March 25, 2005

LinkNews Digest [03/25/2005]

Student Suspended for Showing Principal's Hipocracy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. A Providence high school student has been suspended from school after he photographed the principal smoking on school grounds, and posting the pictures on the Internet.

Eliazar Velasquez, a sophomore at Central High School, snapped pictures of Principal Elaine Almagno smoking a cigarette outside a school door earlier this month. Smoking within 25 feet of a school violates state law.

Velasquez then posted the pictures on a Web site, and distributed fliers at school telling students where to find the pictures.

Central High administrators say Velasquez's suspension was because the sophomore had harassed and slandered the principal and was being a disruptive influence. The American Civil Liberties Union has gotten involved, saying the suspension raises freedom of speech and due-process issues. (LINK)

Man Arrested for Bananna-wielding

LONDON -- Robert Downey had the mask and the attitude to be a successful robber. But he ruined the effect when he tried to stage a hold-up at his local bookmaker's shop - using a banana.

Noting the suspicious bend in the so-called "weapon," the clerk calmly called the police and on Wednesday, Downey was jailed for nearly seven years for attempted robbery.

Prosecutors at the trial at Southwark Crown Court in London said Downey, a drug addict, hatched his scheme to buy more crack. Donning a mask, he headed for the bookmaker's shop, pausing only to get a banana from the greengrocer on the way. In the bookmaker's, he pointed the fruit wrapped in a plastic bag, screaming, "I want the money or I will (expletive) shoot you."

This did not produce the desired effect: assistant Peter Humphrey calmly turned to a colleague and said: "He said he has a gun, but it might be a banana."

Downey then produced a pair of scissors, "but seeing no money was going to be handed over he ran out of the shop," said prosecutor Patrick Cahill. (LINK)
How many times do we have to go over this?
Sgt.: Right. Bananas. How to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. Now you, come at me with this banana. Catch! Now, it's quite simple to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. First of all you force him to drop the banana; then, second, you eat the banana, thus disarming him. You have now rendered him 'elpless.

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