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August 7, 2012
Authorities begin investigation of second fire at Joplin mosque
Investigators from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department have begun investigating the remains of the Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque for signs of arson. Officials have confirmed that surveillance equipment was destroyed in the fire, and it is unlikely that video evidence will emerge. Here’s some quick info on the rewards offered for information:
$10,000 reward offeredby The Council on American-Islamic Relations for information leading to a conviction
$15,000 reward offered by the FBI for information on the July arson suspect who was caught on camera SOURCE
(Photo via Tonawanda News)
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Investigators from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Jasper County Sheriff’s Department have begun investigating the remains of the Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque for signs of arson. Officials have confirmed that surveillance equipment was destroyed in the fire, and it is unlikely that video evidence will emerge. Here’s some quick info on the rewards offered for information:

  • $10,000 reward offeredby The Council on American-Islamic Relations for information leading to a conviction
  • $15,000 reward offered by the FBI for information on the July arson suspect who was caught on camera SOURCE

(Photo via Tonawanda News)

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19:15 // 2 years ago
August 6, 2012
Second fire completely destroys Islamic Center in Joplin, Missouri
After an act of arson carried out on July 4, 2012 caused minor damage to the Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque, a second blaze started that began early Monday morning has leveled the religious building. While authorities have not yet determined the fire’s cause, mosque leader Iman Lahmuddin has confirmed to local press that it did completely destroy the structure and everything inside. “But since we are people of faith, we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen,” said Lahmuddin, continuing, “and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, [to] control our emotions, our anger.” (Photo via KSN) source
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After an act of arson carried out on July 4, 2012 caused minor damage to the Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque, a second blaze started that began early Monday morning has leveled the religious building. While authorities have not yet determined the fire’s cause, mosque leader Iman Lahmuddin has confirmed to local press that it did completely destroy the structure and everything inside. “But since we are people of faith, we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen,” said Lahmuddin, continuing, “and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, [to] control our emotions, our anger.” (Photo via KSN) source

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18:45 // 2 years ago
September 23, 2011

House passes shutdown-averting spending bill … with a catch

  • yeah … The House passed a bill preventing a possible government shutdown, and in the process paying for emergency management funding for the recent spate of natural disasters (like the Joplin tornado and Hurricane Irene). As recently as Wednesday, it didn’t look like it would pass. So what happened?
  • … but Well, the bill includes a politically-charged measure removing funding for green energy projects, like the much-maligned Solyndra debacle. It literally seems like they passed it only because House Republicans could score points off of this. As a result, it likely will not pass the Senate in its current form. source

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7:52 // 2 years ago
August 30, 2011
Any projects that have not come in for approval, we’re not going to be able to fund those as this point. We’re going to postpone those. Our goal is to keep this disruption as short as possible, but it was prudent.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate • Describing the reasons that FEMA is putting their long-term work to repair Joplin, Mo. on hold, and instead putting that money towards Hurricane Irene. Another issue arising in the Hurricane Irene situation? They might run into yet another wall of House Republican suck. That’s because House Majority Leader Eric Cantor makes no guarantees about funding Irene cleanup unless there are budget cuts to match, which is a real jerk move which shows how out-of-touch with reality that the GOP is. Now, granted, Ron Paul pitches ideas like these all the time. But when the GOP leadership continues to do so without regard to the current situation at hand, it makes you you want to vote all the bums out en masse next year. source (viafollow)
9:57 // 2 years ago
August 17, 2011
I wanted to make a lot of little girls feel like princesses on that first day of school.
Susan Stewart, a teacher in Joplin, Missouri • Discussing her efforts to give young students an emotional boost. Students are back in school after Joplin was hit with devastating tornadoes and storms back in May. Stewart created “Project First Day,” which helped create over 1,400 new dresses for girls on their first day of school. Members of the project sewed from across the country to help out a devastated town.  source (viafollow)
21:21 // 3 years ago
May 28, 2011
Joplin’s victims remembered: Around 37 of the victims of last week’s deadly Joplin tornado are listed on this page. It’s a reminder, as we get overwhelmed by the photos and the videos and the numbers of it all, that real people were involved and each of them have stories. The site was actually modeled off a similar one by the Tuscaloosa News. Check out both sites if you want to put the pieces together of stories ended by the deadly 2011 tornado season. (thanks @JuliaJRH)

Joplin’s victims remembered: Around 37 of the victims of last week’s deadly Joplin tornado are listed on this page. It’s a reminder, as we get overwhelmed by the photos and the videos and the numbers of it all, that real people were involved and each of them have stories. The site was actually modeled off a similar one by the Tuscaloosa News. Check out both sites if you want to put the pieces together of stories ended by the deadly 2011 tornado season. (thanks @JuliaJRH)

23:58 // 3 years ago
May 27, 2011

Joplin tornado death toll numbers get murky, confusing

  • 156 people reported missing in the Joplin tornado, down from 232
  • 90 people formerly on the list were found alive, which is a relief
  • 22 more, however, were added to the list in the past day source

» And this is where the numbers really get confusing: With two different organizations — the state of Missouri and the city of Joplin — reporting two different official death toll figures (126 and 132, respectively), and around 19 of the missing identified as victims on the list of those accounted for, you’d be forgiven for being a bit confused by all these numbers. Let’s simplify it for you: It was a lot of people, and those still alive have a lot to recover from.

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18:31 // 3 years ago
Our goal is to get that number to zero. We will dedicate as much state resources as needed around the clock to ensure those family who have loved ones that they cannot find are connected.
Missouri Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Andrea Spillars • Describing the group’s goal to whittle down the list of 232 missing people in Joplin — some of whom are amongst the 126 killed in Sunday’s storm, but perhaps haven’t been identified. Others may remain missing, but others still may have skipped town without informing friend and relatives of their departure. Let’s hope it’s the latter. source (viafollow)
9:30 // 3 years ago
May 25, 2011
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