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for the week ending 2 December 2018

 'I'm Sick Of This Little B****': Daycare Worker Admits Killing Eight-Month-Old Girl

(Daily Mail) — A daycare worker has pleaded guilty to killing an eight-month-old girl by smothering her with a blanket because she wouldn't go to sleep.

Leah Walden, 24, admitted the murder of little Reese Bowman, at Rocket Tiers Learning Center, Baltimore in May 2017, at a court hearing on Tuesday, WBALTV reports.

Walden was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the horrifying killing by Judge Althea Handy who sobbed as she handed it down.

In heartbreaking scenes, Reese's father Justin Bowman wept as he told the court: 'I will never see my girl take her first steps, hold her, kiss her, comfort her when she's scared, hear her say "I love you". I am devastated.'

Turning to Walden and pointing he said: 'Reese Annette Bowman accomplished more in her short life than this woman ever will.'  Walden tried to explain her actions by saying she had snapped and had not been given appropriate training or assistance for her job.

Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said Walden had told a co-worker, 'Girl, I'm frustrated. I'm sick of this little b****. I hate this little b****. She makes me want to punch her in the face.'
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Student In Hazing Death Case Won't Give Up Phone Password So Prosecutors Can't Go 'rummaging'

(The Advocate) — An ex-LSU student charged with negligent homicide in the September 2017 alcohol-related hazing death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver is vigorously fighting prosecutors' attempts to obtain the password to his cellphone.

The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office seized Matthew Alexander Naquin's phone through a court order last November but has been unable to access its contents because the phone is passcode-protected.

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking state District Judge Beau Higginbotham to order Naquin, 20, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, to turn over the code. Naquin's attorney claims such an order would violate Naquin's constitutional right against self-incrimination.

Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Georgia, died following a hazing ritual that senior Phi Delta Theta members called "Bible study," in which pledges were required to chug hard liquor when they gave wrong answers to questions about the fraternity, authorities said.

In the fight over Naquin's cellphone, defense attorney John McLindon and District Attorney Hillar Moore III both say the issues raised by Naquin have never been directly addressed by either the Louisiana Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Marriott Says Its Starwood Database Was Hacked
 For Approximately 500 Million Guests

(CNBC) — Marriott International said on Friday that hackers illegally accessed its Starwood Hotels brand's reservation database since 2014, potentially exposing personal information on about 500 million guests.

Shares of the company fell nearly 6 percent to about $115 in trading before the bell.

The company said for 327 million guests, personal information compromised could include passport details, phone numbers and email addresses. For some others, it could include credit card information.

The company said it learned about the breach after an internal security tool sent an alert on Sept. 8. 

On further investigation, the hotel chain learned data had been hacked long before.
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Hawaii Man Who Had Heart Attack
During False Missile Alert Sues State

(NBC News) — A Hawaii man claims the false ballistic missile alert earlier this year caused him to suffer a heart attack, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

The botched alert was sent to cellphones on Jan. 13, claiming a missile was headed toward Hawaii, causing mass panic, NBC News reported. James Sean Shields and Brenda Reichel, listed as plaintiffs in the complaint, were living in Honolulu at the time. They both "believed this message to be true and were extremely frightened and thought they were going to die," according to their complaint.

Around 8:15 a.m. local time, as the couple was calling loved ones, Shields felt a "severe and painful burning in his chest area," the complaint says. It took the state 38 minutes to correct its mistake. But the couple had arrived around 9:30 a.m. to Straub Medical Center, where Shields went into cardiac arrest and received life-saving CPR, defibrillation and surgery. See full story
Rutgers Profs Fume Over
Suspected Illegal Alien's DUI Arrest

(Campus Reform) — Rutgers University professors complained to their school president after campus police arrested a suspected illegal alien for driving under the influence (DUI) and then allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain him.

More than 100 Rutgers faculty members penned a letter to the university's president, Robert L. Barchi, expressing their displeasure with the treatment of a man named Luis Alberto Lopez , The Daily Targum reported. Signatories included history professor James Livingston, who, in a post about children playing at a restaurant he frequented, called them "little Caucasian assholes" "slid[ing] around the floor."

Rutgers police approached Lopez's vehicle on Sept. 29 for a suspected DUI. Upon being pulled over, Lopez presented police officers with fake identification documents. Rutgers policy dictates that the university reports any individual who is both arrested for a violent crime and has immigration complications to ICE.
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Man Killed Woman Hours After His Release From Prison

(AP/Fox News) — A man who police suspect of killing a woman hours after he was released from an Arizona prison was arrested Friday at a hotel, authorities said Saturday.

The suspect, identified as David Bohart, 34, had been released from the Tucson state prison complex Monday after serving a three-year stint for possession or use of dangerous drugs, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections website.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to check in to a court-ordered drug treatment facility.

On Wednesday, Tucson police found the body of Marika L. Jones, 49, with stab wounds at a home along with a file of prison records about Bohart, the Arizona Republic reported.

It was not immediately clear what connection Bohart had to Jones or what led to her death. He was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, the report said.
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58 Inmates Suing Over Pornography Ban
In Iowa's Prisons, Asking For $25,000 Each

(Des Moines Register) — Fifty-eight Iowa inmates are suing state officials in federal court, seeking $25,000 each in damages, claiming they have been denied a constitutional right to pornography in the state's prison system.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, seeks to overturn a new state law that has shut down designated "pornography reading rooms" in Iowa's prisons. The law also prohibits inmates from having nude photos in their cells. The ban includes Playboy magazine, which has long been allowed in the state's nine prisons, which hold 8,575 inmates.

The plaintiffs – who are all inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility – are led by Allen C. Miles, 70, who is serving a life sentence for the stabbing death of Cheryl Kleinschrodt on March 3, 1982, in Des Moines. The suit claims the law was enacted under the guise of "morality," and blames "religious tyrants" who have no regard for the U.S. Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
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France's Health System To Reimburse
Cost Of Condoms In Fight Against STDs

(AFP) — The French government said Tuesday it would take the rare step of reimbursing prescription-bought condoms to combat the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The measure, which covers French-made Eden condoms obtained on prescription from a doctor or midwife, was announced ahead of World AIDS Day on Saturday.

Produced by Majorelle laboratories and sold only in pharmacies, Eden condoms cost a fraction of leading brands such as Durex or Manix at 2.60 euros ($2.95) for a box of 12.

They are the first to be approved for reimbursement by France's national health authority, one of the few in Europe to do so. In a statement the company hailed the announcement as "sending a strong signal that it [a condom] is not a sex toy but a real and indispensable prevention tool" in the fight against sexually transmitted infections.
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Irish Soccer Team Fakes Death Of One Of Its Players In Apparent Attempt To Avoid Next Game

(USA Today) — A lower-level Irish soccer team apologized Tuesday for faking the death of one of its players in an apparent attempt to avoid an upcoming game.

According to Raidió Teilifís Éireann, a public broadcasting service in Ireland, Ballybrack FC falsely told officials with the Leinster Senior Football League that one of its players had died in a "traffic accident" on Thursday night. The league subsequently postponed Ballybrack's game on Saturday and held a moment of silence for the player at all of its other games over the weekend.

Then the league discovered that the player, Fernando LaFuente, was in fact alive.

LaFuente told RTE that his full-time employer, a software company, had simply relocated him from Dublin to Galway.
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Hazing Tradition: Maryland High School Football Players Accused Of Raping Teammates With Broom

(NBC News) — Four 15-year-old Maryland high school football players charged as adults with rape for sexually assaulting four teammates with a broom during a hazing incident have been released on bond.

Three of the Damascus High School athletes, who NBC News is not identifying, were charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of attempted rape, according to District Court of Maryland documents. One of the athletes was charged with four counts of first-degree rape.

All four junior varsity athletes are charged with conspiracy to commit rape. The students were each released Tuesday on $20,000 bond, according to court records. A fifth teammate is accused of participating in at least one of the attacks and being charged as a juvenile but is also identified as one of four victims, charging documents show.
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