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A man died on the tracks at the Times Square subway station Friday morning, causing delays.
Police say the man appears to have been electrocuted on the No. 2 line at the Times Square-42nd Street Station just before 7 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Northbound No. 2 and 3 train service was running local 14the Street to 72nd Street due to the police investigation.The circumstances of the death are unknown at this time.

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This is the second death this month in the subway.

via Subway delays after man dies in fall onto tracks in Times Square |


It was another bad weekend for subway fatalities. On Saturday, a man was hit by a D train at 72nd Street and Central Park West after trying to retrieve something he dropped on the tracks. Then on Sunday around 1:30 p.m., a woman was found lying on the southbound 1 line tracks at the Canal Street station. Its unclear if she was hit by a train or passed out on the platform and landed in the trough. The victim, whos believed to be in her thirties, was wearing leather pants and high heels. A police source tells the Post, “She looks like she was out clubbing.” She was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy is being conducted to determine her cause of death.

via Woman Found Dead on Canal Street Subway Tracks — Daily Intelligencer.

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A man was struck and killed by a subway train on the upper West Side Saturday morning, authorities said.

The 58-year-old, identified as John Williams of Washington Heights, was trying to retrieve something he dropped on the tracks when he was struck by a downtown D train at the 72nd St. station on Central Park West. He was hit about 6:45 a.m.

Emergency medical services brought Williams to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cops said no criminality is suspected.

via Man, 58, killed by D train at 72nd St. subway station – NY Daily News.

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Roger Ebert loved movies.
Except for those he hated.
For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.
“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”


Hell is a hard place to describe in detail, since, after all, going there would require dying first. But in an effort to find out what the ancient version of the underworld looked like, archaeologists may have unearthed the gateway to Hades.
Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes,”

more at Plutos Gate Discovered: The Plutonium Gate To Hell Found In Ancient City Of Hierapolis.


When a man fell onto the tracks of a Philadelphia subway line, it was a quick thinking Good Samaritan who may have saved his life.The 63-year-old North Philadelphia man fell onto the tracks at the Cecil B. Moore Broad Street Line Thursday.

Surveillance video released by SEPTA shows the man walk across the subway platform, seemingly unaware he was about to fall. The video then shows the man fall right onto the tracks.

Christopher Knafelc, who happened to be visiting Temple University, hopped down on the tracks and helped the man.

more at Good Samaritan Jumps Onto Subway Tracks To Rescue Victim – Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29.


Capt. Peter J.N. Linnerooth was an amazing Army psychologist who served in Baghdad, Iraq. He was nicknamed “The Wizard” by his colleagues because of his “magic” ability to help people through the most horrific situations by creating a rapport with empathy and a big heart. He had been concerned with the mental health and suicide rate of soldiers even before working with them.

Many soldier leaned on him as he served thousands in the camps and was called on to do a myriad of jobs that he was not trained to do, but did anyway just to help out. He blasted heavy medal music to drown out the outside world while in his office. Yet, when he was able to sleep, he took all of his personal images and those of the soldiers he talked with and dreamt of them vividly.

There were only three mental health personnel for the camp, and he was the only one with a Doctorate of Psychology. While on tour, he ended up on anti-depressants, as did one of his colleagues. He had finally come to the point where he just didn’t know how to handle all of the stories and things he had seen any longer. He went to one of the doctors. The doctor asked if he was going to hurt himself. He responded he didn’t know. He would be leaving as a suicide risk. His own demons and those of others had become too much for him to bear.

In 2007, just a few months short of his 15 month tour, he was sent to Germany and then home. In 2008, after 6 years in the army, he tried to get back into the life he had left behind as a professor, but the trivialness of the concerns of the students and his inability deal with what he had been through made that tough. He nearly overdosed on pills in 2009 in an attempt to just make the pain stop. He realized his mistake and regretted the pain he brought to his wife and kids. He went to marriage counseling to try and save what was left of the life he knew, but he still wasn’t able to talk. His marriage crumbled and ended in divorce.

His behavior at work had brought a friend to suggest a leave of absence so he could get himself together. He headed out to California to get help from his friend Brock McNabb whom was one of the others on the mental health team in Baghdad.

Linnerooth joined McNabb at the Santa Cruz County Vet Center. There he seemed to turn his life around. He lost some weight, shaved his long beard, and spent his evenings talking with McNabb. He kept in contact with his children on the phone nightly and by Skype, sometimes just watching them watch TV. He was helping vets while he himself was also dealing with his PTSD.

In 2010, he started to speak out more on the pressures and stress on military psychologists. He talked to the New York Times and Time Magazine about how there just weren’t enough mantel health experts to deal with all the needs of the soldiers. In the magazine, he also accused the Army of being criminally negligent. He then joined another former Army psychologist, Bret Moore whom he had befriended in Iraq, to write an academic paper about professional burnout. He was finally getting all of the things he had held in so long out of him in a more productive manner.

In July 2011, Linnerooth seemed happy enough and became married for the second time in Lake Tahoe to a woman he had met a decade before. This marriage became strained as well though. He also began missing deadlines for the academic paper. Moore had to go over all of Linnerooth’s work because there was so much anger toward the military as well as his personal life reflected. An American Psychological Association journal published the paper in 2011.

He moved to Reno to be with his new wife and to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, as he approached a two-year deadline for a state license required by the VA, he did not go take the test, even at teh urging of McNabb. He felt betrayed once again when the VA was forced to let him go, even though they had stated they would rehire him when he completed the requirements necessary for the position.

Last summer Linnerooth moved back to Minnesota so he could see his children daily. He did travel back to California for the birth of his son with his second wife.

During the holidays things were busy. Texts to his mother thanking her for the kids gifts. Pictures of his infant son sent to his sister. January 1, 2013 was spent with his older son and plans were being made to visit his infant son again.

On January 2nd, a lethal combination of too much alcohol, a fight with his wife, and a gun ended his life at the age of 42. He left a note giving instructions of what he wanted done from there, but nothing about why he had done the unthinkable, committed suicide. It seemed all the demons he had taken on had finally become too much for him to bear.

Mc Nabb stated Linnerooth did not want to die, he just wanted the pain to end. The man whom had taken on the burdens of so many, never learned how to let his own burdens go. He wanted to help others and not be a burden himself. From the time he was a child, his adoptive mother noticed how he would not open up and instead locked himself in his room to deal with things from a very young age.

Linnerooth’s Army buddies came in from all across the country and celebrated him. They placed a Motorhead T-shirt over his urn as they toasted him with rum and scotch. The next day, his family and friends gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to say their final good-byes.

On a cloudless, 4-degree morning in Minnesota, amid taps and a 21-gun salute, Captain Peter J.N. Linnerooth was laid to rest. McNabb presented Linnerooth’s Bronze Star to his older son and reminded him how proud his dad was of him.

McNabb was given the responsibility of the writing on the headstone. He grappled with how to sum up a man’s life whom had helped so many in 30 characters or less. When the headstone arrived in February, it had the traditional name and military service engraved on it. The epitaph summed up his great deeds to those with the fortune to come his way in few words:



By Jessica Chasmar-The Washington Times, Monday, February 25, 2013
California taxpayers, who already pay for prison chaplains covering such faiths as Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and American Indian religions, might have to add witches to the list.

A lawsuit working its way through the federal court system would require state prisons to hire Wiccan chaplains. Two female convicts who practice Wicca sued the state for refusing to hire a paid full-time Wiccan chaplain and “by failing to apply neutral criteria in determining whether paid chaplaincy positions are necessary to meet the religious exercise needs of inmates adhering to religions outside the five faiths (Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Native American and Protestant),” according to an appellate court’s decision.

A federal court in Fresno, Calif., dismissed the lawsuit in 2011 after finding no violations in the women’s rights, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brought it back to life this week by overturning the trial court’s decision. The San Francisco-based appellate court ordered the original judge to reconsider the case and determine whether state prisons unconstitutionally cater to majority religions, Judicial Watch reports.

The appellate court wrote that if the allegations are true, “the prison administration failed to employ any neutral criteria in evaluating whether a growing membership in minority religions warranted a reallocation of resources used in accommodating inmates’ religious exercise needs.”

While “the First Amendment does not require prison administration to provide inmates with the chaplain of their choice,” the state does require it to employ neutral criteria in deciding where funds are allocated, the decision reads.

MORE AT  Federal appeals court ruling may force California prisons to hire witches – Washington Times.


PUBLISHED: 14:55 EST, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:35 EST, 27 February 2013
An 18-year-old woman with a necrophilia fetish had three-way sex on the corpses of two men who she and her sexual partners strangled, it was claimed today. Joshua Miner, 24, piled the bodies of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins, both 22, together and placed a beige sheet across them so he and his longtime girlfriend, Alisa Massaro, could lie together on top of them at Massaros home in Joliet, Illinois, according to police reports.

The corpses elicited a ‘zombie noise’ – a final gasping sound. The bodies also evacuated their bowels, Miner claimed.

They then hog-tied the victims’ hands and feet together with dirty clothes and and an electrical cord.

‘This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,’ Police Chief Mike Trafton said after the January slayings.

‘Not only the crime scene, but the disregard for common decency toward human beings.’

Police reports say McKee knew Rankins and invited him and Glover over with promises of sexual favors. 

Miner later admitted that they four believed the men had carried ‘lot of money’ and that they were planning to rob them. They believed Rankins was a drug dealer and carried $100 with him.

‘It’s demonic,’ Rankins’ mother, Jamille Kent, said.

‘This is evil.’

Trafton, the police chief, said Massaro, Landerman and Miner were ‘very much surprised’ when police walked in on them Thursday. McKee had left the house but police arrested her later in nearby Kankakee.


more at Joliet murders: Teens had 3-way sex on bodies of men they strangled | Mail Online.


A 32 year old man is still blaming his parents for the life he now leads.

Bernard Anderson Bey has self-filed a suit with the Brooklyn Supreme Court against his parents, Vickie and Bernard Manley, in the amount of $200,000. He claims that they didn’t give him enough support him enough or show him enough affection. He and his siblings were allegedly raised in a poor household where they were not loved enough. This is why he is homeless and destitute.

Now he wants his parents to make up for it. He wants them to mortgage their share of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home and use the money to open two franchises like Domino’s Pizza. This would provide employment for all of his family including his 5 younger siblings he claimed are on public assistance.

“Our whole family is really poor, and my father doesn’t care about the situation,” Bey said yesterday. “I feel unloved and abandoned.” He also claims in the suit that his father beat him, called him names, and did drugs in front off him.

His mother, Vickie Anderson, said, “He’s 32 years old. That speaks for itself. Welcome to America. Everyone in America has the same opportunity. Don’t blame the parents at this point. The choice is yours. You’re an adult.”

Bernard Manley said, “He’s not related to me. He’s not my son.” Bey is his step-son.

A sister said, “I’m not on public assistance. My parents were not terrible. They did the best they could. He chose the life he’s leading now.”

read more  Homeless man sues parents for not loving him enough | Fox News.
Homeless man sues parents for ‘too little love’


A French woman has been arrested after her three children were found with their throats slit at their home near Paris Friday.

Sky News reports that two of the kids—a  9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son—died of multiple stab wounds. Their 17-year-old brother was still alive when emergency services arrived, but later died of his wounds.

Their father, a doctor, discovered the scene after returning home in the morning from work, according to judicial sources and police. He was reportedly in a state of shock.

“The children had their throats slit but we are still awaiting forensic reports,” authorities told Sky.

Police launched a hunt for the mother after the bodies were found, eventually apprehending her and holding her in Paris.  The family lived in a suburb east of Paris called Dampmart.

Investigators said the couple was having marital problems.

more at  French mother arrested for slitting throats of her 3 children | Fox News.