April 28, 2017

College that restricted activist passing out Constitutions to tiny free speech zone gets sued. “The Pierce College’s free speech zone takes up 616-square feet of the school’s 426-acre campus. This means that the free speech zone is just .003% of (the college’s) campus.”   http://jeffersonmuzzles.org/

Off duty security company employee allegedly pepper sprays man for taking free cookies. “Knutsen told police he didn’t see the free cookies sign and sprayed the man accidentally.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/police-man-pepper-sprayed-autistic-man-eating-free-cookies/2017/04/27/342cfd82-2ba6-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html

Delaware police reportedly used explosives in attempt to dislodge suspect from home. “SkyForce10 video shows the home’s windows, garage door and front door were blown out and debris are all over the lawn in the aftermath of the standoff.”   http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Wawa-Parking-Lot-Ballard-Trooper-Killed-Barricde-Middletown-420583513.html

Israeli missiles reportedly hit Damascus, Syria airport. “Just before the apparent Israeli missile strike, at least three cargo jets from Iran probably landed at the Damascus airport, said Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/observers-large-explosion-rocks-syrian-capital/2017/04/27/bca1789c-2b0a-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html

Students who used vouchers for private school tuition tended to have lower test scores says study. “D.C. students who used vouchers had significantly lower math scores a year after joining the program, on average, than students who applied for a voucher through a citywide lottery but did not receive one. For voucher students in kindergarten through fifth grade, reading scores were also significantly lower.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/federal-study-of-dc-voucher-program-finds-negative-impact-on-student-achievement/2017/04/27/e545ef28-2536-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html

Man kicked off Delta flight, questioned by FBI, after using restroom while taxiing. “The plane taxied to the runway and the passengers were told it was third in line to take off. This is a time when you’re supposed to remain seated. But the wait extended to about 30 minutes…”   http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/columnists/jim-stingl/2017/04/26/stingl-need-pee-gets-man-kicked-off-delta-flight-milwaukee/100885528/

Family of Tempe teen fatally shot while fleeing unarmed robbery upset at lack of action against police officer. “Court documents say (the officer) ran nearly parallel to Hollins before commanding him to “Stop, or I’m gonna shoot you”.”   http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe-breaking/2017/04/27/family-teen-shot-dead-tempe-police-decries-lack-prosecution-dalvin-hollins/100989994/

Lawyers who witnessed mistaken Philadelphia police shooting of unarmed delivery man were reportedly told to go away by officers. “It’s astounding that in a case which the city has acknowledged culpability, paying $4.4 million and changing the training protocol for the entire police force, that there are absolutely no recriminations for either police officer.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/Officers-cleared-of-shooting-philippe-holland.html

Trump administration officials refuse to guarantee that middle-class taxpayers will not see a tax increase to cover huge cuts for corporations and the wealthy. “I can’t make any guarantees until this thing is done and on the president’s desk.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/27/red-flags-trump-team-dodges-tax-plans-impact-middle-class

31% of Americans aged 18-34 are reportedly living with their parents. “This data correlates with a drop in marriage and birthrates.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/27/millennials-living-parents-sustainable

Released journalist Barrett Brown, who was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with leak of hacked Stratfor intelligence contractor files, rearrested before PBS interview. “Several weeks ago, Brown was told by his check-in officer that he needed to fill out permission forms before giving interviews.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/04/27/formerly-imprisoned-journalist-barrett-brown-taken-back-into-custody-before-pbs-interview/

NRA members will reportedly have to disarm if they want to hear Trump speak. “According to CNN’s Kevin Liptak, members will not be able to pack heat when the president speaks at the National Rifle Association Convention in Atlanta on Friday.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/secret-service-bans-nra-members-from-bringing-guns-to-president-trumps-nra-convention-speech/   I thought it was Obama who was coming for our guns?

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists arrested for protest last November. “Hong Kong police arrested nine pro-democracy activists on Thursday over a protest outside China’s representative office in November, a move some said was a bid to stifle opposition before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit in July.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-politics-arrests-idUSKBN17T0HA

Mexican senate passes law to address kidnappings and “disappearances”. “The government’s human rights agency says 32,236 people have gone missing across the country over the past two decades.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-senate-oks-disappearance-law-calls-search-system-47070950

Former federal prosecutor refusing to comment on Trump associate’s alleged ties to Russian organized crime. “Kaminsky’s office ignored repeated requests for comment on whether he believes the remaining material in Sater’s court files should now be unsealed — considering the paramount national interest in uncovering any connections between the Trump campaign and Russian mobsters, oligarchs, and political leaders, including Putin.”   http://whowhatwhy.org/2017/04/27/government-must-tell-trump-associate-russian-mob-ties/

April 28, 2017

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