Well, before I get to our bad news of this week, umm I want to remind you guys that, I may or may not have a post this Friday cause I usually don’t stock my blog full of post on usual cases, but this week seems to be a stream of bad news. What is with this thing about bad news that seems to be semi-plaguing the feeds recently. Quakes in Asia, downed stocks in NASDAQ and Japan falling apart cause Americans don’t know how bad the situation is overseas. Also, before people start questioning my inconsistency about spacing, this is WordPress’ fault not mine. I can’t help if the site can’t understand how to write decent HTML code to make spacing look good.

 

So let’s  get down to business with our first news story.

 

16 in Kyoto mowed down by minivan

Driver plows into busy crosswalk in Gion district

Kyodo, Staff report

 

KYOTO — Three men and five women were killed and at least nine people were injured Thursday after a minivan crashed into pedestrians on a street in Kyoto’s historic Gion district, police and firefighters said.

The police confirmed the driver was among the eight fatalities. He was identified as Shingo Fujisaki, 30, from Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto.

The deceased were identified as Masahiko Okumura, 40, Kenji Koike, 77, Masako Kishimoto, 68, Momoyo Sawanishi, 61, Takako Kamoshita, 62, and Setsuko Hirayama, whose age was unknown. Police did not name the remaining woman.

Police are treating the accident as a case of negligent driving resulting in death and injury. They plan to autopsy the driver to determine his cause of death and mental condition at the time. Kyodo News learned from Fujisaki’s family that he had a history of epilepsy. Police said they will carefully look into any link between his condition and the accident.

According to the police, the minivan plowed into the intersection of Shijo and Yamato Ooji streets in Higashiyama Ward at around 1 p.m.

The area, a popular tourist site, was crowded with thousands of people admiring the ancient capital’s cherry blossoms, which are in full bloom. The accident took place about 50 meters from Minamiza kabuki theater.

Before ramming the pedestrians, who were crossing the street, the minivan rear-ended a taxi and appeared to flee until it crashed into a telephone pole about 100 meters north of the accident site and came to a stop.

A 29-year-old man who was among those injured by the accident said that “a silver vehicle ignored the red traffic signal and ran into pedestrians walking by and left without stopping.”

Police said the driver was apparently a delivery man.

A Kyoto municipal spokesman contacted by The Japan Times said there were no plans to close down the traditional geisha quarters after the accident. The city said that approximately 170,000 visitors a day were projected to visit the area this month, about the same as in 2010.

The Gion district is close to Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park, which are among the city’s most popular spots for viewing cherry blossoms.

 

 

Things are not looking too well for Japan if we’re getting drunk driving over there. Jokes aside, I’m was actually kinda surprised since Japan’s accident’s are much lower than that of the US; Crime rate is down too. Oh, well, shitty Asian drivers will be shitty Asian drivers I guess. 😆

 

Now more news from Japan, this time, it’s about North Korea.

 

SDF, leaders on 24-hour alert for North’s rocket launch

By MASAMI ITO and JUN HONGO
Staff writers

 

Japan and its missile defense system remained on high alert Thursday as the first day of North Korea’s launch window for what is believed to be a long-range ballistic missile test passed without incident.

North Korea said it will launch the rocket by sometime between 7 a.m. and noon Monday. It says the rocket will put a satellite into orbit, but other nations suspect it is really a military test.

The government has set up a special task force at the crisis management center in the prime minister’s office, where officials are collecting and analyzing information on the launch.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said in the morning that the government was on “24-hour” alert.

“We are prepared. We must be ready for any possibility of an unpredictable event,” Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka added.

Tanaka arrived before 7 a.m. at the Defense Ministry, where a Patriot antiballistic missile battery has been deployed to shoot down the rocket or any debris if it deviates from its announced course over Okinawa Prefecture.

“The Defense Ministry is working closely under my order to properly handle the situation,” Tanaka said.

In the afternoon, Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, the highest ranking officer in the Self-Defense Forces, gave more reassurances on the grand military display.

“We are set up and ready to take on the situation whenever the launch takes place” the chief of staff said, adding that the SDF is coordinating closely with the U.S. military.

Iwasaki declined to give his opinion on why Pyongyang hadn’t hit the launch button yet.

“They probably had their reasons, but we haven’t figured out the specific cause. We can only guess” at this point, he said.

If the launch goes ahead, Japan is prepared to urge the members of the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution against North Korea.

“I would like to seek (North Korea’s) self-restraint till the last minute, but I will take all possiblemeasures to be fully prepared in case of an emergency,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in the morning.

Meanwhile, speculation was rife that Pyongyang is also close to conducting a new nuclear experiment, a pattern that was repeated after the rocket launches of 2006 and 2009.

“We absolutely cannot tolerate any additional form of provocation by North Korea,” Fujimura said. “We will continue to work in close cooperation with other countries to observe the situation closely.”

 

Here’s a story from an insane fan of the Oreimo series…spoiler, he gets arrested.

 

Kirino Fan Arrested for Threatening Ore no Imouto Writer

Author: Artefact

 

A Kirino obsessed otaku has been arrested for making death threats against author of the Ore no Imouto series, apparently angered by the favourable treatment Kuroneko has been receiving in recent volumes.

Police moved to arrest a 32-year-old unemployed man in Tokushima prefecture after he sent 10 threatening emails to Tsukasa Fushimi, the 31-year-old author of the Ore no Imouto series of light novels.

His threats included “Die, you swindler!,” “I’ll make you regret this,” and “I’ll find out where you live.”

He also sent Fushimi over 500 emails containing Photoshopped image showing him being decapitated.

He has been charged for making the threats, which he admits, explaining that “I was angry about a slight to my favourite character in the novels.”

He seems to have been an especially ardent Kirino fan (or at least a hater of Kuroneko), as he also sent an email saying he wanted to beat the author to death along with Kuroneko.

Fushimi seems to have taken the episode in his stride, as he was spotted playfully alluding to the incident in the 10th volume of the series.

 

This next story baffles even myself. A police officer is dressed in a schoolgirl uniform and enticing her to come over here. I’m not sure what to say Japan, really. I’ve heard of corrupt cops but this shit is ridiculous.

 

Crossdressing Cop Waves Piece At Schoolgirl

Author: Artefact

 

A policeman has been arrested for exposing himself to a schoolgirl whilst dressed as a schoolgirl in a sailor outfit.

The 37-year-old is an assistant inspector with the Tokyo police, but apparently also moonlighted as a schoolgirl exhibitionist in his off hours.

He was initially reported after being spotted wearing a wig, skirt and sailor outfit in the elevator of a Tokyo apartment building, where he encountered a 16-year-old schoolgirl and began flipping his skirt and flashing her, saying “Please take a look!”

In a display of the sort of sharp investigatory skills Japanese police are well known for, the next month a patrolling officer spotted him loitering around the entrance to a station dressed in women’s clothes, a wig and makeup, and shrewdly decided it might be worth questioning him.

He soon admitted being responsible for the elevator incident, and police found a variety of female clothing at his home. This resulted in charges of public indecency.

He also admitted “doing it loads of times” and police are investigating whether he is behind various other reports of a crossdressing man exposing himself to the public in and around the capital.

His superiors provide the usual boilerplate public apology:

“This is truly regrettable. We will investigate the circumstances thoroughly and take the proper measures.”

The inspector’s unusual behaviour has resulted in him being transferred to traffic control, which in his case might actually be considered a promotion – previously he was in charge of administering a public smoking ban, perhaps itself a clue as to the direction his career was taking.

 

I think I’ll get our last few stories quickly cause this is just getting ridiculous. I mean, really? Crossdressing Cops and fail planning whole of day

 

 

Road trips for sex with minor land alleged cougar behind bars

By: Jeff Hager

 

JOPPA, Md. – It all started out innocently enough with a pair of gamers flying make-believe bombers as part of the on-line game War 2 Glory.

But the 16-year old Florida boy dropped a real bomb on his parents when he disclosed he was having a real-life affair with a 39-year old Maryland woman.

“Florida law enforcement authorities obtained a warrant for Lisa Carroll from Joppa charging her with nine counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of traveling to meet a minor,” said Greg Shipley of the Maryland State Police.

According to investigators, Carroll and the teen moved beyond the video game to forming a relationship via Skype that became physical when the woman allegedly drove 800 miles to meet him in a Southwest Florida hotel.

The minor’s parents intervened after they learned of the relationship, but they had no idea it had gone that far and that the couple planned on getting married.

“The information developed during the investigation is that there is apparently, at least on their part, an engagement between the two.  At least that’s what they told investigators,” said Shipley.

Much like the video game that brought them together, the bombs don’t stop there.

When police showed up at Carroll’s apartment to serve a warrant and to take her into custody, they learned she was married, and her husband learned of her alleged crimes and indiscretions as she was cuffed and led away.

This would not constitute a crime in Maryland where the legal age is 16, but in Florida, the laws are different.

It’s a crime for 16 or 17-year olds to have sex with anyone over the age of 23.

 

And next we have a hero, not an hero, but a hero…

 

Appeals Court Rules Computer Code Is Not “Property” and Can’t Be Stolen

 

Sergey Aleynikov, an ex-Goldman-Sachs programmer, spent a year in prison for downloading source code of the firm’s high-speed trading software before his sentence was overturned in February. Today, the court explained why—downloading computer code doesn’t constitute stealing under the National Stolen Property Act.

The 2nd Circuit Appeals Court ruled that since computer code cannot be physically obtained, it doesn’t fit the legal description of a stolen good. “Because Aleynikov did not ‘assume physical control’ over anything when he took the source code, and because he did not thereby ‘deprive [Goldman] of its use,’ Aleynikov did not violate the [National Stolen Property Act],” the court wrote in its decision.

In addition, the Appeals Court struck down charges against Aleynikov of violating the Electronic Espionage Act since the software was never destined for foreign markets. Specifically, the judges wrote, “Because the HFT system was not designed to enter or pass in commerce, or to make something that does, Aleynikov’s theft of source code relating to that system was not an offense under the EEA.”

The court was quick to point out that this decision should not be interpreted for all cases of electronic theft, however the legal recognition that code isn’t physical property (which people have been saying for years) is sure to make this case a focal point in future MPAA/RIAA wranglings.

 

I actually laughed hard at this next one.

 

Woman stole TV, iron, curtains, garbage can, bedspread, rug from hotel room

By Barbara Hijek

 

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman caught on hotel surveillance walking out with a TV from one of the rooms that is under renovation at Sabal Suites in Tampa, according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

She is seen on the video checking several doors as she walks down the hallway before entering a room under renovation.

And she made off with a haul: During the course of several trips she is seen taking items out of the room such as the bedspread, picture frames, iron with ironing board, rugs, trash can and curtains.

Total amount of stolen items is estimated at over $700.00

 

How do you people do this? Seriously. Jeez, man I heard of taking hotel amenities, but this is fucked up Florida.

 

And our last news for tonight.

 

Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel urges gals to wear less on the beach

By

 

Last week, female beach volleyball contestants were granted the option to wear long-sleeved tops and shorts instead of bikinis in the forthcoming Summer Olympics.

But according to at least one swimsuit supermodel, less is best.

“This summer it’s all about Brazil, and they’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Rio and how the women wear their swimsuits down there,” Candice Swanepoel told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column while launching Victoria’s Secret 2012 Swim Collection in Beverly Hills. “People in Brazil are a lot more comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality (than in the U.S.) and it’s more about having fun… In America, the backs are obviously larger, which I think should change. We are trying to change that!”

But how little is too little for our family-friendly stretches of sand?

“I think it is whatever you are comfortable with, I like to wear them really tiny,” Swanepoel continued. “But I had to get comfortable with that gradually.”

“I really love the neon prints at the moment, especially because I have got a bit of color so the neon works well. I used to be quite a classic girl, but it’s nice to mix it up and have a bit of fun,” she said. “It doesn’t matter your shape, size or skin tone – there will be something to compliment.”

However, new mom Kerr (married to Orlando Bloom) also recently released the teen self-help guide “Treasure Yourself” and told us she has two more books pending publication.

“I have another two books on the way, two very different books,” she said. “But I tried to make the first one personal. Everyone is so different, but as women we all have similar experiences. We should empower each other to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.”

Swanepoel, too, has career aspirations beyond modeling.

“I’d love to be a pop star – at heart,” she laughed. “Obviously I wouldn’t try because I would scare people, but I have concerts at home.”

Eat your heart out Britney – Swanepoel does quite the impressive  lip sync, courtesy of Modelinia.com.

 

 

That’s our show for tonight, good night everybody.

 

 

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