[VIDEO] Ohio State University Student Describes Scene Outside Watts Hall 

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[VIDEO] Knife? That’s Not a Knife: Pittsburg Cashier Defends Convenience Store from Masked Machete-Wielding Teen Bandits

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A Pittsburgh cashier armed with a sword chased off two would-be machete-wielding robbers, police said. Below is what appears to be raw security video.

New York Daily News  reports:

Don’t bring a machete to a sword fight.

A Pennsylvania convenience store worker clerk one-upped two machete-wielding thieves who tried to rob his store and chased them off with his own bigger blade, police said.

Two teens wearing masks busted into Perry Market in Pittsburgh just before 10 p.m. Friday.

Both of the wannabe robbers were armed with footlong knives. One pointed his at a customer. The second jumped behind the counter and demanded cash from the on-duty clerk.

But the well-prepared cashier refused to give in. Instead, the clerk swatted at the weapon — and pulled out his sword.

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“Then when he hit the sword that the dude had in his hand — my brother hit the sword — he ran away,” the clerk’s brother M.C. Hydare told WPXI. Hydare said he was in the store during the robbery. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Blogger Ananta Bijoy Das Hacked to Death by Masked Islamic Militants

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Ananta was the editor of science based Magazine Jukti and he regularly contributed to Mukto-Mona Blog whose founder Avijit Roy was slain in February

A secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police say.

Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by a masked gang wielding machetes in the city of Sylhet, reports say.

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“A friend of Mr Das says he was on an alleged hit list of atheist bloggers held by Islamist militants.”

He is the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh since February.

Mr Das wrote blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy, himself hacked to death in February.

Mr Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US writer who had criticised religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he was visiting the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

And in March, another blogger, Washiqur Rahman, was hacked to death in Dhaka.

A friend of Mr Das says he was on an alleged hit list of atheist bloggers held by Islamist militants.

“In recent months, [Mr Das] received threats from extremists for his writings. He was on their hit list,” Debasish Debu, told the AFP news agency….(more)

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Sylhet reports: Masked assailants have hacked blogger Ananta Bijoy Das to death in Subid Bazar area of Sylhet.

The incident took place around 8:30am on Tuesday.

Sylhet airport police station OC Gousul Hossain confirmed the death to the Dhaka Tribune.

Sommilito Natto Parishad General Secretary Rajat Kanti Gupta said: “Ananta was also the member of organising body of local Gonojagoron Moncho. He used to write in Mukto-mona blog.”

Ananta was the editor of science based Magazine Jukti and he regularly contributed to Mukto-Mona Blog whose founder Avijit Roy was slain in February 25.

Ananta also received Mukto-Mona Rationalist Award in 2006. He wrote several books including Parthib, 2001 (co-authored with Saikat Chowdhury), Darwin: Ekhush Shatake Prasongikota Ebong BhabnaSoviet Union-E Bigyan O Biplob: Lisenko Odday etc. Read the rest of this entry »