May 18, 2016

Family of man who allegedly died from neglect in Virginia jail files lawsuit. “Arrested for stealing $5.05 of sweets and soda, a 24-year-old who doctors repeatedly diagnosed as psychotic and delusional was left to essentially starve to death over four months in a squalid Virginia jail cell, Jamycheal Mitchell’s aunt alleged in a federal lawsuit.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/16/us/jamycheal-mitchell-hampton-roads-virginia-jail-lawsuit/

Sanders responds to accusations that his supporters were responsible for disrupting Nevada Democratic convention. “”… the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place,” (Sanders) said.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/17/nevada-democrats-bernie-sanders-violence

Chicago police officer who accidentally shot innocent bystander resigns. “(Dante) Servin was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in April 2015 after a judge found that Cook State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office did not properly charge him.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/05/17/chicago-cop-who-fatally-shot-rekia-boyd-resigns/84503172/

New York City declares war on dirt bikes, ATVs. “”We want to send out a very strong message to the nitwits and knuckleheads who insist on operating these illegal vehicles on the streets, sidewalks, parks, and housing developments of the city of New York, creating dangers not only for themselves but more importantly members of the public,” (police Commissioner Bill) Bratton said.” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/bratton-presides-demolition-nypd-seized-atvs-dirt-bikes-article-1.2640247

Massachusetts man dies in police custody after being tasered, but neighbor’s photo shows him standing at ease before entering the police car. “Scott Macomber, 48, was tased when he allegedly struggled with Fall River police as they tried to arrest Lisa McNally on Mount Hope Avenue early Monday afternoon, Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn’s office said.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/17/man-dies-after-being-tased-fall-river-police/1cGclImbD93sPPG5MRhdoK/story.html

White hat hackers claim they can read some encrypted WhatsApp and SnapChat messages due to Android flaw. “(John McAfee’s team) claims to have discovered a serious design flaw within the Android operating system that allowed his team to access virtually everything happening within all Android devices.” http://inhomelandsecurity.com/hackers-claim-they-can-read-encrypted-whatsapp-messages-and-snapchat-messages-too/

Teens win climate case in Massachusetts. “Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court called Massachusetts to task and underscored the need to take significant action now, so youth are not unfairly consigned to a disproportionately bleak future should we fail to address the most important and time sensitive issue of our time.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/17/massachusetts-court-sides-teenagers-historic-climate-victory

Sanders staying in the race to keep important issues in focus, says his campaign. “As soon as this Democratic primary process is over, we’re not going to hear any more talk about the minimum wage, we’re not going to hear any more talk about making college affordable or providing healthcare to everybody.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/17/top-aide-explains-why-sanders-fighting-good-fight

Nationwide protests continue in France over proposed changes to labor laws. “The pro-labor movement has occupied public spaces and demonstrated in cities across the country to protest the labor reforms as well as bigger-picture issues such as austerity, globalization, increasing inequality, privatization, and the continent’s severe anti-migrant policies.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/17/france-rises-against-anti-labor-reforms

Woman’s obituary says she died rather than vote for Trump or Clinton. “Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68.” http://www.richmond.com/obituaries/article_c21b60bc-1153-5abd-b3c8-268cfd32eb57.html

Mississippi school district ordered to desegregate after 50 year legal battle. “In 1965, a group of black parents sued the Cleveland School District over its efforts to maintain segregation.” https://news.vice.com/article/judge-orders-mississippi-school-district-to-desegregate-ending-decades-long-fight

Trump would reverse banking and Wall Street reforms. ““Dodd-Frank has made it impossible for bankers to function,” the presumptive Republican nominee said.http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-banks-idUSKCN0Y900J

Obama administration pushes threshold for overtime pay for salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476 a year. “Under the rule, Perez said 4.2 million workers — more than half women — would be newly eligible for overtime pay.” http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/280263-obama-extends-overtime-pay-to-millions

One year after Waco biker shootout still no trials. “It’s preposterous,” said defense attorney Paul Looney. “If a person is charged with a crime in this country they have a right to a speedy process if they want one.” http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/texas-news/twin-peaks-shootout-one-year-later/198744329

Federal judge says D.C. gun owners do not have to prove they have a “good reason” to carry a conceal weapon. “The law gave the police the discretion to grant concealed-carry licenses only to those with “good reason to fear injury” or other specific reasons, such as having a job in which they carried large amounts of cash or valuables.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/18/us/judge-blocks-washington-dc-gun-restrictions.html

Pittsburg, California to deploy more surveillance cameras. “In a city that already has more than 100 cameras filming its downtown and other crime hot spots in city limits, the council has earmarked another $100,000 to install another four to six along the four miles of (Highway 4) splitting the city.http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29901265/pittsburg-install-surveillance-cameras-highway-4

San Antonio high school students jumping rope with intestines of dissected cat was part of lesson plan says school district. “At this point, we don’t think that we will be using this same lesson,” Chancellor said. “Moving forward, we will need to find a more appropriate but equally effective lesson in the future.”  http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/neisd-students-film-jump-rope-session-with-cat-intestines-in-classroom/199384767

450 reportedly stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport overnight due to long security lines. “Airport employees offered them cots to sleep on overnight.” http://abc7chicago.com/news/passengers-stranded-at-ohare-due-to-long-tsa-lines/1340335/

Second Verizon replacement worker reportedly arrested for driving into strikers. “Kevin Goodale, 37, of Bethel, Vermont, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (vehicle), leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and operation with a suspended driver’s license.” He was reportedly driving a truck belonging to a Verizon contractor. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/05/17/verizon-picketer-struck-vermont-man-arrested-boylston/

Massachusetts police chief reportedly extorted $4,000 from suspects, was fired, tried, found guilty and sentenced to prison. “Federal prosecutors said that in February of 2012, (Joseph) Buffis used his position to extort a $4,000 donation to a holiday toy fund he controlled, from a couple that had been facing charges for allegedly running a prostitution business out of their inn.” http://wwlp.com/2016/05/17/ex-lee-police-chief-sentenced-to-27-months-in-prison/

Patients reportedly being told by specialists, “We don’t take Obamacare.” “Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else’s — with names like Liberty and Freedom from insurers like Anthem or United Health — the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers.” http://www.myajc.com/news/news/sorry-we-dont-take-obamacare/nrN44/

 

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May 18, 2016

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