The assistant to this state rep called my friend back and said, ‘We’d like to hire him, but we Google every potential employee, and the first thing that came up when we searched for Maxwell was a mug shot for a drug arrest.’ I know what I did was wrong, and I understand the punishment. But these Web sites are punishing me, and because I don’t have the money it would take to get my photo off them all, there is nothing I can do about it.College student Maxwell Birnbaum • Discussing his arrest for possession of ecstasy, and subsequent blackballing by a selection of mugshot websites through Google. If Birnbaum wants his mugshot to go offline, he’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars per site to remove it. The New York Times has a great piece on the issue—caused by sites like JustMugshots, which take content from police websites and repost it on their own—and the damage it causes people who have been arrested, even after their records have been cleared. Read to the end. Reporter David Segal seriously got some great results on this piece.
This is just plain and simple murder of unarmed civilians. It’s not a war. These militants went into the mall and executed people: women and children, anyone who got in their path. That’s not typical of war.New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks • Describing the scene inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday. Hicks, who was nearby the scene when violence broke out, spent hours inside the mall with police, and saw a number of the fatalities in the process. Hicks, a full-time Nairobi resident, just got married two weeks ago and was picking up some photographs given to him as wedding gifts when he saw people running from the mall.