Thursday, June 09, 2011

News Bites from CLG for June 9th

A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans --Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order to send in the SWAT team came from the U.S. Department of Education 08 Jun 2011 A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife - to collect her unpaid student loans. A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children. He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife - who no longer lives at the house.

LulzSec hacks Canada's Conservative Party --'Authorities are no closer to finding and punishing LulzSec for their Internet crimes and the pranks look like they are going to continue.' [] 07 Jun 2011 There seems to be no security too tough for LulzSec to hack, eh? Add Canada's Conservative Party website to the list of victims of "the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense". LulzSec hacked onto The Conservative Party of Canada's website to post a fictional press release declaring, "Prime Minister Rushed to Hospital after Breakfast Incident." The post went on to say that Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was rushed to the hospital after choking on a hash brown.

Meet Your New Pot Dealer: Big Pharma 03 Jun 2011 (CA) Despite the US government's staunch opposition to medical cannabis farms in Oakland and elsewhere, the feds have begun licensing a whole lot of large legal pot grows throughout the country. But this weed is not for cannabis dispensaries and their patients; it's for Big Pharma. The Drug Enforcement Administration told Legalization Nation in an e-mail last week that 55 unnamed companies now hold licenses to grow cannabis in the United States, a fact that contradicts the widespread belief that there is only one legal pot farm in America, operated under the DEA for research purposes.

Anti-abortion amendments added to proposed Ohio budget bill 07 Jun 2011 Two amendments restricting abortions in public hospitals and clinics were added to the Ohio Senate's proposed budget bidon Tuesday, a day before lawmakers are set to vote on it. The amendments would restrict public hospitals and clinics that receive state funding from performing abortions and prevent anyone who is on a publicly subsidized health care plan from using their insurance coverage to pay for abortions.

Olympics 2012: FIFA bans headscarves for Iranian women's soccer team 06 Jun 2011 Not participating in the 2012 London Olympics is a nightmare for every serious athlete, but for the Iranian women’s soccer team the defeat was extra bitter after they were disqualified right before a crucial qualifying match because they wore Islamic headscarves. Ready to play a crucial Olympic qualifying match with Jordan in Amman on Friday, the Iranian team was dismissed by officials of the international football association, FIFA. The officials decided just before the kickoff that the tight headscarves the Iranian players were wearing to cover their hair broke the association's dress code, FIFA said on Monday.

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