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Wausau West seniors face consequences from nerf guns

Really? I understand the need to investigate the report in an appropriate way, but once they realized it was a Nerf game, the police should have just let it go. waow.com:

It was a game gone wrong. A trending game called "Nerf Wars” left some Wausau West seniors with disorderly conduct citations Tuesday night.

In the game, teams play in Nerf gun battles. It started a few years ago at the high school. But now, it's led to trouble.

"It traumatized my kid,” said Scott Hansen of Wausau. “He didn't sleep last night, he didn't sleep well at all."

Wausau police say neighbors near Stevens Street reported someone pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night. Turns out, they were Wausau West students holding Nerf guns.

Hansen's son was one of them. He thinks police took it too far.

"I just think at that point it got a little out of hand,” said Hansen. “Then the issuing of citations was really out of hand."

"They did scare a number of people in the area," said Captain Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Dept.

Six students, all seniors, were cited for disorderly conduct.

"Our dispatch said there were three people with firearms,” said Bliven. "So we had to respond appropriately. We wanted to do everything as safe as possible for us and for the citizens in the area."

The school has also placed some students on athletic probation. This isn't the first time the Wausau school district has dealt with this game.

Aborted Babies Incinerated To Provide Electricity For Residents of Oregon

It could never happen here, this is America! :-( weaselzippers.us:

If this sounds familiar it’s because the same thing is being done to heat hospitals in the UK.

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.

The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

“The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated.

The ministry said that contractors handling the province’s “biomedical waste” follow “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations.”

“God” Replaced With “Peace” In Pledge of Allegiance

From redstate.com:

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

For the past few years, this line in the Pledge of Allegiance has caused an increasing amount of debate among Americans. Despite this debate, 85% of Americans still believe that “under God” should be kept in the Pledge, while only 8% do not. Forget the lawsuits, conflict, and uproar, saying that controversial line at schools daily is still part of the law.

Unfortunately, a Madison, Wisconsin high school has decided to go against that law over the past couple months.

Just last month, Samantha Murphy, a brave high school junior at Madison East High School, emailed me. In her freshman year, Madison East did not offer the Pledge every morning. Her family decided to talk to the principal and school board, reminding them that it is a state law to offer the Pledge every day. They pointed out Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 118, Section 6, which states “Every public school shall offer the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem in grades one to 12 each school day.”

Unborn Child Has Inalienable Right to Life From its Earliest Stages

Read the whole thing at cnsnews.com:

In a case about a pregnant woman who used cocaine and endangered her unborn child, the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed (8-1) that the word “child” includes “an unborn child,” and that the law therefore “furthers the State’s interest in protecting the life of children from the earliest stages of their development.”

In his concurring opinion, Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore wrote that “an unborn child has an inalienable right to life from its earliest stages of development,” and added, “I write separately to emphasize that the inalienable right to life is a gift of God that civil government must secure for all persons – born and unborn.”

The court decision on April 18 was in reference to Sarah Janie Hicks v. State of Alabama. Hicks had been charged in 2009 with violating Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute, which in part says that a “person commits the crime of chemical endangerment” by “knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causes or permits a child to be exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with a controlled substance, chemical substance, or drug paraphernalia,” a felony.

Minority Report? Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

Predicting crime before it happens. Is the next step to arrest before the crime? phys.org:

Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed.

Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated  could predict certain kinds of  if the correct analysis is applied.

A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can be useful in predicting 19 to 25 kinds of crimes, especially for offenses such as stalking, thefts and certain kinds of assault.

The results are surprising, especially when one considers that people rarely tweet about crimes directly, said lead researcher Matthew Gerber of the university's Predictive Technology Lab.

Gerber said even tweets that have no direct link to crimes may contain information about activities often associated with them.

"What people are tweeting about are their routine activities," Gerber told AFP. "Those routine activities take them into environments where crime is likely to happen.

"So if I tweet about getting drunk tonight, and a lot of people are talking about getting drunk, we know there are certain crimes associated with those things that produce crimes. It's indirect."

IRS agents who didn't pay their taxes get $1 million in bonuses

I wonder how long this has been going on, who knew it, and when? If it's so simple to change the regs, why didn't that happen long ago? Watch the video at hotair.com:

The rules are for thee, not for me:

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

And, in the Hall of Fame of terrible defenses.

George’s report said the bonus program doesn’t violate federal regulations, but it’s inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

A tale of two recoveries

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