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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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Singapore: Man posts photos of burning Singapore flag on Instagram

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An Instagram user has sparked fury online by claiming to have burned a Singapore flag and challenging authorities to give him the death penalty.

2 photos uploaded by the user show part of a Singapore flag in flames. "They have to throw the death penalty on me if I keep doing this right?" he wrote on one post.

In another post, he wrote: "I don't enjoy patriotism/this is an act of treason/will something happen yet?"

The user, whose profile page is public, was lambasted for treating the national emblem with disrespect.

Some netizens questioned the motive behind his actions while others advised him to remove the photo to avoid getting in trouble with the law.

In one of his replies, he tells a netizen to "go back doing your slave s***". He also tells him to "eat s*** and die".

Despite this show of defiance, the user subsequently removed the post, puzzling netizens even further.

Many have continued to leave comments on his other Instagram posts.Under the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, it is an offence to treat the flag with disrespect.

Those who do so could be fined up to $1,000.The rules state that the flag should not be allowed to touch the ground. When displayed, the flag should also be clean, undamaged and not faded.

Flags also cannot be appropriated for any commercial use, and they should not be used as part of decoration, attire and private funeral activities.

According to the National Heritage Board, flags that have been damaged or are worn-out should be disposed of properly, and "not left visible in dustbins".

Torn or worn-out flags should be packed into a sealed black trash bag before disposal.

Source: asiaone.com, July 29, 2016


Indian-origin woman, daughter charged with murder in Singapore

A 58-year-old Indian-origin woman and her 36-year-old daughter have been charged with murdering a Burmese maid at their home here and may face death penalty, a media report said on Friday.

Prema Naraynasamy and Gaiyathiri Murugayan were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly murdering 24-year-old Piang Ngaih Don earlier this week, the report said.

According to police, they received a call on Tuesday morning for assistance. When they arrived, Piang was found dead.

A court has extended their police remand.

Both the accused will be produced in the court on Thursday. If they are convicted of murder, the duo will face the death penalty.

Gaiyathiri, whose husband is believed to have worked in the police force, has a minor daughter.

Source: The Times of India, July 28, 2016

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