September 25, 2012 |
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has gone from being the self-described victim of a politically motivated attack to the victim of grade-school vandalism. Grimm, whose staff discovered Sunday that chunks of concrete had been thrown through the windows of his Staten Island campaign office, initially said that the vandalism was a coverup for an “attack on democracy and the political process.” H is campaign first reported that computer systems full of “confidential” data pertaining to his reelection efforts had been completely wiped out after Linux had been installed onto the hard drives.
September 17, 2012 |
Evidently, Shaun White, aka the Flying Tomato, is not nearly as fleet on foot as he is on a board. The Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding and X Games star in skateboarding has been arrested and charged in Nashville, Tenn., for public intoxication and vandalism during an apparent drunken rampage at a hotel. According to Nashville police, White also got into an altercation with another person who tried to prevent White from fleeing the hotel, where he allegedly broke a phone and pulled a fire alarm, which caused an evacuation.
August 20, 2012 |
Angry youths on Sunday overturned cars and smashed shop windows in anti-Japanese protests across China stemming from a long-standing dispute over uninhabited islands claimed by both countries. Not to be outdone in nationalist fervor, 150 Japanese activists tried to land on the islands in the East China Sea by boat Sunday to commemorate World War II deaths. When that failed, 10 of them swam to one of the rocky islands and tried to plant a Japanese flag. The demonstrations in China were the largest since 2010, when a Chinese fishing captain whose boat collided with a Japanese coast guard vessel was arrested, leading to a protracted standoff.
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July 18, 2012 |
For months, someone roamed the streets of Beverly Hills and Encino, shattering plate glass windows at dozens of businesses and homes. Some suspected wayward youths until a witness saw the vandal in the act. He described a graying man in his 50s seated in a silver SUV wearing white gloves, calmly firing metal marbles from a slingshot across six lanes of Ventura Boulevard in broad daylight. From that description and other clues, police arrested an unlikely suspect: a 58-year-old investment advisor named Michael Steven Poret, who lives in the hills of Encino and works at the Rodeo Drive office of UBS Financial Services in Beverly Hills.
July 6, 2012 |
A defaced stencil by the elusive street artist known as Banksy -- which might have quadrupled in value after being vandalized -- has been cleared from a London neighborhood. The artwork of a boy blowing bubbles that spell out the name “TOX,” a prolific tagger jailed last year for his handiwork, appeared last August on a wall along Jeffrey's Street in the city's northwest neighborhood of Camden Town. The wall was later smeared with black paint as part of an ongoing turf war in Camden between Banksy and the graffiti crew known as Team Robbo.
June 20, 2012 |
The Menil Collection in Texas is attempting to save a painting by Pablo Picasso that was vandalized recently with spray paint. The incident, which was captured on video and posted to YouTube , involved a man using black spray paint to deface Picasso's 1932 "Woman in Red Armchair. " Soon after the incident, the Houston museum rushed the painting to its conservation lab where experts are attempting to save it, according to the Houston Chronicle. The vandal stenciled an image of a bull and the word "Conquista" on the painting.
May 1, 2012 |
SEATTLE — Downtown Seattle erupted in chaos Tuesday as black-clad May Day demonstrators marauded through the shopping district, smashing plate glass windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painting cars and slashing tires. At least eight people had been arrested by early evening. May Day arrests also were reported in Portland, Ore., and New York. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate sticks, tire irons, hammers and other implements that might be used for continued destruction.
March 26, 2012 |
Hate speech is a form of vandalism. It defaces the environment, and like a broken window, if left untended, signals to other hoodlums that the coast is clear to do more damage. But unlike the proverbial broken window, which urban police departments and criminologists urge us to repair to maintain the aura of social order, nobody seems to be in much of a hurry to nip hate speech in the bud. That's because since the ill-fated attempt by several universities to regulate hate speech in the 1980s and '90s, any discussion of reining in racist taunts inevitably degrades into charges of political correctness and ends abruptly with the invocation of the 1st Amendment.
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March 18, 2012 |
The flood channel near Interstate 10 has been scarred by hundreds of graffiti tags and, like a wound that never heals, treated countless times with drab paint. Beneath the layers of beige and gray are jagged markings that dominate San Bernardino Police Sgt. Dwight Waldo's world. He has tracked them for two decades - chasing taggers through back alleys, recovering hundreds of weapons from their hangouts and memorizing, then forgetting, more than 5,000 tags. What many in law enforcement once viewed as petty vandalism, mostly the work of teens with spray cans, early on became something more to Waldo.
February 29, 2012
No money, no park Re "A park left vulnerable," Feb. 25 The one thing that will save Mitchell Caverns (and other shuttered state parks) is the one thing California probably will not do: The state should sell the park to someone who will take care of the place. Owners take far better care of their property. Sure, any buyers would want to make the park profitable, but what's wrong with that? With a little investment and promotion, Mitchell Caverns and other parks like it could become tourist attractions to an extent they never have been previously.