They exchanged explicit messages on chat and dating apps with profiles depicting teenage boys and girls, authorities claim. Some of them even showed up at a New Jersey apartment expecting a sexual encounter.A Ridgewood police officer. A teacher from the Bronx. A minister, a barber, a bank manager. Thankfully, there were no children inside. Instead, they found dozens of law enforcement officials running a five-day sting operation that arrested 16 men accused of attempting to sexually abuse minors.Local, state and federal authorities announced the results of the investigation, dubbed “Operation Home Alone,” at a press conference in Hackensack Wednesday morning. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said they were trying to alert parents to the dangers children can face if they have unsupervised access to messaging apps.“Parents need to know that the profiles of underage girls and boys we posted on social media to catch these offenders could easily have been profiles of … [Read more...] about 16 child predators, including a cop and a minister, used apps such as Kik and Skout to lure teens, New Jersey AG says
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Twenty years ago, two teenagers wearing trench coats went into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., with a deadly plan. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, randomly killed 13 people - 12 students and one teacher - and wounded 20 more before killing themselves shortly after noon. Most of the students who died were in the library of the school. According to officials, Harris and Klebold had planned the attack for over a year and had written out the details in journals. According to history.com, Harris and Klebold arrived at the school in separate vehicles. They entered the cafeteria where they left duffel bags containing bombs that were supposed to explode at 11:17 a.m. They returned to their cars and waited for the bombs to explode but they did not detonate. Harris and Klebold returned to the school at 11:20 a.m., made their way to the library and started shooting students. As they were returning to the school, Harris and Klebold shot two students sitting … [Read more...] about Remembering the Columbine High School shooting
STORM LAKE, Iowa - The Mueller report landed with a ho-hum as the good people of Storm Lake, Iowa, prepared for the reenactment of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday evening at the Methodist church. That drama was much more on the minds of men who would dress up in robes and sandals that night, no doubt, than the 400-some pages of details surrounding events already detailed in public for more than two years. It certainly was not top of mind for John Snyder, farmer and plumber, who is itching to plant corn with his brother, Tom, right after Easter. The soil temperature last week was 39 degrees - that’s what we’re talking about around here - and it needs to climb into the high 50s to plant. Forecasts of highs in the 70s help him relax, what with the stress of low commodity prices and crazy floods.Snyder said he hadn’t thought much about the Mueller report. He knows enough about Washington. “I don’t think they even know we’re out here,” he said, … [Read more...] about Mueller’s report rocked Washington. Storm Lake, Iowa, not so much.
PARIS — Architects and construction workers have now stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said. "There is no more risk the edifice's walls could fall down," Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press, adding that firefighters have been able to cool down the walls and debris from the roof inside the cathedral."It's a miracle that the cathedral is still standing, and that all the relics were saved," he said.Earlier, the cathedral's rector said a "computer glitch" may have been behind the rapidly spreading blaze that devastated the 850-year-old architectural masterpiece.Rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch. "We may find out what happened in two or three months," he told a meeting of local business leaders.The fire burned through the network of enormous centuries-old oak … [Read more...] about With Notre Dame cathedral stabilized and firefighters gone, debate begins over how to rebuild
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or 4/20, to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with consumers driving the booming market. On Saturday, Lyft is offering a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the U.S. and Canada. Carl's Jr. is using a Denver restaurant to market a hamburger infused with CBD, a non-intoxicating molecule found in cannabis that many believe is beneficial to their health.On 420 last year, Totino's, a maker of frozen pizza snacks, tweeted an image of a microwave and an oven with the message: "To be blunt, pizza rolls are better when baked.""I think brands … [Read more...] about Embracing 420: As more states legalize pot, businesses see green