first_imgKSTP-TV(BLOOMINGTON, Minn.) —  The 5-year-old who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota continues to be treated for life-threatening injuries as details emerge about the attack, police said.“This was a tough one,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said in a press conference on Saturday afternoon, describing the scene upon his arrival at the mall on Friday as “gutwrenching.”On Friday, 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda allegedly threw the child, who has not been identified, from the third floor of the mall, police said. The child was with at least one of their parents at the time of the incident.“This is just under a 40-foot fall,” Potts told reporters. He noted that there were many eyewitnesses and video of the incident.Police do not think there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the Minneapolis resident has a history with the police, including a July 2015 incident where he threw an object from one of the floors at the same mall. Aranda was arrested for obstruction, disorderly conduct and damage to property, according to the Bloomington Police.Later that same year, he had two altercations at local restaurants, including one in which he refused to pay his bill. In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said.On Saturday, Potts declined to give specifics about Aranda’s mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled in mental health courts. Potts also pointed out that there had been prior convictions, and said that Aranda had previously been on a trespass notice at the Mall of America but that such notices usually expire after six-month or one-year increments — Aranda’s prior arrests were in 2015.Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Twitter Pinterest By Network Indiana – September 14, 2020 2 467 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Suspect in deadly University Park Mall shooting still at–large Facebook Previous articleElkhart man arrested after spree of dine and dash incidentsNext articleAlyssa Shepherd’s attempt at appeal in bus stop crash deaths fails Network Indiana Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The man police say shot another man outside a jewelry store inside a mall in Mishawaka is still on the loose say investigators.Delaney Crosby, a 23-year-old man, was killed when another man whom he had gotten into an argument with pulled out a gun and shot him. Megan Nunemaker, who works at the University Park Mall, saw it all go down.“We just stood still, try to stay silent. I didn’t have my phone or anything so I couldn’t tell anyone,” she said. “It was traumatizing absolutely to me. I don’t feel safe anymore going anywhere – especially the mall, which I love so much.”Ast. Commander Dave Wells with St. Joseph County Metro Homicide says they believe Crosby was targeted by the killer. He says it was a “stupid idea” for the shooter to commit such an act of violence in a crowded mall on the weekend.“Of course any shooting is a stupid idea, but to do it inside a mall where there’s many witnesses,” Wells said. “I’m encouraging the person who did this … it’s only a matter of time before we find you, to call us and turn yourself in and make this right.”Homicide detectives have interviewed several witnesses so far. They say it appears the shooting was also caught on video footage from mall surveillance cameras which detectives say they are still sifting through. WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

first_imgPulling down fencing built by the Trump administration is justified not just by the fact that courts have ruled that the impeached president didn’t have the authority to put it up in the way he did, but also because it’s vital in repairing at least some of the environmental destruction it caused, including the severing of waterways, wildlife corridors, and communities. “The damage the border wall has inflicted in just the past year is incalculable,” Jordahl wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times this month. “Much of it will last forever. No amount of money could repay the O’odham and all Indigenous people of the borderlands for the sacred sites, cultural history and natural heritage that’s been destroyed.’“To right these wrongs, we must start somewhere,” he continued. “Tearing down the wall would be a good start.”- Advertisement – “[E]very single day, the Department of Homeland Security continues to dynamite, to blow up, these rugged mountains in order to clear a path for a wall that, in all likelihood, will never be built,” he said in the report.Biden said this past August that if he won the presidency, “[t]here will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” NPR also previously reported. What happens with existing miles of fencing put up by Trump is so far unknown. The Supreme Court last month announced it had agreed to hear arguments around the administration’s money grab to fund the fencing that Mexico was supposed to pay for. “The ACLU, which represents the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition in the lawsuit, has said it would seek to tear down sections of the wall if it wins the case,” USA Today reported.- Advertisement – In Texas, “the wall’s progress has been slowed down by a tedious legal condemnation process. The government has contracted 121 miles of wall in the Laredo region, but they haven’t acquired a single acre to put it on,” the report continued. “Lots of landowners fought the government in court, and the delay tactics worked, says Tricia Cortez with the local No Border Wall Coalition.” She told NPR they feel “confident that the wall is dead and that nothing more will happen between now and the inauguration.”But in other areas of the borderlands, the administration is going full-speed ahead in its destruction. In the Guadalupe Canyon and the Coronado National Memorial areas of Arizona, “work crews are dynamiting the sides of pristine mountains and bulldozing access roads in this stunning landscape,” NPR said. The Center for Biological Diversity’s Laiken Jordahl, who has used social media to document the administration’s intentional disregard of the region, called it “destruction for destruction’s sake.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThat’s honestly one of the most ridiculous goals I’ve ever seen— Alex Harvey (@AlexHarvey7272) March 8, 2019 I don’t care what these stage performers do that is the most iconic shimmy in the history of the world— Faraz Junaid (@zatchbache) March 8, 2019Take a look at the goal below: Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho scored a large number of stunners during his time at the club but one particular strike lives longest in the memory.When the Brazilian took to the Stamford Bridge pitch on 8 March 2005 with his Catalan team no one knew that he would score such an iconic goal in one of the Champions League’s best-ever games.Chelsea, down 2-1 from the first leg at the Camp Nou, had taken a shocking 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes with goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen (8′), Frank Lampard (17′) and Damien Duff (19′).Ronaldinho pulled one back for Barca from the spot in the 27th minute before producing the moment of magic 11 minutes later.The ball dropped to him on the edge of Chelsea’s box but he was immediately surrounded by at least four Blues defenders.With seemingly no way out, Ronaldinho did an outrageous shimmy and toe-poked the ball past the defenders and past goalkeeper Petr Cech into the corner of the net.The goal left the Chelsea players and their fans stunned.It was an even more important strike for Barcelona as it put them ahead on away goals.Chelsea eventually scored a fourth goal through John Terry in the second half to take them through but even the loss for Barcelona couldn’t take the shine off Ronaldinho’s goal.There’ve even been suggestions that due to the level of difficulty, the ingenuity, the moment and the opponent, it might actually be the best goal scored in the Champions League.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Monday’s release of a U-S Justice Department inspector general’s report on allegations of wrongdoing by the F-B-I confirms what he’s long suspected.“The FBI abused its power when it spied on Trump campaign officials in 2016,” Grassley says.The 434-page report, according to Grassley, makes it clear the bureau conducted an illegal investigation that was instigated by political bias in probing allegations of Russian interference in the U-S presidential election.  “In doing so, it sidelined the constitutional rights of an American citizen based on rumors, omissions and in at least one instance, a whopper of a lie,” he says.Anyone who values fundamental civil liberties should be “disgusted and terrified” by what the report uncovered, according to Grassley.  “The inspector general found at least 17 errors or omissions in the FBI’s application to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign advisor,” he says.Grassley, a Republican who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the inspector general is conducting an audit of FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program. “Tomorrow, the inspector general will testify before the Judiciary Committee about the report. I will be there,” Grassley says. “It’s critical that we prevent this abuse of civil liberties in the future.”Grassley says the report makes it seem as if J-Edgar Hoover was still in charge of the F-B-I, as he says Hoover was notorious during his tenure between the 1920s and ’60s for spying and “violating people’s civil liberties.”last_img read more

first_imgAshley Cole could be content to let his Chelsea contract run down without signing a new deal before his current one expires next year, the Daily Mirror say.Cole has still not been offered a contract extension and it is said that sources close to the England left-back have indicated he is prepared to keep his options open.The Daily Mail say Victor Moses wants talks with manager Roberto Martinez as Wigan continue to block a transfer to Chelsea.Moses is said to have set his heart on a move to Stamford Bridge but the Blues have had a number of bids for him rejected, the latest apparently being for £6.5m.Meanwhile, the Football Association are set to block any attempt by Joey Barton to see out his 12-match ban by going out on loan, according to The Sun.Barton is currently training at Fleetwood Town, with QPR supposedly keen to loan him out so that his suspension is served quickly because of the large number of games lower-division teams face early in the season.Championship clubs Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday are also reported to be interested in the controversial midfielder.It is suggested that a short-term loan would require an application to the FA and the chance of getting a move pushed through is seen as unlikely.And Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Benfica are closing in on the signing of QPR’s Armand Traore.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Cleveland Cavaliers plan to waive the ex-Warriors guard less than a week after agreeing to a two-year, $6 million deal. The Cavaliers had until Monday before deciding whether to retain McCaw on a … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookNearly six months later, Patrick McCaw might receive what he wanted after all.last_img

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders trimmed their roster to 77 players with the following transactions Friday. They’ll need to get to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.Check back here for updates:RELEASEDTight end Luke Willson: One of the stars of the “Hard Knocks” series was in a tough spot. Darren Waller is locked in as the Raiders’ receiving tight end, with rookie fourth-round pick Foster Moreau the likely backup. Derek Carrier is the favorite to be No. 3.Linebacker Brandon Marshall: Spent all off-season …last_img read more

first_img1.  Levey et al, “Urban mockingbirds quickly learn to identify individual humans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online May 18, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0811422106.2.  Barrie J. Frost, “Bird head stabilization,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 8, 28 April 2009, Pages R315-R316, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.02.002.3.  James L. Gould, “Animal Navigation: A Wake-Up Call for Homing,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 8, 28 April 2009, Pages R338-R339, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.03.001.These are all good reasons to become a bird watcher.  Students might like to experiment with the camcorder at the hummingbird feeder or watch pigeons bobbing their heads in the park.  Maybe a home schooling family could raise homing pigeons for a science project.  Don’t pester the mockingbirds, though.  Take an interest in your feathered friends and the other amazing living things around you.  Their abilities are more remarkable than you can imagine.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evidence continues to mount that a lot of capability is packed into a little bird’s brain.  We should use the phrase bird-brain to honor smart animals.I C U:  Mockingbirds can recognize individual humans.  Disturb a mockingbird nest, and the parents will single you out from a crowd and go into attack mode, researchers at Duke University found.  They observed bird behavior with student subjects at Duke and published their findings in PNAS.1  “These results demonstrate a remarkable ability of a passerine bird to distinguish one human from thousands of others,” they said.  “Also, mockingbirds learned to identify individual humans extraordinarily quickly: after only 2 30-s[econd] exposures of the human at the nest.”  PhysOrg summarized the paper.  It should be noted that this ability is in addition to the mockingbird’s remarkable repertoire of songs.Native composers:  Zebra finches raised in captivity learn their favorite song without ever hearing it.  Science Daily reported on finches raised in complete isolation from their parents and other members of the species.  The birds seemed to babble and experiment at first.  Their offspring learned the “arrhythmic” song from their tutors, but gradually approached the native song heard in the wild.  “What is remarkable about this result is that even though we started out with an isolated bird that had never heard the wild-type, cultured song, that’s what we ended up with after generations,” commented Partha Mitra [Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory].  “So in a sense, the cultured song was already there in the genome of the bird.  It just took multiple generations for it to be shaped and come about.”Bobble heads:  Ever wonder why birds bob their heads when they walk?  There’s a reason: it stabilizes their gaze (see 04/12/2005), so that the eyes can remain fixed on a target for the maximum time while the bird moves forward.  A new Quick Guide in Current Biology discussed how well this mechanism works.2  “Stabilization of the head occurs in all three axes of space and for both translation and rotation around these axes,” wrote Barrie J. Frost [Queen’s University, Ontario].  “For a walking pigeon the small amount of motion during the hold or stabilization phase is less than 0.5 mm.”  This ability involves a complex interaction between the retina, neurons, visual cortex, accessory optic system, vestibular balance system, and the flexible muscles of the neck and the gait of the legs.    The birds with the most remarkable stabilization may live right in your garden.  “Humming birds, hovering in front of a flower while feeding show an amazing ability to keep their head stabilized while their body makes considerably larger movement produced by their wing beats and perturbation by the wind,” he said.  “Kestrels and kingfishers, while hovering in mid-air before diving to catch their prey, also show remarkable stabilization of the head relative to the much larger movements of their bodies.”  Even the heavy flying birds, like geese and swans, do pretty well.  “Films and videos … show that while there is an upward thrust of their bodies produced with each downward wing-beat their heads maintain a nearly perfect level path.”Goggle eyes:  The amazing ability of animals to navigate is a source of ongoing study and experimentation.  James L. Gould [Princeton} started his Dispatch in Current Biology3 with the following expression of wonder:Of all the wonderful things animals can do, the ability of certain species to judge their location on the planet is perhaps the most astonishing.  A homing pigeon transported in darkness 200 km in a direction it has never before been and released far further from the loft than it had previously ventured, will typically circle and then set off in roughly the correct direction.  A migrating bird, captured near the northern end of its annual journey south and carried in the hold of a plane 5000 km east, sets off southwest toward the goal of its migration, rather than either northwest to its natal area or west for the capture point.  The accuracy of this navigation is startling: pigeons fitted with frosted goggles (which eliminate form vision) return to within a couple of kilometers of their loft.  How is any of this possible?The fact is, we don’t fully know.  Is it magnetic fields they sense?  Odors?  Positional cues?  Gould discussed primarily how a popular olfactory hypothesis has been falsified.  Most likely magnetic field gradients are a factor, but work continues to try to understand how any of this is possible.last_img read more

first_imgOrigin of Life (OOL) research is one of those areas in science where one doesn’t have to make any real progress, as long as he or she looks busy.  Anything the scientist says, no matter how speculative, or even foolish, is likely to be taken seriously, because the alternative – creation – has already been ruled out as “pseudoscience” by the ruling scientific elite.  Here are some recent examples.Cook up that DNA:  You can get DNA to copy itself without life.  How?  Inside a deep sea vent, says Dieter Braun of the University of Munich.  New Scientist gave his idea publicity, complete with a photograph of a black smoker with the caption, “Providing a perfect setting for life to replicate.”  That idea, of course, runs contrary to the view of other theorists who consider the deep sea to be the last place one would think life would begin (e.g., Jeffrey Bada, 06/14/2002; see also problems with salt in the ocean, 09/17/2002).  Braun provided a semblance of empirical evidence for his view by putting DNA, nucleotides, and the polymerase enzyme that knows how to assemble them into tiny test tubes and heating them with a laser to set up convection currents.  He and his assistant found copies of DNA accumulating in pockets at the top.  Asked how different configurations might form, he speculated that “Fatty acids in the water may have provided a shuttle service,” and even form membranes to keep them together – the beginning of cells.  It’s all so simple, Nick Lane commented: “The work shows that DNA can be both concentrated and replicated under a very simple set of conditions.”  Of course, by providing DNA, DNA polymerase and nucleotides, he gave his experiment a whopping head start.  But wasn’t RNA supposed to come first?  He didn’t say.  DNA lacks enzymatic activity.  Without enzymes, DNA by itself would be a dead end.  That’s why “RNA World” theory at least tried to cover those two functions in one molecule.  The RNA World hypothesis has its own set of problems (07/11/2002, 02/15/2007).Top Down: Is it ID?  On Live Science, Stuart Fox speculated that Craig Venter’s latest experiment with “synthetic life” (see 05/22/2010) “May Reveal Origins of Natural Life.”  By that he means that further experiments that reduce a cell to its minimal components may show how simple a cell can be to qualify as living.  That, in turn, may reveal possible pathways that primitive cells may have taken in their path from nonlife to life: “Venter addressed this issue on Thursday, noting that he and researchers at his institute had themselves debated how this technology would allow scientists to test the minimum level of biological material needed to spark life,” Fox said.  In Venter’s words, “I think it’ll be interesting as the people working on origins of life, people trying to understand these minimal early possible precursors to life as those programs proceed in one direction, and we proceed from the other, building on top of the evolution of an information system, we might be able to meet somewhere in the middle and have some exciting new tools.”  The only thing clear from the articles that the ones doing the debating, experimenting, researching, working, evaluating, testing, building, meeting and understanding (if that) were human beings – not primitive lifeforms.Chirality and shattered mirrors:  Marcus Chown published a three-page article in New Scientist on the mystery of homochirality – why all living things have left-handed amino acids in their proteins (see online book).  He gave most prominence to a theory that supernovas or black holes gave a slight quantum excess to one form, and that these were enhanced in the waters of the early earth.  This suggestion, however, turned out to be quite weak by page 3, and Chown could only hope for findings to come forth from spacecraft in the future when all was said and done. Phosphorus for us:  There’s phosphorus in DNA.  There’s phosphorus in ATP.  That can only mean one thing: earth needed phosphorus to have life.  It’s not clear how phosphorus got into our atmosphere.  Maybe it came special delivery.  PhysOrg reported that Dr Terry Kee of the University of Leeds thinks it came from meteorites.  “Phosphorus is present within several meteoritic minerals and it is possible that this reacted to form pyrophosphite under the acidic, volcanic conditions of early Earth.”    Now, once Earth had pyrophosphite, it had an energetic molecule that, while not as useful as ATP, was at least somewhat similar.  “The team found that a compound known as pyrophosphite may have been an important energy source for primitive lifeforms.”  Did he have any evidence for this?  No; it’s just a requirement.  “It’s a chicken and egg question,” he said.  “Scientists are in disagreement over what came first – replication, or metabolism.  But there is a third part to the equation – and that is energy.”  So while scientists are disagreeing about two things, why not add a third?  That’s progress: “You need enzymes to make ATP and you need ATP to make enzymes,” explained Dr Kee, as if adding questions qualifies as explaining something: “The question is: where did energy come from before either of these two things existed?”  We may not know the answers, but at least our ignorance is getting more sophisticated thanks to OOL research.That last press release did enlighten readers with some little-known facts about ATP in the real world of actual lifeforms.  “At any one time, the human body contains just 250g of ATP – this provides roughly the same amount of energy as a single AA battery.  This ATP store is being constantly used and regenerated in cells via a process known as respiration, which is driven by natural catalysts called enzymes.”  That enzyme, ATP synthase, is a two-part rotary motor with multiple interacting parts that is absolutely essential to all life.  It has been discussed many times in these pages (e.g., 03/27/2008).  If what the article said is true, it’s hard to imagine a world-class sprinter at the Olympics running on an AA battery.  To be sure, your body cycles through the equivalent of your body weight in ATP in an active day of work, so there is a dynamic interplay of food energy going into ATP production and out into work throughout the day, but to have only 250g of ATP in store at a time surely qualifies for one of the most “Amazing Facts” ever encountered in these pages – something worth sharing around the water cooler.Here’s another case where “Amazing Facts” and “Dumb Ideas” got awarded together.  That statement about ATP is a gem plucked out of garbage.  Think of the efficiency of the energy system your Maker provided the human body, such that those quadrillions of exquisitely crafted ATP synthase motors can extract out of phosphorus, using proton motive force, enough energy to send an athlete hurtling down a track, or pole-vaulting over a bar, or high jumping, power lifting, and all the other amazing feats of speed and strength we enjoy watching in sports, out of just 250 grams of ATP – the equivalent of a single AA battery!  Incredible.  Did that superbly crafted design evolve by chemical evolution?  Not on your life.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more