Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

July 2013
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for July, 2013

Toxicology Reports May Shed Light on What Killed Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Witness

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Officials have not yet determined the cause of death of an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger who was found dead a day after learning he wouldn’t be testifying in the racketeering and murder trial of the suspected mob boss, The Boston Herald reports

An autopsy of Stephen M. “Stippo” Rakes provided inconclusive evidence, and officials are awaiting the toxicology reports. 

In the meantime, Rakes will be mourned Wednesday at the William F. Spencer Funeral Home on East Broadway in South Boston, the Herald reported.

Rakes was 59 and left behind three children and two grandchildren.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Fed Judge Clears ex-FBI Agent Pete Norell Jr. of Wrongdoing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewrie.com

An ex-FBI agent who pleaded guilty in 2010 to illegally accessing an FBI computer has been vindicated.

Scott Schwebke of the Orange County Register reports that U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford ruled this month that ex-FBI agent Pete Norell Jr. was “factually innocent” of the misdemeanor charge he pleaded to.

The paper reported that the ruling removes the conviction.

Norell Jr., a veteran agent out of Orange County who was popular among fellow agents, was sentenced to one year probation back in 2010 for illegally accessing FBI records and pressuring someone in 2005 to pay a $500,000 debt owed to an acquaintance and other investors. He resigned from the FBI.

Judge Guilford at the time said he did not believe Norell deserved jail time, but added, “I do remain concerned about people in positions of trust and do think the sentence should reflect that.”

He also ordered Norell, the son of a former Superior Court judge, to 100 hours of community service and a $3,000 fine.

 

New School Dedicated to the Late DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, Who Lived a Life of Bravery

Photo of the news school

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The opening next week of the Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School in Chula Vista, California celebrates the legacy of a courageous DEA agent who was murdered by Mexican drug cartel members in February 1985.

No doubt Special Agent Camarena’s family, especially his son Enrique S. Camarena, Jr., will pause this week, particularly because the school opening coincides with their father’s birthday, and remember what a special father and husband he was.

The rest of us can remember him for his sacrifice and commitment to contributing to a safer world.Like Special Agent Terry Watson, whose life and recent death were the subject of a column a couple weeks ago. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena lived a full life of bravery and service. He was born in Mexicali, Mexico, but his family moved to the United States in Calexico, California.

He became a naturalized U. S. citizen and served in the Marines, as a firefighter and police investigator before joining DEA.

Assigned to the Guadalajara office in 1981, he was fearless in pursuing the illegal activities of the drug smugglers in the area. Despite the danger he acted undercover and had infiltrated the cartel. In 1985, his investigation led to the discovery and destruction of 2,500 acres of marijuana worth an estimated $ 9 billion.In spite of information, that he had been targeted by the cartel, he stayed on to continue his investigations.

On February 7, 1985, in broad daylight, he was kidnapped as he left the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara. He was on his way to meet his wife Geneva for lunch. For two days he was tortured and then bludgeoned to death by cartel henchmen with the aid of corrupt police officers.

A massive manhunt by U.S. federal law enforcement resulted in the capture and conviction of his killers and their aider and abettors. Special Agent Camarena’s life continues to make a difference. The activities of the Camarena Foundation support education and drug-free living for America’s youth.

Every year in October thousands of schools and law enforcement offices around the country participate in Red Ribbon Week to support the goals of the Foundation.Enrique Camarena Jr. was 11 when his father died, but he made a commitment to follow in his father’s footsteps. With the support of the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund he went to law school and became a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County, where he continues to serve.

He is also active in the work of the Camarena Foundation and in contributing to the efforts to support other children who have lost a father or mother who were killed in the line of duty. The new school bearing Agent Camarena’s name will employ innovative teaching methods and the latest technology to provide a quality education to its 975 students.As they stream into their beautiful new school, boisterous with excitement, Kiki Camarena will be somewhere watching, no doubt proud and happy for the promise that they hold for America’s future.

They know my stance and thats fine with them

While a beginner is not generally aware of these aspects while performing the asana, they are there. Often, we hear people saying that they remain active and light when they do just a little bit of asana practice. When a raw beginner experiences this state of well being, it is not merely the external or anatomical effects of yoga.

KnockOff Handbags Gupta’s a favourite with Bollywood’s younger crowd for her modern twists on traditional Indian clothing. Pernia started a fashion website called Pernia’s Pop Up Shop, where she sells clothes from all of India’s famous designers Replica Bags, including herself. Actresses such as Shilpa Shetty often walk the runway at his shows and wear his quintessential Indian outfits at award ceremonies and in movies. KnockOff Handbags

Replica Handbags The fire risk comes after the car has overheated from a lack of coolant circulating. The overheating could lead to a cracked block and subsequent oil leak that could ignite. Ford says it has received reports of 29 fires in North America so far, but no injuries or deaths have been reported. Replica Handbags

Designer Replica Bags Mosquito products could be classified in two categories based on their purpose. So there are in the first category are the mosquito products that kill the insects and in the second one we’ve got the products that repels mosquitoes. The products grouped in these two categories there are indoor and outdoor mosquito products.. Designer Replica Bags

Replica Designer Handbags Three years ago, I made the move down to the peninsula to be closer to work and live with Steve. This transition allowed me to make exercise and eating well top priorities. I started taking workout classes to hold me accountable and now attend barre class Monday and Wednesday and spin class Tuesday and Thursday. Replica Designer Handbags

Handbags Replica I wanted to be careful to not upstage Julianna with either wardrobe choices or jewelry. The other reason for the smaller pieces of jewelry on her has to do with character. She and I discussed that the last thing on Alicia’s mind would be jewelry after everything she has been through and is about to go through. Handbags Replica

Replica Purses It’s easy to connect this declining bookishness to the declining literacy rates cnreplicabags.com, to lament the erosion of all that is good, and highlight the evils of the screen. But let’s not be too hasty. As Douglas Adams put it: “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works Anything invented after you’re thirty five is against the natural order of things.” But we would be foolish to dismiss the presence of the screen in our children’s lives, and its relevance to literacy.. Replica Purses

replica bags online Christofer Backlin had gained 5 pounds, and it was all because of the muffins. Swallowing one last bite of crumbly cake Replica Designer Handbags, the 31 year old resident of Uppsala, Sweden, closed his eyes and exhaled with relief. It was his 49th day and his 160th baked good (total tally: 40 chocolate Replica Bags, 40 vanilla, 40 lemon Fake Designer Bags, 18 strawberry Replica Bags, 16 apple, 5 cinnamon, and 1 very unfortunate tropical flavor), and it marked the end of a bizarre, vaguely masochistic experiment. replica bags online

Fake Handbags Yes i voted no for me and my beliefs not to punish my gay friends. They know my stance and thats fine with them. Its the media that BLOWS things waay out of perportion. In these search engines you will get authentic iPod wholesale lists which you could employ to increment the margin of your earnings and advance your business to the position you would wish a prosperous business to be. When you deal with computer and electronics goods you must be extremely sure about the quality of the merchandise. You must assure that you sell what you advertise Fake Handbags.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Al Capone

httpv://youtu.be/G4owM8XpfZM

Witness in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case Found Dead under Suspicious Circumstances

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Stephen “Stippo” Rakes waited decades to testify against accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. 

Rakes will never get the chance because he was found dead in what is being described as a suspicious death, the Boston Globe reports.

Rakes, who had accused Bulger of stealing ownership of his South Boston liquor store, was found dead near a popular walking trail in Lincoln.

But authorities believe Rakes’ body may have been dumped there, the Globe reported.

An autopsy is underway to determine the because of death.

“I can assure you my ex-husband did not commit suicide,” Rakes’s former wife, Julie Dammers, told the Globe.

NSA Takes Steps to Strengthen Security of Sensitive Information Following Leak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hoping to strengthen its security to avoid another leak, the NSA is examining how former contractor Edward Snowden was able to access and remove sensitive information, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“This failure originated from two practices that we need to reverse,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a security forum at the Aspen Institute.

“In an effort for those in the intelligence community to be able to share with each other, there was an enormous amount of information concentrated in one place,” he said. “That’s a mistake. Loading everything onto a server creates a security risk.”

The second problem, he said, “You had an individual who was given very substantial authority to access that information and move that information.… We’re acting to reverse both of those things.”

Carter said the NSA was converting to a system that would have prevented a single person from accessing the information, The LA Times reported.

FBI Advises Local Police to Keep George Zimmerman’s Gun, Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Sanford Police won’t return to George Zimmerman his gun and other evidence used at his murder trial after the FBI urged against giving back the weapon, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

It’s a sign that the Justice Department is moving forward with an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated the civil rights of Trayvon Martin, a black, unarmed 17-year-old who was shot dead, The Orlando Sentinel wrote.

The request comes less than a week after a six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman following 16 hours of deliberations.

“The evidence is just in a hold status, pending their DOJ investigation,”  Sanford police spokesman Capt. Jim McAuliffe told the Sentinel.