Suspected serial killer appears in British court

Friday, May 28, 2010

A man accused of being a serial killer has appeared in Bradford magistrates court in West Yorkshire today charged with three counts of murder. 40-year-old Stephen Griffiths is accused of killing Suzanne Blamires, 36, Susan Rushworth, 43, and Shelley Armitage, 31, all prostitutes.

Griffiths, a former van driver with a degree in psychology and studying for a PhD in criminology, gave his name as “Crossbow Cannibal” when asked. He has been in police custody since Monday when police were alerted to a CCTV recording that appeared to show a murder.

A caretaker had been reviewing footage from the flats where Griffiths lives when he saw footage of a woman and a man enter a flat early on Saturday morning. Two minutes later, she ran out and was followed by the man, who beat her to the ground and shot her in the head with a crossbow. Over the course of the weekend, the man was seen several times with bin bags and a rucksack.

On Tuesday, the day after the arrest of Griffiths, Blamires’ remains were found in the River Aire in nearby Shipley. She had been cut into several pieces and her head was located in a rucksack. Police continue to search for the other two alleged victims; Rushworth has been missing since June last year and Armitage vanished in April.

Police have searched much of Bradford’s red-light district, where Griffiths’ third-floor flat is located. Forensic investigations at the flat are expected to last around three weeks. There are plans to search landfill sites for bodies, and police may yet expand the inquiry to cover three more cold cases, although at present they have not been linked to the current inquiry.

Sniffer dogs have been used throughout the city, and police have been taking away plastic evidence bags. Some alleyways remain closed off. Police charged their suspect yesterday.

Griffiths was known as “the lizard man” in his block of flats owing to his habit of walking his two pet monitor lizards in the area. One neighbour is reported to have quoted him as saying he was studying for “a PhD in murder and Jack the Ripper,” and he has spent time in a high-security psychiatric hospital. During his five-minute court appearance he did not enter a plea, kept his head bowed and fidgeted with his cuffed hands. He said “Here, I guess,” when asked for his address.

As he stood in the glass-fronted dock, guarded by three security officers, he was watched by the families of Rushworth and Armitage, who were accompanied by police family liaison officers. Blamires’ family chose not to be present, but the victim’s mother Nicky Blamires, 54, has told the press that Suzanne was a “much-loved” family member even though she “went down the wrong path and did not have the life she was meant to have.” “Nobody deserves this,” she said. “All these girls were human beings and people’s daughters.”

Griffiths’ morning court appearance was followed by a second one this afternoon, at Bradford Crown Court. This time, he confirmed his name without incident. He was remanded into custody until next month, when he will appear in court again.

British media has been quick to compare the case to Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper”. Sutcliffe was a Bradford killer responsible for thirteen murders and seven attempted murders, including several prostitutes. Since his 1981 conviction he has spent most of the last three decades in Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital near London.

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Landscaping Options For Outdoor Living Spaces

Submitted by: Alex G. Bolden

Landscaping can be in the form of gardening and planting and can even stretch into the creation of artificial stone structures to beautify a particular area. Modern methods include improvising outdoor living spaces in the hope of creating something that will add to the beauty of a particular place.

Landscaping is the process of beautifying an outdoor area. Landscaping can be in the form of gardening and planting and can even stretch into the creation of artificial stone structures to beautify a particular area. Modern methods include improvising outdoor living spaces in the hope of creating something that will add to the beauty of a particular place. These outdoor living or recreational spaces include parks, gardens, promenades, back yard, indoor fire places or pits and even public sport and activity clubs. It is with the help of limestone, slate, granite, and concrete tiles that these areas are worked upon.

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The process of landscaping outdoor living spaces is tedious and therefore requires the proper execution of a plan. The plan will include the method in which the landscape is to be created. Pointers for this have to be taken from clients interested in landscaping a particular place. The needs of the clients along with the craftsmen ship and the design aesthetic of the team of landscapers will lead to the creation of a beautiful structure that will lead to the beauty of the place that has been in construction.

Improvisations with stone have led to the creation of benches and innovatively designed waterfalls and fountains in gardens residential homes and even commercial complexes. A small section of natural beauty in the form of a fountain or a beautifully designed garden in a commercial space can change the whole look of the place. Due to this landscape, designing has become a priority with those who consider designing and architectural brilliance as being a part of every structure that is created. Landscaping for outdoor living spaces is offered by professional landscapers who take into account the area that have to work in order to create a marvellous structure.

The structures that are created might also come to include the creation of ponds along with other artificial water bodies like waterfalls and fountains. All of these structures are created using stones and hence it plays a crucial role in the process of stone selection. Landscapers based on the web have a number of stones that they offer. The choice of stones depends on the feel of the place and the kind of structure that is going to be created using them. The decision of choosing stone can be left in the hands of the client or the customer or the landscaper undertaking the construction job.

Along with undertaking outdoor living spaces construction, the sites offering these services also offer indoor services like setting up of kitchen table tops. The collection of stones that you will come across online are varied and hence it is best to have a good idea of what you are looking for before you go in and hire the services of these landscapers. Fieldstone is generally used for creating fire pits. A landscaper will evaluate the piece of land they are offered and will come with designs that could be used to create a beautiful structure.

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Explosion in French college

Friday, March 24, 2006A large explosion ripped through a research building of the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (ENSCMu) in Mulhouse, eastern France. Mulhouse’s mayor, Jean-Marie Bockel, confirmed that the blast killed one person and injured another. Police declared Code Red, and the neighborhood was evacuated.

According to the French Press, TF1, the victim was in his forties and had worked at the institition for about a year. A young woman was seriously injured and about a dozen people received minor injuries, with two suffering from shock. 150 firefighters were on the scene.

The ENSCMu is a technology college, with an enrollment of 8,000 and a 25-hectare campus near the town’s centre. It is known for its museum of coloring agents (Musée des Colorants), which has about 2700 samples, mainly from the second part of the nineteenth century. The museum’s database is available online in French.

The blast occurred at 11:25 GMT (12:25 local time). It is reported to have been heard two kilometres away and to have broken the windows of nearby buildings. The blast was followed by a fire that was contained by about 15:00 (local time).

The explosion’s cause is not yet clear but it is believed to have happened in a ground-floor laboratory in an annex building constructed in 1977. The lab was apparently focused on industrial safety.

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Inspectors close Chicago landmark Healthy Food restaurant after finding dead mouse in cooler

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Chicago city inspectors closed the landmark Lithuanian restaurant Healthy Food on Thursday, after finding mouse feces on the meat slicer and cutting board, and a dead mouse in the cooler.

The restaurant has operated at 3236 S. Halsted, on the south side of the city in the Bridgeport neighborhood, since the 1930s.

Wikinews reporter David Vasquez placed a call to the restaurant to inquire if they were open. The call was answered by a woman who said, “No, we’re closed. There’s some technical difficulties. I’m sorry. Thank you for calling.” A second phone could be heard ringing in the background.

Streets and Sanitation spokesman Matt Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times, “To reopen, they’re going to have to present us with a revamped game plan for not only rodent control but also housekeeping, they’ll have to make all the corrections that our inspectors point out,” he continued, “and pass a very stringent follow-up inspection.”

Patrons have praised the restaurant’s sauerkraut soup and other dishes over the years. Before it was closed, the restaurant had a lot of traffic from the nearby Cook County Circuit Court. The restaurant was once voted “Best Ethnic Eastern European Restaurant in Chicago”, according to New City.

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Apple to hold media event on September 1, may update iPods and Apple TV

Friday, August 27, 2010

Apple Inc. will hold a music-centered event in San Francisco, California on September 1. It has been widely speculated that the company will introduce an updated line of iPod portable music players and a new Apple TV.

The company e-mailed invitations for the event to various media organizations on Wednesday. The message included a picture of a guitar and the time of the event. Apple did not release any information about what products would be involved.

Apple has released new iPods through previous similar events in September in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. This year, Apple may unveil a new iPod Touch with two cameras, similar to their recent iPhone 4 design. It will likely also update the iTunes music store and software.

Speculation about a new Apple TV is mixed. While many blogs are reporting that a refresh of the device will be announced, analysts say that it is unlikely to happen during next Wednesday’s event. According to Reuters, sources are saying that Apple is negotiating with major television networks, including ABC and NBC, in order to provide shows for purchase on iTunes. However, they also reported that the deal has not been completed, and none of the companies involved have commented on the rumors.

It has also been rumored that Apple will introduce a new online music service. In 2009, Apple took over a company that allowed users to stream music online rather than download individual songs. Apple has not confirmed the rumors.

Last September’s media event saw the return of Apple CEO Steve Jobs after he took a break to undergo a liver transplant. This year, the event will be held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, previously used by Apple in April for the unveiling of the iPad.

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Buying A Home For Sale 5 Steps To Prepare Yourself For The Purchase

Submitted by: Andrew Steele

Though countries in the world are facing recession there is one sector that is still growing and that is the real estate, yes there are talks that prices of property have fallen but the ordinary men is nowhere to see the fall in the prices. Those who want to buy a home for sale find it difficult to do so because of various reasons. Often it also happens that initially everything goes on well but things start turning hay way at the later stages.

In such situations it is imperative that you prepare yourself to do all the hard work involved and deal with frustration resulting from no concrete results. Or should I say that the need of the hour is to act smartly when you plan to buy a home for sale or a property for sale. If you also think the same then here are 5 steps you should take to ensure you prepare yourself for all the hard work involved in buying a property for sale.

Step no: 1 Check the Home Loan Eligibility: You are sure to hate a situation where you have finalized the home you want to buy but later find that you will not be able to buy the home for sale because you are not eligible for the loan. Hence it is better that you assess your credibility before even looking for a property and so we have included it as the first step.

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Step no: 2 Assess What You Want: Different people fantasize their own home differently. Some would prefer to buy a home for sale in the same area as they currently live in while some would prefer to buy a home for sale in a different area much father from the area they currently put in. When you decide exactly which type of house will interest you it will make the process hassle free and less time consuming.

Step no: 3 Find a Renowned Real Estate Agent: If you think that you do not need a real estate agent than think once again. Though this might make more sense to many the truth is that a real estate agent can considerably ease the process for you. They are the best guide and experts in the area they are functional. Hence it becomes really easy for them to find a home for sale for you which would exactly be the home of your dream.

Step no: 4 Do not Overlook Resale Properties: Old properties for sale that is resale properties are often a good option and so should not be avoided. You can in fact get a very good deal on them and with very little investment convert the property in a brand new one.

Step no: 5 Act at the Right Time: The last step refers to acting really fast when you find the home of your choice at the right price. Instead of waiting for better property for sale it is always advisable to pick the property you think is perfect for you in all aspects. There are thousands of people who have repented their decision to wait for a better option only to find that, that particular property for sale is taken by someone else.

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Annie Awards for animation Sunday; Wikinews will be there

Thursday, February 8, 2007

This Sunday, the International Animated Film Association (Association International du Film d’Animation) or ASIFA will hand out the Annie Awards in Glendale, California. As animation’s highest honor, the crowd is always a who’s who of direction, art design, character design, layout, visual effects, and voice artists.

There are 23 award categories in the Annies, sorted into Individual Achievement and Production categories.

Perhaps the most competitive category is “Best Animated Feature”, which will be a fight between Cars (Pixar Animation Studios), Happy Feet (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kennedy Miller Production/Animal Logic Film), Monster House (Columbia Pictures/ImageMovers/Amblin), Open Season (Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures) and Over The Hedge (DreamWorks Animation).

Cars, Happy Feet, and Monster House are all nominated in the Academy Awards for the same category, perhaps signifying an edge up in the competition.

Direct-to-DVD releases are eligible for the “Best Home Entertainment Production”. Included are Bambi II (DisneyToon Studios), The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Universal Animation Studios), and Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes (DisneyToon Studios).

Charlie and Lola, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, King of the Hill, The Fairly OddParents, and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! are all up for “Best Animated Television Production”.

“Best Animated Video Game” will be awarded to either Flushed Away The Game (D3 Publisher of America, Inc.), Monster House (THQ, Inc.), and SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab (THQ, Inc.); the category was just created last year.

Adventure Time (Nickelodeon), Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot (Thunderbean Animation), No Time For Nuts (Blue Sky Studios), and Weird Al Yankovic Don’t Download This Song (Acme Filmworks) are all up for “Best Animated Short Subject”. Only No Time for Nuts is up for an Oscar, which has significantly different rules. “Best Animated Television Commercial” will go to either an advertisement for Candy Factory, ESPN, Hilton, St. Louis Zoo, or United Airlines.

Notably, no non-US films or productions have been nominated for any of the awards.

ASIFA is a non-profit worldwide organization dedicated to preserving and promoting animation, which maintains national branches in 55 countries, as far away as UlanBaatar, Mongolia and Tehran. The Annies are awarded by its California chapter ASIFA-Hollywood.

The awards were started in 1972, after voice actress June Foray noticed the industry lacked a formal way to acknowledge its achievements. Performing in over 202 productions, Foray’s most known characters are Rocket J. Squirrel (Rocky and Bullwinkle) and Granny (Looney Tunes).

ASIFA also hands out “Juried Awards” to various notable figures in animation. Bill Plympton, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Andreas Deja will each win the Winsor McCay Award, in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation. Bill Matthews, Michael Fallik, Marc Deckter, and Eric Graf will each win a Certificate of Merit. The June Foray Award will go to Stephen Worth, for his “significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.” The Ub Iwerks Award and Special Achievement award will not be handed out.

Professional photographer John Mueller will attend the ceremony on behalf of Wikinews, taking photos of nominees and the rest of America’s animation elite. Mueller was selected from a wide pool of professionals offering their services. The photos from the event will be released under the Creative Commons By Attribution license, which allows them to be used by anyone for any purpose.

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Wikinews interviews John Wolfe, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama

Sunday, May 20, 2012

U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate John Wolfe, Jr. of Tennessee took some time to answer a few questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Wolfe, an attorney based out of Chattanooga, announced his intentions last year to challenge President Barack Obama in the Democratic Party presidential primaries. So far, he has appeared on the primary ballots in New Hampshire, Missouri, and Louisiana. In Louisiana, he had his strongest showing, winning 12 percent overall with over 15 percent in some congressional districts, qualifying him for Democratic National Convention delegates. However, because certain paperwork had not been filed, the party stripped Wolfe of the delegates. Wolfe says he will sue the party to receive them.

Wolfe will compete for additional delegates at the May 22 Arkansas primary and the May 29 Texas primary. He is the only challenger to Obama in Arkansas, where a May 10 Hendrix College poll of Democrats shows him with 38 percent support, just short of the 45 percent for Obama. Such an outing would top the margin of Texas prison inmate Keith Russell Judd, who finished 18 percent behind Obama with 41 percent in the West Virginia Democratic primary; the strongest showing yet against the incumbent president. Despite these prospects, the Democratic Party of Arkansas has already announced that if Wolfe wins any delegates in their primary, again, due to paperwork, the delegates will not be awarded. Wolfe will appear on the Texas ballot alongside Obama, activist Bob Ely, and historian Darcy Richardson, who ended his campaign last month.

Wolfe has previously run for U.S. Congress as the Democratic Party’s nominee. On his campaign website, he cites the influence “of the Pentagon, Wall Street, and corporations” on the Obama administration as a reason for his challenge, believing these negatively affect “loyal Americans, taxpayers and small businesses.” Wolfe calls for the usage of anti-trust laws to break up large banks, higher taxes on Wall Street, the creation of an “alternative federal reserve” to assist community banks, and the implementation of a single-payer health care system.

With Wikinews, Wolfe discusses his campaign, the presidency of Barack Obama, corporations, energy, the federal budget, immigration, and the nuclear situation in Iran among other issues.

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Indian banks propose to use gold deposits as CRR/SLR

Monday, June 30, 2014

State Bank of India (SBI) and Bank of Baroda (BoB), two of the largest public sector banks of India, proposed on Saturday their gold deposits should be allowed to count toward their state-mandated cash reserve ratio (CRR) or statutory liquidity ratio (SLR).

Arundhati Bhattacharya, the chairperson of SBI, made the proposal at a Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council event held in Mumbai on Saturday. She said the need for gold deposits to become more liquid has increased because gold import is putting a strain on the country’s current account deficit. S. S. Mundra, Chairperson and managing director of BoB, agreed and said it would help bringing gold into the more productive sectors of the economy.

Bhattacharya added SBI has no longer any incentive to run its gold deposit scheme as it cannot fully deploy the assets, noting SBI is the party most involved with gold deposits in India. G. S. Sandhu, Union financial services secretary, also at the event, responded that the government is looking for ways to monetize the gold held by the public, as import of gold can strain the current account deficit and foreign exchange reserves.

Currently, the Reserve Bank of India has set the CRR at 4% and the SLR at 22.5%. SLR is the portion of deposits that must be invested in recognized safe securities and assets.

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How To Shop For New Windows


If you are tired of living with your inefficient or outdated windows, then it is time that you purchase new windows for your home. Your home should be the one place where you can go and feel completely at ease, but if you hate your windows or if your windows are causing you to have ridiculously high utility bills, then you probably don’t feel very much at ease every time you see them. If you have never had to shop at Windows Connecticut stores before, then it may be an intimidating experience for you. However, if you have an idea of what type of windows you want to purchase in advance, then you will have an easier time choosing and purchasing the perfect new windows for your home. Here are some things that you can do when considering what type of windows you should choose for your home.

First, make sure that you measure your old windows and take those measurements with you when you go shopping at different Windows Connecticut businesses so that you know exactly what size of windows you will need to fit into the allotted window space.

Second, you should look for windows that will look good from both the outside of your house and the inside of your house. You should make sure that the windows match the style of your house both inside and outside, and that they complement your home without drawing too much attention. Your windows should be subtle but attractive and full of character, and the material and color of your new window frames should also complement the other materials and colors in your home.

Third, before you choose which windows to purchase, you should make sure that you understand the warranty that comes with the window. You should also check out the installation instructions before you commit to a purchase, because some windows are much more difficult to install than others. However, if you plan on having a Windows Connecticut company come out and install the windows for you, then you won’t have to worry too much about the installation difficulty for different types of windows.

Fourth, make sure that you choose high-quality windows that are energy efficient so that you can get the most for your money. If you are shopping on a budget then you don’t have to get the most expensive windows that you can find, but try not to scrimp on the windows that you purchase either. Remember that your windows should ideally last for many years, so it is important that you purchase quality windows that you will be happy with for many years to come.

If your windows are outdated or inefficient, let a Windows Connecticutcompany help you find quality windows for your home. Visit a Windows Connecticut company and update your old windows today.