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Intruder Made It Through White House Doors, Secret Service Says

Steve Kenny, The New York Times:

A Texas man who scaled the White House fence made it through the North Portico doors on Friday night before being apprehended, the Secret Service said.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, was arrested just inside the doors and taken to George Washington University Hospital after complaining of chest pains, said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman.

None of the Obamas were home when the security breach occurred about 7:20 p.m., …

Oh dear.

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How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Graeme Wood reporting for The Atlantic at a California prison:

At first, we seem to be watching a sullen but semi-random parade of terrifying men—heavily tattooed murderers, thieves, and drug dealers walking past one of five casual but alert guards. Some inmates, chosen for a strip search, drop their prison blues into little piles and then spin around, bare-assed, to be scrutinized. Once inspected, they dress and walk out into the yard to fill their lungs with oxygen after a long night in the stagnant air of the cellblock. The first Hispanic inmate to put his clothes on walks about 50 yards to a concrete picnic table, sits down, and waits. The first black inmate goes to a small workout area and stares out at the yard intently. A white guy walks directly to a third spot, closer to the basketball court. Another Hispanic claims another picnic table. Slowly it becomes obvious that they have been moving tactically: each has staked out a rallying point for his group and its affiliates.

Once each gang has achieved a critical mass—about five men—it sends off a pair of scouts. Two of the Hispanics at the original concrete picnic table begin a long, winding stroll. “They’ll walk around, get within earshot of the other groups, and try to figure out what’s going down on the yard,” Acosta says. “Then they can come back to their base and say who’s going to attack who, who’s selling what.”

Eventually, about 50 inmates are in the yard, and the guards have stepped back and congregated at their own rallying point, backs to the fence, with Acosta. The men’s movements around the yard are so smooth and organized, they seem coordinated by invisible traffic lights.

Take some time for this one, it’s a long’un.

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Call girl arrested in Google exec's overdose death on yacht

Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Police have arrested a 26-year-old high-priced call girl from Georgia who is suspected of injecting heroin into a Santa Cruz tech executive on his yacht and then fleeing when he overdosed

Alix Catherine Tichelman and 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes found each other online and had met a few times before their Nov. 26 encounter on Hayes’ 50-foot yacht, Escape, at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

Tichelman provided heroin for Hayes, a Google executive, while they were inside the yacht, police said. A surveillance video from the boat shows that Hayes was “suffering medical complications” and lost consciousness, Clark said. She made no effort to help him, and instead gathered her belongings and even gulped a glass of wine before she drew a window blind and left, the video shows.

Didn’t hear about the death when it happened, nor had I heard of Hayes to begin with. This’d be super messed up no matter who it happened to though.

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Female prison inmates sterilized illegally, California audit confirms

Corey G. Johnson writing about some heinous shit for The Center for Investigative Reporting:

The California state auditor today blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed-consent law.

Of the 144 tubal ligations performed on inmates from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, auditors found, more than a quarter – 39 – were done without lawful consent, according to the report by State Auditor Elaine Howle. The “true number” of illegal procedures might be higher, the audit said, because auditors found seven cases at one hospital for which health records were lost in a routine purging.

Yes, it’s the twenty-first century. I checked.

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Searching for the Russian Crab Mafia

Stephanie May Joyce, Bloomberg Businessweek:

The Iskander is one of an unknown number of ships full of nameless fishermen who poach crab valued at more than $700 million from Russia’s waters every year, according to the Russian government. They’re part of the bigger, global industry of pirate fishing, which the conservation group Oceana estimates takes at least $10 billion—and maybe more than double that—of seafood a year from the world’s waters in violation of various national and international laws.

This story has a really weird splash image though.

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DEA targets doctors associated with medical marijuana dispensaries, physicians say

Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy reporting for The Boston Globe:

US Drug Enforcement Administration investigators have visited the homes and offices of Massachusetts physicians involved with medical marijuana dispensaries and delivered an ultimatum: sever all ties to marijuana companies, or relinquish federal licenses to prescribe certain medications, according to several physicians and their attorneys.

Not terribly surprising, unfortunately.

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Brevard judge tells attorney, 'I'll beat your ass,' allegedly throws punches

News report by WFTV 9 from Florida:

Judge John Murphy is accused of punching veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two had words during court in which Murphy allegedly pressured Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial.

The judge allegedly asked Weinstock to come to the back hallway, an area where there are no cameras, which is where the fight broke out.

"If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass," Murphy tells Weinstock before the two head out of the courtroom.

It wouldn’t surprise me if that were actually codified legal practice in Florida.

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Mugshots built from DNA data

Sara Reardon, Nature:

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face. Researchers have developed a computer program that can create a crude three-dimensional (3D) model of a face from a DNA sample.

There’s still a whole lot we don’t know about how our genes end up making us who we are, so the team went about it the only way we know how: with a mountain of statistics applied to genomes and facial scans.

Reardon also talks about a Chinese team doing much the same work.

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Australia's "Thunder From Down Under" all-male revue apprehends alleged thief in Las Vegas

AP report:

A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue “Thunder From Down Under” fired a shot at the head of one member of the Australian group before being subdued, Las Vegas police said Wednesday.

The thief pulled a .44-caliber Magnum handgun before another cast member jostled his hand, police said in an arrest report that provided a dramatic account of the behind-the-scenes fight Tuesday evening at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

The bullet struck a wall, the gun fell to the floor, and six well-muscled members of the revue held the man until security arrived, the report said.

I wonder if the arrest report really did state in those words that the men in the revue were “well-muscled.”

I mean, it’s not factually incorrect. Just maybe not entirely relevant to the matter at hand.

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Palo Alto man Googles himself, surrenders to police after finding he's on 'most wanted' site

David DeBolt, San Jose Mercury News:

Google Christopher Viatafa and with no digging at all you’ll find he’s wanted by San Leandro police. That’s exactly what the 27-year-old Palo Alto man discovered this month.

The first result of his search led to the Northern California’s Most Wanted website, where his picture appeared along with the charges he’s facing, authorities said Friday. Accused of doing wrong, authorities said Viatafa then did what was right: He turned himself in to police.

The system works!