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Scholastic sued for Harry Potter copyright infringement
January 31, 2018

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A trustee of the estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs filed a lawsuit against the US publisher of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic Inc, on Tuesday. He claimed that J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, had copied scenes from Jacob’s novel, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, to the fourth novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The suit followed a similar case last year, in which the trustee sued the UK publisher of the series, Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Both of these cases are currently pending.

The complaint stated that in both books, the protagonists “are required to deduce the exact nature of the central task in the competition”, and had done so in a bathroom. Both books also involved “rescuing hostages imprisoned by a community of half-human, half-animal creatures.” The suit also claimed that Christopher Little, a literary agent of Rowling, was originally the literary agent of Jacobs. The claim was denied by Scholastic.

Scholastic called the claim “completely without merit”. They pointed out that Rowling had said in February that she had never read Jacobs’ book. The trustee said that the US was the world’s largest foreign market, so they brought their first overseas action there. He demanded that all copies of the Harry Potter novel be destroyed, and all the profit made by the book given to him.

Austrian People’s Party wins majority national election, Sebastian Kurz to become world’s youngest national leader at 31
January 31, 2018

Monday, October 16, 2017

The exit polls of yesterday’s snap parliamentary elections in Austria showed the centre-right Austrian People’s Party ((de)) German language: Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP) led the election, receiving about 31% of the votes. The far-right Freedom Party of Austria ((de)) German language: Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ), which received about 26% seats, is reported a likely choice to form a coalition with ÖVP, having finished narrowly third in the election. 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, leader of ÖVP, form a minority government, becoming the chancellor of the country and thereby the world’s youngest national leader.

The parliamentary elections, which were scheduled to be held next year, were preponed after the current coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Austria ((de)) German language: Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (SPÖ) was broken in May. FPÖ and ÖVP were in favour of snap election, which requires a majority in the parliament.

Kurz currently serves as the foreign minister of Austria. Kurz was the youngest European foreign minister when he filled the place in 2013 at the age of 27. Addressing the public after the election, Kurz said, “Today is not the day of triumph over the others, but today is out chance for real change in this country.” Kurz and his party have supported stricter immigrant laws after 2015’s immigrant crises. The far-right FPÖ last participated in forming a governing majority in the parliament in 2000.

After the result, current chancellor and Social Democrats’ leader Christian Kern said, “We have seen a massive shift to the right in the country. During the last 24 months here, possibly more — there has been a constant and brutal right-wing political agenda carried out by political parties but honestly we cannot exclude the media from this either.” ((de)) German language: Wir haben gesehen, dass wir hier es mit massiven Rechtsrutsch im Land zu tun hatten, dass hier 24 Monate – vielleicht noch länger — eine permanente brutale rechte politische Themenlage vorbereitet worden ist – von politischen Parteien, aber ganz ehrlich, da kann man die Medien auch nicht ausnehmen.

According to reports, the total vote count is expected by mid-week. There were at least 800,000 absentee votes in the election. As of today, about 90% of the votes were counted, the Evening Standard reported.

Gunman killed outside Colorado governor’s office
January 29, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A man identified as Aaron Richard Snyder showed up on Monday around 2:25 p.m. outside the Colorado Capitol offices of Governor Bill Ritter. He was carrying a 357-caliber 7 shot Smith and Wesson revolver with 20 extra rounds of ammunition and started screaming “I am the emperor” and “I am here to take over the state”.

When he was confronted by a Colorado State trooper, Snyder opened his jacket showing that he was carrying a gun. The trooper ordered Snyder to drop the gun, but instead he moved “menancingly” in the direction of the trooper who then shot him once in the head and twice in the chest.

Snyder died from the multiple gunshot wounds on the floor of the Capitol office building. The Capitol went on a full lockdown with employees, tour groups and visitors in the building at the time ordered to stay where they were.

Governor Ritter was interviewing a judge candidate in his office at the time of the shooting. He held a press conference on the Capitol step two hours later.

Mr. Snyder was under doctors care for delusional behavior. The Northglenn, Colorado police issued a BOL “Be On the Lookout” to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado for Snyder and his car, a 2004 black Kia, around 25 minutes before the shooting occurred.

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Judge orders residents and city to come to agreement on partially collapsed building in Buffalo, New York

Judge orders residents and city to come to agreement on partially collapsed building in Buffalo, New York
January 28, 2018

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York — Judge Justice Christopher Burns of the New York State Supreme Court has ordered a halt to an emergency demolition on a 19th century stable and livery on 428-430 Jersey Street in Buffalo, New York that partially collapsed on Wednesday June 11, initially causing at least 15 homes to be evacuated. At least two homes remain evacuated.

Burns orders that both the city and the group Save The Livery ( have to come to an agreement on what to do with the building, and try to work out ways of saving at least some portions if it including the facade, side walls and a lift tower. Save The Livery is comprised of concerned area residents who have grown to love the building’s historic and unique character. On June 14, they won a temporary restraining order to stop demolition. The court ruled that the city was only allowed to remove material in immediate danger to residents and pedestrians, but stated that the demolition could only be performed with “hand tools.” The court also ordered that any rubble which had fallen into neighboring yards when the building collapsed, to be removed.

“It is in the interest of the city to have a safe environment–but also important to maintain a sense of historical preservation,” stated Burns in his ruling. Burns has given the sides until tomorrow (Friday June 20) to come to an agreement and has ordered both parties to return to court at 9:30 a.m. (eastern time) “sharp.” Activists of Save The Livery urge supporters of the stable to “fill the courtroom” to show “continued and ongoing support.” The hearing is scheduled to take place at 25 Delaware Avenue in the Supreme Court building, 3rd Floor, trial part 19.

Currently the building is owned by Bob Freudenheim who has several building violations against him because of the buildings poor condition. He has received at least five violations in three months and residents who live near the building state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions. Many are afraid that if the building is demolished, Freudenheim’s charges of neglect will be abolished.

On June 17, developer and CEO of Savarino Companies, Sam Savarino was at the site of the stable, discussing the building with residents and preservationists. In 2006, Savarino proposed and planned The Elmwood Village Hotel, a ‘botique’ hotel on the Southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues. The project was later withdrawn after residents filed a lawsuit against Savarino and the city. Wikinews extensively covered the story, and contacted Savarino for his professional opinion on the building.

“[I would] love to see it preserved. I was there to see if there was anything we could do to help, to see if anything can be salvaged. I just want to see the right thing happen, and so does the city,” stated Savarino to Wikinews who added that he was allowed inside the building for a brief period.

“The side walls are beyond repair. The roof has rotted and it could come down at any time,” added Savarino who also said that the building “below the second floor appears to be stable.” He also states that the back wall of the building, which borders several homes, appears to be intact.

“Eliminating the back wall could be a problem for the neighbors. It is not unreasonable to leave at least 12 feet” of the back wall standing, added Savarino.

Savarino did not say if he was interested in buying the property, but did state, “I am sure there are a couple of people interested” in buying the property. On Thursday, Buffalo News reported that a “businessman” might be interested in purchasing the property, though Wikinews is not able to independently confirm the report. Savarino says that with the property still slated for emergency demolition, a potential buyer could face tax fees of nearly US$300,000.

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on Thursday June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built. Residents say that he has been the owner for at least 22 years.

The building was first owned by a company called White Bros. and was used as a stable for a farm which once covered the land around the building for several blocks. The Buffalo Fire Department believes the building was built around 1814, while the city property database states it was built in 1870. Servants and workers of the farm were housed inside resident quarters situated at the rear of the building on what is now Summer Street, but are now cottages where area residents currently reside. Some date as far back as 1829.

At about 1950, the stable was converted into an automobile body shop and gasoline station.A property record search showed that in 1950 at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.” It is not known if the tanks are still on the property, but residents are concerned the city was not taking the precautions to find out.

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Essay On Importance Of Data

January 28, 2018

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The data is always that has its importance; there is no other need for any information. We regulate our behavior and conduct ourselves relative to the values which we gather from our subliminal mind. Likewise when the amount of data provided by subliminal mind as well as the aware mind is the basis of behavior it is in relation with given content. Which Comprises things we refuse to this characterization the data relative behavior include the value systems.

For instance when a man see a red traffic signal in the car he stops automatically and waits for green light to appear. This is comparative value behavior if the government passes a law to stroll on left side of street then his mind gets used to this rule and his data comparative behavior tells him to walk on left side. If one sees a rule of politely talking, to talk nicely and be nice to everyone then his data comparative behavior allows and trains him to be that way.

If he distinguish a smile on else face he smiles too. If one converts his or her religion then he acts according to Christian faith or Judaism faith.

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In short all these values are located in universal human rights. And the behavior is adjusted in accordance with rules and regulations. If one converts to Buddhism then he acts as a Buddhist and his data comparative behavior trains him to do so likewise.

We move to another level that is a happening never need to have physical demonstration which cannot affect a demonstration is foreseeable a fraction of the intellect one lives in they can root behavior can envision oneself having lot of unreality day dreams such as aliens coming to earth and destroying the earth it can cause emotions as being scared with them or one thinks of living in a black hole surrounded by humongous amounts of energy and sucked into it to another place. Then one might sweat of fear and thrill and suspense. When one to rock music he suddenly remember his old neighbor and his antics in the area, he gets angry and lowers the music volume to retrieve more from memory even if the neighbor is now living in USA or UK. Such other phenomena that of god which infiltrates the body and mind with spasm, shudder paroxysm.

This is the self belief of the person in god as he seeing to all his nice and bad deeds which then in turn he hesitates to do bad deeds but does not do shudder form doing good he knows god has a day of judgment to attend to he will be punished in hell for it. This in turn a large amount of people vary their behavior and a massive change in behavior is seen. People are separated from each other by their behavior and the more nice behavior one has he makes more friends as polite people find more friends than people.

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IMF head remains in New York prison; charged over alleged hotel sex attack

IMF head remains in New York prison; charged over alleged hotel sex attack
January 27, 2018

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This sordid episode—no matter how it ultimately plays out—will spell the end of Strauss-Kahn as an effective leader of the IMF even if he retains his position, which is highly unlikely.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, remained in jail last night after being charged with sexually attacking a chambermaid at a New York City hotel. Strauss-Kahn has agreed to undergo forensic screening before he appears in court, and has vowed to “vigorously” defend himself against the charges, which are likely to create a leadership void at the IMF, disrupt emergency talks over the European debt crisis, and spell the end of his political career.

Strauss-Khan was the favourite candidate for the French presidency, and was expected to announce he would stand against Nicolas Sarkozy this month. But the allegations are expected to destroy the hopes of his supporters, increase infighting among the French left, and leave his political career in tatters. His arrest comes at a critical moment for the IMF, and will likely plunge efforts to stabilise the financial states of struggling eurozone countries into chaos. He was meant to discuss the bailouts of Greece and Portugal with European Union financial officials at a meeting in Brussels this week.

Eswar Shanker Prasad, a professor of international economics at Cornell University, said: “This sordid episode – no matter how it ultimately plays out – will spell the end of Strauss-Kahn as an effective leader of the IMF even if he retains his position, which is highly unlikely.” The IMF, however, insisted it remained “fully functioning and operational.”

Strauss-Kahn was to appear in court in Manhattan yesterday charged with three crimes, including attempted rape, but the hearing has been delayed so he can undergo forensic tests. He was taken into custody by officials while on an Air France passenger plane which was about to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for Paris; when detectives approached him in the first class cabin in the aircraft he reportedly asked: “What is this about?” Strauss-Kahn reportedly fled the hotel “in a hurry” after the attack, leaving a number of personal effects behind. “If our officers had been ten minutes later he would have been in the air and on their [sic] way to France,” a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said.

The chambermaid reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a man staying in a “luxury suite” at the Sofitel hotel near Times Square. “The maid described being forcibly attacked, locked in the room and sexually assaulted,” the police spokesperson said. Strauss-Kahn came out of the shower naked while the chambermaid was working in the room, tried to pull the woman onto the bed and locked the door, The New York Times reported, quoting police sources. She allegedly fought him off, but he sexually assaulted her again after dragging her to the bathroom, before he locked her in the room; she was reportedly hospitalized afterwards with trauma.

In 2008, a year after becoming the leader of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn was reprimanded by the organization’s board after being involved in an extramarital affair with another senior executive at the bank. More recently, he was pictured driving a luxury car in Paris, causing a media furore over whether his lifestyle fitted with the socialist attitude he claims to represent. But his wife, former television star Anne Sinclair, has dismissed the accusations. She said: “I do not believe for one second the accusations brought against my husband. I have no doubt his innocence will be established.”

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Benefits Of Having Water Fountains At Home}

January 27, 2018

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Water Fountains are a unique piece of art which has a machine that produces a small stream of water. These beautiful water fountains come in varied sizes and can be placed in indoor or outdoor spaces. These decorative structures bring in peace and tranquillity to your homes with the soothing sounds made by water.

Whether used indoors or out, they offer visual interest as well as a relaxing sound that you can have at any time of the day. These indoor water fountains have some great benefits which can be experienced and enjoyed.

Relaxation and Destress

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Everyone has some kind of stress in their life and it is healthier to get destressed or relaxed by the end of a rough day. With the soothing sounds of flowing water your water fountain will bring stress relief and relaxation to your home’s environment. Great for your favourite room, office, garden or courtyard. When researching a fountain look for one with nice water sounds, nothing too overbearing or with no sound at all. Many fountains offer adjustable pumps, so you can adjust the flow to your liking.

Beautification of your dcor

An indoor or outdoor fountain will quickly add beauty to your dcor or surroundings. Irrespective of the size of your water fountain, you will be decorating your living space and making some strong style statements. These water fountains catch eyeballs and become the focal point of any visitor you have at your home. From large water fountains to small table top fountains every water fountain has its own kind of beauty.

Acts like a Humidifier

Usually winters make the air in our homes very dry. This therefore causes us health issues like drying up of skin and further making it itchy and sore. Indoor water fountains naturally add moisture to the room it is placed in, making it essential for you and your loved ones. These water fountains also save the plants that you grow indoors to a better condition.

Drowning out negativity

You will be surprised on how a soft water sound made by your fountain can drown the negativity that you feel around with the noise pollution made by traffic or loud voices made by the people next door. These soft sounds of water will give you relaxation and make you enjoy a new soothing sound which is created by your indoor fountain.

Negative Ions

We live in a world of technology with lots of gadgets arounds us. These gadgets emit negative ions in our homes and offices. These indoor water fountains improve the air inside your homes and reduces the air pollution. Water fountains help in air purification and makes your home environment better. The water sounds will not just destress you but also rejuvenate you from the negativity.

No matter what reason you choose to buy a water fountain for, the benefits given by it will make you and your family happy and healthy from mind and body. These water fountains are an addition to your improved living styles.

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US Transportation Security Administration “made inaccurate statements” about passenger privacy, says Department of Homeland Security report

US Transportation Security Administration “made inaccurate statements” about passenger privacy, says Department of Homeland Security report
January 26, 2018

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 In a report from the Department of Homeland Security released on Friday, March 25, they allege the US Transportation Security Administration “made inaccurate statements” about its management of personal data belonging to passengers. The report claims, “TSA did not ensure that privacy protections were in place” as it handled data transfers to private contractors for use in the development of a computerized passenger screening application, called CAPPS II. While the report criticizes TSA for its inaccurate statements, it notes the “misstatements were apparently not meant to mischaracterize known facts,” but were instead “premised on an incomplete understanding” of the truth.

According to the report, the data at issue described passengers flying on the following airlines: America West Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways. In most of the problematic transfers, the privacy violation occurred by allowing third parties to access passenger data that was not anonymized. In one case, passenger information was made public on the internet through a presentation prepared by Torch Concepts. According to the report, ” Torch Concepts’ subsequent efforts to remove the presentation from the internet have failed.”

In an AP report, Yahoo! News notes that TSA announced the launch of its “Secure Flight” system, saying, “Congress has said the agency can’t proceed with Secure Flight unless the Government Accountability Office reports that the technology ensures privacy and that the data are protected.” The report from the GAO was to be released Monday, March 27, 2005.

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Wikinews interviews Darcy Richardson, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama

Wikinews interviews Darcy Richardson, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama
January 26, 2018

Friday, November 25, 2011

U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Darcy Richardson of Florida took some time to answer a few questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Richardson, 55, is a political activist that helped form the New Democrats in 1989 and founded the progressive Battleground Blog earlier this year. He is also a political historian, and has authored six books covering third parties and presidential elections, including A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign (2002). His current work, The Spirit of ’76: Eugene McCarthy’s Struggle for Open Politics, chronicles the late Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy’s 1976 presidential campaign for which he volunteered. Richardson admires McCarthy, and served as manager for his 1988 presidential run. Recently, Richardson advised Brian Moore’s Socialist Party USA presidential campaign in 2008.

In addition, Richardson himself has sought political office, albeit unsuccessfully. In 1980, he ran for Pennsylvania Auditor General, and in 1988, vied for one of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seats as a member of the Consumer Party. Last year, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Florida as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari.

Richardson has criticized President Barack Obama’s policies for being too similar to those of former President George W. Bush. He hoped to convince several prominent progressives to challenge Obama in the Democratic primaries, but none were available to do so. Last month, Richardson decided to begin a campaign himself and announced through his Battleground Blog that he would challenge Obama in the Democratic Party primaries as a progressive candidate. So far, he has qualified for the New Hampshire primary in January and the Missouri primary in February. In an interview with the Independent Political Report, Richardson proclaimed his campaign slogan as “no fourth term for George W. Bush.”


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