- - Sunday, October 3, 2010


Prison libraries offer crime books

HARTFORD | A review of book lists from state prison libraries shows Connecticut inmates have access to true-crime books and works of fiction that depict killings and graphic violence, with no apparent restrictions based on a reader’s criminal history.

“In Cold Blood,” about a 1959 killing in Kansas, is available in at least two Connecticut prisons, including one where a man on trial for a similar 2007 home invasion in Cheshire had served time.

Prisons spokesman Brian Garnett said talking about book policies would violate a gag order in the case. The Associated Press obtained the information under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

State Sen. John Kissel says he will ask that all books with violent themes be removed from the prisons, and may propose legislation to ensure that happens.


Feds make arrest in fatal bank heist

MIAMI | One man has been arrested and federal authorities are searching for at least two others in the robbery and killing of an armored-truck guard outside a South Florida bank, FBI officials said Sunday.

Nathaniel Moss, 31, was caught shortly after Friday’s heist after the suspects crashed their getaway car into a trash bin and ran away.

FBI Special Agent John Gillies said the suspects made several mistakes that “gave an opportunity for law enforcement to react quickly.” He would not elaborate on those mistakes or other details of the investigation.

Alejandro Nodarse Arencibia, a 48-year-old Brink’s security guard, was fatally shot when two men approached him as he carried cash from the bank to an armored truck.

Authorities want to speak with 37-year-old Terrance Brown and a third, unidentified man seen on surveillance video outside the bank trying to get into a waiting car, Mr. Gillies said. Another unidentified man is also thought to have been involved.


Medical study shows computer lap burns

CHICAGO | People who have worked on their laptop computer with it sitting on their lap, heating up their legs might want to rethink that habit.

Doing it a lot can lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.

In one recent case, a 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months.

“He recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side; however, regardless of that, he did not change its position,” Swiss researchers reported in an article published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Another case involved a Virginia law student who sought treatment for the mottled discoloration on her leg. Dr. Kimberley Salkey, who treated the young woman, was stumped until she learned the student spent about six hours a day working with her computer propped on her lap. The temperature underneath registered 125 degrees.


Vigil remembers sex-cam suicide

NEW BRUNSWICK | Rutgers University held a silent vigil Sunday night to remember a student who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with a man in his dormitory room was secretly streamed online.

The tribute to 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi drew a few hundred people, many holding candles, to the school’s campus in New Brunswick. While some area religious officials briefly addressed the crowd during the hour-long vigil, few words were spoken by the participants.

Among those attending was Rutgers student Julie Burg, who said she wanted to spread the message that help is available for students in crisis. “There are many groups anywhere you go to that could help support you,” Miss Burg told WCBS-TV in New York.

Prosecutors say Mr. Clementi’s roommate and another student used a webcam to broadcast on the Internet live images of Mr. Clementi having the sexual encounter. He jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River three days later. His body was identified Thursday.


Poor sealing spoils time capsule

PITTSBURGH | Western Pennsylvania officials were hoping for a grand unveiling of a century-old time capsule over the weekend, but they say both the capsule and their plans were spoiled.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the copper container was removed from the cornerstone of the 100-year-old Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh last week.

But inside, officials found 11 cents in change, two lead soldiers, a tattered silk flag — and rotted news pulp, Confederate currency and photographs.

Officials say the lid of the cornerstone was apparently never soldered shut, so moisture got in.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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