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Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies (Nobel Prize for Mathematics)

Source: BBC

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.

The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.

Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.

It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40617094

San Jose serial cat killer gets 16-year sentence

Source: SF Gate

A serial cat killer in San Jose who pleaded guilty to torturing and dismembering a number of beloved neighborhood felines was sentenced Friday to a maximum term of 16 years in jail.

Robert Farmer, 26, pleaded guilty in October to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty. Though Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman imposed the strictest sentence she could on Farmer, she did not require him to register as a sex offender as county prosecutors had requested.

Prosecutors and owners of the cats alleged that Farmer had sexually abused one of the slain felines, but the judge rejected that argument.

The owners of the dead cats — police say he killed up to 16 of them, though only four bodies were recovered — say that Farmer terrorized their Cambrian Park neighborhood in south San Jose for months, causing pet owners to keep outdoor cats inside as animal after animal disappeared.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/San-Jose-serial-cat-killer-gets-16-year-sentence-11290539.php

What kind of insanity possesses people to do stuff like this?

FBI nominees most memorable case? Jailing of ex-Brave Pat Jarvis

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Christopher Wray, the Atlanta attorney who is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI, has had a long career in private practice and at the U.S. Justice Department on which to hang his hat.

That includes a guilty plea squeezed out of Sept. 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, and working as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal attorney during “Bridgegate.”

But according to the Washington Times, Wray listed the 1999 prosecution of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis on a questionnaire that asked him to name his most memorable case. By way of explanation, there was none:

Mr. Wray, in his committee filing, did not explain why he felt the Jarvis case so significant.

Read more: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/07/07/fbi-nominees-most-memorable-case-jailing-of-ex-brave-pat-jarvis/
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