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To reverse murder rate, Baltimore embraces a controversial policing strategy

What does a crime-wracked city do if its most effective strategy against gun violence has also fueled allegations of abuse and corruption? The answer, in Baltimore, is to try again ─ but this time, more carefully. Frustrated by the city’s stubbornly high murder rate ─ including a record-setting 2017 ─ Mayor Catherine Pugh fired her police commissioner Friday and replaced him with a career Baltimore cop who promised to expand upon prior efforts at “hot spot policing.” Baltimore, along with many other big American cities, has a complicated relationship with…

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Baltimore police commissioner amid record murder rate

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s mayor announced Friday she has replaced the city’s police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime and violence more quickly. Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa will take Commissioner Kevin Davis’ place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office announced in a news release. The appointment of DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will be made permanent following “appropriate approvals,” the release said. Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis, left, speaks alongside Mayor Catherine Pugh at a news conference in Baltimore on Nov. 16, 2017. Patrick…

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Paradise on lockdown: Shootings spark state of emergency at Brit holiday hotspot

The hugely popular holiday destination was visited by more than 200,000 people last year – but it has been rocked by a series of killings which has prompted the authorities to take a tough stance. The murder rate in the St James Parish Area, which includes Montego Bay, is already double that of the rest of Jamaica, with 335 people killed last year. In the most recent incident, a car carrying three men and a child was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting just yards from Sangster International Airport…

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Smuggling gang SMASHED after years of bringing Iraq migrants to UK in near-freezing trucks

SOLARPIX These international smugglers were bringing immigrants into the UK in refrigerated lorries Entire families with young children including babies would spend up to two days hidden in the backs of the HGVs at temperatures just above freezing point. The operation which led to six arrests this week in the cities of Valencia and Bilbao followed the discovery of 16 illegal immigrants last year in the back of three lorries bound for Britain. Six members of the same Iraqi family, including four children, were discovered in the back of a…

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Bitcoin CRACKDOWN in UK holiday hotspot as it becomes a HAVEN for transactions

Police and central bank officials launched an undercover operation at the end of 2017 to investigate dozens of businesses on the island which had posted adverts offering bitcoin payment services, according to Causa Iman Karana, head of Bank Indonesia’s representative office in Bali. He said: “We are conducting data collection in Bali, especially in tourist areas, coordinating with police. Transactions in other than Rupiah will be dealt with. “We found out from some postings on social media that Bali appeared to have become a haven for bitcoin transactions.” According to…

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‘Smacks of fraud’: House releases Glenn Simpson Trump-dossier testimony

The House intelligence committee released 184-pages of sworn testimony on Thursday by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI. It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, but Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures, in passages that at…

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Street rapper stepson of US soldier who became ISIS propaganda chief killed in Syria

NC Intelligence officials say the rapper was killed this week. Now his demise on Wednesday near Deir Ezzor has been confirmed. Casper joined the jihadists early in 2014, abandoning his home to become a mouthpiece in charge of IS propaganda that caused the German government to declare him a central figure at the “highest management level” of the terror group. It was he who arranged for the videoing and distribution of the tapes showing the beheadings of British innocents David Haines and Alan Henning. Like Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi…

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Suspected serial killer linked to nine Arizona deaths in three-week span

For the second time in less than a year, Phoenix police have uncovered a serial killer they believe is responsible for multiple shooting deaths across the metro area ─ cases that have turned on the testing of evidence taken from guns and ammunition. Cleophus Cooksey, 35, allegedly shot nine people over three weeks late last year, a string that concluded with the Dec. 17 killing of his mother and stepfather in their home, authorities said Thursday. A bloodied Cooksey was arrested at the scene, and in the weeks that followed,…

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Kodi Box CRACKDOWN – Landmark ruling could change the face of streaming FOREVER

TICK BOX • GETTY Kodi Box users need to keep a close eye on an online piracy court case Kodi add-on fans will need to keep a close eye on a court case that could change the face of online streaming forever. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not…

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A Killer Got Caught Because She Posted a Selfie That Showed an Incriminating Clue

The image showed her wearing a belt used to strangle the victim More Police in Canada say a Facebook selfie led to the conviction of a 21-year-old-woman who killed her friend in 2015 — by showing her wearing the weapon used in the crime. Cheyenne Rose Antoine was identified as a suspect on the basis of a selfie in which she posed beside 18-year-old victim Brittany Gargol, Canada’s CBC News reports. Gargol’s strangled body was discovered near a landfill on the outskirts of Saskatoon two years ago. In the photo…

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