Quick meals real common. Spam used to be eaten back in the days by people in the South. Now, Spam has competition. Would you eat lunch meat instead of peanut butter sandwich?
Quick meals real common. Spam used to be eaten back in the days by people in the South. Now, Spam has competition. Would you eat lunch meat instead of peanut butter sandwich?
It takes strength to stand up against toxic deeds from any bad law enforcement practice.
In was in the cabin, two women came to clean the cabin. He tied them up;didn’t harm them.
The cop killer made sure they were comfortable. Compassion of a good cop. How ironic!
26 people have died at the hands of Adam Lanza. For what reason, I do not know!
A crazed gunman dressed in black went on a rampage at a Connecticut elementary school this morning, in a massacre that left the shooter and 26 dead others – including 18 children.
Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother dead and targeted her kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sources sais. Sources also told The Post that Lanza’s mother was a teacher at the school and he “had a dispute with her.”
Lanza is dead inside the school.
Lanza used two handguns and a .223-caliber assault rifle, an official said. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in connection with the shootings.
Police in Hoboken, NJ are questioning Lanza’s older brother Ryan, 24, but he is not a suspect.
The shooting appeared to be the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, which left 32 people and the gunman dead.
“We were in my art teacher’s room. We heard some gunshots – like 20. Then the police came with guns and told us to close our eyes,” said fourth-grader Venesa Bajraliu, 9.
“I heard gunshots and I saw policemen. My teacher was scared and a little shaky. We went into the office and police came and took us into the firehouse.”
She heard screams and gunshots over the intercom of the school, said her brother, Nergim, 17.
He and his mother were the first to arrive at the school. He saw three young victims, who appeared wounded.
“When I saw the girl come out with police, the girl was splattered with blood.”
Mom Carrie Battaglia told The Post that the firehouse where she was told to pick up her children was in a state of chaos.
Brandon Woodard 31,with his daughter, was a law student , coming to New York City on a one day trip.The cold-blooded Midtown murder of a Californian facing cocaine charges was possibly drug-related — and the murder weapon was used to shoot up a Queens home three years ago.
Detectives were questioning informants and criminals in Queens, where two men escaped in 2009 after pumping a dozen bullets into a Mangin Ave. home in St. Albans with the same gun.
“They never caught anyone involved with the shooting here,” said Yvette Brown, who lives at the home. “There are still bullet holes in the house.”
While the killer stalked Woodard from behind, it appeared the victim and gunman were strangers. The victim turned and caught a glimpse of the hitman on W. 58th St. — but didn’t react as if he recognized the man.
(CBS/AP) – John McAfee, the software company founder wanted by Belizean police for questioning in the murder of his neighbor, tells Wired magazine that he is innocent – and on the run because he fears for his life.
McAfee, 67, lived next door to 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, who was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, a town on the island of Ambergris Caye, said Raphael Martinez, spokesman for Belize’s Ministry of National Security. The housekeeper discovered the body Sunday morning and called police.
Martinez said that no charges had been filed in the case, describing McAfee only as a “person of interest” for police.
Wired reports that McAfee, who has reportedly been calling Wired writer Joshua Davis to tell his side of the story, is afraid that if he’s taken into custody, he’ll be killed.
Davis writes: “Asked what he knows about the shooting, McAfee said, ‘Nothing – other than I heard he had been shot.’ In fact, McAfee added, he’s worried that whoever shot Faull may have actually been gunning for him. ‘I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house,’ he said. ‘He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.’”
According to Davis, McAfee says that when police searched his property on Sunday, he was “burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe.”
David writes that McAfee told him, “Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country…You can say I’m paranoid about it but they will kill me, there is no question. They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”
The case was the latest twist in McAfee’s recent life as an eccentric yoga lover. He sold his stake in the anti-virus software company in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.
He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis and that he was moving to Belize.
Last April, Belize police raided McAfee’s home looking for drugs and guns. McAfee said officers found guns, which he said were legal, and he was released without charge after being detained for a few hours.
Faull’s killing shocked the island community. Residents said Faull was a longtime home owner there who had recently retired as a builder and moved from Florida to live full-time in the island.
“He was starting to enjoy his retirement,” said a real estate agent.
The agent, who insisted on speaking anonymously out of fear of retaliation, said she had heard Faull complain about McAfee’s numerous dogs barking outside his property.
Other residents said McAfee seemed standoffish and not friendly.
“His physical appearance doesn’t really inspire you to go over and make friends with him. He’s a little scruffy looking,” said another real estate agent, Bob Hamilton.
Martinez said police had questioned other neighbors of Faull but had been unable to locate McAfee.
Police said Faull’s computer and phone were missing, but there were no signs of forced entry at his home. Police reported finding a single 9-mm shell casing and said it appeared Faull was killed between late Saturday and Sunday morning, which was a rainy night on the Caribbean island. Faull was last seen at 10 p.m. Saturday.
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From Clutch Magazine: Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, of Brooklyn is taking the chess world by storm. She is on the verge of becoming the first African-American female chess master and her journey has been documented in the film, Brooklyn Castle. Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318 middle school in Brooklyn. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school.
Ballantyne was recently profiled in Teen Vogue and talked about her rise in the chess world and her motivation. “My grandmother taught me to play when I was in the third grade. I was really active as a child, and she wanted to find a way to keep me relaxed and get my brain going,” Ballantyne told Teen Vogue. “When I first started playing, she introduced to me the idea of being the first African-American female chess master. I didn’t think about it much because for me it seemed like an impossible feat, and I didn’t think it could happen. I wasn’t as focused and dedicated as I am now. I didn’t think I was a good chess player—people told me I was, but it wasn’t my mentality at that moment. But then after she died, that really affected me, because she was the one person that always had confidence in me. She never pushed me, and she always respected me for who I was. I have to reach that goal for her.”
Read the rest of this story on Clutch Magazine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly six years, a senior Secret Service agent kept his extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency responsible for protecting the president.
But in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers, Rafael Prieto’s secret was revealed by a fellow employee amid concerns that the Secret Service wasn’t enforcing its rules consistently.
With an internal investigation ongoing, Prieto apparently committed suicide last week. That’s according to people familiar with the matter. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Prieto’s death or the investigation, which they say has focused on whether Prieto violated agency rules that require disclosing relationships with foreigners.
They say Prieto, a married father, admitted the years-long relationship when confronted by investigators.
A man from northern China divorced and sued his wife earlier this year for being ugly. That’s not a joke.
Neither is this: That man recently won the lawsuit.
Jian Feng said his issues with his wife’s looks only began after the couple’s daughter was born. Feng was appalled by the child’s appearance, calling her “incredibly ugly” and saying she resembled neither one of her parents.
With that being the case, Feng initially accused his wife of cheating. It was at that point that his wife, who has not been named, came forward, saying she had spent $100,000 on intense plastic surgeries to drastically change her appearance before she met Feng.
She never told Feng about those surgeries.
When Feng found out about the procedures, he filed the lawsuit. He said the woman convinced him to marry her under false pretenses.
A judge agreed, awarding Feng $120,000.
The short answer to this question is — drum roll, please — yes. They really do. While studies are ongoing, and in many cases experts still don’t know exactly how these superfoods work, there’s strong evidence that certain fruits and vegetables rich in plant-based nutrients can both prevent tumors from starting and halt their growth. Here, the top foods to work into the family diet if you’d like to cut cancer risk or help those with cancer recover. And who wouldn’t?
1. Blueberries, Acai Berries, Raspberries, and Cranberries.
The rich, dark colors of blueberries, Brazilian acai berries, raspberries and cranberries come from phytochemicals that protect against numerous types of cancer. Most recently, researchers at the University of Florida found that the active ingredient in acai berries destroyed cancer cells when tested in cell cultures. And blueberries and muscadine grapes contain compounds that recent research shows cause cancer cells in the liver to self-destruct. In studies particularly important to women, cranberries have recently been discovered to be an important weapon in the fight against deadly ovarian cancer. Studies reported at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society found that ovarian cancer cells that were becoming resistant to platinum chemotherapy – the standard of care for ovarian cancer – became six times more sensitive when exposed to a compound in cranberries.
The anti-cancer properties of all these berries are so strong that researchers have developing concentrated supplements and other products such as purees and concentrates.
2. Green Tea.
One of the first plant-based chemicals to be studied for its anti-cancer properties, catechins — the chemicals in green tea — have been known for some time to prevent and reduce recurrence of breast and other cancers. With this particular chemical, experts even know why: a chemical known as EGCG inhibits breast tumor growth, a University of Mississippi study shows. Just two cups a day is enough to do the trick.
Numerous studies over the years (more than 30 different studies to date) have documented the anti-cancer properties of garlic. The strongest evidence so far has focused on digestive cancers, but garlic appears to protect against all types of cancer, including breast and prostate. According to the National Cancer Institute, an analysis of seven different large-scale population studies showed that the more raw and cooked garlic a person consumed, the lower his risk of stomach and colorectal cancer; one study found that middle-aged women who regularly consumed garlic had a 50 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer. Scientists have isolated two active ingredients in garlic, allicin and allyl sulfur, and demonstrated that they prevent and fight cancer in both animals and humans; you can take garlic in supplement form but the capsules must be enteric-coated to protect these active ingredients. Add crushed, fresh garlic to your meals whenever possible; some experts also recommend waiting 15 minutes between peeling and chopping the garlic to get the full effects of the active compounds.
4. Broccoli and Cabbage.
British researchers made headlines last year with a study that showed that men with early signs of developing prostate cancer prevented tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week. Other studies have shown anti-cancer benefits from eating cabbage, brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables.
5. Onions and Leeks.
According to the National Institutes of Health, studies of people from Southern Europe who eat a diet high in garlic and onions show a direct relationship between high consumption of “allium” vegetables (all types of garlic, onions, and leeks) and reduced risk of many common cancers.
Harvard researcher Edward Giovannucci reviewed 72 different studies published by the National Cancer Institute, and concluded that lycopene, the active chemical in tomatoes, lowered the risk of many different cancers, particularly prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer. Subsequently, the FDA conducted a review of its own and disagreed, refusing food companies’ request to label tomato products with an anti-cancer health promotion message. However, many experts believe the FDA’s process was flawed and that tomatoes will be vindicated by further studies. The good news: cooking tomatoes seems to enhance the effects of lycopene, qualifying tomato-based spaghetti sauce as a nutritional powerhouse. Bring on the pasta!
The hype about red wine centers on an antioxidant called resveratrol that’s present in grapes and grape juice, but is most concentrated in red wine. Numerous studies show that resveratrol possesses powerful anti-cancer activity. Teams at several universities and cancer centers are studying resveratrol’s effects against specific types of cancer. Most recently, a University of Nebraska study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrated that resveratrol suppresses the abnormal cell growth that leads to most types of breast cancer. Breast cancer is fueled by estrogen, and resveratrol acts to block the action of the estrogen, preventing it from feeding tumor growth. Previously, research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that mice fed a diet enriched with resveratrol had an 87 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate tumors of the most dangerous kind.
The problem, however, is that higher alcohol intake has been linked to cancer as well, particularly breast and esophageal cancer. The solution? One glass of red wine a day, unless you’re at risk for or have one of these types of cancer, in which case a resveratrol supplement is a better idea.
The active ingredient in soy is genistein, which is a phytoestrogen that protects against hormone-dependent cancers. It’s also a powerful inhibitor of several proteins that are implicated in the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. To get the anti-cancer benefits of soy, you need to consume about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw fresh soybeans, known as edamame, dry roasted soybeans, or tofu. The research to date shows that supplements containing isoflavones don’t work with the same action as soybeans themselves and in fact can be bad for you rather than good.
The orange-yellow spice turmeric, best known for its role in Indian curries and other Asian dishes, fights cancer because of an active ingredient, curcumin, that’s a powerful antioxidant. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus reviewed numerous animal studies and concluded that curcumin demonstrated anti-cancer effects at virtually all stages of tumor development. Researchers in France and Britain also have been studying curcumin’s action in the laboratory and concluded that it prevents and slows tumor cell growth. The great news about turmeric is how easy it is to work into the diet, because you don’t need very much. Add a teaspoon of the spice to soups, salad dressings, meat and pasta dishes and you’ll reap the preventative effects.
Watch out, though; according to the American Cancer Society, turmeric made certain anti-cancer drugs less effective when studied in animals and test tubes. Cancer patients shouldn’t add a lot of turmeric to their diets or take curcumin supplements without talking to their doctors first.
10. Watercress and Spinach.
Okay watercress isn’t exactly a major part of the American diet. But maybe it should be, according to researchers in Ireland, who released studies in the past two years showing that eating watercress everyday can prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – but conducted in Ulster where people are more comfortable eating watercress — found that antioxidants in the nutrient-rich greens prevented free radicals from damaging healthy cells. Spinach, which we’re all more familiar with, is also a cancer-fighter; research conducted by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas showed spinach to protect against bladder cancer. The chemical that gives spinach its dark green color, chlorophyllin, proved to reduce the risk of liver cancer in research by the National Academy of Sciences. Who cares about muscles? Here’s a much more important reason to eat your greens.
None of this is to say that an anti-cancer diet or nutritional supplements should be used in place of doctor-recommended treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. While there are members of Caring.com’s cancer community like Joel MacDonald who are using nutrition to battle their disease and have interesting stories to tell, the experts in this field strongly recommend that those who’ve already been diagnosed with cancer use anti-cancer nutrients to bolster traditional medical cancer treatment, not to replace it.
A great resource for those interested in learning more about making dietary changes to prevent cancer or cancer recurrence is a new book, AntiCancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, an MD, PhD, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At the age of 31, Servan-Schreiber, one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, had a brain tumor surgically removed. After exploring the research on the connections between diet and cancer, Serban-Schreiber embarked on a series of lifestyle changes that he credits with preventing his brain cancer from recurring. Two books by nutritional biochemist Richard Beliveau, Foods That Fight Cancer and Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer, provide specific lists of foods and cooking suggestions that make following an anti-cancer diet straightforward and simple.
The list above is by no means comprehensive. Please comment and share your anti-cancer nutrition and diet ideas.
October 24, 2012 (COLLEGE PARK, Ga.) – A man opened fire Wednesday morning inside a Georgia megachurch chapel, killing one, and police were still searching for the suspect.
The suspect got away in a vehicle after the shooting at World Changers Church International in College Park south of Atlanta, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester told The Associated Press.
The wounded person was being taken to a hospital in critical condition, but died later, Lester said.
World Changers Church International is one of the nation’s largest, and its website states that it serves nearly 30,000 members. The church is led by the Rev. Creflo Dollar, its founder and senior pastor.
The church didn’t immediately return calls seeking details, but there was no indication from authorities that Dollar was injured.
The church holds services Wednesday at 10 a.m. in its chapel, according to its website.
It wasn’t known whether that service had actually started or how many people were there when the shooting happened, Lester said. Police got the call around 9:55 a.m.
Mexican authorities are seeking to exhume the remains of a drug lord’s parents to obtain DNA and convince the public that he is dead. Officials said Heriberto Lazcano, founder of the Los Zetas gang, was killed in a shootout with marines earlier this month. However, within hours his body was stolen from a funeral parlour. The Mexican navy said initial tests showed the man killed was Lazcano but they now want DNA to confirm it. Cuitlahuac Salinas, head of Mexico’s organised crime unit, told reporters they had decided on the drastic step after failing to obtain DNA material from Lazcano’s sisters. “We have located where his parents were buried (in the south-eastern state of Hidalgo) and we are now trying to get permission to begin the exhumation, in order to ascertain their genetic profile,” he said. Lazcano – known as “The Executioner” – was a founder of Los Zetas which has been involved in a string of mass killings and kidnappings. Officials said his body was whisked away from a funeral home by gunmen hours after a gun battle in the northern region of Progreso, Coahuila state. The navy said it was not until after his body and that of another gang member were stolen that officials realised from pictures and fingerprints they had killed one of the country’s most feared drug lords. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon has already praised marines for killing Lazcano. However, correspondents say the theft of the corpse has been an embarrassment for the government and military. The US had put up a reward of $5m (£3.1m) – and Mexico another $2.3m – for information leading to the Lazcano’s capture. Mexican police believe a split within the Zetas cartel is responsible for a recent surge in mass killings. Lazcano was thought to be the leader of one faction, while the other is led by Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions.
Police haven’t said how they pulled off the early hours heist, but an expert who tracks stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were after.
‘‘Those thieves got one hell of a haul,’’ said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.
The heist at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.
‘‘It’s every museum director’s worst nightmare,’’ said Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk, who had been in Istanbul on business but returned immediately.
News of the theft ‘‘struck like a bomb,’’ she said at a press conference in the museum’s cafe.
She declined to reveal any details of how the thieves struck, or how the museum is protected, other than describing its security as ‘‘state of the art’’ and ‘‘functional.’’
Willem van Hassel, the museum’s chairman, said its security systems are automated, and do not use guards on site.
Police arrived at the scene five minutes after an alarm was triggered, he said. He described the museum’s insurance as adequate for the exhibition.
The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding the museum’s 20th anniversary.
Police spokeswoman Willemieke Romijn said investigators were reviewing videotapes of the theft, which took place around 3 a.m. local time, and calling for any witnesses to come forward.
The Art Loss Register’s Marinello said the items taken could be worth ‘‘hundreds of millions of euros’’ if sold legally at auction. However, he said that was now impossible, as the paintings have already been registered internationally as stolen.
The stolen paintings were Pablo Picasso’s 1971 ‘‘Harlequin Head”; Claude Monet’s 1901 ‘‘Waterloo Bridge, London’’ and ‘‘Charing Cross Bridge, London”; Henri Matisse’s 1919 ‘‘Reading Girl in White and Yellow”; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 ‘‘Girl in Front of Open Window”; Meyer de Haan’s ‘‘Self-Portrait,’’ around 1890, and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work ‘‘Woman with Eyes Closed.’’
Marinello said the thieves have limited options available, such as seeking a ransom from the owners, the museum or the insurers. They could conceivably sell the paintings in the criminal market too, though any sale would likely be a small fraction of their potential auction value.
The Triton Foundation is a collection of avant-garde art put together by multimillionaire Willem Cordia, an investor and businessman, and his wife, Marijke Cordia-Van der Laan.
Asenk said she spoke on behalf of the family in saying ‘‘we are shocked, but we will go on.’’
‘‘All involved want the public to still be able to see these kinds of special collections and private collections,’’ she said.
The museum was cordoned off as police carried out their investigation Tuesday, but the museum will reopen Wednesday, she said.
The Kunsthal museum is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own — the name means ‘‘art gallery’’ in Dutch.
Curators of the Cordia family collection aim to have the works on display for the public, and pieces have been shown in the past.
Sherrie Walter gets a new ear regrown at John Hopkins.
Sherrie Wilson had something growing on her wrist — a new left ear.
Surgeons from John Hopkins University grew the ear on the cancer survivor’s forearm with cartilage from her rib cage in what’s been described as the most intricate ear reconstruction in the continent’s history.
“We implanted the ear near the wrist and just let it live there so all the skin could grow,” said Johns Hopkins University Surgeon Patrick Byrne.
Ear reconstruction surgery typically uses skin from the patient’s ear or neck. But Walter of Bel Air, Md. had skin cancer — basal-cell carcinoma — that was so pervasive that doctors needed to remove most of her skin in those areas.
Walter, 42, noticed a sore on her left ear in 2010. Her dermatologist diagnosed her with cancer within five minutes of examining her ear. Doctors removed her ear, neck glands, part of her skull and lymph nodes when the cancer spread to her ear canal, reported ABC.
A prosthetic ear was not the best option because of Walter’s missing skull bone, so Byrne told Walter about a different innovative procedure: to grow a brand new ear near her wrist.
“It seemed a little strange,” Walter said, “but I was willing to try it.”
Byrne, an associate professor of otolaryngology, implanted cartilage from Walter’s rib cage — as well as skin and arteries from other body parts — under her the skin of her forearm skin in November 2011.
“It was under my arm for about four months… I just thought I was something from science fiction,” Walter said.
Walter’s family used humor to cope with her circumstance. When her children would whine, she claims she would show them the ear growing from her wrist and say, “I can’t hear you.”
The doctors detached the growing ear from the arm to attach it to her head in March 2012. Byrne has since been working on matching the new ear cosmetically to her right ear.
Doctors performed the final surgery of the 20-month process on Tuesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. Byrne carved off cartilage to create a canal and stretched skin to shape an earlobe.
The surgeons intend to reveal the finished ear in one week.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Police in Greensboro have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man.
Police say they were called to a neighborhood in east Greensboro shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. Officers found 32-year-old Jamal Muata Perry in a house, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Perry was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he died.
Twenty-eight-year-old Landis Lamar Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder and burglary. Jacksonis being held in the Guilford County jail. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.
Capt. Mike Richey says Perry often stayed at the home where the shooting occurred, but the officer was not certain if the victim lived there.
Richey says other people were in the home.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official said Thursday.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department officials had opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats killed during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi. It was not immediately clear whether authorities were focusing on the California filmmaker as part of that probe.
A federal law enforcement official said Thursday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was the man behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that sparked protests earlier in the week in Egypt and Libya and now in Yemen. U.S. authorities are investigating whether the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya came during a terrorist attack.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Nakoula was connected to the persona of Sam Bacile, a figure who initially claimed to be the writer and director of the film. But Bacile quickly turned out to a false identity and the Associated Press traced a cellphone number used by Bacile to a southern California house where Nakoula was found.
Bacile initially claimed a Jewish and Israeli background. But others involved in the film said his statements were contrived as evidence mounted that the film’s key player was a southern Californian Coptic Christian with a checkered past.
Nakoula told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles Wednesday that he managed logistics for the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims,” which mocked Muslims and the prophet Muhammad.
Nakoula denied that he was Bacile and insisted he did not direct the film, though he said he knew Bacile. But federal court papers filed against Nakoula in a 2010 criminal prosecution said that he had used numerous aliases in the past. Among the fake names, the documents said, were Nicola Bacily, Robert Bacily and Erwin Salameh, all similar to the Sam Bacile persona. Other aliases described in the documents included Ahmad Hamdy, Kritbag Difrat and PJ Tobacco.
During a conversation outside his home, Nakoula offered his driver’s license to show his identity but kept his thumb over his middle name, Basseley. Records checks by the AP subsequently found that middle name as well as other connections to the Bacile persona.
The AP located Bacile after obtaining his cellphone number from Morris Sadek, a conservativeCoptic Christian in the U.S. who had promoted the anti-Muslim film in recent days on his website. Egypt’s Christian Coptic populace has long decried what they describe as a history of discrimination and occasional violence from the country’s Arab majority.
Pastor Terry Jones, of Gainesville, Fla., who sparked outrage in the Arab world when he burned Qurans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, said he spoke with the movie’s director on the phone Wednesday and prayed for him. Jones said he has not met the filmmaker in person but added that the man contacted him a few weeks ago about promoting the movie. Jones and others who have dealt with the filmmaker said Wednesday that Bacile was hiding his real identity.
“I have not met him. Sam Bacile, that is not his real name,” Jones said. “I just talked to him on the phone. He is definitely in hiding and does not reveal his identity. He was quite honestly fairly shook up concerning the events and what is happening. A lot of people are not supporting him. He was generally a little shook up concerning this situation.”
The YouTube account under the username “Sam Bacile,” which was used to publish excerpts of the provocative movie in July, was used to post comments online as recently as Tuesday, including this defense of the film written in Arabic: “It is a 100 percent American movie, you cows.”
Nakoula, who talked guardedly about his role, pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges in California and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution. He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Leigh Williams said Nakoula set up fraudulent bank accounts using stolen identities and Social Security numbers; then, checks from those accounts would be deposited into other bogus accounts from which Nakoula would withdraw money at ATM machines.
It was “basically a check-kiting scheme,” the prosecutor told the AP. “You try to get the money out of the bank before the bank realizes they are drawn from a fraudulent account. There basically is no money.”
Prior to his bank fraud conviction, Nakoula struggled with a series of financial problems in recent years, according to California state tax and bankruptcy records. In June 2006, a $191,000 tax lien was filed against him in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office. In 1997, a $106,000 lien was filed against him in Orange County.
American actors and actresses who appeared in “Innocence of Muslims” issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they were misled about the project and alleged that some of their dialogue was crudely dubbed during post-production.
In the English-language version of the trailer, direct references to Muhammad appear to be the result of post-production changes to the movie. Either actors aren’t seen when the name “Muhammad” is spoken in the overdubbed sound, or they appear to be mouthing something else as the name of the prophet is spoken.
“The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer,” said the statement, obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “We are 100 percent not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose. We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.”
One of the actresses, Cindy Lee Garcia, told KERO-TV in Bakersfield that the film was originally titled “Desert Warriors” and that the script did not contain offensive references to Islam.
She wants her name cleared.
“When I found out this movie had caused all this havoc, I called Sam and asked him why, what happened, why did he do this? I said, ‘Why did you do this to us, to me and to us?’ And he said, ‘Tell the world that it wasn’t you that did it, it was me, the one who wrote the script, because I’m tired of the radical Muslims running around killing everyone,’” she said.
Garcia said the director, who identified himself as Bacile, told her then that he was Egyptian.
The person who identified himself as Bacile and described himself as the film’s writer and director told the AP on Tuesday that he had gone into hiding. But doubts rose about the man’s identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the purported film.
Bacile told the AP he was an Israeli-born, 56-year-old Jewish writer and director. But a Christian activist involved in the film project, Steve Klein, told the AP on Wednesday that Bacile was a pseudonym and that he was Christian.
Klein had told the AP on Tuesday that the filmmaker was an Israeli Jew who was concerned for family members who live in Egypt.
Officials in Israel said there was no record of Bacile as an Israeli citizen.
When the AP initially left a message for Bacile, Klein contacted the AP from another number to confirm the interview request was legitimate; then Bacile called back from his own cellphone.
Klein said he didn’t know the real name of the man he called “Sam,” who came to him for advice on First Amendment issues.
About 15 key players from the Middle East — people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran, and a couple of Coptic Christians from Egypt — worked on the film, Klein said.
“Most of them won’t tell me their real names because they’re terrified,” Klein said. “He was really scared and now he’s so nervous. He’s turned off his phone.”
An official of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles said in a statement Thursday that the church’s adherents had no involvement in the “inflammatory movie about the prophet of Islam.” An official identified as HG Bishop Serapion, of the Coptic Orthodox of Los Angeles, said that “the producers of this movie should be responsible for their actions. The name of our blessed parishioners should not be associated with the efforts of individuals who have ulterior motives.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, said Klein is a former Marine and longtime religious-right activist who has helped train paramilitary militias at a California church. It described Klein as founder of Courageous Christians United, which conducts protests outside abortion clinics, Mormon temples and mosques.
It quoted Klein as saying he believes that California is riddled with Muslim Brotherhood sleeper cells “who are awaiting the trigger date and will begin randomly killing as many of us as they can.”
In his brief interview with the AP, the man identifying himself as Bacile called Islam a cancer and said he intended the film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
But several key facts Bacile provided proved false or questionable. Bacile told the AP he was 56 but identified himself on his YouTube profile as 74. Bacile said he is a real estate developer, but Bacile does not appear in searches of California state licenses, including the Department of Real Estate.
Hollywood and California film industry groups and permit agencies said they had no records of the project under the name “Innocence of Muslims,” but a Los Angeles film permit agency later found a record of a movie filmed in Los Angeles last year under the working title “Desert Warriors.”
A man who answered a phone listed for the Vine Theater, a faded Hollywood movie house, confirmed that the film had run for a least a day, and possibly longer, several months ago, arranged by a customer known as “Sam.”
Google Inc., which owns YouTube, pulled down the video Wednesday in Egypt, citing a legal complaint. It was still accessible in the U.S. and other countries.
Klein told the AP he vowed to help make the movie but warned the filmmaker that “you’re going to be the next Theo van Gogh.” Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004 after making a film that was perceived as insulting to Islam.
“We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen,” Klein said.
Braun and Sullivan reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Gillian Flaccus, Shaya Tayefe Mohajer and Michael Blood in Los Angeles, Tamara Lush in Tampa, Fla., and AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.