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1,400 kids raped, abused in ‘appalling’ sex scandal

(BBC) — At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.

Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.

Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: “I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly.”

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Peter Theo Curtis returns to U.S. after Syrian captivity

Curtis arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston after flying from Tel Aviv.



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    Primary school places budget squeeze

    There are warnings that the rising primary school population in England is putting pressure on budgets and raising concerns of “supersize” schools.
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    Hewlett-Packard recalls notebook power cords that pose a fire risk

    Hewlett-Packard is recalling millions of computer power cords over possible fire and burn risks, the company announced Tuesday.

    Customers who purchased a notebook or mini notebook computer between September 2010 and June 2012 may have an affected cord. Adapters sold during that time may also be affected. Eligible customers can fill out a form to receive a free replacement cord.

    “HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers,” the company stated on its website. “We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers.”

    According to HP’s website, some affected power cords are labeled “LS-15” at the end of the cord. The Wall Street Journal reported that more than six million cords are affected in the recall across the US and Canada.

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    Lerner’s cell phone deliberately wiped amid probe, IRS lawyer says

    LOIS LERNER’S BLACKBERRY was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer says in a sworn declaration.

  • VIDEO: Judicial Watch says ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s BlackBerry wiped clean
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    How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California’s New Phone Kill-Switch Law

    Beginning next year, if you buy a cell phone in California that gets lost or stolen, you’ll have a built-in ability to remotely deactivate the phone under a new “kill switch” feature being mandated by California law—but the feature will make it easier for police and others to disable the phone as well, raising concerns […]


    Language arts teacher banned from school for writing fictional books

    Reuters / Dan Koeck

    According to a press release published on Monday by the Dorchester County, Maryland superintendent of schools, Mace’s Lane middle school teacher Patrick McLaw has been placed on a leave of absence pending an ongoing investigation.

    Last week, Dorchester superintendent Henry Wagner wrote, the Wicomico County State’s Attorney Office alerted educators that authorities are investigating the teacher, who since last year has taught language arts at the suburban Maryland school.

    Local network WBOC News reports that the investigation concerns two books published by McLaw under the nom de plume “Dr. K.S. Voltaer,” and one is about a fictional, futuristic school shooting that goes down in history as being the largest ever in the United States.

    An excerpt from the description of that book, “The Insurrectionist,” posted on reads:

    “On 18 March 2902, a massacre transpired on the campus of Ocean Park High School, claiming the lives of nine hundred forty-seven individuals–the largest school massacre in the nation’s history. And the entire country now begins to ask two daunting questions: How? and Why? After the federal government becomes involved, and after examining the bouquet of black roses that lies in front of the school’s sign, it becomes evident that the hysteria is far from over.”

    Another book, 2013’s “Lilith’s Heir,” is described on the online retailer as a sequel to The Insurrectionist, and both are attributed to the writing team of “K Voltaer” and McLaw.

    The superintendent’s statement is absent details about the books, but Wagner wrote that McLaw has been placed on administrative leave “due to significant matters of concern brought forth by law enforcement.”

    “While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement continues. “Mr. McLaw’s teaching duties have been assigned to qualified personnel to insure the smooth transition of students into the fall semester.” Additionally, Wager wrote that an officer from the Cambridge Police Department will be at Mace’s Lane middle school “for as long as we deem it necessary.”

    “I think that the various police agencies that we have, working in conjunction with the board have a handle on the situation and I think we’re going to have a safe and happy opening day of school tomorrow,” Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips told WBOC on Monday.

    According to one news article from this past April, McLaw was recently nominated for Dorchester County’s “Teacher of the Year” award but lost. And according to an archived story from USA Today, the grade school teacher previously made national headlines when he helped a 14-year-old student self-publish his own e-books on

    “A mentor from Salisbury University, Patrick McLaw, showed him how to market his work on Amazon, and it went up on the site May 24,” the USA Today article says of the teacher. The public LinkedIn profile for McLaw confirms that he graduated from Salisbury with a bachelor of arts in 2013 and has worked in Maryland schools since 2008, first as an administrative assistant, then as a language arts teacher.

    According to Phillips, the Dorchester sheriff, McLaw is now banned from county properties in Dorchester and Wicomico counties, as well as the Delmar School District where he started work in 2008, according to LinkedIn.

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    Leaders from Kyiv and Moscow meet in Minsk amid reports of escalating tension in eastern Ukraine

    Leaders of the European Union, Ukraine and Russia are in talks at the Palace of Independence in Minsk. Their official agenda: a summit on energy…