Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/6/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/6/2011A race riot erupted in Tottenham (North London) tonight, and is still ongoing as of this writing. The ostensible cause of the unrest was the death of a black gang member in a shootout with police. Rioters (reportedly summoned via Twitter) torched police cars, buses, and other vehicles, burned buildings, and looted stores for hours. The fire brigade were unable to enter the area, and police could not bring the situation under control.

In other news, the Italian supreme court has ruled that having sex in a parked car in a public place constitutes a felony.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Gaia, Insubria, KGS, Nilk, Paul Green, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

[Update: This post was changed to replace a colloquial phrase that I am told carries a different meaning in the UK than in the USA. The replacement phrase has the same meaning on both sides of the Atlantic.]