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"This is a really disturbing image and we are really heartbroken here," says mosque member Faisal Mohamed.
Overnight, a vandal broke in through a window and trashed the mosque, knocking over book shelves, damaging an air conditioner and anything else he could get his hands on.
"The broken window glass, vending machines, microwave, everything has been thrown, smashed and thrown against each other," says Faisal Mohamed.
A member who was driving by saw the back door of the mosque open. He stopped and confronted the man before the vandal ran away, waring nothing but his boxer shorts.
"Whoever did this must have very bad disrespect to the Koran, to the religious, to the mosque or to the community," says Faisal Mohamed.
"It's heartbreaking to see this and not the first time it's happened," says Mosque Mohamed Hassan Mohamed.
Almost 3 years ago to the day, the same mosque was vandalized by someone who sprayed graffiti and hate filled messages on the front building. The FBI took over the case as a hate crime, but no one was ever arrested. Members are happy about the quick action by the police, but wonder why they continue to be targets.
"We love our community," says Mosque Mohamed Hassan Mohamed. "It doesn't matter what faith they belong to. This is just an empty place during the night where we don't have any sessions."
Metro Police will be beefing up patrols in that area to make sure no copy cat crimes happen.
Monday, February 11 2013, 09:29 PM CST
Pipeline work can continue at state natural area
May 24, 2013 11:16 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee environmental officials have given Piedmont Natural Gas permission to resume drilling on a Nashville pipeline project.
Work was halted on May 11 when a mixture of bentonite clay and water spilled from a drill into Otter Creek at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.
The mud was later scraped out of the creek using buckets and hand tools.
Meredith Benton, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/199LA54 ) that Piedmont agreed to 11 new terms and conditions to prevent a recurrence of the spill.
Those include creating a pit to capture any spilled slurry and daily water quality monitoring.
Benton said the department has not decided whether to issue fines or citations.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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