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This should be a crime: Soldiers go Lady Gaga

I confess: I hate this song. And so I make this suggestion as a TGIF joke.

Soldiers filmed this remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" while stationed at a military base in southwest in Afghanistan, The Smoking Gun reports.

In the video: Aaron Melcher, 24, of North Carolina, Justin Banker, 23, Kenneth Eichler, James Conley, Kory Roberts, Mike Castor and Joshua Pilon.

Conley shared the video on his Facebook page and according to Smoking Gun posted:

"This is what people do with they free time in Afghanistan. Its crazy out here. And yeah im in it too."

View the pictures.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:50 AM on April 30, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Maricopa County Sheriff fits right in with Arizona's new immigration bill

Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio's dream has come true -- and it has nothing to do with the humiliating pink underwear he makes inmates wear.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill that allows police officers to detain and interrogate people who may appear to be undocumented migrants. This is something Arpaio had been endorsing anyway. Banner

Critics of the bill are concerned that the law encourages racial profiling. 

Some police officers fear that the bill may discourage cooperation with law enforcement, the Washington Post is reporting.

The controversial SB 1070 also creates criminal penalties for immigration violations (Here are some key provisions).

The law goes into effect at the end of the legislative session in July or August.

There is speculation that the GOP's support of the law is a political risky move meant to energize Republicans going into the November elections, the Christian Monitor is reporting.

13 Can you smell what Arpaio is cooking?

The day the bill was signed he said in a radio show  that this was a good time for him to consider running for governor in the Republican primary in August.

Arpaio is a man of many traits, he published a book where he calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff."  In his website, he proudly features pictures with celebrities and even has his signature pink underwear and handcuffs for sale

Arizona Senator John McCain, who is backing the bill and voted against making Martin Luther King's birthday a federal holiday, said he approves of Arpaio.

"Look rounding up people and taking them back is fine," said McCain referring to Arpaio's activities earlier this year. 

At a U.S. naturalization ceremony Friday, President Barack Obama called the measure misguided. And if that is the case, then Arpaio has been misguided for years.

The 2009 Democracy Now newscast below features experts discussing Maricopa County Sheriff's crime prevention programs and his controversial handling of jail operations.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 06:52 PM on April 23, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Green piggy bank used as weapon

6245 A teenager told police two men hit him in the face with a green piggy bank.

The teen said he had just converted some change into dollars at a supermarket machine when the men attacked him. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:22 PM on April 22, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Artist said angel turned him away from crime

Purvis Young was born in the violent streets of Miami's Liberty City. After serving time in prison for breaking and entering, Young claims an angel helped him change his criminal ways. 

He was a genius plagued by poverty, who used paint to channel his anger.

When the road department decided to build an expressway extension in Overtown, thousands lost their homes. To protest the demolition, Young hanged many paintings on a wall about a block long in Goodbread Alley.

He used pieces of plywood and cardboard.

“My feeling was the world might get better if I put up my protests,” said Young. “Even if it didn’t, it was just something I had to be doing. I make like I’m a warrior, like God sending an angel to stop war, like in my art.”

His wall was demolished but his resilient spirit wasn't. He did not need a prestigious education, expensive brushes or a canvas to demonstrate the transforming power of art. RIP Purvis Young. Read the obituary.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:02 AM on April 21, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

'Original gangsters' get training as interventionists

About_us_3 (1) An interventionist can make about $36,000 a year.

They are former gang bangers trained by an institute in South Los Angeles to help reduce violence.

Some are also employed by nonprofit agencies under contract to the city, and others by nonprofits working independently.

There are some who work informally as volunteers.

Former homegirl Nicola Daugherty said she brought up three of her seven children to follow her footsteps. After serving prison time for selling cocaine, witnessing driveby shootings, seeing her 18-year-old brother killed, and finally changing her life through a church, she's now set on saving her own kids and others.

"I only taught my boys what I knew - gang-banging," the 40-year-old hairdresser said. "It's my duty and job to pull them out. It's still not too late."

Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 02:50 PM on April 17, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Woman gets 1st nationwide alcohol ban

There will be no partying in public for Laura Hall this Friday. Police promised to arrest her if she gets caught buying alcohol or drinking in any pub, club, bar or public place in England and Wales.

The judge's order will last until April 2012.

The drinking banning order is a new effort to fight alcoholism. It went in effect at the end of 2009, but Hall is the first one to be issued the order.

Police say her alcohol-related offenses were excessive. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:55 AM on April 16, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Graphic content: Homicide caught on tape

Surveillance video from Philly's Steak Sportsbar & Grill in Allentown, Pennsylvania shows the deadly shooting of a 25-year-old man. Two men were arrested in the case. Here is the video (Graphic content).

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:52 AM on April 14, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A film on vandalism

Exit Through The Gift Shop is a film on vandalism -- involving graffiti's British star Bansky and U.S. renowned Shepard Fairey.

January 24th's Sundance Film Festival sensation is not showing in Miami yet. It opened in the UK March 5th and will open in NYC on Friday, April 23rd in Boston, April 30th in D.C., May 7th in Canada, and May 21st in Austin.

Here is a list of the theaters showing it.

The NY Times review

The Guardian review

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:18 AM on April 14, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Video | FBI probes police beating

"The video shows the charging documents were nothing more than a cover, a fairy tale they made up to cover for the officers' misconduct," Christopher Griffiths, one of the students' lawyers, told The Washington Post. "The video shows gratuitous violence against a defenseless individual."

Posted by Andrea Torres at 05:47 AM on April 14, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wolf in sheep's clothing


Food Dan Barber NYLS111 Two robbers who escaped from a high security prison in Argentina about a week ago managed to find the perfect disguise.

Hundreds of police officers have been hunting for Maximiliano Pereyra, 25, and Ariel Diaz, 28, to no avail.

Farmers told police they saw two men running with sheep skins. Police believe they used them to hide among thousands of sheep.

Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:50 PM on April 13, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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