Web site owner charged
Police have charged the owner and operator of a Web site that hosted a gruesome video of a murder and dismemberment in May. Edmonton homicide detectives said on Wednesday that they have charged Mark Marek, 38, with corrupting morals. Luka Magnotta is accused of killing his Chinese lover Lin Jun (林俊) in May and filming a video that shows him stabbing and having sex with the dismembered corpse. He has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of Lin. Staff Sergeant Bill Clark says Marek allegedly posted the video sent to him by Magnotta online knowing that it depicted a real murder.
Wildfire forces evacuations
People fled from thousands of homes as a wildfire pushed toward Southern California mountain communities. Evacuation orders affected about 2,200 homes and 6,000 residents and visitors, Forest Service spokeswoman Carol Jandrall said, because winds that were moving the fire into wilderness were beginning to change direction. Very hot and dry conditions were forecast for the next two days, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Youths challenge law
Three immigrant activists who were brought to the country illegally as children plan to challenge immigration laws by traveling to Mexico and then trying to return. Under law, all three are in the country illegally even though they grew up there. All are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, and they want to draw attention to the huge increase in deportations carried out under President Barack Obama’s administration — and reaffirm their attachment to the country where they were raised. “I know you’re going to think that I’m crazy for doing this… for coming to Mexico, but to be honest, I think it is crazier that I had to wait 15 years to see my family,” Lizbeth Mateo, one of the activists, said on the Alliance’s Facebook page.
Rampage in Hollywood
Los Angeles authorities say packs of young people rampaged through Hollywood, knocked down people and stole cellphones before a police sweep halted the marauding. Lieutenant Ray Valois says 12 people were arrested — 11 of them under 18. Valois says calls began coming in at about 8:30pm on Wednesday that youths were robbing people and stealing T-shirts and other items from businesses, mainly on Hollywood Boulevard. He says groups of youths would split off and re-form. Valois says it appears the attackers were loosely organized through social media, including some Web messages urging people to gather in Hollywood “to riot.”
Kennedy turtle rescue illegal
Officials say two members of the Kennedy family who thought they were doing a good deed by freeing an entangled sea turtle actually violated federal law. John Bullard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Division of Fisheries says he has spoken to brothers Max and Robert Kennedy Jr about their rescue of an estimated 230kg turtle in Nantucket Sound over the July Fourth weekend. The Kennedys freed the leatherback turtle from a buoy line wrapped around its head and fins. Bullard told the Cape Cod Times that the rescue was a violation of the Endangered Species Act.