January 21, 2013 |
An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said. A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m. and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the...
December 14, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Six years after the death of crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a former senior police officer was found guilty in Moscow City Court on Friday for his role in the slaying and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in a trial that left many questions unanswered and the journalist's family and lawyers bitterly dissatisfied. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, formerly a police lieutenant colonel and head of the Moscow police surveillance department, was found guilty of ordering subordinates to trail Politkovskaya, providing information to hit men from the northern Caucasus and procuring a hand gun with a silencer for the attack.
November 17, 2012 |
JABALIYA, Gaza Strip - Stepping over his daughter's mangled teddy bear and pink bedroom curtains, math teacher Hossam Dadah salvaged what he could from the wreckage of his home and said he's had enough. Two of his children were hospitalized after Israeli airstrikes destroyed the three-story house next door, which was owned by a Hamas official. "This has to end," said Dadah, his black hair covered with concrete dust from the explosion. Hamas should quit while it's ahead, he said.
November 15, 2012 |
Woes of the True Policeman A Novel Roberto Bolaño, translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $25 An early death isn't the end for a writer. Like a special dispensation from the pope, it can be one path to literary canonization, as well as to bestsellerdom. David Foster Wallace and Roberto Bolaño are the preeminent recent examples of this paradigm, though anyone from John Kennedy Toole to Sylvia Plath may also apply. But soon the fans want more, the heirs require succor, and so the posthumous editions begin to appear.
August 17, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - No sooner had freshly minted Afghan policeman Mohammad Ismail been issued his service weapon than he turned it on his American mentors. The killings of two Americans and the wounding of a third Friday by the new recruit to an Afghan village police force brought the number of U.S. forces killed in "insider" shootings - attacks by Afghan allies on Western troops - to nine in 11 days. Underscoring the scope and perniciousness of the problem, another such shooting took place just hours later in nearby Kandahar province, but did not result in any deaths except that of the assailant, an Afghan soldier.
July 25, 2012 |
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. --David Russell The Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile journey from Britain to Mongolia, is a road trip, for heaven's sake. So far, I've gotten acquainted with the the Ukrainian police (50 euro, about $62, fine for speeding) and the Ukrainian police again (I evaded them). I didn't meet the Russian police, although I had laid in a store of vodka in case I did. Now my co-driver, Steve, and I were getting ready to cross into Kazakhstan , where the police apparently were very eager to get acquainted.