Monday, September 1 2014 5:22 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:22:36 GMT
Some lucky winners walked away with big prizes in the 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta at Riverfest Sunday. Deana Schmidt of Fairfield won a 2014 Honda Accord Sport for finishing in first place. ElaineFull Story >
Some lucky winners walked away with big prizes in the 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta at Riverfest Sunday.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 4:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:24:52 GMT
SWAT responded to a home in Delhi early Monday morning after a man barricaded himself in his home. Delhi Police were dispatched to the house in the 500 block of Palmerston Drive around 1 a.m. to checkFull Story >
SWAT responded to a home in Delhi early Monday morning after a man barricaded himself in his home.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 4:10 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:10:50 GMT
Thousands of workers will be celebrating employment and the right to work during the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic. There is some positive economic news on this Labor Day. According to the BureauFull Story >
Thousands of workers will be celebrating employment and the right to work during the annual AFL CIO Labor Day picnic.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 3:54 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:54:50 GMT
Police are investigating an overnight shooting in Covington. The shooting happened around midnight at the corner of 11th Street and Madison Road. Police say a woman is being questioned after the manFull Story >
Police are investigating an overnight shooting in Covington.Full Story >
(RNN) - Amateur sleuths on Reddit, the popular social news site, are trying to find the suspects behind the Boston bombing by putting together clues from photos and videos taken at the time of the bombing. Whether they are helping or hurting remains to be seen, as too much amateur speculation could misidentify innocent people as suspects.
Reddit has an entire section, known as a subreddit, devoted to finding the Boston bomber. Users of the site have posted hundreds of links to images, videos, and text that speculates about who caused the deadly bombing.
A typical thread consists of a picture with a poster's theory as to how somebody in the photo might be a suspect, with several other commenters adding their thoughts and opinions. Any photos with people wearing or carrying backpacks have caught the attention of Redditors, as users of the site are known. They have identified several so-called "suspects," including a white man in a blue sweater carrying a black backpack and two young men of indeterminate race wearing black backpacks.
Users have submitted photos that analyze the backpacks being held by the men and compare them to an FBI photo of the backpack that was used in one of the bombings.
And one user who claimed to have a similar backpack to the one allegedly used in the bombing posted comparison pictures that showed how his bag appeared to he heavy.
Comments about the photos are full of speculation, amateur psychology, and personal biases. Regarding the man in the blue sweater who has become known as "Blue Robe Guy," one redditor said, "He looks overtly happy in one of the photos. Not exactly the expression I would expect from this sort of criminal."
"If he's a psychopath that is doing this for pleasure, why would it be hard to imagine him being happy?" another responded.
Although the input of potentially millions of people poring over photos and putting together clues could prove useful, it also has the elements of a high-tech witch hunt. And there are people who see this as a dangerous activity that could lead to false accusations.
But the redditors visiting the bomb investigation subreddit are aware of the dangers of creating false suspects. The top-rated post warned other users that they could be creating the next Richard Jewell, the man falsely accused of setting off a bomb during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, but who had actually saved several lives.
"This sub[reddit] is dedicated to pointing to random people in a crowd photograph and declaring your suspicions. You're starting the trial-by-public aspect," the poster warned, adding: "Who knows? You may get lucky and your pet suspect turns out to be the bomber. But I've seen at least 10 people singled out, and not all of you are correct."
"Jewell was put through hell because of crowd mentality rushing to justice," another poster said. "The last thing we need now is a vigilante mob thinking it got the right guy and convincing law enforcement it can stop investigating."
There has already been one false suspect named as a result of online speculation, but it wasn't the fault of Reddit. Jay Thomas, a radio talk show host, said on his program Monday that a young man named Eric Twardzik was arrested in connection with the bombing.
Twardzik was not arrested. He had only taken a picture of somebody being arrested and posted it on Twitter
Although internet sleuthing could be harmful, it must be noted that the identity of Lu Lingzi, the third victim of the bombing that was named, was found out by users of Reddit and Twitter the day before the name was officially released by Boston University.
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Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were...Full Story >
Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men...Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Thursday, July 17 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:51:39 GMT
The body of a child has been found at a trailer park on Whitney Drive. Gulfport Police say she was found just before 9am. They aren't confirming that it is 5-year-old Janaya Thompson, but it is a young black girl. Full Story >
The body of a child has been found at a trailer park on Whitney Drive. Gulfport Police say she was found just before 9am. They aren't confirming that it is 5-year-old Janaya Thompson, but it is a young black girl.Full Story >
Sunday, August 31 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:31:35 GMT
A 9-year-old girl has died after police say a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach. According to the Associated Press, firefighters and police got to the beach in Lincoln City around 5p.m. FridayFull Story >
A 9-year-old girl has died after police say a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach.Full Story >