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  • Politics of personalities may have done in Fiore

    12/20/2014 9:58:06 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    In the end, making a political issue personal might have done in Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. The Las Vegas Republican was coming off a tumultuous week — she’d been deposed and then quickly restored as majority leader-designate and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee by Speaker-designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas — when she doubled down on allegations that certain Republican forces were targeting her and other conservatives. Speaking on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN-AM 720 on Tuesday, Fiore not only repeated her rhetoric about a “war on women,” but blamed some of the alleged infantrymen in that conflict: Republican...
  • Hambrick removes Fiore from Assembly leadership positions — again

    12/19/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 18, 2014 - 6:51pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s tax liens and problems with the IRS were cited in her second removal from Assembly leadership positions Thursday. Fiore’s removal could clear the way for moderate Republicans to control the Assembly in the 2015 session and eliminate any talk of a GOP-Democratic partnership challenge to the leadership. It could also smooth the way for Gov. Brian Sandoval to win more funding for public education. Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick reversed course on Fiore for a second time in recent weeks and removed the controversial lawmaker as majority leader. She has also been...
  • Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens (Nevada)

    12/16/2014 11:29:31 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Republican lawmaker Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in an ongoing Assembly GOP power struggle, said Tuesday she is fully in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service over more than $1 million in tax liens against her home health care businesses. In her first comments on the controversy, Fiore appeared on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas, saying her actual active liens total less than $200,000. Liens dating back to 2003 had previously been resolved, she said. Fiore said her lien problems stemmed from a dishonest bookkeeper, who she said is facing...
  • Chaos Caucus has a short time to show it can lead (Nevada)

    12/12/2014 1:05:38 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/12/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    Things are pretty volatile in the Chaos Caucus. Every since Republicans took over the Assembly, things have been anything but smooth. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise. After all, even the GOP itself didn’t expect to be in charge of the lower house, and the last time the party was in charge, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and the pinnacle of technology was the Apple IIe desktop computer. You already know about the disastrous election of Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker. He was undone by ugly sentiments penned in a Sparks newspaper over a long career as...
  • Laxalt signs onto statement opposing Obama’s actions on immigration

    11/28/2014 7:12:09 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    Attorney General-elect Adam Laxalt is joining the charge to condemn President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. In one of his first public moves since winning the attorney general race on Nov. 4, Laxalt signed onto a joint statement sponsored by the Republican Attorneys General Association objecting to Obama’s decision to prevent the deportation of an estimated 5 million people. The statement also questions the validity of Obama’s oath to “protect the Constitution.” Signed by 20 attorneys general and attorneys general-elects, the letter doesn’t outline any course of legal action from RAGA members. But it dovetails with Republican promises to...
  • Hansen seeks to limit BLM, Forest Service police powers

    11/28/2014 7:00:18 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Assemblyman Ira Hansen has concerns about the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service overreaching their policing powers. Spurred in part by the BLM’s April roundup of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle that brought an armed confrontation between federal agents and Bundy supporters, the Sparks Republican is pushing for a bill that would prohibit BLM and Forest Service law officers from enforcing state laws. He is trying to get Nevada’s 17 counties, including Clark County, to take an interest in the issue that would be considered by the 2015 Legislature. Hansen’s concerns are tied in part to a variety...
  • Ira Hansen, ousted Assembly speaker, not guilty in trapping case

    11/27/2014 8:28:06 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Embattled Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen was found innocent after facing a misdemeanor charge of illegally setting animal traps. A New River Township Justice Court judge ruled that Hansen was not guilty of a misdemeanor when he set four animal traps known as snares within 200 feet of public roadways in Churchill County. The decision caps what’s been a yearlong battle and difficult month for Hansen, a Sparks lawmaker who recently stepped down as the Assembly speaker-elect. In November 2013, the Nevada Department of Wildlife spotted Hansen removing traps that were within the 200-foot limit. The department assembled a case and...
  • [VIDEO] Multiple arrests at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after protesters target route

    11/27/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by redreno · 38 replies
    http://pix11.com ^ | Updated at 10:51am, November 27, 2014 | by Jeremy Tanner
    NEW YORK (PIX11) - Police arrested multiple people at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday after a protesters broke from their designated route and clashed with officers. Seven people were arrested, according to the NYPD after a group of people tried to overturn a trash can and run toward the parade route.
  • Police: Drunk Washoe deputy threatened helicopter with gun

    11/25/2014 12:12:17 PM PST · by redreno · 10 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | November 24, 2014 - 4:12pm | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SPARKS — A 41-year-old Washoe County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested in Spanish Springs after police say he was firing a gun while drunk and threatened to shoot at a sheriff’s helicopter. Sparks police say Robert Brunsvold was arrested Sunday for suspicion of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and resisting police with a firearm. His bail was set at $20,000. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
  • Brooklyn Man Fatally Shot by Police Was Unarmed, Bratton Says

    11/21/2014 12:41:07 PM PST · by redreno · 54 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | By MARC SANTORA and NATE SCHWEBER
    A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night, according to the police. Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said that the victim, Akai Gurley, was “a total innocent” and called the shooting “an unfortunate accident.” He was not engaged in any activity other than trying to walk down the stairs, Mr. Bratton said. Mayor Bill de Blasio was also quick to offer his condolences to Mr. Gurley’s family. “This is a tragedy,” he said. The officer who shot Mr. Gurley, Peter Liang, has been on the...
  • Obama picks right state to sell immigration order

    11/21/2014 7:11:52 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | By LAURA MYERS
    President Barack Obama, who’s coming to Las Vegas today, picked the right state to sell his new executive order that will protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. More than 10 percent of Nevada’s workforce is living here illegally, the highest rate in the country and double the national average. Also, about one in five schoolchildren in the Silver State have at least one parent who’s an undocumented immigrant — far more than any other state, according to the Pew Research Center. These adopted Nevadans are among the 11 million illegal immigrants who have been “living in...
  • NAACP lashes out at new Nevada Assembly speaker. (Nevada)

    11/21/2014 7:09:06 AM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 11/20/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The Reno-Sparks NAACP is asking the Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus to reconsider its recent unanimous election of Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker after questionable comments attributed to him were reported by a Reno newspaper. “We understand that the caucus has many newly elected members who may not be as familiar with Mr. Hansen’s past as we are,” said branch President Jeffrey Blanck. “They need to know he has beaten the drum of intolerance for decades. “We do not ask anyone to take our word for it,” he said. “Take his words. A detailed compendium of...
  • On paper Republican leader left a trail (Nevada)

    11/20/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.newsreview.com ^ | 11/20/2014 | By Dennis Myers
    Nevada Assembly speaker-designate Ira Hansen would be one of the most controversial speakers in Nevada history. In a surprise, he was named on Nov. 7 by the new Republican majority as their candidate for speaker. If elected in February, he would be the first Washoe speaker since Robert Barengo in 1981 and the first from Sparks since Chet Christiansen in 1961. The GOP members passed over Assembly Republican leader Pat Hickey of Reno to choose Hansen. It was treated as a victory for the more radical wing of the party, which took over the Clark County and state party organizations...
  • Nevada has top share of unauthorized immigrants

    11/19/2014 7:27:21 AM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | By MICHELLE RINDELS
    The number of immigrants who are in Nevada illegally dropped by about 20,000 people from 2009 to 2012. But Nevada still has the largest share of any state of unauthorized immigrants in its total population, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The study, released Tuesday, examines migration trends among the estimated 11.2 million people who were in the U.S. illegally in 2012. The overall number has held steady from 2009, but 14 states saw their unauthorized immigrant population decrease and seven saw it increase. While unauthorized immigrants accounted for 3.5 percent of the U.S. population of...
  • Divisions, diversions complicate Nevada tax talk

    If you thought the overwhelming defeat of the Education Initiative Nov. 4 was the end of tax talk in Nevada, you couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, the election results were the start of a larger discussion. But that discussion is complicated by groups competing for primacy, differing priorities and a frustrating lack of specifics on the part of big players. And that’s even before we get to Carson City and meet the new speaker of the Assembly, who says taxes should be a last resort rather than a top priority. Let’s start with business. Starting immediately after the Education...
  • N.J. parents ordered to pay college for estranged daughter, 21

    11/14/2014 7:46:37 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    Two New Jersey parents were just ordered by a court to pay for their adult daughter’s college tuition — despite the fact that she’s 21 years old and she’s refused to speak to them since moving in with her grandmother. Caitlyn Ricci, 21, moved out of her parents’ home in February 2013 — though the court documents filed by Ms. Ricci’s grandmother said the parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, who are divorced, actually gave the boot to their daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Blind Man: Cops Arrested & Ditched Me By Side Of The Road

    11/13/2014 8:12:15 AM PST · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://miami.cbslocal.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On August 27th at approximately 8:30 pm, four plain clothes Miami Dade Police officers pulled onto a dead end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men. The scene was captured on video camera. According to the police report, the three men were arrested because officers claimed to see them passing what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. When the officers approached, they said they found a marijuana cigarette on the ground near where the men were standing.
  • Nevada is the Best State in America

    10/24/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 32 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | By Reid Wilson
    College is getting more expensive. Tuition plus room and board at a four-year institution cost more than $23,000, on average, in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, about $10,000 a year more than the price tag in 1991-1992. Paying for college takes a lot of planning, scrimping and saving. And no state does more to help its citizens save for their children’s future than Nevada.
  • Some Las Vegas wedding chapels are turning away same-sex couples

    10/24/2014 8:29:20 AM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | By Jay Jones
    Although same-sex marriage became legal on Oct. 9 in Nevada, some Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform the marriages.. Those places are, the American Civil Liberties Union says, breaking the law. An ACLU official on Thursday criticized what he said are “a small number” of for-profit wedding chapel owners who are refusing to perform such ceremonies because of their religious beliefs.
  • Google tip led to Las Vegas cop’s arrest on child porn charges

    10/24/2014 7:28:19 AM PDT · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/23/2014 | By COLTON LOCHHEAD and JAMES DEHAVEN
    A 12-year Metro officer was arrested Thursday on charges linked to child pornography after a tip from Google led to a three-month investigation, Las Vegas police. Officer James Henry, 37, faces 10 counts each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, Metro said. Google notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone had uploaded an image of child pornography in June, according to Henry’s arrest report. That tip was forwarded to Metro on July 22. Investigators tracked the IP address linked to the image back to Henry’s home, the report said. A search of...
  • Judge defends custody decision in lesbian mom case

    10/24/2014 7:23:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/23/2014 | By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    Family Court Judge William Potter responded Thursday to an allegation that he discriminated against a lesbian mother being deployed to Cuba. “Obviously I don’t have a problem with her being gay because I gave her custody,” the judge said. Potter’s comments stemmed from a Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the divorce case of Michelle Bagalawis, who since has changed her last name to Angeles, and Johnny Cardona. Angeles and Cardona, who have a 7-year-old son, were divorced in January 2012. Angeles, a first lieutenant in the Air Force, married a woman in March 2012. After Angeles’ recent deployment to Cuba,...
  • Nevada rancher Bundy makes campaign pitch

    10/23/2014 11:47:24 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    The Southern Nevada rancher who was criticized earlier this year for suggesting black people were better off as slaves is raising eyebrows again. Cliven Bundy appears in a campaign ad to elect an African-American man to Congress, saying he ought to be able to say what he wants without being labeled a racist. Third-party candidate Kamau Bakari appeared alongside Bundy and posted the video online last week. It’s since attracted more than 50,000 views on YouTube.
  • Nevada opposes new arguments in gay rights case

    10/23/2014 11:42:45 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Nevada will oppose an effort by opponents of same-sex marriages to get the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments to ban gay marriage in the Silver State, Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday. The Republican governor provided a quick answer to an appeals court call for briefs within three weeks from the state and an advocacy group that won the right to gay marriage on behalf of eight Nevada same-sex couples. Sandoval said Nevada will oppose the petition by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage.
  • Lesbian mom fighting to keep son in Las Vegas during military deployment

    The lesbian mother of a 7-year-old boy is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to keep her son in Las Vegas during her four-month deployment to Cuba. According to an emergency petition filed by Air Force 1st Lt. Michelle Angeles, Family Court Judge William Potter applied a double standard when he ruled the boy must live with his father in Texas until she returns. “Michelle could only infer the double standard stemmed from her being married to another woman,” according to the document. The child flew to Texas on Saturday when the high court declined to intervene on an emergency...
  • Las Vegas officer faces child pornography charges

    10/23/2014 11:23:50 AM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies
    A Metro officer was arrested on several charges connected to child pornography, the department announced Thursday. Officer James Henry, 37, is facing 10 counts each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, police said in a press release. Metro investigators first heard about the allegations on Oct. 2, according to the release. An arrest warrant was issued for Henry on Wednesday, court records show.
  • Reid rejects Ebola travel ban proposal

    10/17/2014 1:38:08 PM PDT · by redreno · 78 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | By JAMES DEHAVEN
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday rejected a call for travel bans from Ebola-ravaged West Africa, suggesting that it was too early for such a move. “We have a lot of people in Sierra Leone and in places like Liberia who are dual citizens,” the Nevada Democrat said in Henderson. “If there was a ban they would just fly to smaller countries before coming here.” House Republicans had called for such a travel ban at a congressional hearing Thursday. President Barack Obama rejected the proposal on Friday. Reid also backed the Obama administration’s approach to the deadly, expressing...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

    10/14/2014 2:45:55 PM PDT · by redreno · 100 replies
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
  • Raver from music festival TomorrowWorld found naked in the woods

    10/11/2014 1:28:38 PM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/10/2014 | By Joel Christie
    A man in Georgia last week stumbled across what he now calls 'the best hunting story of my life'. Out looking for deer in the woods near his home in Chattahoochee Hills, Casey Sanders said he heard a shout before seeing a naked young man stranded by a creek. Shocked and suspicious, Sanders announced that he was armed and started filming the bizarre encounter, which took place on October 2. He soon figured out the confused twenty-something had attended the electronic dance festival TomorrowWorld, which was set on a 500-acre property not far away, but had finished four days earlier.
  • Wendy Davis is running one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see

    10/10/2014 1:06:23 PM PDT · by redreno · 61 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 10 at 4:00 PM | By Aaron Blake
    Wendy Davis is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas. Apparently, though, she's willing to try just about anything to alter that reality. It goes on to attack wheelchair-bound state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) for hypocrisy because, after suing and winning a large reward for the accident that caused his partial paralysis, he has opposed similar litigation as the state's top cop.
  • Dwarf handed colouring book and crayons by waitress while on a date with fiancee

    A dwarf took his fiancee to a restaurant for a romantic meal and was handed a children's colouring book and crayons by a waitress. James Lusted, 26, who is 3ft 7ins, was on a date at a Harvester Inn in Cardiff with his fiancee, Chloe Roberts, who is 5ft 7ins, when the waitress picked up two menus, the crayons and a colouring book. It was only when the waitress heard James's deep voice that she realised her mistake, and didn't serve the couple for the rest of evening. But Mr Lusted and his bride-to-be, 20, who are from Colwyn Bay,...
  • Bride-to-be 'becomes pregnant after having sex with dwarf stripper on hen night.

    10/10/2014 9:52:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 134 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/09/2014 | By Gerard Couzens
    A bride-to-be became pregnant after having sex with a dwarf stripper on her hen night, it has been claimed. The woman had to confess to cheating on her husband with the adult entertainer earlier this year after giving birth to a baby with dwarfism at a hospital in Valencia, Spain, it was reported. It is alleged that the woman’s husband believed the child was his until it was born. Neither the couple nor the hospital have been named.
  • SFPS leads suit seeking increase in school funds

    10/10/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com ^ | 10/09/2014 | By Robert Nott
    Santa Fe Public Schools is among three school districts suing the state of New Mexico and its Public Education Department in an effort to force an increase in funding for public schools in a state that perennially scores near the bottom in national ratings. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in state District Court in Santa Fe, asks the court to declare that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution and asks the state to change its funding formula to offer equal support for students who are English language learners or living in poverty.
  • If you can’t do the job in good conscience, quit

    10/10/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    If pang of conscience prevents a person from performing his or her job in government, or upholding an oath to administer justice under the Constitution, that person needs to resign. As the legal dust settles and Nevada prepares to extend marriage equality to all its citizens, there’s one small, sad footnote to be written: The signature on the legal document enjoining the state from enforcing its 12-year-old ban on gay marriage will not be that of U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones. Jones, formerly the chief federal judge in Nevada, oversaw Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the state, which contended that...
  • Legal hurdles cleared, Nevada sees first same-sex marriage

    10/10/2014 7:19:28 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY and JAMES DEHAVEN
    Clark County granted its first same-sex marriage license just after 5 p.m. Thursday, ending days of legal wrangling and waiting for gay and lesbian couples across Nevada. That license went to Theo Small and Antioco Carillo, one of eight couples that challenged that state’s gay marriage ban. That came after Clark County Clerk Diana Alba got the go-ahead from U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan. Carillo and Small picked up their license ahead of 12 other couples queued up at the Clark County marriage bureau, but they aren’t be the first same-sex couple married in the state. That distinction could...
  • Debate: Should the Silver State repeal mining-tax cap?

    10/10/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By MICHELLE RINDELS
    LAS VEGAS — Proponents of a ballot measure that would remove a mining-tax cap from the Nevada constitution said the industry has a sweetheart deal that keeps it from paying its fair share, while opponents said the measure is the first step toward raising taxes and discouraging mining companies from doing business in the state. The remarks came during a debate on Question 2 that was scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on Vegas PBS. Passing the measure would repeal a 150-year-old constitutional provision that applies a 5 percent cap to taxes on the net proceeds of minerals and...
  • Bounced check for school lunch turns into $800 charge

    10/08/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT · by redreno · 49 replies
    LACEY, Wash. -- A family is outraged that their $30 bounced check for school lunches has exploded into an $800 charge. A giant lunch bill has left a bad taste with Dr. Christina Johnson-Conley. Her two children attend North Thurston High School in Lacey and eat lunch there every day. But last year the family bounced a $30 lunch payment check. They just found out that their wages were garnished nearly $800. "I support our school district, but not in this way," said Johnson-Conley. The North thurston school district said it had no choice but to do everything to collect...
  • In one conservative town, celebration and fears of ‘end times’ after ruling on same-sex marriage

    10/08/2014 1:27:30 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 8 at 8:44 AM | By Danielle Paquette
    CHESTER, Va. — The Christian preschool teacher heard the news on her car radio: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Virginia. This is it, she thought. The end times. “It could happen today,” Pam Rives said on Tuesday, tidying her lemon-yellow classroom at the Ironbridge Baptist Church. “This is just another step in that direction. As society changes, it takes God out of it.” Rives, 57, has taught 4-year-olds for nearly a decade in this conservative pocket of the South, which is home to 20,000 residents. Her school, lined with October pumpkins and bubble-lettered prayers, is down the road from...
  • No, Sam Brownback, it’s not the media’s fault you’re losing

    10/08/2014 9:17:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies
    Here's how embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback diagnosed his political problems in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody: “I think they (the mainstream media) want what’s happening in this state to fail that they’re shopping for a factual setting to back that up because it’s working.” Um, no. While blaming the media is both one of the most common strategic moves and one that regularly reeks of desperation, in this case -- like in most of them -- what Brownback is saying is simply not true. So why then is Brownback in so much trouble in a state...
  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 62 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 6 | By Radley Balko
    Phillip Smith at the Drug War Chronicle sums up the news reports detailing the latest casualty in the never-ending U.S. war on drugs. A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day. No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to WMAZ TV 13, Laurens County sheriff’s deputies with the drug task force and special response team...
  • Police pepper spray Wake County teen inside his home after he's mistaken for burglar

    10/08/2014 8:05:49 AM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://abc11.com ^ | Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | unknown
    FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WTVD) -- The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged that police pepper-sprayed him inside their home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder. It happened Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina. Ricky and Stacy Tyler have fostered 18-year-old DeShawn Currie for about a year. The Tylers, their three young children and DeShawn moved to Fuquay-Varina in July. They said while they're still getting to know their neighbors, it's hurtful someone would assume DeShawn was a burglar just for going about his normal routine of walking home after school. "He's my baby boy...
  • Clark County to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses today

    10/08/2014 7:28:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/07/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    Finding that Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage imposes “profound legal, financial, social and psychic harms” on many of its citizens, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the prohibition, paving the way for gay unions in the Silver State. The court reversed a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the state’s voter-approved ban and remanded it back to District Court “for the prompt issuance of an injunction permanently enjoining the state, its political subdivisions, and its officers, employees, and agents” from enforcing the constitutional provision. The ruling also overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Clark...
  • SRC cancels teachers' contract

    10/07/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.philly.com ^ | 10/06/2014 | Kristen Graham and Martha Woodall
    In a stunning move that could reshape the face of city schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract. The vote was unanimous. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was given no advance word of the action — which happened at an early-morning SRC meeting called with minimal notice — and which figures to result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, called the move "cowardly" and vowed to fight it strongly. "I am taking nothing off...
  • Ebola medicine in short supply (blame Republicans)

    10/03/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT · by redreno · 37 replies
    http://money.cnn.com ^ | 10/03/2014 | Cnn
    Making Ebola medicine Zmapp takes time and the company has already distributed what it has. Government budget cuts may be partially to blame for the shortage.
  • Missouri Doctor: ‘It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before [Ebola] Is Carried To Every Corner Of The World’

    Mobley, a doctor in Missouri, is convinced that Ebola will soon be infecting people all over the globe. “For months, doctors in my community — since we had a meeting six weeks ago — have been convinced that the United States will be importing clusters regularly. Right now, on the continent of West Africa, there are a million people in isolation, in quarantine, because of Ebola, and ten thousand passengers leave West Africa every single day. It’s just a matter of time before this disease is carried to every corner of the world.” He insists the CDC is underplaying the...
  • D.C. hospital admits patient with possible Ebola symptoms

    10/03/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by redreno · 23 replies
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/03/health/ebola-us/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 ^ | 10/03/2014 | By Jacque Wilson and Faith Karimi
    (CNN) -- Three Dallas County sheriff's deputies have been placed on leave after helping deliver court orders to family members of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carmen Castro said Friday. The trio escorted a Dallas County Health and Human Services worker on Wednesday who was delivering the orders to an apartment in Dallas. The orders placed four family members inside the apartment under quarantine until October 19. Castro says the deputies' leave is precautionary for their peace of mind. Duncan became the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil when he was hospitalized days after his...
  • Detention center worker sues over termination

    10/03/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/02/2014 | CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    A former detention assistant contends she was fired by the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services for complaining about excessive force against a juvenile inmate. Kisha Norman of Las Vegas filed an employment discrimination lawsuit Thursday against the department and its assistant manager of detention, Patrick Schreiber, who fired her in April 2013. “Norman was not wanted because she was not part of the racist culture inside DJJS that accepted, condoned and ratified excessive force against juveniles,” the federal lawsuit alleges. In an email Thursday, spokesman Erik Pappa said the county does not comment on pending litigation. According to...
  • Woman has mixed-race baby after sperm mix-up, sues

    10/02/2014 2:20:39 PM PDT · by redreno · 51 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/02/2014 | By MARK GILLISPIE
    CLEVELAND — An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended. The woman is seeking damages and wants to ensure the sperm bank doesn’t make a similar mistake again. Within days of their wedding in New York, Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon had become pregnant with the donor sperm. In April 2012, five months into her pregnancy, Cramblett, 36, called Midwest Sperm Bank LLC outside Chicago to reserve sperm from the same donor in the hope that...
  • U.S. Ebola patient's partner quarantined in apartment with family members

    CNN) -- The partner of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is quarantined in her Dallas apartment where Duncan became sick with the virus after his trip to Liberia, the woman told CNN's Anderson Cooper. The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Louise, is quarantined with one of her children under 13 and two nephews in their 20s because they were in apartment when Duncan became ill, Cooper said Thursday. Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian citizen, is in serious condition in a Dallas hospital, a spokeswoman said Thursday. But Louise remains in her apartment, and she's worried, not...
  • LAPD Cops Are Disabling Their Own Recorders. Not Just a Few Cops Either, Half Of Them!

    10/02/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by redreno · 89 replies
    http://www.mintpressnews.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | By MintPress News Desk
    What good are lapel cams and microphones if the cops are disabling them? Why aren’t they being fired for this? “No one likes to be monitored,” says Sid Heal, recently retired commander who evaluated technology during his decades-long tenure at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. And? If you do not want to be filmed and recorded don’t be a cop. According to the arstechnica.com, The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed...
  • Officials: 'Control order' given to Ebola-stricken man's family because they left home

    DALLAS -- Health officials say the family of a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola while visiting them in Dallas left their home, and that's why a "control order" was put in place to keep them inside. Family members of Thomas Eric Duncan were ordered Wednesday night to stay home or face criminal charges. Four to five people, who are not showing symptoms of the deadly disease at this time, were put under the quarantine by Texas health officials. The group is not allowed to leave their home in Dallas and cannot visit with anyone outside the home, the State Health...