Anti-Semitism Strikes in Kansas… And Other News

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Three people, including a man and his grandson, were shot dead at the Jewish Community Center and a Jewish assisted-living home in Overland Park, Kansas on Sunday afternoon, the eve of Passover.

Police have arrested 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller who is, not surprisingly, a major white supremacist. The former Kansas Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” fired at five people but his hands must have been a little shaky because he only managed to hit three. Miller yelled “Heil Hitler!” from the back of the police car as he was taken away. Police have declined to say whether the incident is linked to anti-semitism, but considering the attack took place just before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jews were targeted, and the suspect yelled “Heil Hitler”, I’m going to go ahead and assume there was a little bit of anti-semitism there. BBC News

nigeria-violenceA bus station bomb in the Nigerian capital of Abuja during Monday’s rush hour has killed 71 people and wounded 124. The massive explosion ripped through the bus station, leaving the streets covered with blood and body parts. The bombing, which set a new record for the bloodiest extremist attack ever in Abuja, destroyed 16 luxury buses and 24 minibuses and cars – and dozens of people. “I can’t count the number of people that died. They took them in open vehicles. People were running and there was confusion,” said civil servant Ben Nwachukwu. So far no one has fessed up to the attack but all signs point to extremist Islamist group Boko Haram, who has been threatening to attack the capital for a while now. But even though the bus station bomb was a biggie, it wasn’t the biggest bomb of the week – no, that honor was reserved for last night’s Mad Men premiere. The television show only raked in 2.3 million viewers, down from the 3.4 million who tuned in for last season’s premiere. CBC News

Concerns-over-fraudElection fraud? In a war-torn developing country? Yep, looks like it. While it’s still way too early to tell if Afghanistan will face a presidential run-off (they’re slow counters), it is early enough to report on election fraud. Only 10 percent of the votes from the April 5 election have been counted, but the Independent Election Commission has already identified 870 cases of fraud at the polls – which could end up skewing the outcome. While some Afghans played it cool, others decided to go big or go home. In one instance, a member of Parliament forced his way into a polling place at gunpoint and made off with all the ballot boxes. New York Times

Smoking South KoreaSouth Koreans are willing to spend all their money on plastic surgery but they are getting fed up with footing the bill for smoking-related health problems. South Korea’s national health insurance body sued three cigarette makers for $51.9 million in damages for health issues related to smoking. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) has said it spends more than $1.6 billion on smoking-related diseases annually. “We believe the NHIS, as it takes responsibility for the health of the public and oversees the insurance budget, has a natural duty to bring this tobacco lawsuit,” said NHIS lawyer An Sun-young. Now they just have to worry about China’s notorious smog drifting over… Bloomberg

France DNAThere’s only one way to get to the bottom of a rape case: mass DNA testing!  And I mean mass. Police in La Rochelle, France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male students and staff at a school where a girl was raped in a dark bathroom last September. Apparently investigators had exhausted all other leads in the rape case, so police figured mass DNA testing would reveal a match for the DNA traces found on the victim’s clothing. Students and faculty members are not being forced to give DNA samples, but if they refuse it will look awfully suspicious. So far no one has rejected the swab. Toronto Star

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