Four judges suspended
Shanghai has suspended four judges over allegations that they patronized prostitutes, reports and officials said yesterday in the latest salacious scandal to result from online accusations. An inquiry was opened after an anonymous blogger, identified by state media only as being surnamed Ni, posted footage online last week alleging that five officials hired prostitutes at a resort in June. The Shanghai Higher People’s Court said on Tencent Weibo that Chen Xueming (陳雪明), the chief judge of its No.1 Civil Tribunal, and three other officials had been suspended. The court had previously said Zhao Minghua (趙明華), deputy chief judge of the tribunal, was among those named on Ni’s blog. Ni said Zhao intervened in a civil case in 2009 that caused him a huge financial loss, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported yesterday. Ni spent a year following Zhao, it said, “and discovered that he frequently went to nightclubs, owned several properties and had extramarital affairs.”
New warning over plant
Radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has likely risen above an underground barrier meant to contain it, presenting an “emergency” that the plant’s operator is not sufficiently addressing, a Nuclear Regulatory Authority official said yesterday. This contaminated groundwater is likely seeping into the sea, exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, and a workaround planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co will only forestall the growing problem temporarily, said Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force.
Police kill armed 14-year-old
A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early on Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the direction of officers, authorities said. Shaaliver Douse died of a single gunshot to his jaw after the confrontation in the Bronx. Two officers were on foot patrol when they heard gunfire at about 3am local time. The officers responded to the scene and found the boy with a 9mm handgun firing shots at a fleeing man, authorities said. Douse had been in trouble with the law before. He was charged in May with attempted murder after a 15-year-old boy was shot the neighborhood where Douse lived.
Rescued miners’ mine sold
The mine that was the scene of a spectacular rescue of 33 trapped miners three years ago is being sold, a newspaper said on Sunday. The sale of the San Jose mine in northern Atacama was agreed by the board of creditors of the San Esteban Mining Co, which declared bankruptcy immediately after the mine disaster. A collapse inside the gold and copper mine on Aug. 5, 2010, trapped 33 miners, who underwent a 69-day ordeal deep underground before they could be rescued.
Capaldi is new Doctor Who
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was on Sunday named as the new eponymous star of cult TV series Doctor Who. The BBC unveiled the 55-year-old Glaswegian as the 12th Time Lord during a live program on Sunday evening. “Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself, I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started,” said Capaldi, who will replace outgoing Doctor, Matt Smith.