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Manson gets marriage licence
Mass murderer Charles Manson has been
granted a marriage licence, and would be
allowed to wed in prison, a spokeswoman
for the California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation said
Manson, 80, was issued a marriage
licence by Kings County, California,
where he is ser ving a life sentence at
the California State Prison, Corcoran,
corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton
Manson, a charismatic ex-convict who
assembled a group of runaways and
outcasts into a “family” in the late 1960s,
directed his mostly young, female followers
to murder seven people, including actress
Sharon Tate, in 1969 in what prosecutors
said was part of a plan to incite a race war.
He was also convicted in the murder of
an acquaintance, Gary Hinman.
California state law allows inmates to
marry in ceremonies that are usually held
in the visiting room of the prison where
they are housed, Thornton said.
But if Manson does marry, he would
not be allowed so-called family visits,
California’s term for extended overnight
stays typically called conjugal visits by
other states, she said.
Manson is ineligible for the family visits
because he has not been granted a parole
date, Thornton said.
Manson has been repeatedly denied
parole in California. His last parole
hearing, which he did not attend, was held
in 2012. His next is set for 2027, Thornton
said. Mason would be 93.
Thornton did not identify the woman
named on the marriage licence along with
Manson. — Reuters
The victims of a deadly Palestinian attack
on a Jerusalem synagogue included three
Americans and a British citizen, Israeli
There was no immediate word on their
identities but Israel’s leading ultra-
Orthodox website said all four, who had
dual Israeli nationality, were rabbis.
“Regarding citizenship, there were three
Americans and the fourth was British,”
police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
They were killed when two Palestinians
entered a yeshiva Jewish seminary in a
district on the western flank of the city and
attacked them with meat cleavers and a
gun, resulting in what eyewitnesses called
scenes of carnage.
The bloodshed took place as months of
unrest gripped Jerusalem’s annexed Arab
eastern sector, resulting in a string of deadly
attacks by lone Palestinians and further
inflamed by the death of a Palestinian bus
driver in controversial circumstances.
But none was as serious as today ’s killings
at the synagogue in an ultra-Orthodox
neighbourhood on the city’s western
outskirts as worshippers gathered for
Four people were killed and eight
wounded, including two policemen, medics
said. One person was in a critical condition
and three sustained serious injuries, with
eyewitnesses saying several had had limbs
The yesterday morning attack began when
the assailants burst in, waving meat cleavers
and a gun at the synagogue in a Jewish
seminary in Har Nof.
Three policemen — two traffic officers
and a forensics expert — arrived and
exchanged gunfire with the attackers,
killing them, police spokeswoman Luba
Two policemen were wounded, one
The assailants were identified by family
members as Uday and Ghassan Abu
Jamal, cousins from the east Jerusalem
neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber. Both
were in their 20s.
Israel vowed a harsh response, with Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling the
bloodshed a “direct result” of incitement by
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and
Hamas, vowing to respond with “a heavy
Abbas condemned the killings, but
Hamas welcomed the attack, describing it
as a fitting “response” to Israeli actions in
annexed east Jerusalem.
Analysts warned of escalation in a
situation already fraught with tension.
“This event has the potential of being
a game changer,” Kobi Michael, senior
researcher at the Institute for National
Security Studies, said, adding it created a
sense that things were “out of control”.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Israeli police crime scene investigators stand near bodies of suspected attackers outside the synagogue.
Kenyan police have arrested dozens of
men suspected of stripping naked a woman
in public on the grounds she was indecently
dressed, just after a protest against similar
attacks, local media reported yesterday.
The attack took place on Monday evening
after nearly 1000 women and men had
marched through Nairobi to demonstrate
against a series of public assaults on women
for wearing miniskirts or other clothing
perceived to be immodest.
The woman was taken to hospital, treated
for injuries and discharged, Nairobi deputy
police commander Moses Ombati told
Reuters. He said several people had been
arrested but he did not give figures.
Local newspaper websites put the number
of those detained at up to 90 or 100.
The march, mostly by women, was a rare
women’s rights in Kenya, where sex
crimes are rarely prosecuted.
The incidents of women being stripped
were condemned in Kenya’s parliament.
“ Who defines decent dressing?,” lawmaker
Cecily Mbarire said.
“ What are we
exposing our women to? These women
are your wives, your sisters, your aunties. ”
Men detained for stripping woman
Mankind’s first-ever probe of a comet
found traces of organic molecules and
a surface much harder than imagined,
Robot lab Philae fell asleep on
on Saturday, having run out of onboard
battery power after 60 hours of prodding
and probing an object zipping towards
the Sun at 18km per second.
The lander control centre in Cologne,
operated by German Aerospace Centre
(DLR), said Philae had uncovered much
about the comet in spite of a rough
touchdown in a less-than-perfect spot.
“ We are well on our way to achieving
a greater understanding of comets,”
Ekkehard Kuhrt, project scientific
director, said in a statement today. “ Their
surface properties appear to be quite
different than was previously thought.”
Philae landed on 67P last Wednesday
after a nail-biting seven-hour descent
from Rosetta, its orbiting mothership
which had travelled more than a decade
and 6.5 billion km to meet up with the
comet in August this year.
The touchdown 510 million km from
Earth did not go entirely as planned,
when Philae’s duo of anchoring
harpoons failed to deploy and it bounced
twice before ending up in a crevice, its
solar panels shadowed from battery-
The DLR said the MUPUS probe,
one of Philae’s 10 on-board science
instruments, hammered into the comet
to discover it was “a tough nut to crack”.
Electric and acoustic experiments
confirmed the comet was “not nearly as
soft and fluffy as it was believed to be”
underneath a surface layer of dust.
The team said Philae’s COSAC
gas analyser managed to “’sniff ’ the
atmosphere and detect the first organic
molecules” shortly after landing.
Some astrophysicists theorise that
comets “seeded” our fledgling planet
with the beginnings of life-giving water
and organic molecules, and hoped that
analysis of 67P would prove this.
“Analysis of the spectra and the
identification of the molecules are
continuing,” said the statement.
Project manager Stephan Ulamec said
he was confident Philae would make
contact later “and that we will be able
to operate the instruments again” as the
comet moves closer to the Sun. — AAP
Probe slowly reveals
comet ’s inner secrets
after his untimely death,
ganja-loving reggae icon
Bob Marley is being
remembered with an
eponymous brand of top-
end marijuana, his family
Marley Natural is being
pitched as “a premium
cannabis brand rooted
in the life and legacy ” of
one of Jamaica’s greatest
cultural exports, just as
the United States slowly
shifts towards legalised
“It just seems natural
that Daddy should be
part of this conversation,”
Cedella Marley, 47,
“As Daddy would say,
‘make way for the positive
day ’,” she said in a video
aired by NBC television
The marijuana brand is
being developed with a
Washington State based
company and is intended
to be sold in the United
States and possibly
Marley, who died of
cancer in May 1981 at
the age of 36, embraced
marijuana as a key part
of his Rastafari faith. He
considered the drug a
sacrament and supported
now is legal in the US
states of Colorado and
Alaska, Oregon and the
District of Columbia are
poised to follow suit after
legalisation earlier this
Holdings is working with
the Marley family on the
pot venture and plans to
market Marley Natural as
loose-packed buds, oils or
concentrate. — AAP
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