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  • American retail as we know it is dying — and now these industries are taking over

    06/21/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/21/2015 | AShley Lutz
    Big apparel brands are grappling with shoppers who increasingly want deeply discounted clothes over classic logos and status. Gap is closing one-quarter of its stores and laying off hundreds of workers after disappointing sales. J. Crew just fired 10% of the workers at its corporate headquarters as sales and profits continue to plunge. The teen-apparel market is also struggling as a whole, with big-name players like Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale closing stores. Sears, Macy's, and JCPenney have also shuttered hundreds of store locations in recent years. More than two dozen malls have shut down in the last four years...
  • Mall Of America Invites Terrorism With Gun-Free Zone Signs

    02/26/2015 10:28:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 26, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS`
    ecurity: A video by Somalia's al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab group warns Minnesota's Mall of America may be a repeat of a 2013 mall attack in Kenya. The Second Amendment may be our best defense against terrorism. The immense Mall of America in Bloomington would indeed make an inviting target for jihadists intent on martyrdom. Its 520 stores, the most of any mall in the world, attracts 40 million people annually and is a global tourist destination. It's as inviting a target and as much of an iconic symbol of Western capitalism and culture as was the World Trade Center on Sept. 11,...
  • DHS hides crucial fact on 'terrorist influx' Mall attackers recruited from 1 state in particular

    02/23/2015 10:11:59 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Al-Shabab terrorist on propaganda video seeking to inspire lone-wolf attacks on malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson warned that a Somalia-based terrorist group is encouraging “independent actors” to carry out attacks in Western countries, with the Mall of America in Minnesota among the specific targets, but he failed to mention that the U.S. continues to import hundreds of high-risk Islamic refugees from Somalia every month. The U.S. State Department’s refugee-resettlement program has placed more than 100,000 Somalis into U.S cities and towns since the early 1990s – all of them Muslims hand-selected...
  • ...the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness

    02/23/2015 4:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/15
    Amid Al-Shabaab terror threats officials reveal the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness After a recent terror threat on an American mall, an official has revealed that the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation has been staging mock attacks in U.S. shopping centers for nearly two years to test their readiness. The secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently warned shoppers at Minnesota's Mall of America to remain vigilant after a new terrorist video from Al-Shabaab -- An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group out of Somalia -- threatened an attack on the...
  • Forget The Terrorists: Malls Already Under Attack from Black Mob Violence

    02/23/2015 6:19:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Feb. 23, 2015 | Colin Flaherty
    Forget ISIS and its threat to terrorize American malls. Dozens of shopping areas are already under attack. Since the Christmas season, at least 25 malls around the country have experienced black mob violence, many connected to movie theaters. With much of the mayhem captured on video. With many of the malls turning into No Go Zones because of the regular racial violence and the muted response to it. Let’s list these attacks, starting with the latest and working back. Follow along on the video, if you like. The first three are from Valentine’s Day: At Pittsfield Township, near Ann Arbor,...
  • Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks

    02/22/2015 5:59:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    IBT ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Angelo Young
    Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks By Angelo Young The al Qaeda branch in Somalia released a video Saturday celebrating the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 60 people in a four-day siege. In the 66-minute video, unleashed on Twitter in both English and Arabic, al-Shabab called for attacks on specific targets in the U.S., Canada and Britain. “If just a handful of mujahedeen [militant jihadists] fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, just imagine what the dedicated mujahedeen could do...
  • Monroeville Mall requiring adult escorts for teens in response to violence

    02/09/2015 9:32:58 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 35 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 9 February 2015 | Matthew Santoni, Jason Cato and Braden Ashe
    Responding to a mall-wide brawl in December and a triple shooting in a Macy's department store Saturday night, officials at Monroeville Mall say teens visiting on weekend nights soon will need to be accompanied by an adult. Monroeville Mayor Gregory Erosenko said he will reopen a police substation inside the mall that had been closed for a couple of years. “We aren't going to tolerate this at all,” Erosenko said. But District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala said officials have long known trouble was on the way. A consultant hired by the District Attorney's Office urged mall officials to upgrade security...
  • The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls

    01/05/2015 7:45:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 3, 2015 | Nelson D. Schwartz
    Inside the gleaming mall here on the Sunday before Christmas, just one thing was missing: shoppers. The upbeat music of “Jingle Bell Rock” bounced off the tiles, and the smell of teriyaki chicken drifted from the food court, but only a handful of stores were open at the sprawling enclosed shopping center. A few visitors walked down the long hallways and peered through locked metal gates into vacant spaces once home to retailers like H&M, Wet Seal and Kay Jewelers.
  • [Indianapolis] Shots fired outside AMC at Castleton Square Mall

    01/03/2015 6:05:52 PM PST · by Azeem · 57 replies
    WTHR ^ | : January 3, 2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - Castleton Square Mall closed early Saturday after a fight broke out inside, reportedly involving hundreds of people. Some witnesses reported hearing someone had a gun, but no one has been able to tell police they actually saw one, according to Ofc. Chris Wilburn. Shots were later fired in front of the AMC movie theater, but no one was hit. Large crowds began gathering outside the mall after the fight and shooting. Police quickly started dispersing those gathered. Police initially told that the mall had closed down for the night as a precaution after the brawl, and Eyewitness...
  • Tampa police investigating robbery at International Plaza

    01/01/2015 10:39:01 AM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    TBO ^ | December 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Behrman | Tribune Staff
    TAMPA — Tuesday afternoon’s smash-and-grab robbery - three men broke a jewelry case and ran off with its contents - was typical in many ways, but with two important distinctions: ♦ It happened at the International Plaza, a popular, high-end mall in Tampa that was crowded with post-Christmas shoppers, and ♦ When one of the men used a small sledgehammer to break open the jewelry case, the breaking glass sounded like gunshots. Those were important distinctions. The fear that a gunman was on the loose in International Plaza caused the mall to shut down.
  • Numerous fights break out Friday night inside Monroeville Mall [Pittsburgh, PA]

    12/28/2014 6:58:21 PM PST · by grundle · 62 replies
    YouTube - WTAE TV ^ | December 26, 2014
  • Protesters stop traffic, hold 'die-in' at food court in West Towne Mall (WI)

    12/21/2014 6:14:35 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 54 replies
    Das Kapitol Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | Laurel White
    “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” That was one of the chants the crowd of about 50 protesters shouted Saturday outside Madison Memorial High School and in the food court of West Towne Mall. The protesters gathered around 3:30 p.m. and marched from the high school to the mall, shutting down one direction of traffic on Mineral Point Road, and held a “die-in” in the mall food court. “We are here because there are many injustices in our system,” said Brandi Grayson, one of the organizers of the protest, in the mall food court, over a megaphone. Grayson is...
  • Ottawa: Third shooting at shopping mall

    10/22/2014 9:54:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    MallshootingThis may or may not be jihad, but it is certainly a planned, coordinated series of attacks. “Third shooting in shopping mall confirmed,” by Steve Robson, Mirror, October 22, 2014 (thanks to Marc): Police have now confirmed there has been a third shooting at the Rideau Centre shopping mall near to the Parliament building. Armed officers were rushing towards the scene with guns drawn.
  • Women Ordered to Stop Praying Inside Mall (Dublin, GA, CHRISTIANS)

    08/06/2014 4:56:11 AM PDT · by GailA · 68 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 8/5/2014 | Todd Starnes
    A few weeks ago the Dublin Girls had gathered inside the local mall for an evening power walk. They formed a small circle and as they had done many times before, they bowed their heads to petition the Almighty. But before one of the runners could say, “Lord Jesus,” she was interrupted by a mall cop barreling down a corridor. “The security guard came running toward us and said, ‘You are not allowed to pray at the mall. That’s against the policy,’” Tammy told me. The ladies were aghast. “I told him we’ve been praying since last November and no...
  • Garden State Plaza Mall evacuated, gunshots feared as car is spotted on fire

    05/10/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by windcliff · 23 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 5-10=14 | BY Thomas Tracy , Nicole Hensley
    The Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., was evacuated after unidentified noises feared to be gunshots were heard. A burning car outside Macy’s appeared to be the source of the explosive sounds, but police could not confirm that. Sources say SWAT teams were dispatched to the mall. Workers and shoppers at a New Jersey mall scrambled for cover Saturday night as unidentified noises they feared were gunshots erupted. A car on fire outside Macy’s at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., appeared to be the source of the explosive sounds, but police could not confirm that. The mall...
  • Op-Ed: Christmas at the mall has a whole ‘nuther vibe

    12/10/2013 9:32:57 AM PST · by John David Powell · 10 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2013 | John David Powell
    It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the local neighborhood mall, or any mall for that matter. Malls are the one-stop shopping spots for people jonesing for a retail fix. Kinda like the sex strip or drug alley found everywhere from small towns to megatropolises. Just like malls. Economic circumstances kept me from engaging in the type of quick and dirty retail therapy you can score only at a mall. A couple of years of unemployment in the Obamaconomy required pinching pennies until Old Abe cried “uncle.” The details that led me to the mall on a recent afternoon are...
  • The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists

    09/30/2013 8:25:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 27, 2013 | Alec Torres
    <p>As if the senseless massacre of innocents in Nairobi’s Westgate mall was not horrific enough, reports are surfacing that the Islamic terrorists who seized the mall last weekend tortured, beheaded, raped, and mutilated their victims before killing them. A police doctor who entered the mall after the attack said these reports “are not allegations. Those are f***ing truths.”</p>
  • 31 people dead in hostage standoff at Nairobi mall (36 hostages still held by Al Qaeda linked group)

    09/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Michael Martinez. Faith Karimi and Zain Verjee, CNN
    There are 31 people confirmed dead in Saturday's attack at a Nairobi shopping mall, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted. "Bodies in the lobby area and ground floor to be removed," the organization added. Several hours after the assault began, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. There were also 100 people injured, the official said. As darkness fell in Nairobi, authorities said as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the gunmen in the mall... Americans were also injured in the attack, said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf. But...
  • 'All Muslims leave...we only want to kill non-Muslims': Gunmen massacre at least 30 in Kenyan mall

    09/21/2013 11:48:06 AM PDT · by matt04 · 97 replies
    Kenyan police and soldiers have pinned down the remaining gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre earlier today, killing 30 and leaving at least 50 others injured. A security source at the scene in the capital Nairobi confirmed moments ago the attackers have been isolated. The source said: 'The attackers have been isolated and are pinned down in an area on one of the floors - the rest of the mall seems to be secure.' No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is looking increasingly likely the Somalia terrorist group al-Shabaab may be responsible. A statement released...
  • Gunmen Storm Nairobi Mall, at Least 25 Killed (On scene photos by Reuters)

    09/21/2013 11:23:36 AM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, September 21, 2013
    Excerpt of article accompanying 14 photos of attack at source link: Militant gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday killing at least 25 people, including children, and sending scores fleeing in panic from shops and restaurants onto the streets, according to witnesses and the Red Cross. Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside the Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains. "We got three bodies from...
  • Witness: Kenya mall attackers target non-Muslims

    09/21/2013 7:28:56 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9/21/13 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire Saturday killing at least 10 people in an attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya's capital that was hosting a children's day event, witnesses said. A local hospital was overwhelmed with the number of wounded being brought in hours after the attack, so they had to divert them to a second facility. Elijah Kamau, who was at the mall at the time of the midday attack, said that the gunmen made a declaration that non-Muslims would be targeted. "The gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave. They were safe, and non-Muslims...
  • At least five killed in Nairobi shopping mall (terrorist) gun attack

    09/21/2013 6:07:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 21, 2013 | Edmund Blair
    Prolonged bursts of gunfire inside mall Witnesses say incident an attack, not robbery Some blasts may be from grenades, they say At least five people were killed when gunmen burst into a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday and opened fire, witnesses said. Police helicopters circled overhead as armed police shouted "get out, get out", and scores of shoppers fled the building. Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they heard grenade blasts. Others said they saw about five armed assailants storm the Westgate shopping mall and that the incident appeared to be an...
  • Five Moroccans nabbed in Texas courthouse break-in

    10/19/2011 11:29:34 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 32 replies ^ | Oct 19 2011 | By William Spain
    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Five Moroccan nationals arrested Wednesday for breaking into a San Antonio courthouse were found to have pictures of public buildings, water systems and malls across the country, Reuters reports. While they were nabbed by local police, the suspects will be interrogated by a joint terrorism task force that includes the FBI and immigration enforcement authorities, the wire service reported.
  • San Antonio break-in sparks FBI involvement: police [ Moroccans ]

    10/19/2011 11:33:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Reuters
    Five foreign men were arrested during a courthouse break-in early on Wednesday and police said they found photographs of public buildings, water systems and malls from various U.S. cities in their van. The men, at least three of whom were in their 20s, will be questioned by a joint terrorism task force including the FBI and immigration authorities, officials said. Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said three men were found inside the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse, a landmark in downtown San Antonio and two in a large recreational vehicle parked in front of the building. She said all five were...
  • A Blast From The Past: 60 Pictures From A Shopping Mall In The Summer Of 1990

    05/14/2013 7:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 260 replies
    Ned Hardy ^ | May 13, 2013
    You won't believe how much has changed since then. Notice anything peculiar (other than the fashions) in some of these photos? (Many photos at link)
  • Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing?

    02/18/2013 10:38:21 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies
    TEC ^ | 2-18-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing? By Michael Snyder February 17th, 2013 If the economy is improving, then why are many of the largest retail chains in America closing hundreds of stores? When I was growing up, Sears, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all considered to be unstoppable retail powerhouses. But now it is being projected that all of them will close hundreds of stores before the end of 2013. Even Wal-Mart is running into problems. A recent internal Wal-Mart memo that was leaked to Bloomberg described February sales as a "total disaster"....

    05/09/2011 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via Washington ^ | May 8, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "They say they police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun on Sunday at a shopping mall in the capital's Malate tourist district."
  • Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    05/09/2011 2:51:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 7, 2011 2:06pm EDT | By Ismail Sameem
    SNIPPET: ""If these attacks were aimed at seizing control of Kandahar city, as the Taliban proclaimed, they failed," a senior official from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. Shooting erupted after the first explosion hours earlier and insurgents opened fire from a five-storey shopping mall toward the governor's fortified compound, from where security forces returned fire as black smoke rose over the city."
  • Littleton Bomb Suspect Just Out Of Prison

    04/24/2011 11:23:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies ^ | 24 Apr 2011 | Lindsay Watts
    DENVER, Colo. -- The man police said planted a pipe bomb at a Littleton mall was released from prison one week before the incident. A nation-wide manhunt is underway for Earl Albert Moore, 65, who's accused of planting the explosives Wednesday, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Moore is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI confirmed that he had been serving time in a Georgia prison for a 2005 armed robbery in West Virginia. Moore had been sentenced to 18 years, but was released early on April 13. Authorities said just seven days later, he planted a pipe...
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • Malmö braces for Scandinavia's largest shopping mall

    03/30/2011 4:54:11 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 17 replies ^ | 03/30/2010 | ( 656 6518)
    1. I'm convinced several forum members who are impressed by Sweden's Liberal policies on immigration wish to contribute in a constructive manner to this thread:) 2. Which is the biggest shopping mall on Earth? According to Forbes, no mall in the entire US enters the top ten list! (See link below) However, there are many ways to count. If you'd measure them by the number of shops, Emporia would beat number 10 on that list by around 100% even though it will have only half the size. Furthermore, the yearly combined sales of a mall like Emporia, located in an...

    01/01/2011 9:08:04 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies ^ | January 1, 2011 | Dr. Gary North
    A standard critique of American capitalism is that it produces shopping malls. Shopping malls are said to be ugly. They all look alike, and they all clutter the landscape with mediocrity. They have replaced diversity with uniformity. They replace traditional architecture with cookie-cutter architecture. This is a short-sighted criticism. Whatever they have replaced was said at the time to have done the same to whatever existed before. Villages replaced woods and plains. Towns replaced villages, except when villages turned into ghost towns, just as they still do today. Shopping mall architecture is dismissed as cookie- cutter architecture. But what is...
  • Man Divorces Wife Through Loudspeaker

    10/18/2010 1:19:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, 18 October 2010
    A Saudi man used a loudspeaker in a crowded shopping mall in the Gulf Kingdom to divorce his wife after he saw her accept advances by a young man, the Saudi Arabic language daily Shams reported on Monday. The husband was watching his wife from a distance inside the busy mall in the central town of Madina when he saw a young man approaching her and slipping a piece of paper in her hand, the daily said. “He saw his wife putting the paper inside her bag….when she left the mall and got into the car, he looked into the...
  • One dead, four to five victims at Oklahoma mall shooting

    04/10/2010 5:38:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 112 replies · 6,667+ views ^ | April 10, 2010 | KJ Mullins
    Six people have been injured in a shooting at Arrowhead Mall in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Three of the victims are reported to be in critical condition. Muskogee, United States - Muskogee Police confirm that there was a shooting at the mall and that there are victims. At this time the duty desk officer said during a phone interview that there is no other information that they can give out.
  • Terror at the Mall

    01/24/2010 12:14:47 PM PST · by CapnJack · 53 replies · 1,527+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2010 | J. R. Dunn
    The shopping malls of America will be among the next major terrorist targets. Malls make such obvious high-value targets that it's difficult to grasp why they haven't been hit up until now. Shopping malls are America's marketplaces, constantly packed with people, with uncontrolled entry, and openly vulnerable to any given form of attack. We need only consider the darkest days of the Iraqi terror campaign of 2006-2007 to grasp how the jihadis view marketplaces. Scarcely a week went by without another Iraqi marketplace bombing, with casualties largely consisting of women and children, mounting from the dozens to the hundreds. We...

    01/01/2010 3:43:19 PM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 2 replies · 323+ views
    MountainManna ^ | 1/1/10 | Terry Hagedorn
    Arundel County, Maryland has agreed to allow gambling casinos in shopping malls. Since West Virginia is in lockstep with its neighboring states when it comes to gambling, how long will it be until we have Hot Spots in our WV malls? Has the state considered slot machines in restrooms--attached to the inside of the stall door? A lot of gaming time is being wasted--and think of the relief for people who want to gamble all the time! Or, above urinals? Only one armed men might be handicapped in playing a one armed bandit. Think of the tax income going down...
  • Shooting at shopping mall in Espoo, Finland

    12/31/2009 1:35:17 AM PST · by Viiksitimali · 66 replies · 2,229+ views
    Shots have been fired at a shopping centre in the town of Espoo, near the capital of Finland, Helsinki. An eyewitness said at least one person was left lying on the floor after shooting broke out, the national broadcaster YLE said on its website.
  • ...Knoxville Muslim says he was joking about carrying out jihad terror attack at shopping mall

    12/15/2009 4:05:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,252+ views
    (KNOXVILLE NEWS) via JIHAD ^ | December 14, 2009 | n/a
    "Stop, stop, you're killing me: Knoxville Muslim says he was joking about carrying out jihad terror attack at shopping mall Ha ha! A real side splitter! Look out, Letterman!" SNIPPET: "...pushed for the detention pending trial of Hazam Ali Ahmed. The 35-year-old Ahmed was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms after authorities last week found two guns inside the Central Convenience Store on Keith Avenue that he operated. However, testimony at Monday's hearing shows Ahmed has been on the radar screen of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least January 2006." SNIPPET: ""He referred to...
  • Man Arrested for Throwing Tomatoes at Sarah Palin, Police Say

    12/07/2009 4:51:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 58 replies · 2,659+ views ^ | December 7, 2009 |
    A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a police officer in the face, the station reported. The unidentified man may face charges for assaulting a police officer, according to the station. Die-hard supporters treated the event like another Black Friday, lining up outside in freezing weather before the mall doors opened at 5 a.m. Emily Calhoon, a high school junior from...
  • Man arrested for 'anti-Christian' mall disturbance

    11/11/2009 12:47:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 137 replies · 4,102+ views ^ | 11/11/09 | Emily West
    Police arrested 22-year-old Abdul Walid Hamid of Hayward on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4, after he reportedly tore a crucifix from a person's neck and scared others at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Hamid, an employee at a mall kiosk near Starbucks, has been charged with battery, terrorist threats and grand theft. According to reports, Hamid was yelling "Allah is power" and "Islam is great" while holding a pen in a fist over his head. Witnesses said he shouted anti-Christian comments, said police. Lt. Mike Elerick of the Pleasanton Police Department said the man was not provoked and didn't threaten violence,...
  • 2 dead, 2 hurt in Tualatin workplace shooting

    11/10/2009 1:00:44 PM PST · by Carling · 207 replies · 11,176+ views ^ | 11/10/09 | kgw staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A shooting has been reported and confirmed at a Tualatin strip mall, police said. Few details were available. According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, there may be as many as 10 victims. The shooting was reported at 7575 SW Mohawk at the Martinazzi intersection. Police first confirmed that a shooting had occurred sometime after 11 a.m.
  • Officials say malls remain vulnerable

    10/22/2009 12:38:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 703+ views
    BOSTON ^ | October 22, 2009 | by Donna Goodison
    SNIPPET: "Shopping malls stepped up security measures and terrorism awareness training after 9/11, but it’s unlikely they could prevent a shooting rampage by a terrorist hell-bent on killing, according to industry experts. Malls lack access control, and their civilian security officers usually are unarmed, making them much more vulnerable to an attack such as the one suspect Tarek Mehanna allegedly suggested, although they are less likely terrorism targets than more high-profile, class-A office buildings, other iconic centers or power facilities.
  • Feds: Sudbury man planned terror attacks on malls

    10/21/2009 1:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 51 replies · 2,831+ views
    My Fox Boston ^ | 10/21/09 | Mike Levine
    BOSTON - A pharmacy college graduate conspired with two other men on a terror plot to kill two prominent U.S. politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking shoppers in U.S. malls and American troops in Iraq, prosecutors said Wednesday. But their plans — in which the men used code words like "peanut butter and jelly" for fighting in Somalia and "culinary school" for terrorist camps — were thwarted in part when they could not find training and were unable to buy automatic weapons, authorities said. Tarek Mehanna worked with the men from 2001 to May 2008 on the...

    09/16/2009 7:40:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1,893+ views
    MSN MONEY ^ | 9/15/2009 | MP Dunleavy
    Factory stores' price markdowns are alluring, but those 'deals' are often less than they seem. Getting your money's worth takes a little legwork. Americans have a long-standing love affair with bargains. Look no further than the warehouse clubs, discount stores and outlet malls that carpet the country. But in a persuasive new book, "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture," Ellen Ruppel Shell, a correspondent for The Atlantic, describes the web of marketing and manipulation that discount retailers use to drain cash from your wallet. Outlet malls are among the worst offenders, Shell says, with their glittering promises of "the...
  • Malls think outside the (big) box

    09/10/2009 11:23:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 4 replies · 604+ views
    CNN ^ | September 9, 2009 | Beth Kowitt
    A freeze in consumer spending, abysmal same-store sales, and a swath of retail bankruptcies have taken a serious toll on your local mall. Nationwide, mall vacancy rates hover at 8.4%, their highest level since commercial real estate research firm REIS started collecting the data almost a decade ago. To keep their storefronts full, mall operators are starting to get creative when it comes to their definition of a tenant.
  • Shopping Centres On Alert For Terrorism Attack

    07/17/2009 10:37:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 605+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 17th 2009
    Shopping centres on alert for terrorism attack The security services are preparing shopping centres across the country for a successful terrorist attack that would probably result in the deaths of dozens of innocent people. Duncan Gardham 18 Jul 2009 Ibrahim's attempt was the third time in four years that terrorists have targeted the large crowds that gather in these relatively unguarded places. In March 2004 a plot to blow up the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent with half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertiliser was foiled by MI5 and a month after Ibrahim's arrest last year, Nicky Reilly, another Muslim...
  • Luxury Malls Catering to 'Refugee' Arabs Expect Handsome Profit

    06/22/2009 7:44:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 312+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/22/09 | Malkah Fleisher
    ( Despite an international diplomatic and media campaign to portray themselves as impoverished refugees, local Arabs are expected to swarm into several new luxury malls which are opening in Arab-populated areas of Judea, Samaria, and other parts of Israel. Last month, fireworks burst above Jenin's new Hirbawi Home Center, a luxury shopping center on the outskirts of a city notorious for producing terrorists. In 2002 as part of Operation Defensive Shield, a bloody battle took place between Israel Defense Forces and terror cells in the town, during which 23 Israeli soldiers and 52 Arabs were killed.
  • Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns

    05/23/2009 9:40:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1,718+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/22/2009 | KRIS HUDSON and VANESSA O'CONNELL
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Malls, those ubiquitous shopping meccas that sprang up in the 1950s, are dwindling in number, with many struggling properties reduced to largely vacant shells. On the low-income east side of Charlotte, N.C., the 1.1-million-square-foot Eastland Mall recently lost a slew of key tenants, including a Dillard's and, next month, a Sears. Sales per square foot at the venue fell to $210 in 2008 from $288 in 2001. The Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park, Kan., is languishing after plans to redevelop it into an open-air shopping district fizzled. The stretch of shops that connects two largest...
  • Terror threat: 3Cs Mall sealed

    05/16/2009 12:46:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 568+ views
    INDIA - News ^ | Posted: Friday , May 15, 2009 at 0100 hrs IST | Mohit Sharma
    New Delhi: There is an unusual calm, amid hectic police activity, in the Lajpat Nagar market these days. The popular 3Cs Mall and the entire area around it has been turned into a fortress after the Delhi Police received specific security inputs that the building would be blown up in the next 15 days. According to sources in the Southeast district police, they got inputs from intelligence agencies about a possible threat to the mall a few days ago. After the message was forwarded to the local police, they cordoned off the entire market. Intelligence agencies reportedly told the police...
  • General Growth Properties declares bankruptcy (Largest real estate bankrupcy in US history)

    04/16/2009 7:46:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 844+ views
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | 4/16/2009 | Tucker Echols
    General Growth Properties Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection to reorganize. General Growth listed $29.5 billion in total assets and about $27.3 billion of debts in its bankruptcy petition, making it the largest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. history. Chicago-based General Growth (NYSE: GGP), whose shopping mall holdings include Coronado Center, New Mexico's largest enclosed mall, said in an announcement Thursday that it had sought bankruptcy protection only after being unable to refinance or extend maturing debt. The company said all day-to-day operations and business of its shopping malls would continue as usual while it reorganizes. General...