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Saudi man beheaded for shooting to death compatriot
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A Saudi man was beheaded Friday for killing another man in a land dispute, the Interior Ministry said."

"In a statement to the official Saudi Press Agency, the ministry said the dipute was over agricultural land but gave no other details. Both men had the same family name but the statement did not say if they were related."
 

House Judiciary Committee Grants Relief to 'Criminal Aliens'
Submitted by: Curtis

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"While the government acknowledges that there are tens of thousands of potential foreign terrorists living in the United States, not to mention some 9 million illegal aliens, and that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is woefully ill-equipped to locate even the most potentially dangerous foreign nationals on our soil, the House Judiciary Committee has found something more important for the INS to do: Reopen the cases of thousands of criminal aliens who have been deported from the United States."

"By an 18-15 vote, the Committee approved H.R. 1452, the ironically named 'Family Reunification Act of 2002,' that would permit aliens with criminal records to apply for relief from deportation and even allow those who have already been deported to return to the U.S. to press their claims. Under a compromise between the bill's author, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), and Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), aliens convicted of aggravated felonies could be permitted to remain in the U.S. H.R. 1452, if enacted, would reverse 1996 legislation that made it easier to deport criminal aliens."
 

Study shows attacks on Peace Corps workers rising
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"Assaults against Peace Corps volunteers around the world have doubled in the past decade, according to congressional investigators."

"And the Peace Corps' efforts to safeguard volunteers - many of whom are young, white and female - are not consistent, the General Accounting Office report said."

"The report was requested by Rep. Martin Meehan, a Massachusetts Democrat who last year accused the Peace Corps of failing to keep track of one of his constituents, a 23-year-old volunteer who disappeared in Bolivia and was never found."
 

Police Search for Man Who Raped 13 Year Old
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"New Orleans Police are searching for a 24-year-old New Orleans man in connection with the May 19 sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl."

"The alleged offense occurred in the 14,000 block of Wales Street, at approximately 11:00 p.m."

"According to investigators, the suspect, who is an acquaintance of the victim and her family, entered the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted the girl."

"Jacob Kelly was later identified as the suspect and he has been charged with forcible rape."

"Kelly is described as a black male, 5’8”, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has two upper gold teeth and wears braided hair."

"Anyone with information on Kelly’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111."
 

TX: 90-year-old woman's finger cut off for wedding ring
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"Mary Tucker cherished her wedding band so much that she had a clasp added so she could fit the white gold ring over her swollen, arthritic finger."

"The 90-year-old Irving woman lost her prized possession last week when two men cut off her finger to steal the ring, police said."

"On Thursday, she lost the only thing she valued more: her independence. Her injuries forced her to move into a nursing home, said her friend, Becky Smith, who has cared for Mrs. Tucker since a 1996 cataract surgery."

QUESTION: Why is it that the physical description of the two people this woman came face to face with only mentions their possible ages?
 

The (excessive?) use of deadly force
Submitted by: Thompson

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"Todd Earlvin Neal was driving a pickup truck that was in the wrong place at the wrong time the night of July 14. Neal pulled into the circular driveway of a house in a quiet Oldsmar neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. His passenger hopped out of the truck and went into the house."

"Neal and his passenger didn't know that Pinellas County sheriff's deputies suspected the house was a location for drug activity and were inside waiting to arrest anyone who showed up. Two deputies nabbed Neal's passenger inside; two other deputies went to the pickup truck waiting in the driveway."
 

UK: Shooting is 'better for children than video games'
Submitted by: John Isaacs

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"Learning to shoot is better for the young than playing violent computer games or watching adult films, Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister, agreed yesterday."

"A recent survey by the Countryside Alliance showed that 77 per cent of the public believed this to be the case."

"The value of shooting is learning disciplines in a proper way as opposed to the ersatz disciplines of video games."
 

Gun Control Group Unloads on Rep. John Dingell
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"The dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat John Dingell, is being targeted for defeat by one of America's most prominent gun control groups, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"The Brady Campaign has launched a website to criticize what it calls Dingell's 'dismal record' on 'gun violence protection.' Dingell, who has represented Michigan in Congress for nearly 47 years, is the first to be named to the Brady Campaign's 'Dangerous Dozen' list of congressional candidates in this year's elections. Other names will follow."
 

UK: Armed raiders hit travel firm
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"Two men armed with a knife and a bottle of acid robbed a travel firm."

"The men, with surgical stockings over their heads, burst into Hayes Travel, Front Street, Hetton, near Houghton-le-Spring."

"Police said they threatened staff and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money."

TRY THAT HERE...IN A STATE THAT ALLOWS CONCEALED CARRY OF FIREARMS.
 

600 Hand grenades land man in jail
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"One day after federal agents found 600 hand grenades in his northeast Georgia home, a man was taken into custody Friday."

"The grenades, though unassembled, are illegal to possess without a federal license."

"Reached at his home prior to his detention, Greg Giannoni offered several explanations for having the grenades."

"He said he'd bought them 'legally over the course of time,' and intended to sell them as novelty items, such as paperweights."

"Jack Killorin, special agent in charge of the investigation for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which raided Giannoni's home Thursday, said the unassembled grenades were packaged individually in what he described as 'extraordinarily complete kits for assembling a bomb.' "
 

Global Eye -- Strange Fruit -- "forget about civil rights"
Submitted by: TW Case

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If you think this applies to the Arab/Muslim community only, then you had better think again. As owners of firearms we will make the head of the list. ...

"The acorns of any presidential administration never fall very far from the tree -- thus, the remarks made last week by one of George W. Bush's appointees to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission give us a pretty fair indication of what the future will look like if the Regime's seeds of tyranny ever come to full flower."

"Bush emissary Peter Kirsanow told a Detroit crowd last week that America could 'forget about civil rights' if there is another terrorist attack on the United States by 'the same ethnic group that attacked the World Trade Center,' the Detroit Free Press reports."
 

UK: Anti-burglar drive funded by criminals
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More correctly, funded by the seized assets of alleged criminals...

"A Midland anti-burglary drive has received a cash boost of £48,100 - paid for from the assets of convicted criminals."

"The money, awarded to Stafford-shire Police from a national Recovered Assets Fund (RAF), will be spent over the next three years to fund a package of measures to reduce domestic burglary on the Highfields Estate in Stafford."

"Nearly £3 million was raised nationwide by seizing criminals' homes, bank accounts and expensive cars. It will be spent on community projects across England and Wales."
 

UK: Massive rise in crime
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"A YEAR of rioting, disorder and high-profile investigations has contributed to a 15% increase in crime in West Yorkshire, says the county's chief constable."

"Graham Moore said the past 12 months had been a demanding time for the force."

"Figures for the period April, 2001, to March, 2002, show overall crime in the county rose for the first time in recent years, with violent crime and burglary on the increase."

"The figures, in the chief constable's annual report, are in line with a national rise in crime."
 

South Africa: Shopkeeper gunned down by pardoned terrorists, Girlfriend blames president
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Shopkeeper tried to aid girlfriend being assaulted by 3 armed robbers, one whom was freed by presidential pardon from a 51 year sentence for murder, robbery, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition... Note: President Mbeki has forced gun control scemes on citizens of South Africa...

"The devastated girlfriend of an East London shopkeeper, allegedly gunned down by a killer released from prison on a presidential pardon, has slammed President Thabo Mbeki, saying she holds him 'personally responsible' for the murder."
 

Woman who had 'protection order' against husband is beaten to death by him
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Restraining order fails again...

"Kimberly Britton Pleasant had a protection order against her husband and police had gone to her home several times. Tuesday morning, officers who went to her home found Pleasant had been beaten to death."
 

Why the NRA should support Cannabis Reforms - Part II
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"Ending cannabis prohibition would save lives, free up tremendous law enforcement resources, and help defend the American Way."
 

NJ: Ridgefield ban on gun shops near school is way off target
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Rod Allee, columnist for The Record, writes about the 'gun-shop free school zone' ordinance:

"Ridgefield has a shiny new ordinance banning gun shops within 100 feet of churches or schools."

"You might think that a borough's attempt to keep guns out of the sight of churchgoers and schoolchildren would be worthy of serious applause, but I'm having a hard time getting worked up about it."

"For one thing, the United States Supreme Court has already declared unconstitutional the so-called gun-free school zone law which was enacted in 1990 by Congress and signed by President Bush the first. This makes it kind of tough to believe that a judge will uphold the Ridgefield Borough Council's power to push gun shops out of school neighborhoods."
 

A few thoughts about "Independence"
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"Officials are either to serve the people by upholding the Constitution or they are to be put out of office and, in some cases, tried and convicted for treason. We, the people, hold that power over them. So, why the hell is Congress allowed to be full of felons (the words of J. McCain in 1999 or 2000) and why are we allowing these treasonous blankety-blanks to pass legislation and then forcing compliance by the people of the states through the use of armed enforcers."
 

TN: Woman Defends Herself in Home Invasion
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"A woman fought back after a violent home invasion. Police say she shot her attacker in self-defense. It happened at around 3:15 Sunday morning on Cephas Street in North Nashville."

"Police told News 2 that a man forced his way into a woman's home. Inside the house, police found two guns. The woman says she shot her attacker in the leg in self-defense."

"According to Police, the man was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an investigation is underway."
 

Guns and violence
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Blaming violence on guns and fanning hysteria over accidental deaths to children from firearms are staples of anti-gun propaganda.
Did you know that water is 19 times more dangerous to a child than a firearm? In 1996, 805 children died from accidental drownings and 42 died from firearm accidents. (Gun-control zealots inflate 'child' firearm deaths by including teen-age drug-gang members killed in turf battles.)"
 

OH: Man who uses rifle to defend water supply from helicopter is charged
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"Suspect Allegedly Protecting Water Supply"

"He says a man on the ground pointed a rifle at him as he hovered over a pond, trying to get water."

"The Wasco County Sheriff's Office arrested the man on charges of menacing and pointing a gun."

"A fire spokesman says the man probably didn't want the pilot to take any more water."

"The pilot decided to go to another pond."
 

FL: Florida panther tracker lives on the wild side
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"Mark Lotz had a good record going: Six years trapping and collaring Florida panthers, and not a scratch to show for it."

"Then Lotz met panther No. 59 one cool February morning."

"True, the injury wasn't bad. Lotz barely felt the cat's claws at the time."

"Just a few punctures in his leg and his pride."

"I'd been doing this six years and hadn't been touched, and I thought it was because I was such an excellent panther catcher," Lotz said with a sheepish smile. "I was really disappointed."

"It's not like Lotz wrestles alligators for a living. Actually, most of the time his job is fairly routine or as routine as working with razor-clawed predators can be."
 

IN: Highland cop takes bullet from own gun in line of duty
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"Police Sgt. Robert Reynolds was shot early Saturday by a man who surprised him from behind and shot the 14-year veteran with his own department-issue pistol."

"Reynolds, 37, is listed in stable condition at Community Hospital in Munster following surgery, police Deputy Cmdr. Peter Nelson said at a news conference Saturday afternoon."

"He was shot in the abdomen, and the bullet passed through his body."

Having backup when you're engaging a criminal is a good idea. May the officer have a speedy recovery, and may someone nab these thugs.
 

"So long as cockpit is secure, hijacked airliner can't be turned into weapon"
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"The best thing about flying JetBlue Airways recently was not the cheap price, the clean plane or the live satellite TV at each seat. No, it was the sign on the cockpit door."

"It read: 'Reinforced Armor Plated Door. Locked from Inside Cockpit Only.' "

"And the flight attendant got on the loudspeaker just before we took off and reminded us the cockpit door was armor plated and could not be opened unless someone inside the cockpit opened it."

"This is more than just another sign of post-Sept. 11 America. This is a sign of good thinking."

"And it is much better, much safer thinking than what Congress is considering: giving guns to airline pilots."
 

MT: Federal drug loot shared with locals
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The reporter's use of the word "loot" in the title is appropriate. The gun rights community ought to be interested in the way the federal government "buys" local support for laws that, when enforced, trample constitutional rights.

"The U.S. Marshals Service gave more than $65,000 to local law enforcement agencies Thursday in return for their help with criminal drug investigations."

"Marshal Dwight MacKay said the asset forfeiture and tracking program is an example of how the federal government works with state and local agencies to fight crime."
 

MN: Hunting in city comes under fire
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"Jim Dufour moved to Forest Lake in part because he likes to roust his dog, Toots, and boat across the lake to hunt ducks."

"Mark Hansen once felt shotgun pellets falling on him as he walked in his yard near the lake."

"The two men are on opposite sides of a city-vs.-country debate over whether hunting is a cherished right or a dangerous activity that should be controlled in the recently expanded city."
 

Air Travel: "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid"
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"GIVEN the tightening of aviation security, a short hop in the friendly skies could soon feel like a trip through the Wild West on a Wells Fargo stagecoach. Federal marshals are riding shotgun. Members of Congress want to see pilots carrying guns. The government is putting armed guards at ticket counters and other crowded areas in airports following the July 4 shooting in Los Angeles International Airport that ended in three deaths."

"But some social scientists and risk assessment experts say there is a point at which there is too much security, too many well-intentioned men and women parading around with weapons in an effort to stave off an invisible danger. Many Americans certainly say there is a real need to increase protection around the country's airline system, perhaps more so than in any other facet of daily life. Still, a system designed to reassure people can actually strike fear in them."
 

MT: Priest charged for killing moose that wandered into residential neighborhood
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"A young bull moose killed within the city limits by a retired priest armed with a 20-gauge shotgun is being mourned by residents who say the shooting was cruel and unwarranted."

"The moose was shot July 16 by Richard Osterman who is scheduled to appear in Justice Court July 29."

"Osterman faces a fine of between $500-$2,000, a possible six month jail term, forfeiture of his hunting license for 30 months and $1,000 restitution, according to Carbon County Attorney Tony Kendall."

"If it had been a trophy moose, he would have faced restitution in the mount of $6,000," Kendall said.
 

FL: "Shoes for Guns" campaign yields 440 guns, including BB guns and inoperable relics
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The shoe company called "Just for Feet" donated shoes as prizes for anyone who'd turn in firearms"

"A total of 440 weapons, some of them BB guns, were collected in a couple of hours in simultaneous events in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Macon, Ga."

"The gun swap, however, was canceled in Fort Myers because the Lee County Sheriff's Office refused to go along with the no-questions-asked policy."
 

France: French government looks to ban extreme far-right group
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"French authorities said Sunday they had launched proceedings to outlaw the extreme rightist group Radical Unity, two weeks after one of its members allegedly tried to assassinate President Jacques Chirac."

"Radical Unity, an umbrella group of several extremist movements, would likely be banned under laws adopted in the 1930s to help thwart the rise of extremist combat groups and militias in France, Interior Ministry officials said."

"The laws can also be applied to groups suspected of inciting 'discrimination, hatred or racial violence,' officials said."
 

"Pilots, NRA have same goal, separate campaigns"
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"The National Rifle Association and the nation's airline pilots are waging parallel but equally aggressive campaigns to bring guns into the cockpit."

"Uniformed pilots are roaming Capitol Hill, visiting lawmakers and their staffs, dismantling what they say are the myths about guns in airplanes. One pilot union has devised a slogan for the effort: 'Qualified to Fly. Qualified to Defend.' The phrase is featured on posters, along with a pilot's silhouette against an American flag."
 

France: French groups demand shutdown of web site linked to Chirac assassination attempt
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"Two civil rights associations said Thursday they have asked a French court to ban a web site run by a racist group linked to the man who tried to assassinate President Jacques Chirac two weeks ago."

"Lodged by the Union of Jewish Students in France and the J'Accuse association, a group that monitors neo-Nazi propoganda on the Internet, the request calls for the site owned by the extreme-right Radical Unity to be shut down immediately."

"It is to be heard by a tribunal in Paris on July 31."
 

"Security in the Cockpit"
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"The fact that 1 out of 4 attempts to sneak a weapon through airport security is still successful has helped revive the idea of letting pilots carry guns."

AMUSING QUOTES FROM THIS ONE...

"...that extra manpower would cost more, but incognito marshals would be better shots and less likely to harm passengers."

Response: As if, somehow, a pilot cannot be trained but an "air marshal" can?

"...the main threat, has probably already moved on to plans not involving planes."

Response: We should all bet our lives on "probably"?

"A pilot's job is to fly, not be a deputy Wyatt Earp protecting the cockpit in a packed fuselage."

Response: How is a pilot supposed to fly when four determined terrorists are attacking him, tearing him away from the controls?

"If pilots have guns, then why not bus drivers, school guards, and other people controlling large crowds?"

Response: Sounds good.

"The Violence Policy Center notes that 21 percent of police officers killed with a handgun are shot with their own weapon."

Response: While VPC's gun prohibitionists are notorious for lying through their teeth, suffice it to say that most officers do not have the luxury of confronting someone trying to get through a narrow door -- but pilots sure do. The operative phrase is "fish in a barrel."

"Two pilots were recently fired for being intoxicated just before they were about to fly."

Response: Those guys were the exception, not the rule, and they've pleaded innocent, too -- but even a drunk pilot could hit a terrorist from three feet away while he's trying to come through the narrow doorway.

"A would-be terrorist who knows a pilot has a gun may be tempted to somehow take it away."

Response: Let 'em try. We'll place our bets on the pilot, as opposed to the F-16.
 

Man who shot himself in the leg sues doctor for malpractice after losing the leg - and wins
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"A jury awarded an Ignacio man about $900,000 Saturday after finding a former Durango surgeon guilty of malpractice."

"Floyd 'Stoney' Hardesty, 48, had to have his lower right leg amputated in 1999 after a self-inflicted gunshot wound that Edward C. Pino treated."

"Hardesty’s suit alleged that Pino failed to provide appropriate antibiotic therapy, failed to recognize and treat his infection in a timely manner and failed to provide appropriate follow-up instructions."

"Hardesty accidentally shot himself with a .44-caliber Magnum pistol that was strapped to his side while hunting Oct. 21, 1997, near Wickenson Mountain, northeast of Bayfield."

"He thought the bullet grazed his leg, but 20 to 30 minutes later he realized that he had shot himself in the leg. It was four hours before he could be rescued and airlifted to Mercy Medical Center."
 

Florida murder suicide-rate is highest in the nation
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"Florida has the highest number of murder-suicides in the country..."

"Last year, a murder-suicide in Florida happened on the average of once every six days..."

"It's a combination of reasons," said Cohen, a University of South Florida professor with its aging and mental health department. "Florida is the fourth-most-populous state. And 25 percent of the population is 55 and older, the age group with the highest suicide rate."

"Generally, the most common motivations in all murder-suicides are health and financial problems, which often lead to depression, experts said."

OF COURSE... Naturally, the one example given of a murder-suicide involves the use of a handgun.
 

CA: Handgun trumps restraining order - bad guy dead, unarmed citizen dead, armed citizen alive
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"Emma Gonzalez, 24, a high school clerk, was killed shortly after midnight after trying to serve a restraining order on a man who members of her family said had been stalking her, authorities said."

Fabian Acuna, 27, who lived two blocks from Gonzalez, argued with her in front of his home in the 10800 block of Mansel Avenue near Hawthorne Boulevard. Then Acuna pulled out a handgun, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Jauch.

" 'He shot [Gonzalez] once in the upper torso,' Jauch said. Then Acuna opened fire on Gonzalez's boyfriend, who was sitting in a car in front of the house, he said."

"Kenneth Tiegs, 32, was shot twice in the upper body, but was able to get his gun and return fire. Acuna was shot in the chest and later died at a hospital, authorities said. Gonzalez died at the scene."

LESSONS LEARNED:

1) If an unarmed woman is afraid enough of a man to file a restraining order against him, perhaps she shouldn't be the one to deliver it.

2) The unarmed woman is dead, but her armed boyfriend is alive -- and thanks to the armed boyfriend, the attacker is dead. Drawing a conclusion from that raw data is rather simple.
 

Lawyer arrested at airport had firearm in his luggage
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"A Jacksonville lawyer yesterday became the second person arrested this month at Jacksonville International Airport on charges of trying to board an airplane with a gun."

"Jacksonville Airport Authority Police arrested David Craig Calley, 38, about 12:30 p.m. after security workers at Concourse A discovered a gun in Calley's carry-on luggage, airport and law court officials said."

"Calley offered no explanation for carrying a loaded gun to the concourse when appearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas Morris last night."

"Calley, who had a license to carry a firearm, was trying to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, officials said. But gun owners are required to declare the possession of a firearm to airline employees, who then can place the weapon in checked luggage, unloaded."

"Calley was charged with attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed dangerous weapon accessible in flight."

"Assistant U.S. District Attorney Edward Gaines said Calley could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the charge."
 

Decades after 1971 carnage at state prison riot, 50 families of prison workers ask for payments
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"Smith, other former hostages and family members of state employees who died in the bloodiest prison riot in American history will be in Albany this week to tell their stories to state officials."

"Gov. George Pataki appointed the Attica Task Force last year shortly after the state agreed to a $12 million settlement with former prisoners and the families of inmates who were killed. The task force was set up to hear from a group representing surviving Attica prison guards and the relatives of those who were killed, and consider their calls for a public apology and reparations payments from the state."

"Twenty-eight hostages lived through the prison riot in which 11 state employees and 32 inmates died. All but four were killed when State Police stormed the prison yard to end the uprising. On orders from Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, police fired into a crowd of about 1,500 inmates and the prison workers they had taken captive."

"Prison officials first announced that inmates had castrated and killed 10 hostages, but autopsies proved that to be a lie: All the dead hostages, none of them castrated, were killed by gunfire -- mostly from the State Police."
 

KY: Court says Ban on gun shops OK - gun control through zoning looming if appeal fails
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"A Kentucky appeals court has ruled that zoning laws can prohibit gun shops, a decision that a Newport gun shop owner says will open the gates for cities to practice gun control through zoning."

"Peter Garrett, owner of Peter Garrett Gunsmith in Newport, said he will take his case to the Kentucky Supreme Court."

" 'If it's struck down in the Supreme Court, we will go to the legislature and have the law changed,' Garrett said."

"The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Campbell Circuit Court was correct in upholding the zoning regulations of the cities of Dayton and Bellevue that ban gun shops in certain zones. Both cities have areas where gun shops are allowed."

"Garrett had wanted to expand his business into Dayton and Bellevue, but was told the zoning in the areas he was eying did not allow such businesses."

"Garrett had argued that state law says local governments may not 'occupy any part of the field of regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of firearms, ammunition or components of firearms.' "

"He said prohibiting a gun shop through zoning violates that law."
 

IL: Man shot by cop wins lawsuit; city and officer forced to pay
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"A 23-year-old Harvey man who was shot in the rear end by a rookie cop and then taken to court for brandishing a gun that apparently had been planted at the scene has beaten the charges that his lawyer says have haunted him for years."

"A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Archie Robinson was a victim of malicious prosecution in a case pitting his word against that of Harvey officer Manuel Escalante."

"The verdict requires the city and Escalante to pony up a combined $275,000. 'He's very pleased that he finally got justice.' Robinson's lawyer said Thursday."

"Robinson was a 19-year-old college student in September 1997 when the shooting took place. He was talking to friends outside an apartment building and took off running when Escalante got out of a squad car and gave chase. Escalante fired at him, striking him in the right buttock."

"Robinson was charged with battery, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. A gun with no fingerprints was found at the scene. Robinson was acquitted in 1998."
 

TX: Baylor Recruit Gets 30 Days in Jail for gun possession
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"Baylor football recruit Willie Andrews was sentenced to 30 days in jail and had his probation extended Thursday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge."

"The 18-year-old running back and defensive back was arrested July 7 when state troopers found a .25-caliber pistol in the trunk of his car, which had broken down on Interstate 20. The Department of Public Safety said in its report that Andrews told officers he found the gun outside a bowling alley and hid it in his car."

"At the time of Andrews' arrest, he was serving two years of probation for a March conviction for misdemeanor criminal mischief."
 

House approves security agency
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"The House on Friday night approved the largest reorganization of the federal government in more than a half-century, passing a bill to create a Department of Homeland Security intended to marshal and fortify the nation's defense against terrorism."

" 'We need to move forward to provide the president with the tools he needs to secure our homeland,' said Rep. Tom DeLay of Sugar Land, the Republican whip, just before the House approved the measure on a vote of 295-132."

"Closing House debate, Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Flower Mound, said the new Cabinet agency 'will focus the resources of this government on our safety and on our security - on the defeat of villainy.' "
 

U.S. fighter pilots scores direct bomb hit on family home
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"In a city under siege, the mayor is pleading to stop the bombing."

"... the latest accidental target in the war on terrorism: Monahans, Texas."

"A U.S. fighter jet scored a direct hit July 16 on a family home in the far West Texas town of Monahans. The dummy bomb crashed through the roof and wrecked a teen-age girl's bedroom closet."

"Air Force officials expressed 'apologies and regret'..."
 

OK: Hall of Fame to add Oklahoma war heroes
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"For Pen Woods, life as a German prisoner of war was misery."

"He saw his friends killed. He suffered from malnutrition. He and his fellow soldiers battled body lice -- all for the cause of freedom."

"On Aug. 3, [Pen] Woods and 10 other Oklahoma war heroes will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame."
 

TX: Citizen's Police Academy to begin Aug. 1
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"On Aug. 1, the Dickinson Police Officers Association will start its seventh Citizen’s Police Academy class."

"The academy is designed to give residents a deeper understanding of the police department."

"The academy teaching staff and speakers are comprised of Dickinson police officers."

"Instructors discuss topics such as traffic enforcement, narcotics, juvenile law, DWI enforcement, SWAT operations and building searches."
 

MA: Senate President Refuses to Bring H.5102 to the Floor
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"As GOAL members now know, H.5102 recently passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives with a vote of 115 to 32, almost an 80% affirmative vote."

"Since the passage in the House there has been a steady stream of misinformation in the media concerning what this bill does. Because of this media blitz, Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham publicly denounced the legislation and stated that he would not preside over a senate that would gut our state's gun laws."

"It was apparent from the Senate President's comments that he had no real knowledge of the language contained in H.5102, but was acting on the bad information given to him by others. Since his statements to the media, GOAL has repeatedly attempted to meet with the Senate President and/or his staff so that we could supply him with factual information concerning the bill. To date the Senate President and his staff has refused to meet with GOAL to discuss the merits of the bill or any problems they might have with it."
 

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