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    Default Teen girls could face charges in attempt at real live super mario brothers hoax

    Girls attempt real-life version of video game
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    Five teenage girls from Portage County face potential criminal charges after attempting to play a real-life version of Super Mario Bros.

    The Portage County Hazardous Materials Unit and Bomb Detection Unit were called in to downtown Ravenna on Friday morning after seventeen suspicious packages -- boxes wrapped in gold wrapping paper with question marks spray painted on them -- had alarmed residents.

    Boxes were found at the Immaculate Conception Church on West Main Street, the Portage County Courthouse, Deluxe Pastries, the corner of Cherry Way and Main Street, Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna High School and a residence at Sanford and Main streets.

    Five girls -- age 16 and 17 -- claimed responsibility for making and placing the packages. The girls said they found an Internet site that included step-by-step instructions for creating replicas of blocks featured in the game.

    The Ravenna Police Department will be working with the Portage County Prosecutor's Office regarding possible criminal charges as a result of the game.
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    Save the taxpayer's goddamn money and drop the charges please! It's quite clear no harm was intended.
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    Wow you tell 'em LL!

    I'm surprised that the adults were able to piece it all together to know it was from a game.
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    I understand we have to be cautious but every time something looks suspicious and it turns out that it's not, are people going to get charged just because? People forget things or play games and something might get left that could scare someone. Does that mean there was malicious intent?

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    Can someone explain to me why this is a big deal and they're being charged?
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    I'm guessing but could they be charged with inducing panic since everyone was so freaked out?

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    Thank you society for stripping away one of the last vestages of teen life...HAVING FUN FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON BUT TO HAVE FUN!!!
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    This is pure stupidity. If they get charged with anything, it will be bullshit. What law did they break? I think this is just some prick prosecutor wanting to make some paranoid residents happy.

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    Par for the course in this post-9/11 fear state we live in these days. Glad I wasn't growing up in these times, I used to always play with cap guns and the like when I was younger. These days I'd manage to get an FBI file for doing so, probably.

    This sort of prosecutorial zeal incenses me to no end.
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    The war at home: Ravenna gets tough on Super Mario-lovin' teen art students

    It's official. The terrorists have won. Even the smallest Ohio town is convinced it's on Osama's hit list. And now six high school art students might find themselves spending spring break in Guantanamo.

    It started out as an April Fools prank. Six young members of the Ravenna High School Art Club decided to construct 17 boxes, made to resemble the "question boxes" from Super Mario Bros. video games. They placed these all around town, essentially turning Ravenna into a real-life level of the Mushroom Kingdom.

    The girls followed the online instructions of a street artist known as Posterchild. Posterchild first used the blocks as a statement against corporate advertising in public places. Since his site went up, several other artistic factions have taken up his cause. Mystery blocks have appeared in Portland, Maine, and on the campus of Harvard University.

    In Ravenna, however, the blocks were misinterpreted as a terrorist plot to blow up the city. Residents who discovered the blocks at Deluxe Pastries and the library last week called the police. The police called in the bomb squad, which checked the packages for radiation and chemical warfare agents. Yes, because after destroying the Twin Towers, the terrorists are now focused on bringing down a Ravenna donut shop.

    A recent fax to the media warned that the police "will be working with the Portage County Prosecutor's Office regarding possible criminal charges from this incident."

    Meanwhile, the young women — all ages 16 or 17 — are confused and worried. "We had no idea the reaction would be with the bomb squad," writes one girl in an e-mail to the Free Times. "We merely wanted to make Posterchild's art a piece of our own and see it around town. We meant no harm … We all turned ourselves in."

    Posterchild says the fearful reaction by small-town cops shows the lack of artistic freedom in a post-911 world.

    "Street art is not sanctioned art. It is not a hushed little voice hidden in an obscure studio or gallery. Street art is risky. It is alive, direct, engaging, powerful, and yes, dangerous. It is good," he writes on his web page (www.fotolog.com/posterchild). "I feel bad that these girls have landed in trouble, but I applaud their desire to engage their fellow citizens and to connect to their city."

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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber
    Yes, because after destroying the Twin Towers, the terrorists are now focused on bringing down a Ravenna donut shop.
    that's the funniest part of the whole article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWS_5150
    Par for the course in this post-9/11 fear state we live in these days. Glad I wasn't growing up in these times, I used to always play with cap guns and the like when I was younger. These days I'd manage to get an FBI file for doing so, probably.

    This sort of prosecutorial zeal incenses me to no end.
    You should have seen some of the homemade firecrackers we used to make! We'd be terrorists for sure in todays world.
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    Unfortunately, I think we'd all be branded as such nowadays. Pretty eff'd up if you ask me.

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    BOXES???
    Criminal charges.
    Would any self respecting terrorist put question marks on his explosives?
    The people who were alarmed......please charge them for gross stupidity, not growing the fuck up, being a waste of flesh, uncouth touching of curtains, inviting a police state, being ugly, smelling of red herrings, actually believing that Michael Bolton was a good singer and wasting other people's fucking time. That should be worth the chair. Twice. NEXT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme
    The people who were alarmed......please charge them for gross stupidity, not growing the fuck up, being a waste of flesh, uncouth touching of curtains, inviting a police state, being ugly, smelling of red herrings, actually believing that Michael Bolton was a good singer and wasting other people's fucking time. That should be worth the chair. Twice. NEXT!
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