A horror movie came to life in Wisconsin when two preteens attempted to stab a friend to death after a birthday sleepover to prove their loyalty to a mythological character from a scary story website.On May 30, Morgan Geyser celebrated her 12th birthday by having a sleepover with Anissa Weier and another friend identified only as P.L., both of whom are also 12. But the real point of the get-together was to sacrifice the third girl to Slender Man by stabbing her to death, police said in their report.Slender Man is a fictional character on the horror story site Creepypasta, where users share their nightmares and other short stories “designed to unnerve and shock the reader.” Slender Man “is an alleged paranormal figure purported to have been in existence for centuries, covering a large geographic area.” He induces fear and ensnares his prey, putting his victims into a hypnotized state, then “he absorbs, kills, or merely takes his victims to an undisclosed location or dimension” and is rumored to kill children “almost exclusively.”
A bus carrying women and children from Slavyansk, including toddlers, was stopped at a border checkpoint by Ukrainian guards. The refugees managed to cross into Russia on foot and find new transport.The incident happened on Friday night at a border crossing between Ukraine’s Donetsk region and Russia’s Rostov region. The bus was carrying people from Slavyansk, the city that has become the scene of constant battles between local militia and troops loyal to Kiev.There were 38 refugees on board, including 21 children aged between 2 months and 12 years, and 17 women, Rostov region spokesman Aleksandr Titov told Itar-Tass. As the vehicle was seized, they went across the border on foot with the help of Russian border guards.“They managed to go through, everyone is alive and well,” the Russian official said.Local authorities housed the Ukrainians in a border city for the night and provided two buses for transportation.
A 20-year high in measles cases within the United States is being fueled by Americans who travel internationally without having received vaccinations against the virus, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.As of May 23, officials say there have been 288 measles cases reported to the federal health agency this year – the highest total for that time period since 1994.“This is not the kind of record we want to break, but should be a wake-up call to travelers and parents to make sure vaccinations are up to date,” said Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.Imported cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease continue to infect unvaccinated US residents, the CDC said in its report. Home-grown measles in the US were declared eliminated in 2000, according to Reuters.
A school and a kindergarten have been shelled in Slavyansk as the city becomes increasingly unsafe in the intensified Kiev military campaign. At least 9 civilians were injured in Wednesday’s shelling incidents, including a child.Ukrainian mortar shells have for weeks been raining down on the checkpoints and positions of the Slavyansk self-defense, but much of the shelling occurred outside the city. Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter, veteran human rights activist Andrey Mironov, were almost “torn to pieces” in one such shelling. However, this week the battleground apparently moved right into civilian quarters of Slavyansk, as shells started hitting residential blocks and nearby buildings, killing three people on Monday.
The Swiss Canton of Zurich has decided against the opening of the first Islamic kindergarten in the country, stating that the proposed institution’s ideological component was too strong and contradicted local educational standards.Islamic association Al Huda was behind the proposed kindergarten in the town of Volketswil in northern Switzerland.The kindergarten was planning to admit 15-25 children. Despite not having a license, online registration began in the middle of last year, Itar-Tass reported.The central educational components of the institutions were highlighted as learning Arabic and the teachings of the Koran, as well as bringing the Islamic community closer.
Three roommates in New York state unwittingly made perhaps the wisest investment of their lives when they bought a used couch for $20, only to discover $40,000 in cash stashed inside. The honest students then returned the money to its rightful owner.Reese Werkhoven, a New York City native attending the state university at New Paltz, and his two roommates – Cally Guasti and Lara Russo – were shopping at a second-hand store when they found a perfect couch for their home.“It’s pretty ugly and it smells,” Russo told LittleRebellion.com, a student-run blog. “But it was the only couch that fit the right dimensions for our living room.”When the trio sat down for the first time, Werkhoven noticed a plastic envelope containing a thick stack of twenty dollar bills adding up to $700.“I almost peed,” he said. “The most money I’d ever found in a couch was like fifty cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch.”