescriptions to get painkillers was arrested Tuesday for shoplifting in a Manhattan clothing store, sources said.Anna Malova, 39, was caught stealing a pair of sandals and a hat inside Strawberry on E. 14th St. about 8:40 p.m., cops said.The leggy blond - who won the crown in 1998 - was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.Malova faces 7 years in jail for filching prescription pads to get Vicodin pills. She continued to fill prescriptions for painkillers even after she was arrested twice last spring, prosecutors said.Her most recent attempt was at a West Village pharmacy on Feb. 1, when she was supposed to be in rehab.A Manhattan Supreme Court judge agreed this month to consider a court-supervised drug-rehab program.
Company buys up 1.7 million 1-800 numbers, uses many for phone sex lines4-22-2011Associated PressAP reports that PrimeTel Communications has, for the last 13 years, been buying up every desirable 800 number on the market. They behave not unlike domain name prospectors who do the same with web addresses, only they convert many of these numbers into phone sex lines. The company now controls 1.7 million toll-free numbers, which represent about 25% of all 800 numbers in the U.S. and Canada. Among them: 1-800-Metallica, 1-800-Cadillac, 1-800-Minolta, 1-800-Cameras, 1-800-Worship and 1-800-Whirlpool. AP reports that the connection between the speculation activity and the phone-porn activity is this: A-1 Advertising, an actual phone sex business, shares a building, owners, and executives, with the company doing the 800 number buying. More: Critics of the company say it isn't the sex that bothers them, but the acquisition of so many numbers. Bill Quimby, whose company, TollFreeNumbers.com, specializes in helping businesses obtain easy-to-remember digits to connect with customers, said it can be a challenge to find a good match because PrimeTel has gobbled up such an outsized share of the supply. "They started by getting numbers for phone sex, then getting good numbers in general, then they started taking all phone numbers," he said. A spokesman for the FCC, David Fiske, would not comment on whether the agency had ever examined PrimeTel's activities but said the commission is actively enforcing rules on number hoarding. PrimeTel appears to have benefited by grabbing numbers associated with famous names, like 1-800-Beatles, or numbers that have recently been canceled but are still advertised widely. From the late 1980s until around 2005, teenagers who dialed the national hotline used by Teens Teaching AIDS Prevention would reach a call center in Kansas City, Mo., where other youths were waiting to answer questions about the disease. When that program ended, the number was soon routed to one of National A-1's sex lines. But the AIDS hotline number is still publicized by public health groups. When New York City's Fire Department relinquished its toll-free fire safety hotline a few years ago because of an administrative slip-up, PrimeTel grabbed it the moment it became available. Soon enough, 1-800-FIRETIP was ringing into one of National A-1's phone-sex lines. The same thing happened to the Cook County Jail in Chicago when it canceled its toll-free inmate information line, and to rape counseling hotlines in Maine and New Mexico.
Man in electric wheelchair chases woman for three days (?) (!)4-22-2011A 67-year-old man is alleged to have knocked a woman off her bicycle with his electric wheelchair in a parking lot in Ft Pierce, Florida. He is alleged to have broken her bicycle. This occurred, it is alleged, after he had chased the woman around the parking lot for three days before she called the cops or anyone noticed or he ran out of battery (the article is unclear on this score). I don't understand this story. Oh, wait. According to commenters on the story, it may be that, on three consecutive days, he chased the woman around this parking lot. On the third day, he caught her. I still don't really understand. Gray, who police said appeared "very intoxicated," denied doing anything. He then offered the woman money to repair the bike. The affidavit didn't state what made investigators suspect Gray was intoxicated or what may have sparked the alleged electric wheelchair assault. Witnesses said they saw Gray knock the victim from the bicycle before picking it up and slamming it down. "It should be noted that Gray is not wheelchair bound, and he can walk for a short distance," the affidavit states.
DA: 2 arrested for flying meth into MonacoTuesday, April 26, 2011ABC.News James Michael Handzus, 51, and Tamara Louise Vincent, age 41, are facing numerous drug-related charges. Both are residents of Rifle, Colorado. Montgomery County District Attorney RisaVetriFerman said her office received word that Handzus was using his 1959 Piper Comanche to fly large quantaties of crystal meth into our area.On Thursday, detectives discovered the plane at Wings Field in Whitpain Township. On Friday, an undercover detective posing as a drug trafficker met Handzus and Vincent at a restaurant/bar on Chemical Road in Plymouth Township.Handzus and Vincent allegedly told the undercover detective they obtained crystal meth in Las Vegas, Nevada, and were interested in selling a pound of the drug for $27,000 in cash. They haggled over the price and, at one point, the D.A. said the detective was given a small sample of the drug.Eventually, Ferman said, the pair told the detective that the full pound of crystal meth was in their luggage, located in a vehicle in the parking lot. When they went out to the car, Handzus and Vincent were arrested.Due to Handzus' admitted use of his airplane to transport controlled substances, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office says it is seeking forfeiture of the aircraft. They will either auction it off to the public or put in use for the enforcement of drug laws.Handzus and Vincent were arraigned and placed behind bars on $500,000 cash bail.
April 22, 2011 Husband-wife teachers post bail on teen sex chargesTHE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERCouple accused of grooming boy, 17, by giving him alcohol, inviting him into hot tub with them. WESTMINSTER – Two married teachers charged with engaging in illegal sex acts with a 17-year-old boy posted $150,000 bail Thursday and are out of custody, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.Gay Davidson-Shepard, 59, a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach, and Daniel Alma Shepard, 61, a retired Westminster High School biology teacher, are due in court May 19 to enter pleas on felony charges stemming from the alleged incidents in 2009.The Shepards originally were scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the West Justice Center in Westminster.Both are charged with sexually assaulting the minor over a period of several months after they groomed him by plying him with alcohol and entertaining him in their Huntington Beach home.Davidson-Shepard faces up to eight years and four months in prison if convicted of the charges. Daniel Shepard could spend five years behind bars if the charges stick.Both are accused of sexually assaulting the boy starting in April 2009 after they got into their hot tub naked and encouraged the minor to do the same.According to prosecutors, Daniel Shepard continued to engage in illegal sex acts with the boy on a weekly basis through September 2009, while his wife is charged with doing the same through December 2009, when the boy turned 18.Prosecutors allege that Daniel Shepard first befriended the boy when he was a student at Westminster High.In addition to engaging in illegal sex with a minor, Daniel Shepard is accused of asking the boy to email him nude photos of himself and of taking nude photographs of the victim and the illegal sex acts.Prosecutors said the case came to light this March when the young man came forward to his mother, who contacted Westminster police. Police arrested the Shepards on Wednesday, when they also were charged.Daniel Shepard has been charged with two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of sodomy with a person younger than 18, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Davidson-Shepard has been charged with three felony counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy with a person younger than 18, oral copulation of a minor and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Man Arrested In Raiders Jacket, G-StringLodi Man Arrested; Makes Mess In Jail CellApril 24, 2011LODI, Calif. -- Lodi police arrested Shawn Batie, 42, at 9:41 p.m. on Friday night after they said he was found under the influence of methamphetamines. Officers responded to a call in the area of Beckman Road just north of Harney Lane where a man later identified as Batie was found standing in the dirt next to the cemetery with a flashlight, yelling in the dark. Police said that Batie was wearing an Oakland Raiders jacket, a g-string and a hair scrunchie around his genitals. He was also wearing socks. Officers said that he was very jittery and his pupils were dilated. They took him into custody on suspicion of being under the influence, which was later confirmed at the jail where it was discovered that he was also a parolee at-large, police said. While en route to the jail, officers said that Batie became very uncooperative. When asked why he wasn't wearing pants, police said that he insisted that "they must have been taken." Police said once at the jail, Batie proceeded to smear his feces on the walls. He was moved to a safety cell after the incident, police said.
Police called to investigate noise find lone jiggling vibratorApr 11 13:28 CETThe Local Germany’s News in EnglishPolice called to a flat in Berlin by neighbours who said it sounded like someone was using an electric drill through the night smashed down the door to find a vibrator had switched itself on and was jiggling around on the floor.Officers who answered the desperate call of the neighbour tried repeatedly to contact the 23-year-old woman whose flat it was, according to a report in the Berlin Kurier on Saturday. But they could not get a response, and eventually decided to break in the door in an attempt to find out what was going on in the flat. “You could hear the noise out on the street,” one neighbour was quoted as saying. When the officers smashed their way into the flat they found nothing more dangerous than the vibrator which was doing its best on the floor. Now the young woman is not only going to have to face her neighbours when she returns home – she will also have to pay for the smashed door, the paper said.
Charge is filed over sex act on a school busApril 21, 2011 - 6:23 PM StarTribuneA 53-year-old Minneapolis man was charged Thursday with committing a sex act on board a school bus while children were there last month.Michael Charles Friedrichs was carrying a backpack and posing as a student when he got onto the bus at 42nd Street and Longfellow Avenue S. about 7 a.m. March 17, according to police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer.When Friedrichs left the bus, the driver, who had been on the job for less than a month, became suspicious. When he checked the area where the man had been sitting, he found slashed seats and evidence of a solo sex act, so the driver called radio dispatch to report the incident, police said at the time.The bus was on a regular route, headed for Seward Montessori School. The Minneapolis School District notified parents about the incident shortly after it happened.Friedrichs, who was arrested Wednesday, is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree, a gross misdemeanor, Palmer said.
No bond for man accused of sex act at Christian radio station Orlando Sentinel 9:41 a.m. EDT, April 26, 2011A judge this morning denied bond for the man accused of threatening to rape a Christian radio host while she was on the air.Senior Circuit Court Judge Thomas Kirkland said inmate Donald Destin is not entitled to bond and must remain at the Orange County Jail. Kirkland assigned him a public defender.Destin, 30, faces charges of attempted sexual battery, burglary of an occupied structure and battery.As deputies led him away from the Orange County Sheriff's Office after Monday's arrest, he told reporters, "I didn't want to rape her, but I was attracted to her.“The incident happened about 6 a.m. while listeners tuned in to the live religious programming on La VoixEvangeliqueD'Orlando, 98.9 SCA.The host told investigators she was on the air when a man entered the station without permission. She said he exposed himself, performed a sex act and threatened to rape her. A listener heard the threat and called 911.The host remained calm and lured the man outside the building, the Sheriff's Office said. Then she got him to go back inside while she locked herself inside her car and waited for deputies.
Chandler man exposes self to woman in Statue of Liberty costume in Tempe, police say- Apr. 21, 2011 11:06 AMThe Arizona Republic-A 42-year-old Chandler man was arrested Monday on charges of indecent exposure after police said he was seen masturbating in front of a woman wearing a Statue of Liberty costume.Kevin Robert Theriault faces three charges of public sexual indecency and three charges of indecent exposure.Tempe police said last Thursday a woman reported that a man has exposed himself to her while she was working on the southwest corner of McClintock and Elliot roads.The woman is an employee of Liberty Tax in Tempe and her duties often include promoting the local tax business while wearing a Statue of Liberty costume, police said.Police said the woman also reported that the same man had masturbated in front of her three times in the last three weeks but she had not reported the previous incidents.Detectives were able to identify Theriault as a lead in the case after they investigated similar cases.Believing that the man might strike again on Tax Day, April 18, police said that they set up surveillance in the area of McClintock Drive and Elliot Road, where the woman would be working that afternoon.Undercover detectives were able to locate information as to where Theriault was working and began watching him, police said.On Monday, Theriault was seen leaving work around 5:10 p.m. and was followed back to the intersection of McClintock Drive and Elliot Road, where he parked in a bank parking lot.Police said Theriault got out of his vehicle, unzipped his pants and began masturbating while looking at the woman as she stood in the parking lot.Theriault was immediately approached by detectives and taken into custody.In a post-arrest interview, Theriault told police that he just wanted to go home to do his taxes.
Paint-huffing husband hauled to jail Friday, 22 Apr 2011, 4:33 PM EDTFORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man was charged with inhaling toxic vapors for the 48th time after his wife called police and told them he was huffing paint in their apartment last Thursday.According to a Fort Wayne Police Department report, when an officer arrived at the 517 Lawton Place apartment, Elizabeth Gibson said she and her husband Kelly had been in an argument and he had gone upstairs to huff paint.The report said since she was afraid to go inside, she handed the officer her keys and followed him up.When the officer opened the door, the entire apartment smelled of paint fumes and Kelly was found sitting on the couch with his shirt off, and his hands, mouth, nose and chin covered in silver paint.Police said Kelly had a can of silver spray paint in his right hand and a paint-covered plastic bag in his left.The officer said Kelly had a dazed, glassy-eyed look about him and was unsteady on his feet.Kelly was taken to the Allen County Jail and charged with inhaling toxic vapors.This incident was the 48th time Kelly was charged with inhaling since 1992.