Blog Posts by Claudine Zap

  • Protest of Westboro Baptist Church erupts on the Web

    Sandy Hook outdoor memorial (ABC News)A memorial for the shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School (ABC News)

    After the Westboro Baptist Church posted on Twitter its intention to picket the Newtown, Conn., site where 26  shooting victims died, including 20 children, hackers retaliated.

    The reason for the protest? Reportedly because Connecticut has legalized same-sex marriage.

    Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the Topeka, Kan., Westboro church and daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, put on Twitter, "Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment."

    Over the weekend, the hacktivist group Anonymous posted what it said was church members' personal information. In a video posted on Vimeo, the hacker group accused the organization of "breeding hatred" and adding, "We will destroy you. We are coming."

    The Anonymous site has also directed readers to an online petition, found at a portal on the White House website, asking that the church's tax-exempt status be investigated. Over 9,000 signatures have been added.

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  • Texas cop hands out ticket—and $100 bill

    Normally, being stopped by a police officer is not good news. But this traffic stop was not exactly typical.

    When Hayden Carlo was pulled over by a Plano, Texas, cop for driving a car with an expired registration, he told the officer the truth.

    "I said there's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money. It was either feed my kids or get this registration done," the 25-year-old told CBS News.

    The cop handed Carlo a ticket, along with something extra, "I opened it up and there's a $100 bill," said Carlo. "I broke down in my car, what else could I do?"

    He could, and did, update his and his wife's car registrations. Carlo's grandfather, Billy McIntire, then wrote a letter to the Police Department to commend the good-hearted cop.

    McIntire told CBS, "I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing. You just don't find that many officers who would do this type of thing."

    Or anyone who would, for that matter.

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