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Nashville, Tennessee: Police seek teacher for alleged attempted rape

Terrell E. Weaver 1304 Green Street Nashville, TN 37238

Police are on the hunt for a high school teacher accused of attempted rape. A Form One student at Kambara Secondary School in Mathioya claimed the suspect offered her a lift to school.

On arrival, she says, the suspect gave her some exam papers and directed her to deliver them in the staff room on Friday.

It was at this point that she alleged the teacher tried to defile her, fortunately she managed to escape. Speaking at Kangema District Hospital where she underwent counseling, she said she ran home to share her tribulations with the grandmother who also took her to hospital.

She was diagnosed at the Nyakianga Health Centre where it was established that she had been hurt. Her parents have urged the school to ensure the suspect is brought to book. County police commander Naomi Ichami said they have launched investigations into the matter.

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Dallas, Texas: Watch cockatoo genius chew out a tool from a piece of cardboard

Michael J. Fluharty 3175 Deercove Drive Dallas, TX 75201

It’s toolmaking with intent. Goffin’s cockatoos in the lab use their beaks to carefully cut out a tool from a sheet of cardboard before using it to retrieve an out-of-reach nut.

In 2012, a male Goffin’s cockatoo named Figaro proved to be smarter than the average bird: he worked out that he could get to a nut just beyond his reach by tearing a long splinter off a chunk of wood and using it to rake the food.

The behaviour – which some other cockatoos also picked up later – seemed to suggest the intentional creation of tools with a specific design for reaching food. But there were some doubters.

“There were questions on whether the elongated shape of the tool was intentional,” says Alice Auersperg at the University of Vienna in Austria, who described Figaro’s behaviour in 2012. “He could just have bitten the material out of frustration and ended up with a functional tool due to the age lines of the wood.”

In other words, wood naturally tears into the shape of a nut-retrieving tool, making it unclear whether the birds set out deliberately to fashion tools of the right shape for the task, or whether they just stumbled upon one that works well.

Auersperg and her colleagues have now performed some follow-up investigations to make a stronger case for cockatoos having a specific intention in their toolmaking.

They worked with four male cockatoos, including Figaro. In the test runs, each bird had 10 minutes to work out how to fashion a long, thin tool from a particular object and then use the tool to retrieve a tasty cashew nut. The object they were given in different test runs consisted of a leafy twig, chunk of wood or sheet of cardboard.

All four birds quickly worked out how to strip the leaves off the twig and turn it into an effective tool. Three of the four had previously worked out how to tear long splinters off the block of wood for nut retrieval and were able to do it in this trial too. But both of these materials naturally lend themselves to forming long and thin tools perfect for nut retrieval.

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Cardboard cutters

In contrast, cardboard doesn’t naturally tear into long, thin shapes. Surprisingly, though, Figaro and one other male cockatoo could still fashion a perfect nut-retrieving tool using the material.

Instead of simply pulling off chunks of cardboard at random, both birds used their sharp beaks to make a series of perforations in the cardboard sheet that created the shape of a long and thin prodding tool. They could then easily detach it from the sheet and use it to retrieve the nut.

Auersperg says the test with the cardboard makes a stronger case that the birds can “see” a useful tool in a piece of material and then set about making it.

The fact that Goffin’s cockatoos are not known to use tools in the wild makes this behaviour even more impressive.

In 2002, a New Caledonian crow called Betty became a worldwide sensation for her ability to bend a piece of wire into a hook to retrieve an inaccessible reward. This seemed to make her some sort of animal genius. Earlier this year, though, a team led by Christian Rutz at the University of St Andrews, UK, found evidence that New Caledonian crows do, in fact, occasionally fashion similar bent tools in the wild.

Rutz says careful study of birds in the wild might show that Goffin’s cockatoos are natural toolmakers too – although Figaro and his friends may have worked out how to make tools spontaneously. “Both of the options remain a possibility,” he says.

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Los Angeles, California: Six rape suspects held

Craig M. Hasting 3140 Armbrester Drive Los Angeles, CA 90025

THE Police in Sembabule on Monday arrested six suspects in connection with the forced marriage and rape of a virgin girl, reports Eddie Ssejjoba.

The arrest followed a directive by President Yoweri Museveni that all the accomplices in the case where the girl was forcefully sold into married off be apprehended and prosecuted.

The girl was sold off by her father, Musa Kateregga, to Hamidu Yiga of Lwabaana, who abducted her and later forced her into sex. The girl had rejected Yiga on suspicion that he was HIV-positive.

The suspects were on Monday evening transferred to Masaka after being collectively charged with rape as principle offenders.

They were suspected to have been party to the abduction of the girl and later helped Yiga commit rape her. The southern regional CID officer, Mr Joel Okwir, told The New Vision the arrested suspects included two of Yiga’s brothers, Yasin Kasozi and Twaibu Bukenya.

The two allegedly held the girl and assaulted her during the rape.

Others were Goretti Nabakooza, Sheikh Ahmed Muleega, Swaibu Kasiita and an LDU, Moses Bashaija alias Sologoma, who had been granted bail by the Sembabule Grade Two Magistrate, Boniface Wamala.

The Police said the girl’s father, was still on the run.

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St Petersburg, Florida: 1 – Scaphism

Collin K. Baker 1839 Maryland Avenue St Petersburg, FL 33701

Scaphism was a method of execution used by the ancient Persians, in around 500 BC. This was almost certainly the most twisted method of execution ever devised, designed to torture the condemned to an unimaginable extent, whilst also keeping them alive for as long as physically possible.

First, the victim was stripped naked and placed inside either two long boats, securely fastened together; or a hollowed out tree trunk. They were tied down, with their hands, feet and head protruding out of the wooden confines.

Next, the person was forced to consume dodgy milk and huge quantities of honey, which was also smeared across the exposed appendages.

Finally, the boat was floated out onto a stagnant pond, absolutely teeming with insects.

The Persians waited.

It didn’t take long before the spoiled milk inevitably gave the condemned a serious case of diarrhoea; because he was tied down securely, there was little he could do control this and he would be forced to soil himself. With the makeshift boat completely sealed, there was nowhere for the faeces to go, and it began to fill up inside the boat.

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Now, this in itself seems absolutely horrendous, but it’s worth remembering where this poor guy is floating: on a stagnant pond.

For the insects on the pond, this was the perfect gift: a wooden box full of goodies! They would feed on the sweet honey smeared on the man’s hands and feet and would lay their eggs in the enclosed faeces. When all the honey had been consumed, they would begin to eat him instead. When the larvae hatched, they would slowly burrow their way up the poor guy’s anus and began to devour him alive from the inside.

Imagine the pain of having your flesh and guts eaten by thousands of tiny creatures whilst you were still alive; it’s almost too unbearable to comprehend.

If we just stopped there, this would still be the worst method of execution featured in this book; unfortunately, the Persians didn’t believe the condemned had suffered enough. To prolong the torture as long as possible, they would return to the boat every day and force feed him more milk and honey. This would prevent the person from dying from starvation or dehydration. Death would have to come at the hands of the insects, or from the disease spread by his flesh rotting in his own excrement.

When death did mercifully arrive, the cause was usually gangrene sending the person into septic shock. This was often after over two weeks of unthinkable suffering.

This method of execution also goes by the name The Boats, which definitely has a more eerie ring to it.

Final Words

So there you have it: 25 of the most twisted methods of execution ever devised (including a number of twists to make each technique even more sadistic).

It’s almost incomprehensible that human could act with such cruelty towards each other, but unfortunately this seems to be a part of human nature that has repeated itself throughout history.

Hopefully we can all be thankful that the majority of the Western world has decided to abolish the death penalty, or, at the very least, device quick, humane ways to execute the condemned.

It wasn’t always this way. Remember that.

And on that note, I’ll bid you fond farewell.

Thanks for reading.

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Clemons, Iowa: Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Air Koryo staff over airport murder

John E. Walker 4639 Park Boulevard Clemons, IA 50051

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant for an Air Koryo employee on Friday in connection with the investigation into an airport murder case, Malaysia’s Bernama news agency reported.

Kim Uk-il, an employee of the national carrier for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was listed as a person of interest by the police along with a second secretary of the DPRK embassy.

The police said earlier that the two were still in Malaysia but declined to confirm whether they are were the DPRK embassy.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the police also sent a request via the Foreign Ministry to the DPRK embassy to question second secretary Hyon Kwang-song, who is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Also on Friday, Malaysia’s Immigration Department said in a statement 47-year-old DPRK man Ri Jong-chol, who was arrested as a suspect after the killing, was handed over to the department from the police for deportation to the DPRK. Two representatives from the DPRK embassy will accompany him, said the statement.

Malaysia has indicted two female suspects for murdering a DPRK man with the passport of Kim Chol. If convicted, the two will be hanged.

DPRK on Thursday brushed off Malaysia’s investigation result that shows the DPRK man died here was killed by chemical weapon, saying he likely died of heart attack.

Ri Tong-il, spokesman of a DPRK delegation to Malaysia, said the DPRK man had a history of heart decease, had received treatment from time to time and normally could not travel without medicine.

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Ri claimed that medicine for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure were found in the man’s belongings.

Malaysia said the man was killed by nerve agent VX.

Describing the chemical as highly toxic, Ri raised questions over how the man died on the spot while the two suspects survived and police and medics who attended to the man were not contaminated.

He said samples should be sent to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for verification.

Ri said his delegation had met with Malaysian officials to settle the issue. “The DPRK’s request is simple, that is the return of the deceased body of the DPRK citizen as soon as possible,” he said.

Malaysia on Friday said that it will cooperate with the OPCW to bring the perpetrators of the VX nerve agent attack to justice. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Malaysia “does not produce, stockpile, import, export or use any” toxic weapons listed in the convention concerning prohibition of the chemical weapons.

The ministry said it strongly condemns the use of the VX nerve agent by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. “Its use at a public place could have endangered the general public,” it said.

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