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"Batman" arrested
after harassing law
A Michigan man whose efforts
to keep an eye on his community
while wearing a Batman outfit
landed him in court said he has
good intentions with his crime-
fighting work.
State troopers arrested Mark
Wayne Williams, 33, on Sept.
29 because they said he refused
to leave them alone while they
searched for a driver who fled an
accident. Williams was charged
with resisting and obstructing
police in an investigation.
"I don't want to be a police offi-
cer. I thinkwhatpolice officers do
is great, but it's up to each person
to take a stand and do something
to make things better," Williams
told the Petoskey News-Review.
"A lot of times, what I've seen
from situations I've been in, peo-
ple see something going on and
think the police will handle it, but
if nobody calls the police or takes
a stand, it's not going to help
Pot advocates call
on conservatives
It's not all hippies backing
November's marijuana legaliza-
tionvotes in Colorado, Oregon and
Appealingto Western individu-
alism and a mistrust of federal
government, activists have lined
up some prominent conservatives,
from one-time presidential hope-
fuls Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul
to Republican-turned-Libertarian
presidential candidate and former
New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
"This is truly a nonpartisan
issue," said Mark Slaugh, a vol-
unteer for the Colorado initiative
who is based in Colorado Springs,
which has more Republicans than
anywhere else in the state.
Iran calls drone
missions a success
A senior Iranian military offi-
cial claimed Tuesday that Irani-
an-made surveillance drones have
made dozens of apparently unde-
tected flights into Israeli airspace
from Lebanon in recent years to
probe air defenses and collect
reconnaissance data. An Israeli
official rejected the account.
The Iranian official declined
to give further details on the
purported missions or the capa-
bilities of the drones, including
whether they were similar to the
unmanned aircraft launched last
week by Lebanon's Hezbollah and
downed by Israeli warplanes. It
also was impossible to indepen-
dently verify the claims from the
official, who spoke on condition
of anonymity because he was not
authorized to brief the media.

Thieves make
off with valuable
Picasso, Monet
Thieves broke into a Rotter-
dam 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 Tri-
ton 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
5. bomb," she said at a press confer-
ence in the museum's cafe.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

PowerfIul drug
lord's daughter
arrested in USA

A protester gives the victory sign after scuffles broke out between groups of several hundred protesters in Tahrir square
when chants against the new Islamist president angered some in the crowd in Cairo on Oct.12.
High court pointedly criticizes
proposed Egyptian constitution

Role of religion and
the judiciary key
points of contention
with legislature
Egypt's highest court lashed
out Tuesday at an Islamist-led
panel tasked with writing the
country's new constitution,
saying that some provisions
proposed for the text undercut
the court's mandate and keep it
under the president's power.
The work - and the composi-
tion - of the 100-member con-
stitutional assembly has been
the subject of a fierce debate in
Egypt, and the country is still
haggling over disputed articles
in the charter, some of which
will determine the role of reli-
gion in the nation's affairs and the
independence ofthe judiciary.
Supporters of the panel draft-
ing the constitution say it was

set up by an elected parliament
and broadly represents Egypt's
political factions. Critics say the
process is dominated by a major-
ity made up of Islamists, such as
the Muslim Brotherhood from
which Egypt's new president,
Mohammed Morsi, hails, and
more radical groups, when it
should be more consensual.
With the nation- increas-
ingly polarized, and mistrust
between Islamists and other
groups growing, the country's
judiciary has emerged as a life-
line and final arbiter for set-
tling most disputes. More than
40 legal challenges have been
presented to the country's top
administrative court demand-
ing the dissolution of the cur-
rent panel.
Egypt's High Administrative
Court put off a widely expect-
ed decision on the challenges
Tuesday for next week, prolong-
ing the suspense over the fate
of the second panel to write

the country's new charter. An
earlier panel, also dominated
by Islamists, was dissolved in
April through the same court,
which ruled its make-up didn't
adhere to a constitutional dec-
laration designed by the coun-
try's former military rulers.
The rising influence of
the Islamists was solidified
through early parliamentary
elections in Egypt, giving them
nearly 75 percent of seats in
parliament, and subsequently,
control over the making of the
constitutional assembly, which
was drawn up by the parlia-
"Instead of a consensus
building from the outset, we got
this extreme polarization and
these elections," said Nasser
Amin, a judicial affairs expert.
"The judiciary has become the
safety valve, the only place that
everyone resorts to for settling
disputes. Otherwise, it will be a
blood bath."

Guzman Salazar
may provide info
about Sinaloa
cartel in Mexico
daughter of one of the world's
most sought-after drug lords
has been charged with trying
to enter the United States on
someone else's passport, U.S.
officials said, becoming the lat-
est family member to become
ensnared in U.S. courts.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guz-
man Salazar, 31, was arrest-
ed Friday at San Diego's San
Ysidro port of entry.
Two U.S. officials said Mon-
day thatshe told authorities her
father was Joaquin "El Chapo"
Guzman, the elusive leader of
Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. The
officials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were
not authorized to discuss the "
arrest publicly.
The significance of the arrest
will depend on what Guzman
Salazar can tell authorities
about her father, like whether
she can provide phone num-
bers, said pavid Shirk, director
of the University of San Diego's
Trans-Border Institute.
"We don't know exactly
what she knows," said Shirk.
"It may just be an interesting
factoid in the war on drugs or
it could be a vital clue for law
Shirk noted that Benjamin
Arellano Felix , who led what
was then Mexico's most pow-
erful drug cartel, was captured
in Mexico in 2002 after author-

ities tracked his daughter to
find him.
Guzman Salazar was
charged with fraud and mis-
use of visas, permits and other
documents. The complaint
said she attempted to enter the
country on foot, presenting a
non-immigrant visa contained
in a Mexican passport. She told
authorities she was pregnant
and intended to goto Los Ange-
les to give birth to her child.
The Los Angeles Times
reported last year that Guz-
mans wife - former beauty
queen Emma Coronel - trav-
eled to Southern California and
gave birth to twin girls at Ante-
lope Valley Hospital in Lan-
caster, north of Los Angeles.
The newspaper said Coronel,
then 22, holds U.S. citizenship,
which entitles her to travel
freely to the U.S. and to use its
"You kind of surmise that
there's some family connection
back to Southern California,"
Eric Olson, associate director
of the Wilson Center's Mexico
Institute said of the daughter's
The Sinaloa cartel, named
after the Pacific coast state of
the same name, controls traf-
ficking along much of the U.S.
border with Mexico, particu-
larly in Western states.
Authorities in the U.S. and
Mexico have said they believe
Guzman has children with sev-
eral partners, though it's not
clear how many. The U.S. Trea-
sury Department has put sanc-
tions on sons Ivan Archivaldo
"El Chapito" Guzman Salazar,
31, and Ovidio Guzman Lopez,

Disgraced Israeli leader
poised to make comeback

Resurgence of
popular leader
complicates PM's
re-election attempt
popular ultra-Orthodox Israeli
politician Arieh Deri is prepar-
ing a comeback after a 13-year
hiatus that included a brief pris-
on term for accepting bribes.
A return of the former king-
maker to lead the powerful Shas
Party could complicate Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
bid for re-election: Under Deri,
who is considered to be more
dovish than Shas' current lead-
er regarding concessions to the
Palestinians, the party may no
longer be the automatic Netan-
yahu coalition ally that it has
The spiritual leader of the
party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has
yet to rule on whether Deri
will replace Shas' current chief
Eli Yishai. The two contenders
have been waging a public bat-
tle over the 92-year-old rabbi's
If Deri is not reinstated as
leader, he is expected to start a
new party that focuses on social
welfare and could steal votes
away from Shas. Internal party
polls have suggested Shas will
fare much better in the Jan. 22
election with Deri at the helm,
according to-Israeli media.
The charismatic Deri, 53,
was a rising young star who
transformed Shas from a small,
niche party into a major factor
in Israeli politics before he went
to prison.
Two months after being con-
victed in 1999, he led Shas to a
record 17 seats in the 120-mem-
ber parliament but could not
serve in the next government,
because of his impending incar-
ceration. He spent two years
behind bars for taking bribes
from religious seminaries when
he was interior minister in
return for future financing.
At the time, Yosef announced
that Yishai would serve as a
"custodian" leader until Deri
could return to politics. -
Because of his conviction,
Deri was banned from run-

ning for office for seven years
after leaving prison. During
Deri's prolonged absence, Yis-
hai solidified his leadership
of the party and has become a
prominent minister in a series
of coalition governments.
Shas holds 11 seats in parlia-
ment, making it a midsize but
still influential party.
Yishai, who currently serves
as Netanyahu's interior min-
ister, is more strongly aligned
with the hawkish elements
of Israeli politics who oppose
broad concessions to the Pal-
estinians. Deri is seen as more
moderate, having served in the
late Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin's government when the
peace process with the Pales-
tinians began in the early 1990s.
Roi Lachmanovitch, a former
Shas spokesman who served
under Yishai, said he wasn't
certain Deri would strengthen
the party's prospects.
"At the end it all depends on
the rabbi's decision and it is not
based on polls," he said. "It is a
principled ruling: Do you stick
with the current loyal leader
or reconnect with the mythical
leader of the past?"
A split would hurt the party,
and attempts were being made
to find a compromise that would
keep both men happy. The cur-
rent formula looks to have Deri
head the party, with Yishai
remaining its most senior Cabi-
net minister in the next govern-
As interior minister, respon-
sible for the country's immigra-
tion policies, Yishai has been a
controversial figure. He has led
a much-criticized crackdown
on African migrants and was.
also harshly criticized in an
official report for failures in the
government's response to a for-
est fire that killed 44 people in
2010. The Interior Ministry is in
charge of the nation's firefight-
ing force.
Shas has historically held
enough seats to guarantee the
sitting prime minister a major-
ity in parliament. It has lev-
eraged this influence to win
powerful ministries with large
budgets that can be directed to
its core constituency of poorer,
religious Jews of Mizrahi, or
Middle Eastern, descent.


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