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TuesdayAugust 2, 2011

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ICE Investigates Univ. of Northern Virginia for Immigration Fraud and Chancellor has Kinky Secret

ICE Investigates Univ. of Northern Virginia for Immigration Fraud and Chancellor has Kinky Secret

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The University of Northern Virginia is currently the subject of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation, but while that investigation continues, the school’s chancellor is facing some interesting personal questions.

David Lee, UNVA’s chancellor and board of trustees chair, has had parts of his private life go public, and it appears he and his girlfriend are in search of a sex slave to join their polyamorous household.

According to Lee’s ad on collarme.com, an online BDSM community, the couple is looking for someone to share the basement-turned-dungeon with them.

On his profile, Lee wrote, “We enjoy almost all kinks, and are expert in most of them. But for us it is more the submission and commitment that matter.”

ImageThe couple’s profile also includes a number of racy photos, including a few nudes of his girlfriend, and others involving various forms of bondage.

According to a statement posted on UNVA’s website, ICE confiscated “computer hardware, equipment, and paper documents” during their search. And though a reason for the raid was not yet revealed, ICE maintains that “Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools are subject to a review of their certification at any time based on regulations.”

The majority of the for-profit school’s foreign-born students are from India.

So while Lee is looking for lawyers in his professional life as ICE continues its investigation, he’s apparently also looking for some kink in his personal life.

Read more at The Smoking Gun →

New York Catholic School Principal With Ties to White Supremacy Fired

New York Catholic School Principal With Ties to White Supremacy Fired

Photo: Frank Borzellieri on the cover his book in which he says, "diversity is a weakness."

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Juan Varela had had enough. During Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, he spoke out against the principal of the Catholic school and called for his removal. The man he showed such distaste for is Frank Borzellieri, a outspoken man with ties to white supremacy.

At the Mass, Varela, 54, who had been sitting in a pew, walked to the altar and asked parishioners to stand with him against Borzellieri.

ImageIn the 90s, while Borzellieri was a school board member in Queens, he made headlines for racist and homophobic slurs and for trying to ban literature he called “anti-American” including a biography of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

He is also known for saying, “diversity is a weakness” and that the increase in black and Hispanic populations will lead to a “New Dark Age.” Also, he has written for the white supremacist publication American Renaissance.

“I wanted them to feel my sense of outrage that he was brought into the community to teach,” Varela said after being arrested about two blocks away from the church.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon. Varela had a knife in his pocket.

Tuesday, the Archdiocese of New York said Borzellieri was “relieved of his position,” calling his views “incompatible with the philosophy and practices” of the its schools.

Read more at PIX 11 →

Man Gored To Death After Taunting Bull With a Pink Umbrella (VIDEO)

Man Gored To Death After Taunting Bull With a Pink Umbrella (VIDEO)

Photo: Vicente, the latest bull goring victim.

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A 50 year old man was gored to death during celebrations in Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain.

Not 15 seconds after coming out, the bull dashed toward the umbrella wielding man, pinning him against a wall.  The Bull unleashed an attack that continued to gorge with his horns at the man’s chest and under-arms until horrified spectators pushed the animal away.

The man, identified as Vicente died before entering the hospital. He’s the second person gored to death in 2011.

As a result of this tragedy, celebrations including bulls, or bullfighting have been cancelled for the rest of the year.

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After Cleaning Up At Ground Zero, Cancer-stricken Edgar Galvis Gets $0 Settlement Check

After Cleaning Up At Ground Zero, Cancer-stricken Edgar Galvis Gets $0 Settlement Check

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After September 11, 2001, Edgar Galvis was one of the many people hired to help clean up the rubble, specifically from the Merrill Lynch office. After working near Ground Zero cleaning up, he now has throat cancer and sinus and sleeping problems.

To make matters worse, Galvis was seemingly swindled by his own attorneys. After taking a $10,000 settlement from Merrill Lynch at the advise of his lawyers, Galvis received a letter saying, “It was our pleasure to represent you in this matter,” and an actual check for $0.

According to the New York Times:

His award had been $10,005, but his lawyers at the firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern lopped off $2,579 for unitemized legal expenses.
Then they took a 33.3 percent fee of $2,124.

They also subtracted $352, a fee to the lawyer who referred him.

The remaining $4,950 was withheld for unspecified “liens,” the letter says. Galvis thinks this was repayment of workers’ compensation for aid.

Image“I have hit rock bottom,” said Galvis, who is jobless and $30,000 in debt. “I was expecting a check, and you can imagine how I felt when I opened it. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a joke.”

During his time at the WTC, Galvis, originally of Bogota, Colombia, was given only a jumpsuit and paper mask for protection, while he worked 16-hour days at $8 an hour. He says the masks were often pointless, since when he would sweat, the paper would rip.

In February 2001, Galvis arrived in New York from Colombia. Shortly after tragedy struck the WTC in September, Galvis was hired by contractors.

A business card for the Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern law firm made its way into Garvis’ hand in 2005. He met with a representative who told him that more than likely, he would become sick, but that the law firm could help him receive compensation for his illnesses.

“The man told me that more than likely I will get sick and I would get 60 percent of whatever he won,” Galvis said. “He even mentioned the words ‘millions of dollars.’ “

In April 2010, he was told he had gotten a $10,000 offer and was advised to take it. He was told that if he took the case to court and lost, he would face owing more than $100,000 in costs.

The 51-year-old recently received his check, but at $0, he is no better off than when everything began.

Sadly, Garlis, who lives in Queens with his girlfriend and her two children, has become one of many to have allegedly been taken advantage of by the law firm.

Read more at New York Times →

Peruvian Police Arrest Shaman-Healer in Possession of 180 Human Skulls

Peruvian Police Arrest Shaman-Healer in Possession of 180 Human Skulls

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The Healer says he needs the skulls for magic rites and necromantic sessions in downtown Lima.

Police are investigating how Shaman Augusto Cisneros Quispecondori ended up in possession of the close to 200 human skulls found in a home in downtown Lima.

Police seized the remains that Cisneros allegedly used in magic rites and while connecting with the great beyond, as well as several products not approved by health department standards (and that Cisneros sold to patrons confident of their transcendental properties) such as 25 boxes labeled “Flying Pepper” 10 boxes labeled “Saleswoman,” 11 boxes of “Exile and Humilliation” and 10 boxes of “Desperation Powder.”Image

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South Florida Fire Rescue Dept. Catches 11-ft Animal-Killing Python

South Florida Fire Rescue Dept. Catches 11-ft Animal-Killing Python

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Members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) Dept. were stunned Friday when they arrived at the home of a owner who said something was attacking his animals.

When the homeowner called 911, the dispatcher called the special unit known as Venom 1. However, the unit was delayed so fire rescue workers went looking for the culprit, and found an 11-foot Burmese python underneath a trailer.

Firefighters Alex Lopez, Jorge Salazar, Luis Perez and Vensen Stephenson decided that if they didn’t want the massive snake to escape they would have to do something. So the men grabbed the snake by the tail, and held on to it until the Venom unit arrived about 10 minutes later.

“So they grabbed it,” Venom 1 unit Lt. Scott Mullin said. “Firefighters do what they’ve got to do.”

A statement from the MDFR said, “MDFR’s venom 1 unit was 10 minutes away, so the crew grabbed the tail and held it until specially trained Lt. Scott Mullin arrived.”

When Lt. Mullin arrived he said he saw one of the firefighters holding a machete, saying he “was holding it more for comfort – like a teddy bear.”

The python is believed to have killed goats, chickens, and even house cats. In fact, Mullin reportedly said that while the snake was pulled from underneath the trailer, it regurgitated an entire chicken it had just eaten. Mullin said, “They do that to get thinner so they can escape.”

“They want easy prey,” Mullin told the Sun Sentinel, “and a farm on the edge of the Everglades is like a McDonald’s in the desert: an oasis of fast food.”

Read more at New York Daily News →

Colombian Magazine ‘DONJUAN’ Caught “Photocopying” Other Magazines Photo Concepts

Colombian Magazine ‘DONJUAN’ Caught “Photocopying” Other Magazines Photo Concepts

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Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but for a fashion magazine, where flattery should be reinvented every fall, imitation equals plagiarism equals lack of original ideas.

Take a look at the comparisons below, brought to light by “Fotocopias Colombianas” and leave us your comments in the forum section.

Is Colombian male fashion magazine ‘DONJUAN’ merely paying homages time and time again to some of the world’s most famous and talented fashion photographers?

Or do you think using the same lighting, angles, studio props and general concepts constitute plagiarism and credit is needed where due?

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$180 Million Worth of Cocaine Recovered in 1st Narco Sub Found in Caribbean

$180 Million Worth of Cocaine Recovered in 1st Narco Sub Found in Caribbean

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On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard caught what is being called a “narco submarine” off the coast of Honduras. The semi-submersible craft was attempting to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into the U.S.

When the semi-sub’s crew realized the Coast Guard were approaching they could be seen jumping from the craft after attempting to sink it.

Cmdr. Charles Fosse, commander of the Coast Guard cutter Seneca, said, “It was immediately obvious to our boarding crew that the SPSS [self-propelled semi submersible vessel] was taking on water and was being scuttled by its crew.” He added that they were able to grab two packages just seconds before the SPSS sank.

The Coast Guard said that though the vessel did sink, a FBI dive team was able to grab nearly 7.5 tons of cocaine worth roughly $180 million.

They say this was the first time a craft like this has been seen in the Western Caribbean, as they are primarily used to smuggle drugs in the Eastern Pacific.

Read more at ABC News →

21 out of 32 State General Attorney Prosecutors Quit in Mexico

21 out of 32 State General Attorney Prosecutors Quit in Mexico

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The top officials of the Attorney General Offices in 21 out of the 33 states in Mexico have quit en masse!

Attorney General officials will not disclose the reason why so many senior federal prosecutors have all quit voluntarily, all on the same date, but unconfirmed sources speculate that the Attorney General was investigating at least 20 delegate for suspected irregularities in the management of routine “trust” tests (anti-doping, polygraph, etc.)

The mass resignations come in the midst of a growing flush out of the agency, promoted by Attorney General Marisela Morales; it remains unclear whether the 21 delegates were ousted of their posts, or quit in rebellion over Morales and her administration.

“The purge is necesarry within the [attorney general’s office] to give citizens the results they legitimately demand,” Morales said in a statement. “The Mexico of today requires that those of us in public office act with total dedication and responsibility.”

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Venezuela Planning To Release 40% of Their Inmates

Venezuela Planning To Release 40% of Their Inmates

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New Venezuelan Penitentiary Minister Iris Varela has revealed to local newspaper “El Nacional” her plan to combat overcrowded jails.

“Out of the 50,000 inmates in the nation, 20,000 have to get out of jail,” Varela told El Nacional. “There are people in prison who do not pose a danger to society, they can pay for their crimes outside of jail.”

Overcrowding is a constant problem in the Venezuelan penitentiary institutions; designed to hold 600 inmates, Jails in Venezuela house from 2,000 upward.

Varela’s assertions weren’t welcome by opponents of the Chávez administration. They have labeled them “irresponsible” and pointed out that freeing 20,000 inmates is a right that that pertains to the judicial branch of power, not the executive branch.

“Publically asserting that 20,000 inmates in the nation’s jails should be freed, as Minister Varela has, is at the least a misguided imprudence, and a deliberate intrusion into the affairs that constitutionally pertain to another public branch of power. The minister owes respect to in its autonomy and independence” said Johnson Delgado, Leader of the Táchira branch of the Social Christian Party of Venezuela.

In the meantime, Attorney General Luisa Ortega has scheduled a meeting with Ms. Varela to discuss in depth the subject of overcrowding in the country’s jails.

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U.S. Government Files Suit in Court to Stop Alabama’s Immigration Law

U.S. Government Files Suit in Court to Stop Alabama’s Immigration Law

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The Department of Justice challenged the state of Alabama’s recently passed immigration law, H.B. 56, in federal court. 

In a complaint and brief filed in the Northern District of Alabama, the department said that various provisions of H.B. 56 conflict with federal immigration law and undermine the federal government’s careful balance of immigration enforcement priorities and objectives.  The brief filed today makes clear that, while the federal government values state assistance and cooperation with respect to immigration enforcement, a state cannot set its own immigration policy, much less pass laws that conflict with federal enforcement of the immigration laws.

Alabama’s law is designed to affect virtually every aspect of an unauthorized immigrant’s daily life, from employment to housing to transportation to entering into and enforcing contracts to going to school.  H.B. 56 further criminalizes mere unlawful presence and, like Arizona’s law, expands the opportunities for Alabama police to push aliens toward incarceration for various new immigration crimes by enforcing an immigration status verification system.

Consistent with the department’s position in United States v. Arizona, in which the department last year successfully obtained a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s S.B. 1070, the brief said that the mandates that H.B. 56 imposes on Alabama law enforcement may also result in the harassment and detention of foreign visitors, legal immigrants and even U.S. citizens who may not be able to readily prove their lawful status.  In addition, H.B. 56 will place significant burdens on federal agencies, diverting their resources away from dangerous criminal aliens and other high-priority targets. 

In addition to interfering with law enforcement, H.B. 56 imposes further burdens on children by demanding that students prove their lawful presence, which could discourage parents from enrolling their children in school.

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Justice Dept Settles Hispanic Discrimination Lawsuit Against Arizona Schools

Justice Dept Settles Hispanic Discrimination Lawsuit Against Arizona Schools

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The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it has entered into a consent decree with the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) that, if approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, will resolve the department’s complaint alleging sex and/or national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  The complaint alleges that the TUSD discriminated against Donna Guzman, Marcia Vela, Veronica Leon, Jimmy Miranda and Eddie Montano, female and/or Hispanic custodial employees of its Rincon/University High School (RHS), by subjecting them to harassment and a hostile work environment based on sex and/or national origin.

The complaint, which was filed along with the proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, alleges that the TUSD violated Title VII by failing to take effective action that would stop one of its employees – a white, male custodian – from subjecting his co-workers to a series of harassing and abusive comments based on their sex and/or national origin, and subjecting Guzman and Vela to physical intimidation based on their sex and/or national origin, after the female and/or Hispanic co-workers had complained about his behavior to RHS and TUSD supervisory personnel numerous times. 

Under the terms of the consent decree, TUSD must pay a total of $45,000 to Guzman, Vela, Leon, Miranda and Montano in compensatory damages.  The consent decree also provides for injunctive relief requiring the TUSD to enforce its policies and procedures that prohibit sex and national origin discrimination and to train its officers and other employees on the prevention of sex and national origin discrimination. 

“The Justice Department is committed to the vigorous enforcement of all federal civil rights laws under its jurisdiction, including Title VII’s prohibition against harassment in the workplace,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division.  “This lawsuit should send a clear message that the Department will take necessary action to eliminate and remedy the effects of unlawful harassment in our public sector workplaces.”

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Illegal Immigrant Stopped by Border Patrol Wanted for Attempted Murder in Oregon

Illegal Immigrant Stopped by Border Patrol Wanted for Attempted Murder in Oregon

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A 31-year-old illegal immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico, arrested Tuesday by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents, turned out to also be wanted in Oregon for attempted murder.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station apprehended the subject near San Miguel, Ariz. During processing, the man’s information was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and records revealed an active warrant from 2004 out of Oregon City, Ore., for attempted murder and attempted aggravated felony assault with a weapon. The warrant was confirmed by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The subject will be turned over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for extradition to Oregon.

All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool can access criminal records throughout the United States, thereby assisting agents in quickly identifying wanted persons and ensuring those individuals are brought to an appropriate law enforcement resolution.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.

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TuesdayAugust 2, 2011