As of Thursday, 76.8 percent of the 2,090 fatalities documented by Mizan have been civilians. The UN team's preliminary examination showed Wednesday that 71 percent of the fatalities -- 1,434 out of 1,999 -- are civilians.
The Israel Defense Forces cannot refute the images of dead women and children that are broadcast abroad, so instead the army is trying to construct a narrative proving that its targets -- and the aftermath of its attacks -- are legitimate.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center is a vital partner in constructing this narrative. The center, which is checking the name of each Palestinian said killed in the Gaza fighting (it has gotten to 450 so far), estimates that some 46 percent of them are "terrorist operatives." This figure may change in accordance with further investigation.
The owner of a Youngstown, Ohio, oil-and-gas-drilling company was sentenced Tuesday to 28 months in prison for ordering employees to secretly dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent also fined Benedict Lupo, 64, of suburban Poland $25,000. Officials found the creek "void of life," prosecutor Brad Beeson said. "Even the most pollution-tolerant organisms, such as nymphs and cadis flies, were not present," Beeson wrote in court documents. "The creek was essentially dead."
A new father and local musician is dead after a stray bullet pierced the wall of his Florida home on Tuesday and struck him in the back of the head. Justin Ayers, 33, and his wife were welcoming their 3-day-old baby home from the hospital with relatives when Ayers was killed. The bullet came from the house next door, where Charles Edward Shisler, 62, picked up a .9 mm pistol by the trigger, causing it to discharge. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Shisler standing on his porch, although he initially was "belligerent" and uncooperative. Shisler told deputies he had tried to pick up the gun by its trigger. Deputies arrested Shisler and charged him with manslaughter and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He had a previous felony weapons conviction from 2006.
MSNBC: Willie Mims, 93, showed up to vote at his polling place in Escambia County Tuesday morning for Alabama's primary elections. Mims, who is African-American, no longer drives, doesn't have a license, and has no other form of ID. As a result, he was turned away without voting. Mims wasn't even offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, as the law requires in that situation. How many Alabamans lack ID isn't known -- in part because the state made no effort to find out before the ID law. But nationwide, most studies put the figure at around 11%, and as high as 25% for African-Americans.
A 19-month-old boy was critically injured when Georgia police threw a police flash bang device into his playpen during a drug raid before dawn Wednesday. Habersham County cops raided the house on suspicion that Wanis Thometheva had sold methamphetamine from the residence. They tossed in the device to distract occupants, not knowing that Bounkham Phonesavanhs, his parents and three older sisters were all asleep in the room. "It blew open his face and his chest," said the boy's mother, Alecia Phonesavan. Authorities did not make any arrests, nor did they find anything at the house during the raid.