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Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology reveal and dissect colossal squid

Watch as specialists in squid biology from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology undertake research on this rare find. This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind caught intact – ever! Large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists, so this latest example has caused great excitement.

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Common law grand jury group meets in Edwardsville

A group of about twelve interested in the common law grand jury model met at the Edwardsville Grotto Pizza at the end of April to learn more about that type of jury. Wilkes-Barre resident Rick Wright moderated the discussion in addition to presenting a video from the National Liberty Alliance website, www.NationalLibertyAlliance.com. The video focused on the Texas Transportation Code, delving into the specialized legal use of common words such as “vehicle,” “commercial motor vehicle,” “transport,” “traveler” and others. Latin legal terms, of course, were sprinkled into the presentation, such as malum prohibitum (wrong due to being prohibited) and mens rea (guilty mind).

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Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch members receive instruction on fire safety

One of the advantages of attending Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch meetings is hearing from local experts in their fields. Captain Alan Klapat and Chief Jay Delaney, of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, visited the Valley View Terrace Crime Watch group on High Street on an early April afternoon to talk fire safety. About a dozen high rise residents made their way to the meeting room to hear the presentation emphasizing egress procedures. A NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) film was shown demonstrating just how quickly fire can engulf a typical living room: in a matter of minutes.

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Vet of the Month: Diana Casper

Diana trained at Fort Jackson and Fort Lee, serving in Alaska and Iraq. A flag was flown in Iraq in Diana’s honor after she assisted in battling two fires with Engine Company 311 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2009. She has been awarded the following medals and ribbons: Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign
Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon.

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Letter to the Editor: Know your rights

From 1850 to 1950 the government slowly, over time, stopped teaching civil personal rights in the classroom, dumbing down our children and the populace. When you don’t know your rights, you lose them. Here are two civil rights every person should know. All police officers must read to you a Miranda Warning to comply with a preventive criminal procedure rule that law enforcement is required to administer to protect an individual who is in custody (definition of custody: “The care and keeping of anything; as when an article is said to be in the custody of the court. Or under lawful control,” Black’s Law Dictionary) and subject to direct questioning or its functional equivalent from a violation of his or her Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination, Miranda v. Arizona, 1966. This was a landmark decision of the US Supreme Court.

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County budget amendment votes

While campaigning for a seat on Luzerne County Council, I promised not to raise taxes. On Saturday, February 15, 2014, I kept my word. I voted to eliminate an 8 percent county tax increase that was passed by the previous council in December 2013. The hired county manager, Mr. Lawton, admitted he did not take time to review the line-by-line budget proposal I submitted to him and other members of council. Mr. Lawton insulted me. After being chastised by Wilkes-Barre resident Betsy Summers for his unprofessional comments, he attempted to make an apology.

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