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March 11, 2014
The City Council is set to spend $2 million for clip-on cameras for police officers so that officials can monitor the officers’ interactions with the public.
The move comes amid two high-profile cases of allegations that on-duty officers abused women.
One officer has been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors and has resigned; a second officer has been suspended and is under investigation, although no charges have yet been filed.
18:19 // 9 hours ago
Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault said Tuesday that they have decided to try to renegotiate a plea bargain with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
Judge Col James Pohl sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations around the world after defense lawyers for Brig Gen Jeffrey A Sinclair announced their decision. The two sides now enter intense negotiations to try to resolve the case.
“There are other issues that have come up in this trial,” Pohl told the jurors as he dismissed them. “Sometimes there are twists and turns you can’t anticipate.”
17:48 // 10 hours ago
Now we know why he’s crowdfunding that Shaq-Fu sequel…
- $1K per week is what Shaquille O’Neal spends on apps for his various smart devices during an average seven-day period, according to a new Wall Street Journal interview with the former NBA All-Star. Suddenly, we don’t feel so bad about spending a couple bucks on Threes last week. source
17:23 // 10 hours ago
March 6, 2014
President Obama on Thursday authorized new sanctions on Russia that will restrict travel and freeze the assets of people the Obama administration identifies as being involved in the invasion of Crimea.
Obama also criticized plans by local officials in Crimea to hold a secession vote to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, which he said would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law.
“Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”
14:43 // 5 days ago
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source
14:17 // 5 days ago
March 5, 2014
Major changes are just around the corner for the SAT exam
- 2005 Major alterations to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) saw the College Board removed portions of the verbal section that had traditionally proven difficult for some students. The Board also added an 800-point essay segment to the exam, giving it a new total point value of 2400.
- 2016 A new round of changes will see the maximum score on the SAT exam return to 1600, along with a host of other changes that the College Board once again hopes will make college more-accessible to graduating high school students. In addition to dropping the top score, the College Board will also offer free SAT preparation materials and give four college application fee waivers to anyone who takes the test. source
17:17 // 6 days ago
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest living person • On whether or not she is happy to have reached the age of 116, during a party in her honor at the Kurenai nursing home where she lives. She credits her long life to eating healthily, reportedly a big fan of sashimi herself, and getting plenty of rest. Okawa is only the tenth person in history to reach the age of 116, and the third-oldest Japanese citizen ever to have lived. source
17:17 // 6 days ago
In an expletive-laced online video, two men say they are Los Angeles gang members who are “gangbanging” in Syria and fighting the “enemigos” in the bloody three-year conflict.
The men identify themselves as “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power gang and “Creeper” from the Sun Valley GW-13 gang, which has links to the Mexican mafia.
Dressed in camouflage and ammunition vests and holding Kalashnikov rifles in an unknown location, the pair appear more interested in theatrics than ideology.
15:44 // 6 days ago
The European Union added a significant financial underpinning to the struggling Ukraine government on Wednesday in the midst of the East-West crisis with Russia over Ukraine’s future, offering aid worth as much as $15 billion over the next two years.
The offer comes on top of the $1 billion in American loan guarantees to ease Ukraine’s economic transition, announced here on Tuesday by Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit aimed at reassuring the interim Ukraine authorities and challenging Russia, which escalated the crisis last weekend by seizing control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
14:42 // 6 days ago
March 4, 2014
Judge rules Chevron doesn’t have to pay billions in Ecuadorian ruling
- $9.5B in damages won’t have to be paid to Ecuadorian villagers, as part of a ruling against Chevron that approved by Ecuador’s Supreme Court, according to a trial judge in Manhattan. According to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, there was clear evidence of corruption in the original ruling, leading Kaplan to refuse to enforce the fine in the United States. Chevron has already pulled the bulk of its resources out of Ecuador, forcing those who filed the suit to try and reclaim damages in other countries where Chevron still has a significant presence. Attorneys representing the Ecuadorian villagers say they will appeal the ruling in the U.S., and will also continue to seek enforcement in other countries as well. source
18:51 // 1 week ago