Judge to rule on Sandusky request to ease house arrest, allow visits with grandkids

4theloveofearth:

that is the most disturbing thing I have ever read on here.

Originally posted on This Just In:

A Pennsylvania judge is expected to rule Monday on whether to ease restrictions in the house arrest of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that would allow him visit with his grandchildren while he awaits trial on child sex abuse charges.

Sandusky has been under house arrest since December when he was charged with sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period, allegations that led to the firing of the Nittany Lions heralded head football coach Joe Paterno only months before he died of complications from lung cancer.

Judge John Cleland has said he is aiming for a May 14 trial for Sandusky, who has been under house arrest as part of his conditional bail release.

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4theloveofearth:

Reminds me of my childhood ice skating good times!

Originally posted on Linda Staats' Photo Blog:

Our winter landscape is brown this year because of our snow drought.  And from a photographer’s viewpoint (at least this photographer), brown is not the most photogenic of landscape colors, especially in winter.  But my attention was caught this morning when I looked out our front window.   A few years back we planted a small magnolia by the window.  Because it’s early February there’s nothing special about this magnolia — it’s way too early for it to bloom, and it’s only sticks and tips of branches right now.  But I saw it much differently this morning when I looked out the window.  The sun was backlighting the magnolia and the branches seemed to be dancing in the light — they were thin and random and their tips were haloed with the sunlight.  Even the reflection of the side window frames seemed to add an ethereal quality to the setting before me. …

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City police to lead investigation into human trafficking

Originally posted on News on Modern Day Slavery:

The alleged victim told police she was part of a “human trafficking prostitution ring” that operated in Portsmouth in October 2011, DuBois said. The deputy police chief said the alleged victim is an adult, and he defined the human trafficking allegation as someone being forced to surrender personal property and/or “more or less held against their will.”

According to federal authorities, human trafficking most often involves the victimization of women and children for sex crimes, but it also can include forced labor. DuBois said city police have taken over the case for the police agency that initially received the report, and will be working with law enforcement officials from other states. He said because the crimes are alleged to have crossed state lines, federal agencies will also be involved.

(Elizabeth Dinan for Seacoast Online)

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International human trafficking ring busted

Originally posted on News on Modern Day Slavery:

The Gulf of Finland Coast Guard and the French border police have spent a year investigating how the suspects organised illegal entry. The case has also looked into potential human trafficking.

The smuggling routes stretched from India to Finland through Dubai, Kenya, Tanzania and Turkey, the Border Guard says. The journey continued from Finland to France.

Over 110 officials from Finland, France and Belgium took part in the operation on Monday morning. The majority of people—19—were detained in France, six in Finland and one in Belgium.

The head of investigation in Finland, first lieutenant Jukka Tekokoski, says that nearly all of the suspects are Sri Lankan nationals. Two have been granted Finnish citizenship. The group of suspects includes men and women. In addition to Finland, France and Belgium, some detainments and interrogations have been conducted in Britain. The main suspects have been resident in France.

According to the Border Guard…

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Chinese politician Wang Lijun mysteriously disappears amid rumours he tried to defect

Originally posted on National Post | News:

When Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister, flies to Chongqing Saturday to wrap up a five-day tour of China, he may be walking into the middle of one of the biggest power struggles in recent Chinese history.

His host, Bo Xilai, party secretary in the southwestern megacity, is a prominent “princeling” who has been tipped to join China’s powerful Politburo Standing Committee during a generational change of leadership in October.

Only, his political fortunes may have mysteriously taken a beating. His protegé, Wang Lijun, the Vice-Mayor and a high-profile anti-corruption campaigner, suddenly disappeared from public view amid rumours he tried to defect to the U.S. consulate in nearby Chengdu Monday.

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On Tuesday, when Mr. Harper arrived in Beijing, Mr. Wang was said to have been escorted back to the Chinese capital by a vice-minister responsible for anti-espionage and covert operations.

Chinese Internet sites have been a-buzz, while government censors have…

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