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  • Female Startup Founder Accuses Silicon Valley VC of Sexual Assault on Plane

    02/16/2018 9:25:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    A female technology startup founder filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist for alleged sexual assault on an overnight flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis. Rachel Danae Vachata, a 29-year-old co-founder of technology companies, alleges that 73-year-old venture capitalist Lucio Lanza “preyed on” Vachata by threatening to use his position to make or break her companies and then repeatedly groped and attempted to kiss her during the flight last July, according to the complaint filed with the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Lanza is the founder and managing director of Lanza techVentures, based in Palo Alto. He...
  • With Blackface and Monkey Suit, Chinese Gala on Africa Causes Uproar

    02/16/2018 7:42:20 PM PST · by blueplum · 52 replies
    NYTimes via msn ^ | 16 Feb 2018 | JANE PERLEZ
    BEIJING — A lavish four-hour Lunar New Year show televised to millions across China on Thursday night set off a flood of indignation with its caricatures featuring blackface and African men in animal suits. The gala, televised by China’s state broadcaster, featured a well-known Chinese actress as an African woman with exaggerated buttocks, a large chest and a face painted black. Carrying a platter of fruit on her head, she was accompanied by an African man dressed as a monkey. {snip}The skit was set in Kenya, home to a new Chinese-built railroad between the capital, Nairobi, and the coastal town...
  • [Florida] House approves push for [year round] daylight-saving time

    02/15/2018 5:53:32 PM PST · by foreverfree · 46 replies
    Washington County (FL) News ^ | 2/14/18 | News Service of Florida
    The bill sailed to house passage. The state senate is considering a similar bill.One of the house bill sponsors wants year-round DST as a boost to tourism courtesy of later sunsets.Enactment would require Congressional approval.I would like to see the language of the bill as to how soon it would take effect should Congress approve the change.ff
  • San Francisco faces claim after stolen police gun kills man

    02/14/2018 5:48:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2018 6:19 PM EST | Paul Elias
    The family of a community volunteer killed by a gun stolen from a San Francisco officer filed a legal claim with the city Wednesday, alleging the police department failed to provide proper training on gun storage. Abel Esquivel, 22, was killed during a robbery Aug. 15 as he walked to his mother’s house after working a late shift at a grocery store. He volunteered at the Central American Resource Center, which provides legal help to low-income Latino clients and other social services. Three men were arrested and charged with murder, including an 18-year-old facing deportation who was wearing a monitoring...
  • Reported Shooting Being Investigated at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland: BSO

    02/14/2018 11:58:11 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 535 replies
    NBC 6 ^ | 14 FEB 18 | staff
    Authorities are investigating a reported shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Wednesday. Officers responded to the school at 5901 Pine Island Road for the reported shooting, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said. There were reports of victims, BSO officials said. Coral Springs Police tweeted that that people should stay away from the school due to an active police scene. No other information was known.
  • Man could be deported after calling 911 for help

    02/14/2018 11:48:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    WGN-TV ^ | February 14, 2018 | by RACHAEL PURL
    TUKWILA, Wash. - A man who called 911 for help could now be deported. Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno called police last week when he thought someone was breaking into his home in Tukwila, Washington. When officers arrived, they discovered Macarreno is an undocumented immigrant and also has an outstanding warrant for a non-criminal offense. He is currently being held at a facility in Tacoma and could be deported back to Honduras.
  • NC: After Gunfight, AR-15 used for defense of Home in Catawba County

    02/14/2018 12:01:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On the 7th of February, 2018, three young men approached a home in Catawba County at about 6 p.m. One of the young men, a 17-year-old, shot at the intended victim.  The intended victim, also 17, was armed and fired back, hitting the attacker several times, killing him. Shane Cauthen, Masked 17-Year-Old Shot and Killed in Self Defense Gunfight The other two masked men have been arrested, and the incident investigated. The two remaining suspects are 22 and 16 years old.  The investigators met with the District Attorney on Thursday morning. A determination was made the shooting was in...
  • Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million for Destroyed 5Pointz Murals

    02/14/2018 6:27:26 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2018 | ALAN FEUER
    Ruling that graffiti — a typically transient form of art — was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens. In November, a landmark trial came to a close in Federal District Court in Brooklyn when a civil jury decided that Jerry Wolkoff, a real estate developer who owned 5Pointz, broke the law when he whitewashed dozens of swirling murals at the complex, obliterating what a lawyer...
  • Elementary Principal Announces He Is Transgender, Will Start Dressing as a Woman

    02/14/2018 5:35:36 AM PST · by 3161J410 · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 13, 2018 | Dr Susan Berry
    A 52-year-old male elementary school principal has announced he is now transgender and will begin dressing as a woman at school. Tom Daniels, principal of Stanley School in Swampscott, Massachusetts, said in a letter to the school community that was forwarded to the Boston Globe, “I am transgender. For me, that means I identify as both a male and female, and I plan to move toward presenting myself and identifying as female.” Daniels says he will now be known as “Shannon,” a name common to both males and females, “perfectly denoting my fluid gender identity.” He also indicated in his...
  • Parents want custody to stop transgender teen having hormone treatment

    02/13/2018 7:24:15 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 51 replies
    https://www.cnn.com ^ | 02/13/2018 | By Jen Christensen
    (CNN) — An Ohio court will decide the fate of a transgender teen who is in what the judge describes as a "gut-wrenching situation." The 17-year-old identifies as a boy. Neither he nor his family can be named, according to court instructions. The teen's parents want court authority to stop their child from getting the treatment and therapy that was recommended by his medical team in what it characterizes as a possible life-or-death situation.
  • West Virginia woman dragged out of capitol for reading list of corporate donors

    02/13/2018 7:18:19 PM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 Feb 2018 | Fox News
    Lissa Lucas, a candidate in this year’s Democratic primary for West Virginia delegates, was escorted out of the Charleston state house because she read a list of House members and how much they pocketed from oil and gas companies. Newsweek reported that the meeting was about a proposal, the Co-Tenancy and Majority Protection Act, or H.B. 4268, that would allow these companies to drill on “minority mineral owners’ land without their consent.” The report said that some landowners worry that the bill will allow these companies to drill on their properties for the minerals located below. The West Virginia Oil...
  • Missing Whiteface skier found alive in California

    02/13/2018 7:13:03 PM PST · by mac_truck · 51 replies
    MyNBC5 ^ | 2/13/18 | Brad Evans
    WILMINGTON, N.Y. — A skier missing from Whiteface Mountain has been found in California. New York State Police said Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, of Toronto, was found 2,900 miles away Tuesday in Sacramento. Filippidis was reported missing last Wednesday by friends who said he could not be found as the resort was closing. His belongings were found at the lodge and his car was still in the parking lot. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have spent about 7,000 hours combing the mountain. Crews used K-9s and helicopters as part of the search. The steep and icy terrain make the search...
  • Dakota Meyer files for divorce from Bristol Palin after less than two years of marriage

    02/13/2018 5:42:14 PM PST · by ZagFan · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-13-2018 | Chris Spargo
    Dakota Meyer has filed for divorce from Bristol Palin a source tells DailyMail.com. The veteran filed paperwork two weeks ago according to the source, and moved out of the couple's Austin home around Christmas. The couple were married in a private ceremony back in 2016, a little over a year after calling of their first wedding just days before the ceremony. They have two daughters, 2-year-old Sailor and Atlee Bay, who was born back in May. Bristol, 27, also has a 9-year-old son Tripp from her relationship with fiancee Levi Johnston.
  • Chicago police commander shot to death while responding to robbery

    A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot to death Tuesday afternoon at the Thompson Center administrative building downtown while assisting a tactical team that was chasing a suspect, police said. Commander Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times a little before 2 p.m., according to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said a suspect was taken into custody and a gun recovered. “It’s a difficult day for us, but we’ll get through it,” Johnson told reporters outside Northwestern Hospital, where Bauer had been taken. Bauer, 53, joined the department in 1986 and worked all across the city...
  • JUDGE AWARDS $6.75M TO 5POINTZ ARTISTS WHOSE WORK WAS DESTROYED (NY)

    02/12/2018 7:25:13 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 52 replies
    ny1.com ^ | February 12, 2018
    A judge on Monday awarded a total of $6.75 million to artists whose famous graffiti work was erased by the owner of the former 5Pointz Building in Queens. The award will be dished out to the 21 artists for various amounts, with one artist, Jonathan Cohen, expected to receive more than $1 million.
  • Military impersonator landed helicopter at base to impress woman, agent says

    02/12/2018 4:43:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/12/18
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A man pretending to be a three-star U.S. Army general wanted to impress a woman when he unexpectedly landed a helicopter at the headquarters of a North Carolina technology company last year, a federal agent testified Monday. Details about the strange case of Christian Desgroux emerged at a hearing before a federal magistrate, who ordered that the defendant remain in jail pending his upcoming arraignment.</p>
  • Parts Of Northern Puerto Rico Lose Electricity After Power Plant Explosion

    02/11/2018 7:05:21 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 45 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | 2/11/2018 | CBS NYC
    A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late Sunday after an explosion set off a major fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory.
  • Oregon Gray Wolf Shoot: Defensive Gun Use of the Day [VIDEO]

    02/11/2018 6:31:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 11 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, am Oregon elk hunter shot and killed a wolf charging directly at himCheck out the video of his interview with a state game official below. Before we get to the details, a little lupine history via oregonwild.com: Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, a deliberate effort to eradicate the species was successful by the late 1940s. In fact, trouble for wolves began almost 100 years earlier, in the years before Oregon became a state. In 1843 the first wolf bounty was established and Oregon’s first legislative session was...
  • North Texas teacher dies after getting the flu

    02/10/2018 4:50:57 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 256 replies
    Chron ^ | February 6th 2018 | William Axford
    Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School with the Weatherford Independent School District died over the weekend, the Weatherford Democrat reports. Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper. By Friday night, Holland's condition worsened and she was taken to the hospital. Her husband Frank Holland told the Weatherford Democrat that she died Sunday morning. "She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her," Holland's husband told the Weatherford Democrat. Charlotte LaGrone, a spokeswoman for Weatherford ISD, told...
  • Eighteen dead, more than 60 injured in ‘chaotic’ Hong Kong double-decker bus crash

    02/10/2018 10:40:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 10 February, 2018, 7:20pm
    Fifteen men and three women were confirmed dead at the scene, while 61 injured passengers were rushed to 12 public hospitals across the city. Ten were fighting for their lives in hospital while 15 were in a serious condition. The city’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor visited the victims in hospital and announced that the government would set up an independent committee, chaired by a judge, to investigate bus safety. ... Senior police superintendent Li Chi-wai, of New Territories North, said the force suspected that the driver was “speeding when driving down a slope, lost control” and then...