August 4, 2016

Brazilian riot police use tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun grenades to clear protesters blocking Olympic torch run. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-rio-idUSKCN10E213

Supreme Court grants “emergency appeal” to “protect the basic expectations of bodily privacy of Gloucester County students” by keeping transgendered student out of boys’ restrooms. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-court-transgender-20160803-snap-story.html

D.C. transit officer arrested in anti-IS sting allegedly collected Nazi memorabilia, has German eagle tattoo. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/years-of-surveillance-leads-to-terror-charge-against-officer/2016/08/04/733076e0-5a13-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html

Governor of Missouri appointed as public defender after cutting budget for state’s public defenders. http://turnto10.com/news/offbeat/budget-battle-leads-to-mo-governor-being-assigned-case-by-public-defenders-office

Baltimore County suspect’s social media accounts deactivated during standoff. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/03/488500830/during-fatal-standoff-police-asked-facebook-to-deactivate-womans-account

Photographer sues photo agencies after being billed for posting her own photos, which she had donated to the Library of Congress and which are freely available. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-getty-copyright-20160729-snap-story.html

Canada investigating murders, disappearances of more than 1,000 indigenous women. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/04/the-mystery-of-1000-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-in-canada/

“Haves” are buying up affordable homes, renting them out to “have nots”. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-04/landlord-nation-boomers-new-retirement-plan-is-millennials-paying-rent

Italian town with leftist mayor giving vouchers with pictures of Marx, Guevara, Chavez to refugees, reimbursing merchants when funds arrive from Rome. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36769145

Apple says it has closed the pay gap for its female and minority employees. http://www.cnet.com/au/news/apple-mends-the-pay-gap-for-women-and-minorities/

Philippine president adds “oligarchs” to his list of public enemies. http://time.com/4438317/philippines-duterte-oligarch-ongpin-corruption-drugs

President reduces sentences of 214 federal prisoners, mostly drug offenders. http://fusion.net/story/333218/obama-commutations-clemency-inmates/

Sanders-endorsed Washington candidate for U.S. House wins Democratic primary, making her the third “down-ticket” progressive to make it to the general election. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/03/our-revolution-marches-washingtons-jayapal-nabs-primary-win

Small band of Chicago public housing officers racked up 60 citizen complaints, 20 federal lawsuits, but allegedly received little discipline. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/03/chicago-skullcap-crew-police-brutality

After tax cuts and austerity resulted in years of huge budget deficits, Kansas Republicans vote out many Tea Party candidates in primaries. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/conservatives-trounced-as-kansas-voters-shut-down-gov-brownbacks-disastrous-tea-party-experiment/

Chinese lawyer sentenced to 7 years for “aiding activists who attempted to manipulate public opinion and damage national security by spreading subversive thoughts”. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/08/04/china-lawyer-gets-7-years-for-subversion.html

 

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August 4, 2016

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