Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter

Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter

WEAVE is a central player in the coalition known as Keep California Safe. The partners consist of crime victim advocates and law enforcement officials seeking to reverse some of the consequences of Proposition 47, which was passed by California voters in 2014.”The No. 1 drug used to facilitate rape and sexual assault is alcohol,” Hassett said. “An alarming number of the victims that we serve through advocacy and counseling were intoxicated or unconscious when they were assaulted. They don’t remember what happened to them. They couldn’t consent to sex.”Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Elk Grove, is also part of the Keep California Safe coalition.”Rapists, child molesters and other violent criminals should not be released early from prison,” Cooper said.He said he is backing the initiative because his public safety measures have stalled at the Capitol.Assemblyman Jim Cooper part of coalition with WEAVE. Petition drive underway to stop early release of inmates for child trafficking, domestic violence and rape of an unconscious person. Besselman said Jennifer was beaten and kidnapped by a boyfriend.”He was convicted,” Besselman said. “And what was supposed to be a 15 year sentence, because of these laws,
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she just found out he’s going to be released early.”That’s because under Prop. 47, several felonies were reclassified as misdemeanors.Its’s a curse for some, but a blessing for people like Toni Hunter, who was convicted previously for petty theft and burglaries.Because of Prop. 47, Hunter doesn’t have a felony record, and she’s starting to change her life for the better.”I’m back in school,” she said. “I’m thinking about going back to work. I’m getting my own place. And all of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Prop. 47 and re entry court.”Hunter said she has concerns about the Keep California Safe initiative.”I worry about how it’s going to affect us and more so, me.” she said. “Because I’m getting myself back into society. And if they take away everything they’ve given me, I’m going to be back to square one.”Supporters of the Keep California Safe measure hope to get it on the November ballot, but they have a big challenge ahead. The group must gather more than 365,
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000 qualified signatures in California by the end of April.

Coach Handbag

Coach Handbag

The first Coach handbag was introduced over fifty years ago. Inspired by the nuanced, burnished look of a worn leather baseball glove, Coach’s founder sought to recreate its beauty. After much experimentation, the six artisans who comprised Coach’s entire staff set to work on handcrafting and stitching their distinctive brand of leather bags.

The Success of Coach Handbags

Things have come along way since those six artisans worked together in a Manhattan loft more than half a century ago. Coach handbags quickly became very popular, for their quality leather, durable stitching and classic design. Coach handbags are now rivaled only by Italian leather goods for beauty and craftsmanship.

As far as American products go, however, Coach is the cream of the crop. They now offer lines for men,
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women, and even pets! To their chagrin, cheap knock offs of Coach bags are probably even more popular than the real thing. Coach bags are very popular gifts, as well. Many husbands have breathed a sigh of relief after discovering they can give their wives Coach bags every birthday, and she’ll always be pleased.

If you are in the market for Coach products, first shop the Internet for comparable bags. You may be able to find bags that are even better designed and better made, particularly if you look to imported bags. Italy is still the undisputed king of leather goods,
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and its luggage and handbags are still the best in the world.

Christmas musical performance coming to Summer Street

Christmas musical performance coming to Summer Street

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County expects a sellout performance again this year with their collaborative presentation with the performers of Grafton Street Dinner Theatre.

This year performance, Viva Las Vegas, will feature Christmastime hits by musicians like Wayne Newton, Elvis, Cher, the Rat Pack, Celine Dion among many others.

A media release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County stated that Grafton Street is well known across the Maritimes for the musical and acting talent of its members.

music will keep you hopping and the meal from Summer Street will satisfy your tastebuds, reads the release.

Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director Margie Grant Walsh said it has become a tradition for Grafton Street to visit in November she added that the event has kept people coming out for over 15 years.

of those are repeat customers, as they know it will be a stellar performance, said Grant Walsh. staff groups make it their Christmas party. This is one of the fundraisers we rely on the public for their support.

are so excited to be able to have a holiday performance this year. It almost time to get with the season,
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and Grafton Street always does a fabulous job, said Grant Walsh. couldn be more pleased with the performers.

Another attraction that night will be the designer handbag auction an opportunity for a bit of pre emptive Christmas shopping.

will have some nice pieces, but folks should get their tickets early, as we know they will sell quickly, said Grant Walsh. will also have our designer bags like Coach, Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and we will also be offering some celebrity handbags some celebrities that have already committed are Susan Aglukark, and Bette MacDonald. There may even be a few surprises.

Where it happening: Summer Street Industries.

Tickets cost: $57.50 for reserved seating which includes performance, meal,
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dessert and a glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Office at 74 Stellarton Road.

Colby Magazine Colby College

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When Elizabeth C. Hanson ’02 died in December 2009, along with six other CIA operatives killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, little was publicly known about what the young woman did and why the agency had dispatched her to Afghanistan.

But Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick began investigating the attack, and soon the Post was reporting facts of the case: that the CIA personnel were killed by an informant, that the informant was someone the CIA believed to have infiltrated the highest ranks of al Qaeda, that there was concern the informant might not be trustworthy. Warrick also revealed how shaken his CIA sources were by the loss of their colleagues.

“The way this incident hit them was so emotional,” Warrick said in an interview for Colby. “We all got drawn into learning about who these people were.”

The result was his book The Triple Agent, published last fall, which recounts the events that led up to the attack by the informant, Jordanian Humam Khalil al Balawi. The book profiles the seven CIA agents who died and reveals concerns some had about what turned out to be a fatal meeting. Warrick, who has won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, said he has continued to talk to CIA sources since the book was published, adding to the portrait of Hanson, an elite “targeter” who culled information to hunt down terrorists sought by the agency.

“She was an amazing person who did a job that most folks would never hear about,” Warrick said. “And she was quite good at it.”

In fact sources quoted in the book told Warrick that Hanson was one of the CIA’s most talented “terrorist hunters,” attracting the attention and praise of her supervisors and CIA directors Leon Panetta and Michael Hayden. Before she turned 30, she had been promoted to lead a high level group of targeters charged with hunting down al Qaeda leaders on a list that included Osama bin Laden.

“She was an amazing person who did a job that most folks would never hear about. And she was quite good at it.”

“I talked to some of her supervisors, and they said she just was remarkably gifted at what it takes to be one of these targeters,” Warrick said. “And that is the ability to assimilate torrents of information to look for clues, to be a detective, to think innovatively about where to find things, about where people might be. And just to have the courage to tackle the information to help the agency when it clearly goes after people.”

E mail, wiretaps, reports from informants, information gleaned from the Internet it was monitored and analyzed around the clock in the underground facility at the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va., where Hanson worked.

Hanson not only analyzed the information, she also helped decide when the intelligence was sufficient to kill the person targeted, usually through a missile strike by a Predator drone.

“Liz kept a paperweight on her desk wherever she worked with the question inscribed ‘What would you do if you knew you could not fail.'”

“As you can imagine, that’s not something everybody can do. It takes a certain amount of fortitude but also the conviction that you’re doing the right thing.”

Hanson joined the CIA in 2005, he said, when she was just 26. While Colby records showed that she worked for a consulting firm in Washington, that company was a CIA cover. “I’ve got a copy of her ID badge [from the consulting firm],” he said. “It wasn’t a real job.”

Elizabeth Hanson ’02 shortly before she reported to Afghanistan in 2009. She died four months later.

She was prepped at The Farm, the CIA facility where new hires go through the intelligence version of basic training. Though the instruction includes firearms training and other military skills, Hanson was part of a crop of tech savvy officers hired after 9/11, the book says, as the CIA changed from a cloak and dagger operation to one geared to tracking information online or over the airwaves or through sophisticated electronic surveillance.

While it quickly became apparent that Hanson’s analytical skills were formidable,
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her casual style also became her trademark, Warrick writes. She typically wore jeans and flip flops at work, sometimes putting her mane of blonde hair in pigtails. The book reports that she kept a pair of dressier shoes under her desk in case she had to report to higher ups about al Qaeda.

“And yet she not only did it, but she was really good at it,” Warrick said. “She was a surprising person, I think. Her supervisors talked about that combination that made her endearing. People respected her, but they couldn’t help but like her. That likeability aspect combined with the ability to be absolutely cold and methodical doing her job.”

Hanson was funny, sometimes goofy, charming and disarming, the book says. Some of her closest CIA friends knew her by her childhood nickname, “Monkie,” after monkey sock puppets made in her hometown of Rockford, Ill.

A Sense of Duty

Elizabeth Ann Hanson said she had read only parts of The Triple Agent, the book that recounts events surrounding the death of her daughter, CIA officer Elizabeth Curry Hanson ’02. But Hanson knows the story.

“I know everything that is in there, because everyone who is still alive, anyone who has been involved with it, I have talked with each and every one of them,” she said. “I don’t know the book, but I do know them.” Many members of what she calls the CIA “extended family” called or wrote to her on Feb. 14, which would have been Elizabeth’s 33rd birthday. A group that she calls “amazingly and wonderfully” close knit has taken her in, she said.

Hanson said the members of the group are committed to each other and to their work. Elizabeth C. Hanson pursued her career, her mother said, not out of personal ambition but from a sense of duty. “She was not as much about ambitious as she was about, ‘This is my country. I have to do this right. We need to get the job done.'”

Hanson said that, though her daughter could chat up a storm, she didn’t divulge information about her CIA work. In fact she knew some of her daughter’s friends and coworkers only by their initials. “No one had any idea,” she said. “None. Which is the way it needed to be.”

But Hanson did say she was very close to her daughter, that Elizabeth called her most days, when it was possible.

She described her daughter as someone who could wear a strapless evening dress to an embassy party and look stunning, though she never knew it. “And an hour later she could be in a mud hole, working. She was an extraordinary lady in many, many ways.”

Her daughter, Hanson said, filled the family home in suburban Chicago with books and kept the complete works of Shakespeare on her handheld computer. She was studious but also threw herself into the physical training that was required in her job. Prior to her assignment overseas she took a driving course, training to drive up mountains, through mud and snow.

“And she would come home with her little car,” Hanson said. “It was like some of the shows you see on TV of the guys in their mud trucks.”
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claims activist tried to embarrass paper with false Moore accusation

claims activist tried to embarrass paper with false Moore accusation

A woman falsely told The Washington Post that she had been sexually abused as a teenager by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore as part of a coordinated effort by a right wing group to embarrass the paper, the Post reported Monday.

The woman, Jaime T. Phillips, told Post reporters “in a series of interviews over two weeks” that a sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 resulted in her having an abortion at age 15. The paper said it did not publish the story “based on her unsubstantiated account” in which it found inconsistencies.

On Monday morning, reporters from the Post saw Phillips enter the Project Veritas office in New York. Project Veritas is an organization that tries to discredit the news media and liberal groups through undercover “sting” operations. Using video which is often selectively edited Project Veritas claims to expose media bias and hidden left wing agendas.

More: Trump has no plans to campaign for Roy Moore, White House says

The organization’s techniques have been attacked by critics as deceptive and unethical. Project Veritas’ founder, James O’Keefe, pleaded guilty in 2010 to entering federal property under false pretenses, a misdemeanor, after being arrested in a plan to access former Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s office. “I be using my skills as a researcher and fact checker to help our movement. I was laid off from my mortgage job a few months ago and came across the opportunity to change my career path.”

When asked about the GoFundMe page last week, Phillips told the Post it was in reference to a job with the Daily Caller that ended up falling through. But Paul Conner, the executive editor of the Daily Caller, said no one there had interviewed anyone named Jaime Phillips.

Phillips ended the interview shortly after being asked about the GoFundMe page, which the Post said was taken down that night.

In a video posted Monday on Project Veritas’ website, O’Keefe said the Post was “spending a ton of time and money trying to turn the tables on Project Veritas, talking about an imagined sting.”

According to O’Keefe,
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the Post invented the story about Phillips because it was “afraid” of an upcoming video from a Project Veritas investigation into the newspaper.

O’Keefe posted the first video from the investigation Monday. O’Keefe claims the video shows proof of liberal bias at the Post based on undercover videos of conversations with two people: Dan Lamothe, a reporter on national security, and Joey Marburger, director of product at the Post. But the video fails to deliver any damning footage.

As evidence of bias at the Post, the video highlights a statement from Lamothe in which he says he is sometimes surprised by the paper’s strong editorial stances against President Trump and a comment that the paper gets criticism for too much Trump coverage.

The video also shows a clip of Marburger saying Jeff Bezos, the paper’s owner, pushed for the Post’s new motto, “Democracy dies in darkness” as well as a clip of Marburger saying the Post would lose a lot of traffic without Trump.

The Post broke the story about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, and many of the former Alabama judge’s supporters have attacked the newspaper in response.

Two weeks ago a pastor in Alabama reportedly received a robocall from someone claiming to be a Post reporter named Bernie Bernstein offering $5,000 to $7,000 for “damaging” information about Moore. The Post said there is no such reporter at the paper and that it has a strict policy against paying sources. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, Nov. 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Ala. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. Attorney General by President Trump. Moore will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election on December 12. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, Nov. 16, 2017 in Birmingham,
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Ala. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. Attorney General by President Trump. Moore will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election on December 12.

children as suicide bombers

children as suicide bombers

The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, a US study reveals.

Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University analyzed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Nigeria based militants Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber’s gender could be identified were carried out by women.

Boko Haram’s use of women as bombers increased following the abduction of 276 female students aged between 16 and 18 from their school dormitories in April 2014. The Chibok Girls’ abduction prompted the global “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

“Almost immediately after the Chibok kidnappings . Boko Haram’s use of women suicide bombers skyrocketed,” says Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the United States’ elite military academy.

The report suggests “that Boko Haram started using women suicide bombers after it realized the potency that gender and youth offer in raising its global profile after the Chibok kidnappings,” he says.

Youngest bomber aged just 7

As well as regularly employing women to carry deadly explosives, Boko Haram is also “at the forefront of normalizing the use of children as suicide bombers,” according to the report.

“Boko Haram has shattered demographic stereotypes as to what a suicide bomber looks like,” says Warner. “It is the first terrorist group in history to use more women suicide bombers than men, and is at the vanguard of using children as suicide bombers.”

Of the 134 suicide bombers whose age could be determined, 60% were teenagers or children. The youngest suicide bomber identified to date was just 7 years old.

Boko Haram has used four times as many young girls as it has young boys, according to the study.

They can hide explosives under their billowing clothing, or inside handbags, and in some cases have even strapped explosives on their backs with infant children.

There are also reports of men dressing as women to slip through security more easily.

The researchers also believe that women and children are more susceptible to Boko Haram’s recruitment efforts than their male counterparts, through violence, brainwashing or false promises.

Women and female children, in particular, are seen as expendable by the male terrorist leadership their vulnerability a destructive, deadly curse.

Researchers’ fieldwork for the study was limited because northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram is based is notoriously dangerous for locals and foreigners.

“Media reports often did not report full details of the bombings,” says Warner. “Even getting approximate ages of bombers proved to be very difficult . and media accounts often did not even report the gender of the bombers.”

“In instances where age or gender was not reported, it might be reasonable to expect that the bomber was an adult man, and thus, age and gender were not newsworthy enough to report at all,” he says.

Matfess spent much of her time in the field conducting face to face interviews with former Boko Haram insurgents, victims and family members affected by Boko Haram’s reign of terror.

She said that as well as true suicide bombers, who are willing to die for a cause, Boko Haram also uses improvised explosives carried by unwilling victims and others coerced verbally, physically, materially or by violence. These are known as person borne IEDs, or PBIEDs.
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Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand

Coach Invests in New Campaign to Help Revive Ailing Brand

After a few rocky sales seasons, Coach is hoping to finally hit its stride this year. The brand, which started as a handbag maker 75 years ago but has been reinventing itself as a full lifestyle label, is introducing a new ad campaign to highlight Coach 1941. The new luxury line includes handbags, apparel and footwear. The push includes a 30 second spot which will begin airing in stores on Monday, ahead of the collection’s February sales debut. Print ads will roll out in February and March fashion magazines and be supported by global billboards and social media.

Campaign imagery depicts men and women dressed in bohemian, prairie like styles, such as floral prints, string bowties and flowing skirts, with a few edgy touches like leather motorcycle vests. An English bulldog puppy is also featured in some shots.

“Coach 1941 really remixes aspirational heritage with a downtown attitude modernizing and reinventing luxury and authenticity for a new generation,” explained David Duplantis, president of global marketing and digital and customer experience at Manhattan based Coach. He noted that the campaign was inspired by Coach’s September New York Fashion Week runway show the brand’s first which included a temporary glass pavilion set against the backdrop of the Big Apple. Many looks prominently display Coach’s saddle bag, which is meant to appeal to both male and female customers.

Mr. Duplantis declined to disclose Coach’s budget on the spring campaign,
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though he did say it is at least on par with last year’s effort. The company spent $246.8 million on advertising, marketing and design costs in fiscal 2015, compared with $242.3 million in fiscal 2014, according to financial reports.

Coach, which operates about 1,000 of its own stores, has endured its share of missteps, as the brand lost value from too much time at the bargain table in off price outlets. In recent years, the company has appointed a new CEO and creative director in the hopes of turning the business around. For the most recent available quarter, Coach surpassed analyst expectations yet still reported a decline of 1% in net sales to $1.03 billion, and a 19% drop in net income to $96.4 million compared to the year earlier period. The company is also reportedly looking to sell its anchor stake in the much heralded Hudson Yards Manhattan mega project. Its stock lost about 17% of its value in 2015 and now trades near $32.

Luxury labels Gucci and Valentino have also recently debuted spring campaigns. The former has recieved acclaim for its quirky spreads in one, a model skateboards with a peacock. She joined Ad Age after a dozen years of writing for Crain’s New York Business, where she also focused on the retail industry. Neal Awards.
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Chronic wasting disease found in Guernsey County deer

Chronic wasting disease found in Guernsey County deer

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of chronic wasting disease at a Guernsey County hunting preserve. It is the second confirmed case of the disease in the state.(Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the diseased deer was found at Dakota Outfitters, located near Quaker City. The deer was recently transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County, Walnut Hollow Whitetails near Sugar Creek.

Both facilities have been placed under state quarantine and will be subject to increased monitoring. The quarantine will remain in place until the state believes the disease can no longer be transferred from either facility.

“While the confirmed case is unfortunate, this proves the necessity of testing and monitoring the health of captive deer populations in Ohio,” state veterinarian Tony Forshey said in a statement.

Chronic wasting disease is among a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which includes mad cow disease. The diseases are caused by misfolded rogue proteins called prions. The disease is always fatal, but the state reports there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans. People are still encouraged not to eat an animal diagnosed or showing signs of the disease.

Ohio’s first case of chronic wasting disease was discovered in 2014, also at a hunting preserve. In that case, the state eventually euthanized more than 500 deer at a Holmes County facilitybecause of concerns of spreading the disease. The state found a total of 19 deer with the disease in that case, including 16 found when the herd was euthanized.

Hunting preserves allow customers to pay for the right to hunt deer typically bred at what are essentially deer farms. The deer are often bred for larger antlers. Dakota Outfitters website reads in part that the facility provides “a geologically superior place to breed and manage MONSTER whitetail bucks.”

There are 29 hunting preserves in Ohio and approximately 400 breeding farms, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The classic hunt at Dakota for a “super price for a super trophy” costs$4,500. The “Monster Hunt” for bucks scoring 261″ to 300″ costs $14,900. Larger buck hunts are offered, but prices are not listed online. Representatives from Dakota did not return a call seeking comment.

Chronic wasting disease has not been discovered in Ohio’s wild deer population. It has been found in the wild in Michigan, Illinois,Pennsylvania and numerous western states.
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claims adverse possession on 3

claims adverse possession on 3

First there was the Boca squatter, the 20 something called Loki Boy who fancied himself the Norse god of mischief.

Now there the not so fanciful Jason Friedman, a father of three, who moved into a 3,400 square foot pool home in the Acreage claiming rights through the antiquated Florida law called adverse possession.

Friedman, 37, filed his adverse possession claim with the county on May 14 but had moved his family into the home on May 1. He changed the locks, cleaned up the pool, paid to have fencing put on the property and posted a note: the home had been taken under Florida statute 95.18. All said, he claims to have put about $8,000 into the home.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff deputy wasn having it. Friedman was arrested on the same day he filed the claim on charges of residential burglary, theft under $300, tampering with a victim and resisting arrest without violence.

The home in the 12000 block of 54th Street North is in foreclosure.

is not something I would ever recommend someone doing, said Friedman attorney Robert Norvell about adverse possession. legislature had created that ability for someone to take property, however, in a residential setting with a home, it is fraught with peril. to a sheriff office report, the owner of the house, Devon Anderson, found out about the infiltration from neighbors and went to the home to confront Friedman. Anderson said he felt sorry for Friedman because of his three children.

Anderson agreed to meet with Friedman, who offered him $10,000 to sign a quit claim deed to him. Anderson refused and later called the sheriff office. Palm Beach County Property records show the last purchase of the home was for $373,000 in 2009.

of our furniture and possessions are in the property, we sent in an adverse possession form notarized and filled out to the county tax appraisers office and we called the office several times to confirm the steps that we were taking were correct, Friedman said to his attorney in an email. posted no trespassing signs, told all neighbors on the block what we had done and posted the adverse possession form in the window for anyone to see. enforcement has been less lenient recently of adverse possession claims. Years ago, when the foreclosure crisis was relatively new and people were first testing the waters of the law, officers were reluctant to make arrests, saying the cases were civil in nature and needed to be handled in court.

The adverse possession law was created hundreds of years ago when hand scrawled property records could be lost or damaged. Allowing for adverse possession kept land in productive use when ownership was unclear, or, for example, the owner died with no heirs.

If the person claiming adverse possession stays in the home for seven years, paying taxes and caring for the property, he or she can take permanent ownership.

Norvell said Friedman had seen Loki Boy Boca Raton mansion takeover and thought it was a valid idea. Andre de Paula Barbosa, AKA Loki Boy, was booted from the property after only a few months when Boca Raton Police seized the home and removed his belongings.

thought he was doing the right thing in that he found the property abandoned and contacted the lender. No one wanted to work with him, Norvell said. was under the impression that once he was in the home, the lender would have to deal with him. He didn know (Anderson) was going to come and flip out on him. Follow This Story >
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China fines five phony Disney hotels

China fines five phony Disney hotels

entertainment company’s trademarks, state run Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday in the run up to the opening of a Walt Disney Co theme park in Shanghai. The hotels were located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, where the theme park is due to open next year.

Several calls to the Shenzhen Vienna Hotels Group for a comment were unsuccessful.

“Hoping to cash in on the resort and attract customers, [the hotels] not only infringed trademark rights but are also suspected of unfair competition,” the report quoted the AIC as saying.

The hotels were fined a combined 100,000 yuan ($15,656), it said.

Lin Haihan,
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director of the Shanghai AIC’s trademark office, said the administration was inspecting other hotels for possible infringements, according to Xinhua.

China has struggled for years to shake off a reputation for being a source of, and a market for, fakes, from replica handbags to knock off cars.

Disney, which is developing the $5.5 billion theme park with China’s state owned Shanghai Shendi Group, will be hoping it can tap into growth in the world’s second largest economy despite the country’s economic slowdown.

Disney earlier this year delayed the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland resort until the first half of 2016 from a previously scheduled start at the end of 2015. ($1 = 6.3875 yuan) (Reporting by John Ruwitch;
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Editing by Stephen Coates)