Little justice for acid attack victims in Pakistan

One little girl whose face was seared away wishes to die or turn back time. Her attackers are fined a few thousand dollars and left to walk free.

This story is heartbreaking.

We have some follow-up information on Brian Banks and his accuser.
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A 10-year nightmare over rape conviction is over: Brian Banks spent years in prison, branded a rapist. Then his accuser provided the key to getting his conviction dismissed.

Banks had a choice: He could take the he said-she said case to trial and, if convicted, risk being sentenced to 41 years to life in prison. Or, as his lawyer advised, he could accept a plea deal.

Photo: Brian Banks, with his attorneys, is overcome with emotion in the courtroom. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

We have some follow-up information on Brian Banks and his accuser.

latimes:

A 10-year nightmare over rape conviction is over: Brian Banks spent years in prison, branded a rapist. Then his accuser provided the key to getting his conviction dismissed.

Banks had a choice: He could take the he said-she said case to trial and, if convicted, risk being sentenced to 41 years to life in prison. Or, as his lawyer advised, he could accept a plea deal.

Photo: Brian Banks, with his attorneys, is overcome with emotion in the courtroom. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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A 10-year nightmare over rape conviction is over: Brian Banks spent years in prison, branded a rapist. Then his accuser provided the key to getting his conviction dismissed.

Banks had a choice: He could take the he said-she said case to trial and, if convicted, risk being sentenced to 41 years to life in prison. Or, as his lawyer advised, he could accept a plea deal.

Photo: Brian Banks, with his attorneys, is overcome with emotion in the courtroom. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

A 10-year nightmare over rape conviction is over: Brian Banks spent years in prison, branded a rapist. Then his accuser provided the key to getting his conviction dismissed.

Banks had a choice: He could take the he said-she said case to trial and, if convicted, risk being sentenced to 41 years to life in prison. Or, as his lawyer advised, he could accept a plea deal.

Photo: Brian Banks, with his attorneys, is overcome with emotion in the courtroom. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Tour de theft targets high-end racing bikes: The Sheriff’s Department arrests three men accused of using Craigslist and Facebook to steal custom cycles worth up to $15,000 from victims across Southern California.

Detectives said the thieves scanned Craigslist and Facebook to identify targets, making away with designer racing bikes worth $2,000 to $15,000 each.
They allegedly preyed on the growing online community of Los Angeles bike enthusiasts who share photos about rides and their latest bike acquisitions on various websites and look for parts on Craigslist.
The victims, detectives say, include teenagers like Millie, bike club members, long-distance road racers and triathletes spanning six Southern California counties.

Photo: Sheriff’s investigators display some of the recovered racing bicycles that were stolen from victims found through Facebook and Craigslist. The Major Crimes Bureau has arrested three men accused of being at the center of the bike-stealing ring. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Tour de theft targets high-end racing bikes: The Sheriff’s Department arrests three men accused of using Craigslist and Facebook to steal custom cycles worth up to $15,000 from victims across Southern California.

Detectives said the thieves scanned Craigslist and Facebook to identify targets, making away with designer racing bikes worth $2,000 to $15,000 each.

They allegedly preyed on the growing online community of Los Angeles bike enthusiasts who share photos about rides and their latest bike acquisitions on various websites and look for parts on Craigslist.

The victims, detectives say, include teenagers like Millie, bike club members, long-distance road racers and triathletes spanning six Southern California counties.

Photo: Sheriff’s investigators display some of the recovered racing bicycles that were stolen from victims found through Facebook and Craigslist. The Major Crimes Bureau has arrested three men accused of being at the center of the bike-stealing ring. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

'Teardrop' rapist strikes again after lengthy break: From 1996 to 2005, the man, who was described as having a teardrop tattoo under one eye, preyed on 27 women and girls. DNA evidence shows that he has attacked again, sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in November.

Investigators said the assailant is described by some victims as having a teardrop tattoo under one or both of his eyes, but the teenage victim in November did not see the tattoo. Detectives said it was possible that he had the tattoo removed.

Ladies, please be on alert when you’re walking alone. Check the map to see where he’s struck before.
Photo: LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, left, discusses composite drawings of the so-called teardrop rapist at a news conference Tuesday. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

'Teardrop' rapist strikes again after lengthy break: From 1996 to 2005, the man, who was described as having a teardrop tattoo under one eye, preyed on 27 women and girls. DNA evidence shows that he has attacked again, sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in November.

Investigators said the assailant is described by some victims as having a teardrop tattoo under one or both of his eyes, but the teenage victim in November did not see the tattoo. Detectives said it was possible that he had the tattoo removed.

Ladies, please be on alert when you’re walking alone. Check the map to see where he’s struck before.

Photo: LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, left, discusses composite drawings of the so-called teardrop rapist at a news conference Tuesday. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Two former teen idols back bill to protect child actors: Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman, both of whom were molested by men with Hollywood connections, support legislation to require fingerprinting and background checks for those with unsupervised access to child performers.
Photo: “We’re not doing enough to protect children, period,” says actor Todd Bridges, who was molested three times beginning at age 12. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Two former teen idols back bill to protect child actors: Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman, both of whom were molested by men with Hollywood connections, support legislation to require fingerprinting and background checks for those with unsupervised access to child performers.

Photo: “We’re not doing enough to protect children, period,” says actor Todd Bridges, who was molested three times beginning at age 12. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Website matches targets and hit man:  The website designer thought HitmanForHire.net was a joke, but the FBI and Irish police soon learned that Essam Ahmed Eid, above, was in business.
Whoa. Prime candidate for Clients from Hell.
Photo: Essam Ahmed Eid. Credit: Steve Humphreys / Independent.ie

Website matches targets and hit man: The website designer thought HitmanForHire.net was a joke, but the FBI and Irish police soon learned that Essam Ahmed Eid, above, was in business.

Whoa. Prime candidate for Clients from Hell.

Photo: Essam Ahmed Eid. Credit: Steve Humphreys / Independent.ie

latimes:

Currently developing: At least three people were shot Thursday at a house in East Hollywood that was on fire. The immediately surrounding area is being evacuated.
Photo: Scene of fire and shooting in East Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.

The fire has been contained. Officials said three victims were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds and the shooter was  believed to be still inside the home. 

latimes:

Currently developing: At least three people were shot Thursday at a house in East Hollywood that was on fire. The immediately surrounding area is being evacuated.

Photo: Scene of fire and shooting in East Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.

The fire has been contained. Officials said three victims were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds and the shooter was believed to be still inside the home. 

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Currently developing: At least three people were shot Thursday at a house in East Hollywood that was on fire. The immediately surrounding area is being evacuated.
Photo: Scene of fire and shooting in East Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.

Currently developing: At least three people were shot Thursday at a house in East Hollywood that was on fire. The immediately surrounding area is being evacuated.

Photo: Scene of fire and shooting in East Hollywood. Credit: KTLA-TV.

Schools chief announces entire Miramonte staff to be replaced

L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy has announced that the entire staff at Miramonte Elementary School will be replaced to help restore confidence in the South L.A. campus where two teachers were recently arrested on lewd conduct charges.

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Unspeakable: L.A. teacher arrested, accused of disturbing lewd acts

Trigger warning: We have to warn you that this story is NOT pleasant, so please take care when reading.

Mark Berndt, a 61-year-old teacher who taught for three decades at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A., is accused of lewd acts with 23 children between the ages of 7 and 10 — allegedly tying children up and putting giant cockroaches on their faces. And something else we’re not going to print. Berndt, who was fired in March and bis being held on a $2.3 million bail, wasn’t caught as the result of children coming forward, but a photo-processor who turned pictures of some of the heinous acts over to the authorities. The L.A. Times has more, including a police report. This is just appalling.

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"Burrito" deputy flunked out of academy on reality TV show: L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Henry Marin, who is charged with smuggling a heroin-stuffed burrito into a courthouse jail, was portrayed as the class bumbler on Fox’s show “The Academy.”
Photo:  Henry Marin is seen on the first day of class for Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits moments after dozing during orientation in an episode of the Fox reality television show “The Academy.” Credit: Fox Television

"Burrito" deputy flunked out of academy on reality TV show: L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Henry Marin, who is charged with smuggling a heroin-stuffed burrito into a courthouse jail, was portrayed as the class bumbler on Fox’s show “The Academy.”

Photo: Henry Marin is seen on the first day of class for Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits moments after dozing during orientation in an episode of the Fox reality television show “The Academy.” Credit: Fox Television

An anguished search for his daughter’s killer:  Donglei Shi was found dead in an Alhambra park nearly two years ago. No witnesses and little evidence were found. Her father, George, has tirelessly pursued his quest and is offering a $200,000 reward.
Photo:  George Shi puts up a reward poster on a wall behind an Alhambra restaurant. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

An anguished search for his daughter’s killer: Donglei Shi was found dead in an Alhambra park nearly two years ago. No witnesses and little evidence were found. Her father, George, has tirelessly pursued his quest and is offering a $200,000 reward.

Photo: George Shi puts up a reward poster on a wall behind an Alhambra restaurant. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Robbery victim (a U.S. Marine) plugs bullet holes with fingers

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“I’m a Marine and I’m not going to run from a fight. You wouldn’t want a Marine to run from a fight. Call me crazy, call me stupid. I got shot once and it just angered me more. I wanted to get this guy. I got shot twice, and I re-evaluated that decision. I decided I need to stay alive.”

— Florida-based Marine vet Lt. Col Karl Trenker • Discussing how he got shot, days before Christmas, in a Craigslist-transaction-gone-bad. The Iraq and Afghanistan vet’s fiance tried selling a man’s gold-chain necklace, but Trenker offered to make the transaction due to safety concerns, which turned out to be correct, as the alleged buyer picked up the necklace and ran. Trenker ran after the man, known only as “Galven,” only to get shot twice. Here’s the dramatic part: Following his training as a Marine (29 years experience), he plugged the bullet holes with his fingers, a move which likely saved his life. Say what you will about the Craigslist transaction (it certainly wasn’t the best idea), but that’s pretty amazing, no matter how you look at the situation. source (viafollow) 

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A tale of two Stephen Kinzeys: One persona is the popular tenured professor who likes to ride motorcycles. The other persona is the outlaw biker charged with drug dealing and related offenses.

"This has to have an explanation. He’s a PhD," his father, Hank Kinzey, said shortly after his son was implicated. "Something knocked him off course."

Maybe he has lung cancer? (Cue “Breaking Bad” theme music.)
Photo:  Stephen Kinzey leaves the room after pleading not guilty in San Bernardino Superior Court to the charge of running a street gang and dealing drugs. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A tale of two Stephen Kinzeys: One persona is the popular tenured professor who likes to ride motorcycles. The other persona is the outlaw biker charged with drug dealing and related offenses.

"This has to have an explanation. He’s a PhD," his father, Hank Kinzey, said shortly after his son was implicated. "Something knocked him off course."

Maybe he has lung cancer? (Cue “Breaking Bad” theme music.)

Photo: Stephen Kinzey leaves the room after pleading not guilty in San Bernardino Superior Court to the charge of running a street gang and dealing drugs. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times