Mass Arrest* of Amish Men in USA for “Traffic Violation*”

Police in Kentucky, USA, put 8 members of the Amish religious group in jail* recently.
They were arrested because they would not put a bright orange triangle on their horse pulled carriages.*
The men, who are all members of  an Amish group called The Old Order of Swartzentruber, say that the triangles violate their religious beliefs* which ban* bright colored clothing and also using man made symbols for safety.  They did not pay the fine* and were sentenced* to between 3 and 10 days.
A 9th man was released* after a friend paid the fine for him, because he has a son at home with cerebral palsy,* and needed to be there to care for him.
The men were given dark prison clothes instead of the orange suits the other prisoners wear, and could have bibles to read in their cells.  “They were very nice.  They did anything we asked them to do.  We had no problems,” prison warden* Randy Haley said.
There are approximately 250,000 Amish people in the United States.

Kentucky’s Eight Most Wanted Men

Vocabulary:
arrest – zatýkání
traffic violation – porušování dopravních předpisů
jail – vězení
carriage – vůz
belief – přesvědčení
ban – zakázat
fine – pokuta
be sentenced – být odsouzen
be released – být propuštěn
cerebral palsy – mozková obrna
warden – dozorce
Question for discussion:
Is religious freedom a traffic hazard?

Texas Prison Authorities* Want Criminals to Die Hungry

He Lost His Appetite

It is traditional that prisoners who have been condemned* to death can order* whatever they want for their last meal.  Now, the state of Texas, USA, has changed that.   “It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced* to death such a privilege.  It’s a privilege which the perpetrator* did not provide* to their victim,*” state senator John Whitmore wrote in a letter to prison officials.
Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas department of criminal justice, agreed.  From now on, he wrote in an official statement, prisoners awaiting death will be served the same meal as other inmates.*  This is a reaction to Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist* who was executed* for the particularly brutal murder of a black man: he chained* his victim to the back of his truck and dragged him for several miles.
For his last meal, Brewer ordered a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a meat lover’s pizza, a bowl of okra with ketchup, a pound of barbecued meat, a half a loaf of bread, peanut butter fudge,  a pint of ice cream and two chicken fried steaks.  When the meal was delivered, he said he wasn’t hungry.

Vocabulary:
prison authority – vězeňský úřad
be condemned – býd odsouzen
order – objednat si
inappropriate – nevhodný
sentenced – odsouzený
perpetrator – pachatel
provide – poskytnout
victim – oběť
inmate – spoluvězeň
supremacist – rasista
be executed – být popraven
chain – připoutat
Question for discussion:
Are you for or against the death penalty?

World’s Tallest Building’s First Suicide

It was only a matter of time.*  If you build the world’s tallest building, eventually* someone is going to commit suicide* by jumping from it.  Athirama Kannan, 38, a construction foreman* from India last week became the first to kill himself at Burj Khalifa in Dubai which, at 160 stories, is by far the world’s tallest building.
He jumped from the 148th floor and landed* on a deck on the 124th floor.  He died instantly.
He left his shoes and a diary near where he jumped.  Apparently, he was distressed over* the death of his brother, which happened in December. Some colleagues, however, say that he had asked his boss for a holiday, and committed suicide after he was refused.*
“When he came into work, he was OK. He was fine at 7.40 am. At 8.30 he was emotionally distressed,” one of his colleagues said.
Vocabulary:
matter of time – otázka času
eventually – časem
commit suicide – spáchat sebevraždu
foreman – vedoucí
by far – zdaleka
land – přistát
be distressed over – být rozrušený kvůli
be refused – být odmítnut
Question for discussion:
Have you ever been to Dubai?

Turkish Police Find That People Are Easily Conned*

Recently, Turkish policemen in the southeastern city of Gaziantep dressed up as doctors and went door to door, telling people they were testing for high blood pressure and giving out pills.  Their goal* was to find out* just how easy it is for a con man to get into someone’s home and rob* them.
They were alarmed* when residents at 86 out of 100 households visited on Tuesday swallowed* the pills immediately.  Police later returned to warn residents to be more cautious.*
The police pills were harmless* placebos. But a local gang had been using the same technique to give people heavy sedatives and then rob them while they were unconscious.* Although the citizens of Gaziantep were fooled, they were at least fooled by a clever act.
In the southern city of Adana, police rang doorbells and then announced through the intercom “I am a burglar, please open the door.”  Police said they were surprised by the number of people who opened the door.
Vocabulary:
conned – podveditelný
goal – cíl
find out – zjistit
rob – okrást
be alarmed – mít strach
swallow – spolknout
cautious – opatrný
harmless – neškodný
unconscious – v bezvědomí
Question for discussion:  
What do you do if a stranger comes to your door?

Man Sent to Jail for Tattoo

In 2004, Anthony Garcia shot* and killed John Juarez, a member of a rival* gang.  There were no witnesses and Garcia was not caught until recently.
In fact, Garcia was so confident* that he got a tattoo to commemorate* the event.
Then, police sergeant Kevin Lloyd was preparing to testify* in a different case by looking through a photo album of gang members’ tattoos, and he saw it.
“This is  extraordinary,“ said Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford. “You see him as an exhibit* because he has such detail… There is even a curve to the light post, which is a pretty unusual type of light post.”
Vocabulary:
jail – vězení
shot – střelit
rival – soupeřící
witness – svědek
confident – sebejistý
commemorate – připomenout
testify – svědčit
exhibit – výstava
Question for discussion:
Do you have tattoos?

Nicolas Cage Arrested* for Domestic Abuse*, Being Drunk

Popular action adventure film star Nicolas Cage was arrested last week in New Orleans, USA, for being too drunk in public and physically abusing his wife.  Cage, who has starred* in such films as Raising Arizona and The Rock, and won a best actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, is in New Orleans filming Medallion, a story about a former* thief* searching for* his kidnapped* daughter.
According to witnesses, both Cage and his wife, Alice Kim, were extremely drunk when the incident occured.*  They were standing in front of a residence in the French Quarter, which is New Orleans’ entertainment* district, and arguing* about whether or not it was the place they were staying.  Cage grabbed* Kim by the arm and tried to drag* her to the door.  She was not seriously injured* and did not require  hospitalization.
Cage was previously married to actress Patricia Arquette and then Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie.

Cage and Kim

Vocabulary:
arrested – zatčen
domestic abuse – domácí násilí
star – hrát hlavní roli
former – bývalý
thief – zloděj
search for – pátrat po
kidnapped – unesený
occur – stát se
entertainment – zábavní
argue – hádat se
grab by – chytnout za
drag – táhnout
injured – zraněn
Question for discussion:
Are you a fan of Nicolas Cage?

Man Thinks Robbery* is Joke

When a bank robber in Boston, USA, put a gun to Robert Wood’s head, he thought it was a joke.  Two months before, a friend had played a joke on him in the same bank, using his finger instead of a gun.  “That’s what I thought was going on,” said Wood, 61.
Then, the situation turned serious.  The robber pushed him to the ground, threw a bag at him and said “Put the money in there.”  Wood, who had just withdrawn* $200, still refused.*
“I ain’t giving you my money,” he said.
The robber then ignored him and pointed* the gun at the cashier.  He got away with $22,000 but was caught* soon after he left the bank.
Wood’s wife was not happy about his behavior* during the robbery.  “He never takes anything seriously,” she said.
Vocabulary:
robbery – loupežné přepadení
withdraw – vybrat (peníze z bankomatu)
refuse – odmítnout
point at – namířit
be caught – být přistižen
behavior – chování
Question for discussion:
Would you give them your money ?