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from India Insight:

Indian eatery run by murder convicts praised for politeness, hygiene

As India's capital baked under a heat wave this month, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, and was greeted by a smiling waiter who offered him chilled water and took his order -- a traditional "thali" meal of flatbread, lentils, vegetables, rice and pickle.

Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his co-workers, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex.

"Tihar Food Court" on Jail Road in west Delhi is part of a wide range of reform and rehabilitation initiatives undertaken at the Tihar prison. It opened in the first week of July on an "experimental basis" while waiting for formal clearances, and is located half a kilometre from the prisoners' dormitories.

With a spacious interior lined with gleaming wooden tables and walls adorned with paintings by prisoners, the 50-seat restaurant is coming in for praise from customers, especially for being clean and for the polite behaviour of its employees, who were trained by the Delhi Institute of Hotel Management, an autonomous body under the state government.

from Photographers' Blog:

Last days in a Siberian prison

Outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia

By Ilya Naymushin

Boris Kovalyov is not my hero – not at all. I have never understood such people, the way they think, the way they live. But journalists work with all kinds of people, and to me, people in extreme circumstances have always been of particular interest. And so Kovalyov, a non-hero, became the hero of my photo story, which might be called “The Last Ten Days in a Siberian Prison Camp.”

Boris is 32 years old. He was first jailed for theft, and was sent to a prison camp near Krasnoyarsk. After a few years he was granted early release, with the understanding that he had learned his lesson. Under Russian law, a relapse into crime means the convict serves the time he was spared by early release, and is often sent to a higher-security prison.

from Photographers' Blog:

Mother’s Day behind bars

By Lucy Nicholson

The children bounded off the bus and ran excitedly towards a tall fence topped with razor wire. In the distance, through layers of fencing overlooked by a guard tower, huddled a group of mothers in baggy blue prison-issue clothes, pointing, waving and gasping. Many had not seen their children in over a year.

Frank Martinez jumped up and down, shrieking with delight. “Stay right there Mommy,” he yelled. “Don’t cry.” As the children disappeared into a building to be searched and x-rayed, a couple of the mothers began sobbing.

from FaithWorld:

Police send “holy” Roman robber to Queen of Heaven jail

(A prisoner stares out of a window at Regina Coeli jail in Rome August 4, 2006/Dario Pignatelli )

Italian police have found a fitting temporary home for an accused jewellery robber whose priestly disguise failed to help him slip past their dragnet.

from FaithWorld:

Ethiopia jails hundreds in Muslim attacks on Christians over Koran rumour

(A destroyed Protestant church in Asendabo, 300 km (200 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa, March 16, 2011, after Muslim youths attacked Christians/Aaron Maasho )

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 558 people to jail terms ranging from six months to 25 years for attacks on Christians that displaced thousands and led 69 churches to be burned to the ground. More than 4,000 members of local Protestant denominations were forced to flee near the town of Asendabo, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) west of the capital, in March during a rare bout of religious violence.

from Fan Fare:

Dina Lohan — don’t blame Lindsay. Or me.

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According to Dina Lohan,  there's nothing wrong with her daughter that can't be blamed on the media, the paparazzi, and the Beverly Hills judge who sent Lindsay to jail, and then ordered her to drug and alcohol rehab for 90 days.

No matter that it's the fourth stint in rehab for Lohan, 24,  since 2007, when the "Mean Girls" star said in a statement that her life had become  "completely unmanageable" because she was addicted to alcohol and drugs.

from Fan Fare:

Update: Lindsay Lohan. Did judge see that finger?

(Note: Strong language in picture at bottom)

She said she was a changed woman. She pleaded for forgiveness. She cried before a judge. But on her middle finger nailLohan5 she had painted an expletive. Was it a message to the judge? To the prosecutor? To the media? Regardless, when the gavel came down in the courtroom of Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, Lindsay Lohan was headed for jail.

The "Mean Girls" actress on Tuesday was sentenced to 90 days in jail -- three 30-day terms, served consecutively -- for each of two drunken driving charges and one reckless driving charge. (Read the story here) .

from Fan Fare:

Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Double standards?


Two Hollywood stars.  Two different stories.

1) Former child star turns wild child, convicted of drunken driving, goes into rehab a few times, parties 'round the clock, gets dumped from at least one movie, plans role as porn queen -- and becomes laughing stock of the celebrity media.

2) Middle-aged actor, three times married, plays raunchy womanizer, couple of stints in rehab, former client of notorious Hollywood Madam,  pulls knife on wife during drunken Christmas Day argument  --  and acharlie sheenlmost doubles salary to become highest-paid actor on TV.

from Fan Fare:

Rihanna and Chris Brown, the face-off that wasn’t

Going into Monday's criminal hearing for R&B singer Chris Brown , the buzz at the court house centered on the possible testimony of Rihanna , who was Brown's grihannairlfriend in February when he assaulted her in a rented Lamborghini on the eve of the Grammy Awards. But Rihanna and Chris Brown never faced off in court.

Instead, Brown pleaded guilty to assault and left the court room through the front entrance. Moments later, Rihanna was shown into the court through the back door. She was dressed all in black, and came in wearing sunglasses and pearls around her neck. She set a black hand bag down on a chair, took off her sunglasses and stood listening as Los Angeles Judge Patricia Schnegg explained the terms of the stay-away order she had just issued against Brown.