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Friday 22 September 2017

Killed over mockery

Two teenagers were killed in western Mexico for making fun of the classmate son of a drug kingpin.

Police found the 15-year-old boys' bodies buried in a wooded area outside the city of Guadalajara. A teenager detained over the case led police to the bodies and told investigators the victims were killed for making fun of the son of imprisoned drug lord Jose Carrasco Coronel.

DEAD GIVEAWAY

An Israeli who stabbed his mother and father to death was convicted of murder partly because he searched online for tips including "how to kill your parents and get away with it".

Daniel Maoz (29) wanted money from his inheritance in order to pay heavy gambling debts, the Jerusalem District Court found. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murders.

HIKER GOES OFF GRID

A hitch-hiker has been given a six-month suspended sentence after falsely claiming to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural highway while writing a book called 'Kindness of America'.

Ray Dolin shot himself in the arm last year in Montana, then stuck with the drive-by claim even after a man was arrested and jailed.

MOBILE INTOLERANT

Sainsbury's has apologised after one of its checkout assistants refused to serve a shopper while she was on her mobile phone.

Jo Clarke, a 26-year-old property manager, said she reached the front of the queue at Sainsbury's in Crayford, south east London, when the assistant told her to end her phone conversation.

TELESCOPIC SIGHT HOPE

Contact lenses which give the wearer telescopic vision could help people suffering from age-related blindness, according a research study.

The technology, developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne and the University of California, San Diego, can switch from normal vision, using a pair of modified 3D television glasses, to magnify objects up to 2.8 times.

HAND WAVING FISH LINK

An unexpected link has been found between hand-waving Italians and fish, with scientists claiming that gesticulating during speech can be traced to an ancient part of the fish brain.

Control of speech and hand movements are closely linked in the brain and can be tracked through mammals and birds all the way back to fishes. Their ancestral roots lie in a single region of the fish hindbrain.

Irish Independent

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