"They Think WE Are Stupid"
The past few days we've been reading voraciously and we're going to be doing alot of catch up posting, on international and local issues of interest.
these are stories that are just too good to pass up. what amazes us is that the local and most us media seem to think that we are not interested in the news from around the globe, and how our news reflects when it's played around the globe. today we picked a variety of stories, most are stories you'll recognize as somewhat interesting - but wonder like us, why the media ignored them.
Now I Know Folks are smart, butterah, Toy Planes to infiltrate prison, nawwww.. this is obviously thought out by the guy who used his car to pull that bank heist. Uh Huh..Police foil prison phone delivery
By Gary Duffy
BBC News, Sao Paulo
Police said the model helicopter was equipped with nine mobile phones
Four people were arrested and the high-tech toy was recovered after police stopped a car near to the jail.
Mobile phones are widely used by prisoners inside jails in Brazil to continue directing criminal activities.
Earlier this year prison guards in the same state discovered that pigeons were being used to carry mobile phone parts.
It seems the plot to smuggle the mobile phones into the Presidente Venceslau high security jail in Sao Paulo state was only stymied when police stopped a car as part of a routine check.
In the boot of the vehicle they found the one-metre long model helicopter with a basket-like container attached to its base.
Inside were nine mobile phones wrapped in a disposable nappy, while another five phones were also discovered in the vehicle.
Four suspects were arrested, and the youngest, who was aged just 17, is reported to have confessed they had been given $5,000 to buy and prepare the helicopter.
They were apparently to be paid the same amount if they had successfully landed the model inside the prison walls.
Prisoners in Brazilian jails routinely use mobile phones to carry on with criminal activity, and the police say the ones they recovered were probably intended to go to gang leaders inside the jail.
It is not the first time that the authorities have foiled an innovative attempt to smuggle material into a jail in Brazil.
Earlier this year Sao Paulo state prison guards uncovered a plot using pigeons to carry mobile phone parts over the walls of a jail.
And then we got Gangsta Till The end.. Karadzic, the playa. why does he think he should be immune to prosecution ? does he have a secret deal that we dont' know about yet ?? Hmmm.. we'll keep following this one in case it slimes.
The main charge against Mr Karadzic concerns the 1995 Srebenica massacre
Lawyers for the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, have filed papers arguing that all charges against him should be dropped.
They say US diplomat Richard Holbrooke promised him immunity from prosecution on condition he gave up politics - something Mr Holbrooke strongly denies.
Mr Karadzic is on trial at the UN tribunal in The Hague, facing 11 charges including genocide.
The tribunal has said that any immunity deal would not be binding.
The tribunal says even if a deal had been agreed, the trial would proceed anyway.
Mr Karadzic's lawyers filed a motion of more than 100 pages, demanding the court hold a special hearing to establish the truth of his claims.
CHARGES AGAINST KARADZIC
Eleven counts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other atrocities
Charged over shelling Sarajevo during the city's siege, in which some 12,000 civilians died
Allegedly organised the massacre of up to 8,000 Bosniak men and youths in Srebrenica
Targeted Bosniak and Croat political leaders, intellectuals and professionals
Unlawfully deported and transferred civilians because of national or religious identity
Destroyed homes, businesses and sacred sites
He says Mr Holbrooke, then the US envoy to Bosnia, agreed to provide him with immunity at a meeting in Belgrade on 18-19 July, 1996.
Mr Karadzic does not claim to have attended the meeting, but says the former Bosnian Serb assembly speaker, Momcilo Krajisnik, and foreign minister, Aleksa Buha, were there and could testify to Mr Holbrooke's alleged promise.
He also says he has testimony from other witnesses, including sources in the US state department, along with written documents and articles, to support his claim.
"The indictment should be dismissed, or the proceedings should be stayed, so that the hands of the tribunal are not stained with Holbrooke's deception," the motion said.
One of Radovan Karadzic's legal team, Peter Robinson, told the BBC: "The first step that we want to take is to ask that the trial not be held and the case be dismissed because of the promise that Richard Holbrooke made. If that's not successful, then we'll have to defend the case at trial, and Dr Karadzic is prepared to do that."
Mr Holbrooke - now the US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan - strongly denies any such deal, describing the claim as "laughable" and "a lie".
FROM BBC WORLD SERVICE
The BBC correspondent in The Hague, Geraldine Coughlan, says court observers are anxious to see whether judges will allow a special hearing, which Mr Karadzic's lawyers argue in is in the interest of "fundamental fairness".
Mr Karadzic was arrested and brought to the tribunal last year, after more than a decade in hiding.
He is accused of genocide over the massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, and is also charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The court filed a not guilty plea on his behalf after he refused to offer a plea, saying the court lacked jurisdiction.
it's astounding. this story in itself got no coverage in the us, that we can find.
The girl, who is unable to speak, was discovered living in a squalid flat in the Siberian city of Chita.
Police said she had never been allowed outside and had adopted the behaviour of the animals she lived with.
They said she now "barked like a little dog" and jumped at the door when her carers left the room.
Police are questioning the girl's mother, but her father has not yet been found.
A police statement said the girl was unwashed, dressed in filthy clothes and had the "clear attributes of an animal".
"For five years, the girl was 'brought up' by several dogs and cats and had never been outside," the statement said.
The police said the girl had managed to master "animal language only", but seemed able to understand Russian.
Earlier this year, President Dmitry Medvedev called for more action on child abuse.
He said 750,000 children in Russia were living in "socially hazardous conditions".
Judge settles James Brown estate battle
And this lil Tid Bit, which we thought would have hit US Papers or TV News
James Brown was considered one of the world's greatest soul singers
A US judge has ended a bitter two-year battle over the late soul singer James Brown's estate.
Judge Jack Early has ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his six adult children.
Brown's family and wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown have fought over his fortune since he died of heart failure in 2006.
Judge Early wrote in his court report that the undisclosed settlement is "just and reasonable".
'Relieved and happy'
He added: "From the perspective of the charitable beneficiaries, the risks of not approving the settlement agreement are substantial."
The settlement also establishes that Tomi Rae Hynie Brown is the star's surviving spouse and her son is his child.
Last year, a US court ordered a DNA test to be carried out on the boy to prove Brown was his father, but that is no longer required.
In a statement to news agency The Associated Press, Brown's widow said: "I am so relieved and happy that the court has approved this settlement.
It has been a struggle, but God has blessed us and we are thankful
Deanna Brown, James Brown's daughter
"I want to be able to work with the trustees and other Brown family members to promote James Brown's legacy.
"My son James and I are grateful to the judge and hope this nightmare is finally over."
The judge has also ruled that Brown's relatives will create a museum or some other memorial for the late singer.
Brown's daughter, Deanna Brown, said: "It has been a struggle, but God has blessed us and we are thankful.
"We look forward to working towards the goals of our father by providing education scholarships for impoverished students and his own grandchildren, and making his home a museum for the world to come and see."
Lawyers have said the soul singer's accounts have little money in them.
Last July, some of his possessions were auctioned off, partly to pay off debts, however royalties from the musician's music will continue to make future income.