Archive for February 28, 2008

Student Tries to Shoot Teacher; Gun Jams

A 14-year-old girl with a history of mental problems tried shooting a teacher in the parking lot of an Opa-locka private school — but the gun jammed, police said Thursday.

The teen, who had been stalking the teacher, then doused the woman’s car with lighter fluid and tried setting it ablaze Wednesday afternoon, according to a police report released Thursday.

Police officers quickly arrested the girl.

She was charged with aggravated stalking with a firearm, violation of a stay-away order, aggravated assault and criminal mischief for the Wednesday afternoon attack.

No one could be reached at the North Dade Academy, 13860 NW 26th Ave.

According to the police report, the girl admitted to throwing the gun onto to the roof of the school; it was later recovered by police.

”The [girl] had been warned on several occasions by several officers to stay away from the academy,” an Opa-locka police report said.


Oddly enough, warning crazy people to stay away from somewhere and letting them run around loose doesn’t work out too well.

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Seaworld Orlando Owner Busch Entertainment Corp. to Build 4 Theme Parks in Dubai

SeaWorld Orlando owner Busch Entertainment Corp. announced this morning that it will build a new resort in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates city that is rapidly emerging as one of Orlando’s biggest rivals on the global tourism stage.

Busch and UAE-based developer Nakheel will together build a SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and Aquatica water park on a man-made island in Dubai. The resort will also include hotels, spas, shops and restaurants.

Busch Entertainment President Jim Atchison made the announcement this morning during a ceremony at Shamu’s Stadium at SeaWorld.

“Dubai offers a true global stage for our brands,” Atchison said, adding that Dubai “looks a lot like Orlando” before it blossomed into perhaps the best-known family-vacation destination in the world.

Busch follows Universal Parks & Resorts, which announced last spring that it will build a resort called ” Universal Studios Dubailand.” The resort, which will be comparable in size to Universal Studios Orlando, is expected to open by 2010. Universal hopes it will ultimately draw 5 million visitors a year.

Source:  Orlando Sentinel

Well, hopefully those new vacation spots will inspire people to go on vacation instead of blowing themselves and others up. 

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