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  • Ferguson plans alternate Halloween celebration

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Concerns over prolonged police shooting protests have prompted a Ferguson civic group to plan an alternative Halloween celebration to take place five days before the actual holiday. KSDK-TV (on.ksdk.com/1CwNiJt ) reports that the group I Love Ferguson has scheduled a pumpkin walk on Sunday afternoon in the Old East Ferguson neighborhood....
  • New #Ferguson: “forensic evidence … lent credence to Officer Wilson’s version of events”

    10/19/2014 10:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 17, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    NY Times reports: “Officer Wilson appeared for four hours before a St. Louis County grand jury” to tell his side of story.A breaking New York Times report sheds new light on Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s mortal encounter with local Michael Brown. The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter. The officer, Darren Wilson, has...
  • New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes

    10/18/2014 8:42:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forbes Magazine's Life Blog ^ | October 8, 2014 | Erin Carlyle
    In Atherton, Calif., 94027, the most expensive home currently on the market is a 12,840-square-foot Mediterranean mansion with a $21.988 million price tag. Not a millionaire? Good luck finding a place to live in this Silicon Valley enclave. The least expensive home for sale in the 94027 ZIP code is a 1,370-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow. In other words, a starter home–with an asking price of $1.499 million. The median price of the 24 homes listed for sale over the summer was $9.03 million, making Atherton the most expensive ZIP code in America for the second year in a row. “Atherton...
  • Cop's Testimony About Michael Brown Shooting Has Ferguson Worried He'll Walk Free

    10/18/2014 7:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Stir blog ^ | October 18, 2014 | Kiri Blakeley
    It's beginning to look like Ferguson, Missouri might be the scene of yet more horrific riots as word has leaked out about Officer Darren Wilson's grand jury testimony in the Michael Brown shooting investigation. Wilson reportedly testified that he was trying to leave his car to question Brown and his friend as they walked in the middle of the street, but Brown pushed him back into his police car. He then, according to Wilson, pinned him, scratched him repeatedly, and hit his face and neck and tried to take his gun. At this point, Wilson says he shot Brown twice...
  • AZ:Armed Citizen Thwarts Bank Robbers, Kills One

    10/18/2014 10:55:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After being shot, one robber dropped the stolen money. An armed citizen in Arizona has stopped a bank robbery in a dramatic and effective fashion.   It appears that he determined what was happening, took action, and fired on the armed robbers when they resisted.   One robber was killed, the other is in custody.   It reminds one a bit of the famous Arkansas bank robbery that was thwarted by armed citizens in 1922.  From abc15.com: "He took the keys out of the car because they left the car running. And so he took the keys out of the car and...
  • PA:Bill to Hold Scofflaw Governments Accountable Passes Senate

    10/18/2014 6:18:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    HB1243 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 6th, 143 to 54.   The bill adds teeth to the Pennsylvania preemption law that has been on the books for years.   Over 50 local governments have made a mockery of the rule of law by passing restrictive and illegal local ordinances.  The bill allows member organizations to sue municipalities on behalf of their members, so those who push citizen disarmament (disarmenters?)  are claiming that it gives authority for the NRA to sue local governments. That is true, just as the ACLU sues local governments over first amendment issues, or the...
  • Hip-hop’s anthem in Ferguson

    10/17/2014 7:48:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 16, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    ST. LOUIS, Missouri — If the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis in recent months have an anthem, it isn’t “We Shall Overcome,” or “Wade in the Water,” or any other civil rights-era song. It’s a darker, more confrontational song – Lil Boosie’s “F*** the Police.” When the chorus of Lil Boosie’s song wasn’t blaring on a giant sound system carted through the crowd at night, it showed up in chants or printed on posters. As night fell, the protests morphed into a party, with demonstrators dancing out on the street and on top of cars. With few ways for...
  • Police say Ferguson protesters are threatening their family members with violence

    10/17/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Activists are not only threatening police officers in Ferguson, Mo., but are also threatening their families. That’s the claim being made by officers in the St. Louis area and it is adding to an already tense atmosphere between protesters and police, according to the local CBS affiliate KMOV. “They [activists] want to be unabated in their attacks against law enforcement, mistreatment of facts and in their threats against law enforcement,” said Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. “These are people calling for violence against police officers.”(continued)
  • .22 Teaser in Oklahoma

    10/17/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I was traveling South on Highway 75 in Atoka, Oklahoma, when I saw the sign pictured above.   I couldn't resist stopping and finding out if it were true.  I have been saying that  the ammunition bubble was going to pop, and I have been seeing a bit more .22 ammunition available than a few months ago. The sign was for  The Pawn Ticket, and it was open. Once inside, I was informed that they had run out of .22 ammunition the day before.   They were selling it for $85 a brick (500 rounds) or $10 for a box of...
  • Cuyahoga County to Centralize Ebola Cases at One Cleveland Hospital (Ohio)

    10/17/2014 1:52:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Cleveland Leader ^ | October 17, 2014 | Julie Kent
    One day after visiting the Cleveland and Akron areas last weekend, a Dallas nurse was diagnosed with Ebola virus and may have been contagious while on her return flight home. There are now 16 people in both Cuyahoga County and Summit County that are being monitored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one person that is being officially quarantined. Now that the deadly virus has arrived in the U.S. and has had an encounter in Cleveland, local officials are stepping up their efforts to make sure that our area hospitals, health organizations and safety forces can...
  • Vomiting Woman At Pentagon Sparks Ebola Alert

    10/17/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Staff
    The Department of Defense incident comes as a US cruise ship is forced to skip a Mexican port because of a passenger ebola scare.The Pentagon shut down a building entrance and part of a car park after a woman was sick and told police she was in Liberia two weeks ago. Hazmat-suited crews from Arlington, Virginia, descended on the scene as the woman was taken to hospital as a possible ebola case. She began vomiting after she got off a shuttle bus that was taking guests to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony. The other passengers were released and advised to...
  • Seeing Ebola through Obama's eyes

    10/16/2014 10:57:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | October 17, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    The nephew of the black African who brought Ebola to the United States doesn't blame his uncle. He blames us. He writes in The Dallas Morning News that his uncle did everything right in Liberia, but still got Ebola, and wasn't treated correctly in the U.S. The claim is that he had a right to be on U.S. soil and that it's our fault he's dead. I suspect this is how President Barack Obama views Ebola. How else do you explain his opposition to a common-sense ban on travel to the U.S. by people from Ebola-infected countries? Tragically, Obama's alternative...
  • The Ebola effect is felt across DFW

    10/16/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Health blog ^ | October 16, 2014 | Gordon Dickson
    Churches are suspending Communion traditions and encouraging congregants not to hold hands or kiss. New York Giants football players are second-guessing whether their wives should accompany them on a road trip to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. And at the State Fair of Texas, even Big Tex is urging visitors to wash their hands. Dallas has seen only three cases of Ebola, but it’s top of mind for almost everyone. Healthcare experts remain confident they can stop the deadly virus in its tracks, and they say there is little chance of an outbreak in...
  • A grassroots Republican rancher fights an establishment Leftist with mobile technology

    10/16/2014 11:41:29 AM PDT · by forty_years · 4 replies
    Self ^ | 10/16/2014 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    Question: How does a grassroots Republican rancher fight an establishment Leftist incumbent swimming in limousine liberal money? Answer: With a grassroots campaign and by leveraging new mobile app technology. Jeff Byrd, a Republican running for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district (U.S. House) against one of the most liberal Democratic incumbents in the House, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, got a bit of help from a small tech firm located in Albuquerque.The Albuquerque-based tech firm microIT Infrastructure, LLC, released of a free mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTouch platforms in support of Jeff. The app can be download in...
  • Escaped emu runs into Tustin traffic before returning home

    10/15/2014 7:52:55 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 8 replies
    OC Register ^ | October 14, 2014 | ALYSSA DURANTY and SCOTT SCHWEBKE
    TUSTIN – A quiet, residential Old Towne street was greeted with an unfamiliar sight Tuesday morning after an emu escaped its home and ran into traffic before returning safely. Police officials responded to a call of a loose ostrich or emu around 11:25 a.m. in the 300 block of 6th Street.
  • Strippergate 98 and Paul Davis: Observations from the Scene

    10/15/2014 10:01:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Paul Ibbetson
    Kansas Democratic nominee for governor, Paul Davis Kansas voters will soon go to the polls and decide who they want to govern our state for the next four years. The question is what criteria will be used to fill this position? While economic issues such as business, jobs, and taxes always weigh heavily in our state, Kansans, more often than not, attempt to find leadership through people of faith and good moral values. In 1998, I was a member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. One of several jobs I performed within this multi-agency group was that of serving...
  • Al:Gun Beats Stick, Chief Pleased

    10/14/2014 6:25:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Police Chief Chris Carden Robbers who use clubs are very dangerous.  They often believe that they have to strike their victim to demonstrate seriousness.   In this case, the would be robber made a mistake in the victim selection process.  His victim was a CCW holder who drew his gun when threatened.   The would be robber ran off, but the armed  citizen was able to give a good description to the police, who quickly made an arrest.  From al.com:   "I am extremely proud of the good police work that came into play," Carden said. "They all did an outstanding job...
  • #FergusonOctober protesters peacefully ‘occupy’ SLU, University president responds

    10/13/2014 8:40:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The St. Louis American ^ | October 13, 2014 | Kenya Vaughn
    “Mic check,” a protester named Joshua said in the foyer as demonstrators prepared to leave Chaifetz Arena Sunday night following an interesting turn of events that culminated with young protesters defiantly making their way to the stage to speak on their own behalf at an interfaith service. “We are going to meet up at 4200 Shaw,” Joshua said. No further instructions were given. The diverse group of mostly young people had come to St. Louis for the “Week of Resistance” also known as “Ferguson October” – four days of events coordinated with several organizations weeks before to demonstrate and protest...
  • US Ebola victim’s nephew: Whites survived but ‘the one black man died’

    10/12/2014 5:45:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    NBC News' The Grio / The Associated Press ^ | October 12, 2014 | Emily Schmall, Holbrook Mohr, Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
    Ebola victim, Thomas E. Duncan, said he’d recently traveled from West Africa, was in severe pain — rating it an eight on a scale of 10 — and had a fever that spiked to 103 degrees, enough to be flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital’s record-keeping system. Duncan, displaying symptoms that could indicate Ebola, underwent a battery of tests during his initial visit to the Dallas emergency room before eventually being sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, his medical records show....
  • Women hold the front-lines of Ferguson

    10/12/2014 5:31:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 12, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    FERGUSON, Missouri — For a time, little more than a few inches of space separated a delicate line between peace and chaos. Protesters tested the limits to the invisible boundary Friday night, toeing dangerously close to the row of officers lined up to protect the police headquarters here. Warnings from law enforcement officials that they may soon begin arresting people were easily drown out by music and chants from the thickening crowd. Photographers readied their cameras, waiting for something to pop as demonstrators on the front lines stared down their opponents, leaving little room to breathe. All except for Shermale...
  • ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Heads To Ferguson October

    10/12/2014 5:05:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Britt Julious
    The actor documents the St. Louis protests on social media. Some celebrities simply tweet about what moves them, while others, like “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, get right on the front lines. Jesse, along with members of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, joined protesters from across the country who traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend for #FergusonOctober, which seeks justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and victims of police brutality like him. “We’ll be archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to...
  • Pregnant woman who may have been exposed to Ebola ‘told to take shower and check for fever’ (MA)

    10/12/2014 2:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 12, 2014 | Staff
    Kelley Tuthill @wcvbkelleyt This 7 mos pregnant woman just walked out of Harvard Vanguard. Was told to take shower & check for fever. #WCVB 3:37 PM - 12 Oct 2014 30 Retweets 4 favorites A man who traveled recently to West Africa is being isolated for Ebola-like symptoms at Harvard Vanguard in Braintree, Mass. WBZ Boston News ✔ @cbsboston BREAKING: Man who traveled recently to West Africa is reportedly being isolated for Ebola-like symptoms in Braintree http://boston.cbslocal.com/ 1:41 PM - 12 Oct 2014 191 Retweets 36 favorites[continued]
  • Georgia's 4th Congressional District - November 2014

    10/12/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | October 12, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    Useless Idiot- By: Larry Walker II -President Barack Obama has endorsed Congressman Hank Johnson for re-election in the Fourth Congressional District of Georgia.“Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job,” said President Obama. “Together, we are fighting to restore middle class security and expand opportunity for all Americans. I’ve worked with Congressman Johnson as we’ve extended the security of health care to millions and pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse while protecting consumers and passing historic Wall Street reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.”Congressman Johnson is famous for his on the record...
  • Our sons know they could be the next Michael Brown. But they should never surrender

    10/12/2014 1:51:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 12, 2014 | Claudia Rankine
    Two months later, too many young men must still contemplate their mortality in the way of Ferguson.The drive to Ferguson prepares me for Ferguson. Once out of downtown St Louis, county after county radiates a pervasive poverty: abandoned malls, boarded-up stores, homes in disrepair, the occasional fast-food place, gas stations and, finally, the Ferguson Market & Liquor store on West Florissant Avenue. Around the corner on Canfield Drive, I pull into the parking lot at Red’s BBQ. The owners have set up outside their establishment because a few nights before, protesters caused extensive damage to the restaurant in a show...
  • Patient Isolated for Ebola Symptoms in Braintree, Mass.

    10/12/2014 12:33:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NECN ^ | October 12, 2014 | Mike Pescaro
    A patient has been isolated with possible Ebola symptoms in Braintree, Massachusetts, officials confirm. Braintree Fire confirms that hazmat, police, fire and EMS crews are on the scene at Harvard Vanguard. Officials add that the isolation is being performed out of an abundance of caution....
  • So much for Murrieta being the Gem of the Valley

    10/12/2014 11:40:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/12/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    How unlawful are the minions of the elitist ruling leadership in Murrieta willing to go to stop conservative candidates like Ingram and Serafin? Jonathan Ingram is a local mover and shaker, a small businessman who is President of the Murrieta-Temecula California Assembly, and the President of the Greer Ranch Home Owner’s Association. His signs for Murrieta City Council have graced the roadways and the lawns of some homes as have other signs for other candidates. Diana Serafin knocks on doors in the sunshine more than any other candidate, contemplating the political task ahead of her. She is known for her...
  • Michael Brown jury: putting a value on a black life in the United States

    10/12/2014 1:19:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 10, 2014 | Gary Younge
    Is there a price to pay for summarily killing a man, or is it just what happens in Ferguson when one man has a badge and the other too much melanin?In September 1955, an all-white jury took just 67 minutes to acquit Emmett Till’s killers. Till, 14, said either “Bye, baby” or wolf-whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Mississippi. Three days later his body was fished out of the Tallahatchie river with a bullet in his skull, an eye gouged out and his forehead crushed on one side. “If we hadn’t stopped to drink pop,” said...
  • Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus D68, a pernicious strain of a spreading virus

    10/11/2014 10:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 11, 2014 | Greg Botelho
    A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in two months. Madeline Reid died at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she had been transferred "for advanced services," according to the Detroit hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini. "The CDC confirmed EV-D68 after her arrival here, and she subsequently succumbed to her illness," Valentini said. A Facebook page, dubbed "Team Maddie!," devoted to the 21-month-old's plight also confirmed the sad news. "Madeline Reid became our angel at 2:55 p.m. (Friday)," read one post. "She passed peacefully...
  • Georgia’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments – November 2014

    10/11/2014 4:48:51 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | October 11, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    A Yes-No Proposition- By: Larry Walker II -There are two Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Georgia’s ballot this November 4th. They are as follows:A. To prohibit an increase in the state income tax rate in effect January 1, 2015 (Senate Resolution 415). "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate?"B. Adding reckless driving penalties or fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund (House Resolution 1183). "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and...
  • Fisherman in California Catches ATF Agent’s Gun and Badge in Lake

    10/11/2014 4:44:18 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | 10-10-2014 | Dan Cannon
    Fisherman in California Catches ATF Agent’s Gun and Badge in Lake October 10 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post Yet another fishing story where the catch ended up being a firearm. A fisherman at Castaic Lake in California was in for a bit of a surprise when he hauled in a backpack containing a handgun, a Dept of Treasury Badge, and a pager. According to the LA Times, California’s lingering drought has lowered the water level in Castaic Lake so dramatically that authorities said a fisherman on Thursday recovered a badge and handgun that a federal agent lost in...
  • Teenager shot by St. Louis police officer was awaiting trial on gun case

    10/11/2014 2:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 9, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In scenes that seemed all too familiar, the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old by a police officer triggered protests, vigils and calls for investigations Thursday. But while the raw emotions around the Wednesday night shooting of Vonderrit D. Myers Jr. in the Shaw neighborhood Wednesday evening evoked comparisons to the shooting two months earlier of Michael Brown, there are key differences between the two cases, according to initial reports. Brown was unarmed when he was shot by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 on a street near the Canfield Green apartments. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Myers...
  • Saturday ceremony celebrates MIA vets

    10/10/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    The cremains of more than a dozen destitute veterans will be placed in a columbarium at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery on Saturday. The public is invited to attend the event to honor those who served the nation during a Missing in America Project ceremony. The cremains will travel from Tuscon and be met at RC City, north of Huachuca City by cyclists with the Patriot Guard and other service-oriented organizations to be escorted to the cemetery. The formal service will begin at 1 p.m.
  • Moral Monday comes to Ferguson, Missouri

    10/10/2014 4:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Institutes for Southern Studies' Facing South ^ | October 10, 2014 | Evan Walker-Wells
    Plans are underway for a "Weekend of Resistance" that organizers are calling Ferguson October to protest the police killing of teenager Michael Brown, police violence, and other forms of injustice -- and it will culminate in a Moral Monday civil disobedience action modeled on protests that began last year in North Carolina. "On Monday, we're taking our cue from the fearless activists in North Carolina who were inspired to fight back against right-wing attacks there and across the South," Ferguson October organizers wrote. "They kicked off the Moral Mondays movement for progressive change by engaging in civil disobedience every week,...
  • Fresh, days-long Ferguson protest begins: To erect Day of the Dead altar for Michael Brown

    10/10/2014 3:47:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WISC-TV / CNN ^ | October 10, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Michael Martinez and Sara Weisfeldt
    CLAYTON, Missouri (CNN) - Demanding "justice for Mike Brown" and other African-Americans killed by police, protesters hit the streets Friday in eastern Missouri, kicking off four days of demonstrations, discussions and civil disobedience. The event, which has been dubbed "Ferguson October" and the "Weekend of Resistance," centers on the 18-year-old Brown. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the black teenager on August 9. Authorities have said Brown attacked the officer and tried to take his gun; Brown's camp contends the unarmed teenager had his hands in the air when he was shot. The dispute soon spilled over onto...
  • Brigham’s Last License Is Revoked, Should Close His 8 New Jersey Abortion Facilities

    10/10/2014 11:28:32 AM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    operationrescue ^ | October 9, 2014 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Operation Rescue urges all other states with Brigham abortion facilities to shutter them immediately in light of the New Jersey Board’s findings.By Cheryl SullengerTrenton, NJ – The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners voted yesterday evening to revoke the final medical license held by the notorious abortionist, Steven Chase Brigham, noting that he betrayed the trust of the women he exploited.In New Jersey, unlicensed persons are unable to hold ownership in medical facilities, so the Board’s revocation decision should force Brigham to shut down his eight abortion offices he operates there.“He dons the mask of caring practitioner but he...
  • IL: Police Officer Robbed of his Gun and Badge

    10/10/2014 5:15:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the United States, armed citizens are seldom robbed.   When they are, it is usually because the robber does not know that they are armed, and simply makes a mistake in victim selection.   That may be what happened with a Illinois police officer.  It happened on 7 September, 2014.   From wgntv.com: An off-duty Harvey Police Officer is in critical condition after being attacked and robbed. It happened around 3:00am this morning near 59th and Lake Shore Drive, at the nearby harbor. The officer was reportedly hit in the head with a gun, before his gun and badge were...
  • St. Louis Shooting: Protest Against Vonderrit Myers Killing Stops Traffic In Shaw Neighborhood

    10/09/2014 8:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Howard Koplowitz
    Traffic in St. Louis’s Shaw neighborhood came to a standstill on Thursday after demonstrators protesting the shooting of a black teen killed by a white off-duty policeman blocked streets in the city’s Shaw neighborhood. The shooting Wednesday of Vonderritt Myers Jr. came two months after the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While Brown was unarmed, authorities claimed Myers had a gun and shot at the off-duty officer before the cop retaliated with fatal gunfire. ---snip--- Thursday marked the second day protests erupted in St. Louis. Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery said St. Louis police officers used different tactics...
  • Anchorage police: No charges in Palin birthday brawl

    10/09/2014 5:35:47 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 69 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Laurel Andrews|
    Prosecutors won't proceed with charges in a brawl that involved several members of the Palin family, Anchorage police said Thursday. The news comes as Anchorage police released reports Thursday morning outlining witness statements in the fight. Police were called to South Anchorage regarding a brawl involving about 20 people that had broken out at Korey Klingenmeyer's house on the evening of Sept. 6. The event was a birthday party for brothers Marc and Matthew McKenna and Klingenmeyer’s son. Five police officers wrote up police reports on the scene. More than 15 witnesses were interviewed, and the statements offer conflicting information...
  • Fond memories of Ebola victim Eric Duncan, anger over his death (Grab a [sanitary] hanky)

    10/09/2014 2:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | October 9, 2014 | Jason Beaubien
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)He liked to joke around with his neighbors. And he always gave them a helping hand. The neighbors that Thomas Eric Duncan's generous spirit is what cost him his life. Duncan, 42, was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States and the first to die of the disease on American soil. He likely contracted the disease in Liberia when he carried a pregnant woman, sick with Ebola, into her house after no clinic would admit her. That was just before Sept. 19, when Duncan flew from Monrovia to Dallas with stopovers in Brussels and Washington, D.C. He...
  • Ebola Scare Shuts Down Frisco CareNow

    10/09/2014 1:39:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Meal ^ | October 8, 2014
    The CareNow clinic in Frisco where Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Monnig was treated for possible Ebola-like symptoms is closed. This after it reopened only hours after Monnig was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The clinic will undergo a deep cleaning and remain closed until Friday. Frisco’s fire chief Mark Piland said Monnig is being treated “out of an abundance of caution” and the response was appropriate based on Monnig’s symptoms and his indirect contact with the Ebola victim...
  • Man shot at Ferguson apartment complex dies

    10/08/2014 11:57:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 8, 2014 | Christine Byers
    FERGUSON • Police said a man who was shot here about 4 p.m. later died. The shooting was in the 1300 block of Sharondale Drive, at the Park Ridge Apartments. Police said they were looking for a suspect in a maroon sedan. Ferguson police Capt. Dan DeCarli identified the man killed as Robin Poindexter of St. Louis. He said Poindexter was in his 50s. Police said they do not believe he was targeted in the shooting....
  • 'No one has died of Ebola in the U.S. before': Outraged family eyes lawsuit...

    10/08/2014 11:24:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2014 | Josh Gardner and Michael Zennie and Laura Collins In Dallas, Texas
    * Thomas Eric Duncan died at 7:51am on Wednesday after receiving no potentially lifesaving blood transfusion or ZMapp * Five other Ebola patients treated in the U.S. are either cured or in the process of being treated * Doctors began giving Duncan an experimental antiviral drug on Monday, but it was too late * Hospital announced 'with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment' that Duncan died after 'fighting courageously against the insidious disease' * Duncan exposed 48 people to the disease before he was hospitalized, including his fiancée and two of her children * His condition took a turn for the...
  • For Ebola Victim, US Trip Followed Years of Effort

    10/08/2014 10:19:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | October 8, 2014 | Emily Schmall
    Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, grew up next to a leper colony in Liberia and fled years of war before later returning to his country to find it ravaged by the disease that ultimately took his life. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas in late September, realizing a long-held ambition to join relatives. He came to attend the high-school graduation of his son, who was born in a refugee camp in Ivory Coast and was brought to the U.S. as a toddler when the boy's mother successfully applied for resettlement....
  • Ebola panic is getting pretty racist

    10/08/2014 9:21:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 8, 2014 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. "Is he a citizen?" reporters repeatedly asked. "Is he one of us?" they meant. The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia. The disease rages in West Africa, and has therefore largely...
  • Big wedding plans for longtime couple

    10/08/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | October 7, 2014 | Sherry Slater and Dave Gong
    Dennis Floyd, left, and Terence Bartholomew are planning to wed. No offense to those couples who rushed to city hall in late June, eager to take advantage of an unexpected federal court ruling that struck down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban. It’s just that Terence Bartholomew and Dennis Floyd aren’t the spur-of-the-moment, jeans-and-T-shirts, get-hitched-over-the-lunch-hour types. They want a wedding with a capital W. The local couple, who celebrated 22 years together on Sept. 12, were thrilled Monday to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Indiana’s challenge, effectively ending the state’s temporary hold on same-sex marriage. In other...
  • Miami-Dade Politicians Have Grave Concerns About Ebola, Bat Meat and Central Air Condition

    10/08/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    As a hub of international shipping and travel it stands to reason that Miami might be at a higher risk to report a case of ebola. It also stands to reason that since Miami's economy is dependent on tourism a reported case of ebola could have serious business consequences. So it's not surprising either that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county commission are taking extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of ebola in the 305. Come to think of it actually, it's not that surprising that they seem to have no idea what they're talking about either. The...
  • Family of Dallas Ebola Patient Who Died Upset over 'Unfair' Treatment

    10/08/2014 1:34:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    KVNU-AM ^ | October 8, 2014
    The family of the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S. is upset with the patient’s medical care, and called his treatment "unfair." Thomas Eric Duncan, who is from Liberia, died Wednesday after being infected with the Ebola virus. He had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, since his diagnosis on Sept. 28.Duncan’s nephew Joe Weeks told ABC News he felt Duncan had “unfair” medical treatment. Weeks suggested that Duncan did not get the same treatment being given to Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo in a Nebraska hospital, although he did not detail that alleged...
  • 'Save Excalibur' fails: Madrid euthanizes Ebola patient's dog

    10/08/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jacque Wilson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Madrid health authorities have put down Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos' dog, Excalibur, despite protests. The animal was sedated prior to euthanasia to avoid its suffering, the Health Ministry of Madrid said in a statement. More than 330,000 people had signed a petition on Change.org to save Excalibur. Ramos, a nurse's assistant, is in isolation after testing positive for the deadly Ebola virus earlier this week. Health authorities worried her dog may have also become infected. Which warrants the questions: Can dogs really get Ebola and spread it to humans? What about other animals? In Africa, Ebola infection "has been...
  • What Will Happen To Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan's Body?

    10/08/2014 12:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 8, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The body of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan will be treated with extreme caution because the virus that killed him can live in bodily fluids and tissues as long as they stay wet and at room temperature. Many deaths have been linked to the handling of bodies in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, so the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has clear guidelines for hospitals and mortuaries that might handle the remains of anyone who succumbs to Ebola. At the Dallas hospital where Duncan died on Wednesday morning, anyone who had contact with the body must wear personal protective equipment...
  • Hot topics on the ballot in Sierra Vista. Early voting starts Thursday for General Election

    10/08/2014 10:45:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — With early voting starting Thursday, now is the time to bone up on the local issues that will be decided at the ballot box during the Nov. 4 General Election. For Sierra Vista voters, with no city candidates facing runoffs, it really is all about issues. Three ballot questions, to include two hot topics, will be posed to city voters this year. A citizens’ initiative seeking to ban the use of photo enforcement cameras within the city limits has garnered the most attention recently, with the initiative’s organizer placing several large signs around town. King’s Court isn’t...