Crimes & Criminals

What Do You Think of Reading Books as a Punishment?

From an article in The New York Times, a judge imposes juveniles to read from a list of books and report on their reactions.

  • A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”

    Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book. They had to choose from a list of ones covering some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods. The horrors of the Holocaust awaited them in “Night,” by Elie Wiesel. The racism of the Jim Crow South was there in Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The brutal hysteria of persecution could be explored in “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

  • Armed Man Shot While Attempting to Enter NC Public Library

    WILMINGTON, NC -- A Wilmington, North Carolina, police officer shot a man downtown Thursday afternoon after police received a report of a “subject with a gun.”... According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer, the man being pursued apparently fled through the parking deck. When he attempted to run into the New Hanover County Public Library across Chestnut Street, he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy who works there. More at <a href="http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170907/breaking-wilmington-officer-shoots-armed-man-downtown">Star News</a>

    Deadly Shooting at Clovis Library in New Mexico

    KRQE reports on a shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Eastern New Mexico. Two are dead, four injured.

    More on this developing story from USA Today.

    The two individuals killed were library staffers. More from KOAT.

    Van filled with $350,000 in rare books stolen in Oakland

    That novel, once a prized possession of Van De Carr’s, is now gone, along with around 400 of his other books worth well over $350,000. Someone stole his van while it was parked outside a friend’s Oakland home this week.
    “The thing about that book is it was as new as the day it was published. Just a perfect, perfect copy. It glistened,” Van De Carr lamented.
    “It’s my livelihood, it’s how I make a living,” added Van De Carr, owner of Booklegger’s Books in Chicago. “Now, I have nothing.”

    From Van filled with $350,000 in rare books stolen in Oakland - SFGate

    The Unseen Theft of America’s Literary History

    This is a microcosm of the danger facing American archives. Because almost nothing is catalogued at the item-level, most of the unique material housed in these most important of repositories is particularly vulnerable to theft. When someone like Breithaupt steals a book, even a very old book, there is a catalog record that tells us it is missing—and likely some kind of duplicate copy somewhere else in the world. But when he steals a letter from Flannery O’Connor to John Crowe Ransom—unless that letter has been photocopied by another person—it basically ceases to exist. Not only do we not have the information in it, but we don’t even know that we don’t have the information in it.

    From The Unseen Theft of America’s Literary History ‹ Literary Hub

    Associated Press sues FBI over fake news story

    The AP sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI last year seeking documents related to the 2014 sting. It also seeks to know how many times the FBI has used such a ruse since 2000. The FBI responded to the AP saying it could take two years or more to gather the information requested. Unsatisfied with the response, the Associated Press has taken the matter to court.

    From Associated Press sues FBI over fake news story | Ars Technica

    Rare Books Stolen by Suicide Librarian Returned to Sweden

    http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2015/06/17/rare-books-stolen-by-suicide-librarian-returned-to-sweden/ Two 17th-century books stolen by an employee at the National Library of Sweden in the 1990s were returned today at a ceremony in Manhattan.

    Over 500 Stolen Books Worth 2.5 Million Euros Returned

    At least 500 classical books, which were stolen from Italian libraries three years ago, were returned by German authorities on Friday. Polish Renaissance mathematician, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Italian physicist, Galileo Galilei, authored some of the books that are worth over 2.5 million euros.

    The books were seized at an auction house in Munich, Germany.

    http://webandtechs.com/2015/02/over-500-stolen-books-worth-2-5-million-euros-returned/

    Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

    Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365402196/florida-state-gunman-shot-dead-by-c...

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