September 20, 2016

In almost 1/4 of death penalty cases in Alabama, juries reportedly voted for life in prison but judges imposed the death penalty. In three of these cases, defendants were later released.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/opinion/when-juries-say-life-and-judges-say-death.html?_r=1

Suspect arrested in east coast bombings, “We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror” – NYC mayor de Blasio. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/18/three-mysterious-incidents-in-new-york-new-jersey-and-minnesota-raise-fears-of-terrorism/

Tulsa police shooting victim Terence Crutcher was unarmed, no weapon found in vehicle. Tulsa police release dash cam video showing suspect with hands up prior to fatal shooting. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/tulsa-police-release-graphic-footage-of-fatal-shooting-of-terence-crutcher/

Trump claims local police know who the terrorists are, but are afraid to act “because they don’t want to be accused of profiling”. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/19/politics/donald-trump-racial-profiling/

Trump complains that terror suspect will receive medical care for gunshot wounds and legal representation in court. http://time.com/4500485/donald-trump-new-york-bomb-new-jersey/

Homeland Security reportedly approved citizenship for 858 immigrants from “special interest” countries who had been previously ordered deported or removed under different names, due to fingerprint tracking problems. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/us/flaws-in-fingerprint-records-allowed-hundreds-to-become-us-citizens.html and https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/pr/2016/oigpr-091916.pdf

7.7 million Americans (3% of the population) own half of the guns in the country claims study, only 22% of Americans currently own a gun.  http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2016/09/half_of_guns_in_us_owned_by_3.html

An additional 64 Kmart stores will reportedly be closed this year, bring the total number of stores closed this year to 134. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sears-stores-idUSKCN11P29N

Warrantless, mass surveillance helped catch NYC/NJ bomber – network of more that 8,000 “Ring of Steel” video cameras currently in use by law enforcement.  http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ny-nj-bombings/more-8-000-cameras-helped-snare-bomb-suspect-ahmad-rahami-n650891

Authorities sent “wanted” messages to millions of New Yorkers’ cell phones. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/09/19/494574944/new-yorks-use-of-phone-alert-shines-spotlight-on-wireless-emergency-system

Preliminary results announced in Russian parliamentary election: United Russia (ruling party) 54.3 percent, Russian Communist Party 13.5 percent, Liberal Democratic Party  13.3 percent, and Fair Russia 6.2 percent. https://www.rt.com/politics/359864-russia-election-vote-result/

Daughter of British aristocrat reportedly assassinated in Philippine drug crackdown, more than 3,000 reportedly killed without trials so far under Duterte administration. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37415500

St. Cloud police chief tells Fox News after stabbing spree that “…the vast majority of all of our citizens, no matter their ethnicity, are fine, hard-working people, and now is not the time for us to be divisive.” http://fusion.net/story/348648/st-cloud-police-fox-friends-somali/

Syrian government reportedly  bombs U.N. aid convoy killing 32, declares cease-fire over.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/19/syria-truce-russia-us-military-cooperation-doubt/90682792/

Thailand’s “Cyber Scouts” program allegedly rewards children who report insulting comments about the royal family to police. https://news.vice.com/article/thailands-royal-family-is-using-child-cyber-scouts-to-monitor-dissent

Box of cookies with label in Arabic reportedly results in closure of Pennsylvania gas station, bomb squad deployment. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/cookie-box-with-arabic-writing-causes-panic-after-being-left-at-pennsylvania-gas-station/

North Carolina governor’s campaign staffers accused of planting questions at event, attributing them to newspaper. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/nc-gov-mccrory-busted-for-answering-staffers-questions-at-event-and-claiming-they-came-from-media/

Entire Washington high school football team kneels during national anthem. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/19/garfield-high-school-football-players-join-colin-kaepernick-s-protest.html

Free Syrian Army has allegedly become a cover for the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, allowing the group to receive weapons from U.S. and Saudis. http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/19/cia-armed-moderates-in-syria-included-al-qaedas-nusra-front/

Turban-wearing man who threatened to blow up Utah elementary school while claiming to be a “radical Islamic jihadist” reportedly turns out to be former college basketball player with history of mental illness. http://www.westernjournalism.com/self-styled-jihadist-arrested-after-standoff-at-utah-elementary-school/ and http://fox13now.com/2016/09/19/eagle-valley-elementary-students-evacuated-for-possible-threat/

Father of Ahmad Khan Rahami was reportedly an anti-Soviet mujahedeen fighter in Afghanistan. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyregion/ahmad-khan-rahami-bombing-suspect.html

U.S. mainstream media accused of failing to stand up for journalist charged with trespassing while covering Dakota Access pipeline protests. http://fair.org/home/colleagues-mostly-fail-to-rally-for-amy-goodman-threatened-with-jail-for-journalism/

New York Times accused of failing to mention labor trouble, international boycott in story on berry company. http://fair.org/home/the-stronger-the-boycott-the-thicker-the-hype/

 

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September 20, 2016

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