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August 22, 2014
We investigate arson differently now: Nearly 25 years ago, New York businessman Han Tak Lee was sent to jail, convicted of an arson that led to the death of his mentally-ill daughter. This week, with the arson-science evidence used against him now discredited, Lee will now leave prison at the age of 79. He’s not out of the woods yet, though: Prosecutors have 120 days to decide whether or not they want to retry him. His supporters, however, see that as unlikely.

We investigate arson differently now: Nearly 25 years ago, New York businessman Han Tak Lee was sent to jail, convicted of an arson that led to the death of his mentally-ill daughter. This week, with the arson-science evidence used against him now discredited, Lee will now leave prison at the age of 79. He’s not out of the woods yet, though: Prosecutors have 120 days to decide whether or not they want to retry him. His supporters, however, see that as unlikely.

11:51 // 3 weeks ago
July 1, 2013
14:56 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012

Gunman wreaks havoc in Inglewood, CA

2 people killed by a gunman in California

In Inglewood, both a 4-year-old boy and his father were shot and killed, and another two young children and a woman were wounded when the gunman set fire to their home, causing an enormous blaze. The attacker wore a painter’s mask, apparently to hide his identity. A police perimeter has been formed to search for the man; no motive is known at this time. source

16:14 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2012
Protests, arson lead to sacking of Azerbaijan governor
One day of protests, and an act of arson, were all it took to take down an unpopular Azerbaijan governor. What began with an appointed governor’s taunts of his own people, ended with the same governor’s resignation according to the Azerbaijan government. In a statement released on Friday, President Ilham Aliyev’s office confirmed that Quban Governor Rauf Gabibov had been removed from his post, after civil unrest on Thursday ended with Gabibov’s mansion in flames and protesters clashing with police. (photo via CNN iReport) source
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One day of protests, and an act of arson, were all it took to take down an unpopular Azerbaijan governor. What began with an appointed governor’s taunts of his own people, ended with the same governor’s resignation according to the Azerbaijan government. In a statement released on Friday, President Ilham Aliyev’s office confirmed that Quban Governor Rauf Gabibov had been removed from his post, after civil unrest on Thursday ended with Gabibov’s mansion in flames and protesters clashing with police. (photo via CNN iReport) source

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15:20 // 2 years ago
January 2, 2012
"Person of interest" in custody after L.A.-area arson spree
Is this the guy? Last night, the LAPD released this image of a person of interest in this weekend’s widespread arson spree, which was the result of over three dozen separate blazes — some of which damaged significant amounts of property. This morning, the police say they have a person of interest in custody, presumably the guy in this photo. However, officials say “it is too early to speculate if this person is responsible for the spree of arson fires.” However, sources say that fire-starting materials were found in the man’s van, meaning he potentially had the ability to start a number of fires if he wanted to. source
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Is this the guy? Last night, the LAPD released this image of a person of interest in this weekend’s widespread arson spree, which was the result of over three dozen separate blazes — some of which damaged significant amounts of property. This morning, the police say they have a person of interest in custody, presumably the guy in this photo. However, officials say “it is too early to speculate if this person is responsible for the spree of arson fires.” However, sources say that fire-starting materials were found in the man’s van, meaning he potentially had the ability to start a number of fires if he wanted to. source

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10:28 // 2 years ago
December 20, 2011

FBI report: Violent crimes continue sharp decline in 2011

  • 8.6% decline in arson cases in the first half of 2011, according to an FBI report
  • 7.7% decline in robberies in the same period; other metrics also fell source

» A downward trend continues: When the FBI compared the first half of 2010 to the first half of 2011, they found that violent crimes were down in quite a number of categories, including murder, rape and aggrivated assault. Why has crime been in a downward trend? It could be due to “tougher laws, better policing and an aging population.” That’s right, guys: Our cultural old age is (possibly) causing a drop in crime.

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0:33 // 2 years ago
January 5, 2011

Was ex-Pentagon staffer killed because of feud with neighbor?

  • weird The body of a former Pentagon staffer, John P. Wheeler, was recently found in a landfill – which, let’s admit it, is disturbing and doesn’t exactly happen everyday.
  • weirder Reports suggest that not long before Wheeler died, he may have tried to blow up somebody’s home. He was apparently in a feud with a neighbor. He must’ve lost. source
11:11 // 3 years ago