On Oct. 5 the King County Prosecutor's Office formally filed a charge of second degree murder against West Seattle resident Alicia J. Goemaat following the Sept. 27 death of her boyfriend's son, Drue. Goemaat was arrested Oct. 1 and subsequently confessed to detectives that she was responsible for the injuries that ultimately resulted in the young child's death.
According to the charging documents Goemaat, 20, has been living on the 6500 block of California Ave. S., in the Morgan Junction, with her boyfriend Derek Lehto. The two each have young sons of their own, Lehto's child Drue and Goemaat's son K.G. (as identified in the charging docs), and were caring for the boys together. According to statements from witnesses and both Goemaat and Lehto the two boys (Drue being 17-months-old and K.G. being 2-years-old) would often fight with each other.
On Sept. 27 Goemaat and Lehto were in bed together when they heard a disturbance in the living room from the two children. Goemaat's son had chased Drue behind and a couch and the child was crying hysterically. Lehto separated the boys and an argument broke out between the two parents on how best to discipline their sons. Lehto eventually left to do some shopping at the grocery store.
While he was gone Drue again began crying as he and K.G. fought over a toy. Goemaat kicked Drue in the stomach, knocking him to ground. She then walked over to him and kicked him a second time before picking him and putting him in his playpen. A few minutes later when she went to check on him she found that Drue had stopped breathing and appeared to be dead. When she called for Lehto to come and help he attempted to give the child CPR while she called 911.
Police and medics arrived at the couple's residence five minutes after receiving the 911 dispatch and found the child was long past being resuscitated. When police asked Goemaat and Lehto about the circumstances leading up to the child's death both denied having any information that could help.
Detectives took possession of Goemaat's phone and reviewed records of an incident that was reported to Child Protective Services on Sept. 20th from the Seattle Children's Hospital. At that time Lehto had taken his son to the hospital to be treated for scratches and bruises. The attending physicians informed Lehto that the injuries were not consistent with rough housing by children and reported the incident to CPS.
Source: Seattle mother accused of kicking boyfriend's 17-month old son to death
Three were injured and one was killed in an early morning shooting today at Northern Arizona University, according to officials. The AP reports the suspected shooter is in custody.
Source: One Dead, Three Injured After Shooting at Northern Arizona University
The knife used by an Arab terrorist in the stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba. The terrorist was shot and killed. Photo: Israel Police Foreign Press.
JNS.org – A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a 16-year-old Israeli man in Jerusalem on Friday, and within less than an hour another Palestinian stabbed a policeman in Kiryat Arba as the wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks continued to spread throughout Israel.
The 16-year-old Jewish victim in Jerusalem was stabbed in his upper body and was lightly injured. He did not immediately realize he had been stabbed and tried to chase his assailant, who fled, only to be apprehended by police who were combing the area. The victim was taken to Hadassah Hospital for treatment, Israel Hayom reported.
Minutes later, police received word of the second attack, in Kiryat Arba. An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded when his attacker tried to snatch his service weapon, but the terrorist was killed before he could succeed. Later Friday, a female Palestinian terrorist tried to stab a security guard stationed at the entrance to the Afula central bus station. The terrorist was shot and seriously hurt. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The ongoing string of Palestinian terrorist attacks also sparked Jewish retaliation on Friday, as a Jewish perpetrator from Dimona stabbed four Arabs, three of them municipal workers in the southern city. Two of the victims were lightly injured and two were moderately-to-seriously hurt in the attack. The attacker, who has a history of drug-related arrests, was apprehended.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, saying, “I categorically condemn any attempt to hurt innocent Arabs….Israel is a state of law and order. We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who engages in violence and violates the law, on either side.”
In contrast, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has praised the Palestinian “struggle to defend Al-Aqsa mosque,” rather than condemning Palestinian terrorism.
Source: Israeli Police Officer Stabbed in Kiryat Arba, Teen Injured in Similar Attack in Jerusalem
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The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called "Islamic State's" (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia's air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq.
ABC News in their article, "US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks," reports:
U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world's second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group's propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned.
Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is "supporting" the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department — part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group.
Source: Solving the "mystery" of ISIS' Toyota army
A court in California says allowing the claim would be like giving a surgeon the exclusive right to perform difficult surgery.
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The biology of sexual orientation has been one of the most vexing — and politically charged — questions in human genetics. For the first time, researchers have found associations between homosexuality and markers attached to DNA that can be influenced by environmental factors.
Twin studies and family trees provide strong evidence that sexual orientation is at least partly genetic. When one identical twin is gay, there is about a 20% chance that the other will be as well1. But because this rate is not 100%, it is thought that environmental factors play a role as well.
One of the best characterized is the 'older brother effect': the chance of a man being gay increases by 33% for each older brother he has2. The reason is not clear, although one hypothesis holds that the mother's immune system begins to react against male antigens and alter the fetus's development.
To search for factors that could mediate a link between environment and genes, geneticist Eric Vilain at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his colleagues looked at epigenetic markers — chemical changes to DNA that affect how genes are expressed, but not the information they contain. These 'epi-marks' can be inherited, but can also be altered by environmental factors such as smoking, and are not always shared by identical twins.
The researchers collected DNA samples in saliva from 37 pairs of identical twins in which only one twin was gay, and 10 pairs in which both were gay. By scanning the twins' epigenomes, the researchers found five epi-marks that were more common among the gay men than in their genetically identical straight brothers. An algorithm they developed based on the five epi-marks could correctly predict the sexual orientation of men in the study 67% of the time. UCLA computational geneticist Tuck Ngun will present the work on 8 October at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Vilain is not surprised to find that epigenetics is associated with sexual orientation, although he says it is too early to try to directly link the epi-marks to any particular environmental exposure or the expression of a specific gene. Ngun says that the researchers want to replicate the study in a different group of twins and also determine whether the same marks are more common in gay men than in straight men in a large and diverse population. Associations found in small studies are prone to evaporate when tested in larger groups.
Source: Epigenetic 'tags' linked to homosexuality in men
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October 9, 2015, 1:10 PM (IDT)
DEBKAfile: Iranian Gen. Hossein Hamedani, second in command of the Al Qods Brigades under Qassem Soleimani, was killed in the fighting outside Aleppo in northern Syria Wednesday. Hamedani is the highest ranking officer Iran has lost so far in the Syrian war.
Source: Top Iranian general killed near Aleppo, Syria
Measure to repeal California's mandatory vaccine law won't be on ballot | 08 Oct 2015 | Proponents of an effort to repeal California's new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children failed to submit enough signatures [!?!] to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law. County election clerks reported receiving fewer than 234,000 of the 366,000 signatures needed to ask California voters to repeal the law, according to figures provided to the secretary of state's office and posted online Thursday. The new state law struck down the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. Six counties reported they received the petitions after the Sept. 28 deadline for submission. [Yeah, right!]
Source: Measure to repeal California's mandatory vaccine law won't be on ballot
October 9, 2015, 12:50 PM (IDT)
An Israeli police officer was stabbed Friday at the western gate of Kiryat Arba, the Jewish district of Hebron. He was lightly injured. The Palestinian attacker was shot dead by members of the police team at the scene when he tried to grab his victim’s sidearm. In Jerusalem, a young yeshiva student was knifed on Rte 1 near the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Hatzadik. A volunteer from the Jerusalem branch of the Ichud Hatzalah society gave him first aid.
Source: Two Israelis injured in stabbing attacks Friday