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UK judge clears policeman of fraud during London bomb probe

UK judge clears policeman of fraud during London bomb probe

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Ambulances responding to the London bombings. Today an officer was cleared for the second time of defrauding the Metropolitan Police while investigating the attacks.

A judge cleared a police detective today of fraud relating to money intended for use investigating the London bombings in 2005. Detective Sergeant Peter Allbut was accused of keeping £9,200 set aside to accommodate officers sent to Leeds during the probe.

Southwark Crown Court was told by Paul Watson QC, prosecuting, that Allbut was given access to an American Express card to withdraw funds to pay rent bills after the cost of hotels was deemed excessive. Allbut was alleged to have on three occasions between February and May 2007 to have siphoned funds into his personal bank account. Allbut denied three counts of fraud relating to £2,200, £4,000 and £3,000.

After today’s conclusion of the prosecution case Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC ruled there was insufficient evidence against the officer and ordered the jury to find him not guilty. It is the second time Allbut has been cleared of criminal financial dealings in the course of his duties with the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.

In July Allbut and a fellow Detective Seargent, Nevill Caldecourt, were tried over allegations they had purposely overcharged for flat rentals on expenses. Both were found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud and misconduct in a public office. Last month another counterterrorism officer with the force was convicted alongside his wife on a similar case in which he overcharged his employers for apartments. Detective Constable Daren Pooley and his wife Nicola were convicted of conspiracy to defraud for running the scheme while deployed to Leeds after the London bombings.



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Sparky Anderson, former baseball manager for Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, dead at 76

Sparky Anderson, former baseball manager for Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, dead at 76

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Anderson in 1981.
Image: Roger Blevins.

Sparky Anderson, former baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds, has died at the age of 76.

Spokesman for the family Dan Ewald announced Anderson died after a long battle with dementia. Ewald also said that Anderson’s family had placed him in a hospice care center yesterday.

“Sparky Anderson will always be measured by his number of victories and his place in baseball’s Hall of Fame. But all of that is overshadowed by the type of person he was. Sparky not only spiked life into baseball, he gave life in general something to smile about. Never in my lifetime have I met a man as gentle, kind and courageous as Sparky,” said Ewald in a statement to the press.

While manager of the Reds, Anderson lead the team to two World Series in 1975 and 1976. In 1979 Anderson began managing the the Detroit Tigers, also leading them to the title in 1984.

“I got good players, stayed out of their way, let them win a lot and then just hung around for 26 years,” said Anderson during a 2000 speech.



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New insulin-resistance discovery may help diabetes sufferers

New insulin-resistance discovery may help diabetes sufferers

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Researchers at Japan’s Kanazawa University announced the identification of a hormone produced by the liver, apparently a previously unknown cause of insulin resistance. The discovery may offer new research targets in treating insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

File photo-diagram of human pancreas

Insulin resistance (IR) is a condition where the body’s cells are unable to respond properly to insulin-based treatments. The pancreas continues insulin production but fails to prevent increases in glucose levels; in other words, the body becomes unable to respond to the insulin properly.

The researchers found the liver expresses higher levels of the gene encoding “selenoprotein P” (SEPP1) in people with type 2 diabetes – those with more insulin resistance.

This new connection between SEPP1 and adipokine is to be an area for further research.

The discovery may help in understanding plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan concluded in an earlier study that insulin resistance and the development of plaques found in Alzheimer’s sufferers were likely linked. The World Health Organisation estimates 37 million people worldwide live with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s.



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Jerry Brown defeats Meg Whitman in election for California governorship

Jerry Brown defeats Meg Whitman in election for California governorship

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Candidate Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., seen here, was the reigning Democrat nominee who won in the 2010 election for the position of governor of California.

On the Republican side, Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman, seen in this picture, was the lead nominee for her party in the election, which she lost despite having spent $141 million to fund her campaign.

On Tuesday night, twenty-seven years after previously completing his second term as governor of California, candidate Jerry Brown has again won the race for the position.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, of San Francisco, California, was the lead nominee for the Democratic Party, facing off against the lead nominee of the Republican Party Meg Whitman, of Long Island, New York, who had spent a record US$141 million to support her campaign. More than approximately $80 million of that was diverted to knocking out California Insurance Commissioner and also Republican candidate Steve Poizner, of Houston, Texas, who was also running in the election but was defeated early in the campaign.

The election ended with only 42.2% popular support for Meg Whitman as contrasted with 52.8% of votes for Jerry Brown. A major issue that arose during the elections was the bad economy, something that many people cited as the reason for their votes. Some mudslinging, including an incident when an unidentified Brown supporter was found to have called Whitman a “whore”, also ensued a few days before the night of the election took place in the Fox theater, according to Cnet.

When the night of the election came and the new governor of California announced, the former Jesuit seminary student gave his five-minute victory speech, showing optimism for the future of California and the state budget:

“I see California once again leading in renewable energy, in public education and openness to every kind of person, whatever their color is,” Brown said. “I mean, we’re all God’s children.”



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