Domestic violence charges against former NFL player Ray Rice dismissed
A New Jersey judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice brought against the former National Football League star for knocking unconscious the woman he later married after Rice completed a pretrial intervention program.
The February 2014 incident involving Rice and Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino's elevator and others involving NFL players prompted the most popular U.S. sports league to toughen penalties for domestic violence and other off-field misconduct.
Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE (AP) — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious
charges despite criticism that she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."
The indictments announced Thursday were very similar to the charges Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
The most serious charge for each officer, ranging from second-degree "depraved heart" murder to assault, still stood, though some of the other lesser alleged offenses had changed.
Washington officer shoots men accused of earlier beer theft
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were later shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state's capital city.
The officer reported that he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the shooting in Olympia that left one man critically injured and another in stable condition, authorities said.
The shooting, which is being investigated by a team of detectives from several agencies, prompted some brief protests.
Gap between rich and poor 'keeps growing'
In its 34 member states, the richest 10% of the population earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10%.
There is no standard measure of inequality, but most indicators suggest it slowed or fell during the financial crisis and is now growing again.
The OECD warns that such inequality is a threat to economic growth.
Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking
Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to persimmons to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other North American cities. Groups like the Portland Fruit Tree Project advocate for public access to existing fruit trees so that people can glean crops that would otherwise go uneaten — an idea some are calling radical. Other groups are more interested in planting new groves of fruit trees on previously fallow city land.
Fruit trees produce food, but also provide shade, keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, improve water quality and may even deter crime. Advocates say they also have a longer lasting impact on communities than vegetable beds.
"When you plant lettuce, you produce food for today, which is great, but when you plant a tree, you're feeding people tomorrow," says Nina Beth Cardin, director of the Baltimore Orchard Project, a program of the Baltimore non-profit Civic Works. The orchard project has planted thousands of apple, serviceberry, pawpaw, fig and pear trees on public and private land around Baltimore.
'Droughtshaming' hopes to out California water cheats
With water levels at a record low in California, vigilantes are using social media to shame their neighbours into saving more water. #Droughtshaming - a practice that began online last year - is back again as California enters its fourth summer of extreme drought.
Residents who catch their neighbours wasting water are posting pictures and videos, often with addresses, on Facebook and Twitter as well as via apps.
(It is the home of Silicon Valley, after all.)
Despite calls for massive reduction in water use and the threat of fines for those who waste water, there are still Californians washing their cars and watering their lawns.
Celebrities' lush lawns are a particular target online. "Nothing is worse than talentless liberal celebrities preaching to the masses but not leading by example.
Jim Kelly says there's 'no doubt' Tom Brady cheated
Jim Kelly knows a few things about being an NFL quarterback.
“Oh, there’s no doubt,” Kelly told the panel of We Need To Talk. “There’s no way that an equipment manager in the National Football League is going to do something to the football without the greatest quarterback ever to play knowing.
“You do something like that, you’re going to get caught.
And Tom didn’t need to do it.”
Police search New York home, talk to girlfriend of suspect in D.C. murder mystery
Washington (CNN)Police searched a home in Brooklyn Thursday for the man suspected of killing a prominent Washington, D.C., family, after his DNA was found on a pizza crust at the scene, officials said.
Authorities named Daron Dylon Wint, 34, as a suspect in the gruesome slayings last week of Savvas Savopoulos, a wealthy manufacturing executive, along with his wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.
Thursday, U.S. Marshals and NYPD detectives questioned a woman believed to be Wint's girlfriend, according to two law enforcement sources involved in the investigation. The sources said the girlfriend, who lives in Brooklyn, told authorities that she spoke to Wint and that he was planning to turn himself in.
Workers race to clean California oil spill that spans nine miles
Earlier estimates said a single slick had formed, stretching only four miles. Officials do not know how much oil has been spilt, but say the pipeline was running at full-capacity when it broke on Tuesday.
Record $50 million worth of Mexican heroin seized in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation of a pair of New York City drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million, authorities said Tuesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan called the heroin seizure the largest ever recorded by the DEA in New York state.
Agents also arrested Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx, and recovered $2 million in cash.
Obama Admin: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week
The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk telephone spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday and obtained by National Journal said Congress needs to fully settle its differences over the expiring spy provisions this week in order to avoid an operational interruption to the NSA's mass surveillance program, which was exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden two years ago.
A Bionic Approach to Prosthetics Controlled by Thought
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a next-generation prosthetic: a robotic arm that has 26 joints, can curl up to 45 pounds and is controlled with a person’s mind just like a regular arm.
Researchers think the arm could help people like Les Baugh, who lost both arms at the shoulder after an electrical accident as a teenager.
Now 59, Mr. Baugh recently underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins to remap the remaining nerves from his missing arms, allowing brain signals to be sent to the prosthetic.
Mr. Baugh’s custom socket can pick up brain signals to control the arms, known as Modular Prosthetic Limbs, or M.P.L., just by thinking about the movements.
Mike McLoughlin, the chief engineer of research and exploratory development at the lab, said that as the remapped nerves grew deeper, it was possible that Mr. Baugh
would feel some sensation in his prostheses. Each arm has over 100 sensors, and other amputees who have had the same surgery reported being able to feel texture through the M.P.L.
Patients of varying disabilities have tested the arm in the lab and helped push the design forward.
Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?
Before there was George, there was Sid.
George Stephanopoulos is, of course, the ABC news anchor whose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton foundation have reminded the world of his longtime ties to Bill Clinton, for whom he worked from 1991 to 1997.
But before Stephanopoulos had entered the picture, another journalist with an activist history, Sidney Blumenthal, had already established himself as an admirer of Bill Clinton and as a confidant of both the future president and his wife, Hillary.
That relationship, begun in the 1980s, would last for decades and continues to make news today.
Map Reveals The Distinctive Cause Of Death In Each State
There's no getting around the strangeness of a map that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each of our 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, it's the flu. And in Nevada, it's the ominous "legal intervention." But what does it mean to label a cause of death distinctive?
I asked Francis Boscoe, a researcher with the New York State Cancer Registry, who came up with the analysis and the map published last Thursday by Preventing Chronic Disease, an online journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lawyers, guns and money: The logistics of prosecuting 170 people in Waco
An explosion of violence between rival gangs over the weekend left nine people dead and led to the arrests of 170 people.
Bond was set at $1 million each for just about all the 170 suspects, and jailers were working Tuesday to keep rival biker gang members apart in lockup.
5 big banks pay $5.4 billion for rigging currencies
Citigroup (C), Barclays (BCS), JP Morgan Chase (JPM), and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBSPF)were fined more than $2.5 billion by the U.S. after pleading guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of The four banks, plus UBS (UBS) , have also been fined $1.6 billion by the Federal Reserve, and Barclays will pay regulators another $1.3 billion to settle related claims. The first four banks operated what they described as "The Cartel" from as early as 2007, using online chatrooms and coded language to influence the twice-daily setting of benchmarks in an effort to increase their profits.
The guilty banks "participated in a brazen display of collusion and foreign exchange rate market manipulation," said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Lynch said bankers conspired to enrich themselves at the expense of "countless consumers, investors and institutions around the world."
Source: Aaron Hernandez a lookout in prison fight
Hernandez allegedly agreed to be the lookout for another inmate who went into another prisoner's cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Those two inmates got into a fight Monday, the source says,
believed to be gang-related.
All three men are being disciplined over the incident, including the former professional football player, who was put in a special management section.
The Federal Trade Commission, along with officials from every state in the country and the District of Columbia, announced on Tuesday that they were filing charges alleging that four cancer charities misled donors and stole nearly $200 million.
Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in US
DETROIT (AP) -- Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.
The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags.
It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.
Many of Takata's air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.
Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas 'angel of peace'
"an angel of peace"
and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
Francis met Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday and used the words as he presented the Palestinian president with
a large bronze medallion representing the angel of peace, one of his customary gifts to visiting presidents.
Supreme Court permits LAPD to be sued for concealing evidence
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a civil jury verdict against two Los Angeles police detectives for concealing evidence that kept an innocent man in jail for 27 months awaiting trial.
The justices turned down an appeal Monday from the Los Angeles city attorney, who contended that because the innocent man was freed before his trial, the police officers could not be sued for withholding evidence. The outcome puts police on notice that they may be sued if they have deliberately hidden information that clearly reveals a suspect is being wrongly held.
Mexico criticizes Texas decision not to charge cop who killed immigrant
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said Tuesday it "regrets" the decision of a Texas grand jury not to prosecute the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Mexican immigrant earlier this year, and reiterated demands that the U.S. review the use of lethal force by its law enforcement personnel.
The dead man's family also expressed exasperation. "We feel such impotence, that such an injustice can happen and no one is punished," Nohemi Garcia said by telephone from the Mexican state of Durango.
No charges for St. Louis officer who fatally shot black teen
ST. LOUIS — An attorney for the family of a black 18-year-old shot and killed last October by an off-duty, white St. Louis police officer said Tuesday he plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, after a prosecutor said the officer would not face criminal charges.
In a 51-page report released Monday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said her office's "independent and exhaustive investigation" concluded that a criminal violation could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in VonDerrit Myers Jr.'s death.
The report, which did not identify the officer because no charges were filed, said that "given all the available facts, witness statements, (and the) physical and forensic evidence," the officer shot and killed Myers in self-defense after Myers first fired at him.
Columbia rape accuser reportedly carries mattress to graduation
was reportedly allowed to bring the mattress to her Columbia College graduation on May 19.
According to The Columbia Spectator, the university sent seniors an e-mail on May 18 with provisional guidelines barring large items from their respective ceremonies —
a mandate that was not issued to 2013 or 2014 graduates.
“Graduates should not bring into the ceremonial area large objects which could interfere with the proceedings or create discomfort to others in close, crowded spaces shared by thousands of people,” the e-mail read.
The reason for the policy change remains unknown, according to The Columbia Spectator. Its request to a university spokesperson for comment went unanswered.
While the e-mail created speculation as to whether Sulcokwicz would be able to bring her mattress to the ceremony, sources have reported that she did.
Sulkowicz, a visual arts student, swore to carry her mattress around campus until her alleged rapist, fellow Columbia senior Paul Nungesser, is expelled, graduates or otherwise leaves campus.
Bernie Sanders issues bill to make 4-year colleges tuition-free
Titled the “College for All Act,” the bill would eliminate the $70 billion dollar tuition costs at all 4-year public colleges and universities.
Under the plan, the Federal Government would cover 67% — $47 billion dollars each year — of the costs.
States would be required to produce the remaining 33% of the costs, or 23 billion dollars.
Many local police already got banned military gear
President Obama's move to stop the flow of armored vehicles, grenade launchers and other military-style equipment from the federal government to civilian police comes with one substantial hitch: About 10,000 pieces of the now "prohibited" gear already are in the hands of police agencies coast to coast.
The U.S. government already has given hundreds of law enforcement agencies, from big metro police departments to small-town sheriffs to campus police, the kinds of militarized gear now on the president's "prohibited equipment" list, according to a USA TODAY review of data on transfers of military equipment by the Defense Logistics Agency from the early 1990s through March 2015.
Florida's Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams
The details are outlined in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Orlando against Valencia College and three instructors.
It alleges that medical diagnostic students at Valencia College were forced to submit to the examination of their sexual organs under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers.
The three defendants named in the lawsuit, Maureen Bugnacki, Linda Shaheen and Barbara Ball, have not responded to CNN's requests for comment.
Peer physical examination is an accepted practice in the medical field, but several recent reports cited by the U.S. National Library of Medicine mention a growing need for clear policies regarding peer physical examination at medical schools.
Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On
Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years.
Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so.
That includes Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last Friday requiring the state to allow online voter registration by 2017.Online voter registration has become so popular because election officials say it's more efficient than a paper-based system, and cheaper.
Cellphones Or School? What Makes Kids Around The World Happy
What's bugging children around the world?
Kids in South Africa say they're not very happy about their opportunities to play safely outdoors. Kids in Algeria and Ethiopia say they don't get enough time to play, in general, because they are needed at home to help with siblings and chores.
Kids in European countries are less satisfied with their time in school than those in some African countries.
Those are among the results of the Children's Worlds study — a survey of more than 50,000 children, ages 8 to 12.
Bob Hewitt Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Rape: Latest Details and Reaction
According to an Associated Press report (via ESPN.com), Hewitt was given an eight-year jail sentence with two years suspended. The 75-year-old former doubles star was convicted on two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. BBC News notes the events are related to young girls Hewitt coached, one of whom said she was 12 years old at the time.
Biker gang shootout kills 9 outside Waco, Texas, restaurant
Texas Twin Peaks restaurant knew the police were outside;
they just didn't care,
Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.
By the time the Sunday
melee was over, at least nine people were dead,
18 were hospitalized and the
arrest tally stood at a "flexible" 170, he said.
For two months, police concerned with the bikers' presence at Twin Peaks, which hosted special events for its leather-clad clientele, had patrolled outside --
and not in plain clothes and unmarked cars, either.
"We wanted our presence to be known," Swanton told reporters.
"They knew we were seconds away and going to respond. That mattered not to them."
The United Clubs of Waco billed Sunday's event as the Texas Region 1 Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting.
Freddie Gray among many suspects who did not get medical care from Baltimore police
BALTIMORE — When Baltimore State's Attorney Maryliyn Mosby charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she said they had ignored Gray's pleas for medical care during his arrest and a 45-minute transport van ride.
Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun show that city police often disregard or are oblivious to injuries and illnesses among people they apprehend — in fact, such cases occur by the thousands.
From June 2012 through April 2015, correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody, according to state records obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act request.
Democrat "1832" & Republicans "1854" It's time for a party that represent the 100%
IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PARTY TO BEGIN
Two Documentaries that define
America's True Hidden History
Investing in Young Parents Yields Positive Life Results
The Presumption of Innocence must exist
Tom Brady's agent blasts 'Deflategate' report as biased, flawed 5/7
Integrity..., in sports,
is fair play during a win and a loss
Bail, used to punish the Citizen, while providing a pass for cops
Slowly, America Shifts it's foundational behavior towards "Equal Consideration"
Planting & Concealing Evidence has harmed the lives of many
Men serving years on death row based on concealed or planted evidence by a police officer,
caught on camera,
a police officer moves a taser 50 feet, placing it beside the body of a man he shot in the back....,
are examples of the daily dastardly deeds that take place by police officers and the DA.
Finally, the citizen can now take action against a police officer that conceal evidence, which is astonishing that this has to be established by the Supreme Court.
American Police, reputation is now world wide known to be flawed
Blacks & Hispanics in America have been the recipients of many acts of police brutality for decades, and the world outside of America... are starting to express their disdain based on the visual evidence that corroborate the many decades of complaints by
Blacks & Hispanics.
The Glory Days of honor and valiant praise for police performance have been replaced with
video recordings of the average cop slapping a cell phone out of the hands of a woman and then stomping on it to destroy evidence of possible unprofessional behavior
by the police officers on the scene.
Even North Korea and Iran's leaders have sited police brutality in America as being a issue that America must address before America can speak to how they treat their citizens,
which ought to speak volumes when considering North Korea and Iran speaks to the type of policing being enforced
Is it possible..., Is it thinkable...? It's our money after all
Providing free higher education can provide the mitigating fix for many of the social issues that permeate the poorest communities all around this country.
The decisions made to do other things with our taxes
cause the mal's for many cities in America.
Obviously, not every human being will go to college even if it is free, but, having that choice matters.
For years, on line voter registrations has been doable
adding names to that database, and comparing names and addresses for voters has been doable for at least a decade,
but some reason, we have allowed our slow moving government representatives to choose the old options over the easier, more secure and cheaper way of registering voters.
Adding names and addresses to a database can be a mobile thing, thereby allowing those in remote areas and those who have trouble traveling, to be provided alternative ways of registering to vote and actually voting.
Welcome to technology.
Deceptive wording and Deceptive Spending practices
No regulations in the salaries for those who serve as upper level management, and there are known board members enjoying salaries in the $hundreds of thousands per year for no work at all.
You gave from your heart and they
"Pocketed" your money for their own pleasures.
This is called,
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