Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:15 UTC
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:15 UTC
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said that Trooper Brian Tucker picked up the woman in his personal car on July 6, 2015, and the two agreed to have sex, WUSA reported.
Tucker reportedly drove the woman to a secluded industrial area, where the two engaged in consensual sex. But when the woman refused to have anal intercourse, Tucker pointed his service weapon at her head and raped her, according to the indictment.
Tucker's vehicle was noticed by a Prince George's County police officer on patrol in the area, who took the trooper into custody after the woman explained what happened.
The trooper was charged with a first-degree sex offense, a second-degree sex offense and using a handgun in commission of a crime. He also faces charges for first- and second-degree assault.
Tucker was released on $500,000 bond. The Maryland State Police have suspended him without pay.
Judge rules Baltimore police officers will be tried separately for Freddie Gray homicide; protests break out in front of courthouse
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:56 UTC
While the prosecutors argued that the entire chain of events leading to Gray's death was relevant to the case, from his arrest to the death inside the police van, the judge's ruling means they will have to make a separate case against every one of the officers involved.
Protesters have picketed the courthouse since Wednesday morning, as the first pre-trial hearing of the six officers got underway. One protester, Kwame Rose, was arrested when a group of demonstrators blocked a busy city street in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Police have forced the protesters off the road, and Rose has been arrested, handcuffed and moved to a police van.
RT's Anya Parampil is in Baltimore, covering the protests.
Cop pushes me and tells me to shut up as I take photos of man arrested. I say I'm a member of the press he says he doesn't care— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) September 2, 2015
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:20 UTC
The VA's internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, released a report Wednesday that looked into a whistleblower's claims of extensive, persistent problems in the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Health Eligibility Center enrollment records.
The OIG found that the VHA's enrollment system had about 867,000 pending records as of September 30, 2014. On top of that, at least 307,000 applications ‒ or about 35 percent of all pending records ‒ were associated with individuals reported as deceased by the Social Security Administration.
However, "serious enrollment data limitations" prevented the inspector general from reliably determining how many of those records were associated with actual application records, Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday said in a statement.
Those limitations included an estimated 477,000 pending records that did not have application dates associated with them.
Comment: These tragic numbers are the result of a small percentage of pathologicals who create wars for profit and control based on lies. When these soldiers have served their purpose, they are tossed aside like garbage. In the capitalist system, human beings are nothing more than disposable chattel.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:49 UTC
It may be hard to imagine how one can survive earning no more than $2 a day, but for 1.5 million families and 3 million children in the US, this single digit is a severe reality, according to a new book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by co-authors Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University Kathryn Edin and University of Michigan professor of social work and public policy H. Luke Shaefer.
The US is considered one of the most developed capitalist states in the world, but that doesn't change the fact that an increasing number of its residents live in conditions one would be forgiven for thinking only those in third world countries have seen.
According to Edin and Shaefer, the US owes its shocking prevalence of poverty to conditions within the labor market, as companies do whatever it takes to reduce their costs, putting such considerations above the plight of low-wage employees. Parents having to deal with on-call scheduling, wage theft, unhealthy workplaces, cuts in hours — these are only few examples from the long list of problems within the US workforce.
"These families, contrary to what many would expect, are workers, and their slide into poverty is a failure of the labor market and our safety net, as well as their own personal circumstances," Edin told CBS News, implying that the stereotypical perception of people getting by on state welfare is not always just.
What's worse, welfare programs don't even work the way they should. Within the two decades since Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was introduced in the 1990s, the number of poor families receiving benefits has gradually decreased. Welfare assistance reached more than 14.2 million Americans in 1994, but by 2014 only 3.8 million Americans were aided by TANF, Edin and Shaefer write in their book.
By interviewing families in desperate economic straits in four US regions, Edin determined that many don't even know the program exists, while in other cases they hesitate to apply because of the stigma attached to relying on welfare, or because of the program's complex requirements.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:13 UTC
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:13 UTC
Commentators continue to cheer on America's so-called booming economic recovery. Last quarter, the U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly good 3.7% annualized rate. Stock market indices, including the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, are holding just below their all-time highs.
However, little of this expansion is trickling down to the average American household. According to the Family Budget Calculator designed by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI), low-income families cannot afford to live in any metropolitan area.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:55 UTC
The federal class-action lawsuit settled on Tuesday was brought about by nine inmates who had been held in solitary confinement for more than a decade, and who claimed that the practice of indefinite detention violated their Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. It also argued that the confinement was a violation of due process.
The plaintiffs included several leaders of and participants in hunger strikes in Security Housing Units (SHU), where they were kept confined, as this was the only means they had to protest isolating prison conditions.
"From this foundation, the prisoners' human rights movement is awakening the conscience of the nation to recognize that we are fellow human beings," said a statement from the nine plaintiffs regarding the settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California.
"As the recent statements of President Obama and of Justice Kennedy illustrate, the nation is turning against solitary confinement."
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:29 UTC
It was the first mass rally in the last six months to protest the water charges imposed by the government. Organized by the Right2Water campaign group, it was the fifth major demonstration since the controversial utility fee was levied.
The protesters gathered at two meeting points located near the train stations of Heuston in the western part of the city, and Connoly in the city's east. The demonstration began at 2 pm local time, as crowds of people marched through Dublin's quays to Spire on O'Connel Street in the city center.
Dozens of small groups of local residents joined the protesters, with a number of smaller columns of demonstrators marching in from the suburbs, Irish media reports.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:42 UTC
1,816 tons of meat accounts for about 40 percent of the country's annual consumption, The Japan Times reported. The ship left Iceland with the cargo three months earlier, according to Newsweek.
The Winter Bay is initially a Norwegian vessel flying the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis, a so-called "flag of convenience", allowing fewer regulations and taxes.
Over 1 million people signed a petition demanding that the ship removes the flag on the activist website Avaaz.
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:59 UTC
The 46-year-old US boxer and rapper who will take part in a show in Sevastopol this weekend, opted to stay away from politics during a meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea city, and said that sport could help "build a bridge" between the US and Russia.
Finding a common interest with Putin in his favorite martial art, judo, the champion told the Russian President that as a kid, before turning to the boxing ring, he wanted to master the Japanese sport. However Putin, who initially began training in sambo before switching to judo at the age of 14 (which he continues to practice today), praised Jones' achievements in the sport he had chosen.
"You were highly successful in boxing - like no one else... I don't think there have been any others like you in the world,"Putin said, noting Jones' unique achievement: Starting his career as a middleweight to gradually go on winning titles up to the heavyweight.
Comment: More and more Westerners are seeing that, beyond the Western media propaganda that demonizes him, Putin is a worthy statesman who is doing good for Russia. More people should follow Roy Jones Jr.'s lead.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:38 UTC
According to the Independent, worksheets that allude to the horrors of the Holocaust are being handed out to three and four year old schoolchildren at the Beis Rochel boys' school in Stamford Hill, North London.
In the documents, non-Jews are referred to as "evil goyim." In Yiddish, the term "goyim" means someone who is not Jewish. Nazis are also referred to as "goyim."
The worksheet asks questions related to the holiday of 21 Kislev, observed by Satmer Jews as the day its founder and holy Rebbe, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, escaped the Nazis.
Speaking to the Independent, the source said one question on the sheet asks: "What have the evil goyim done with the synagogues and cheders?" The answer in the completed worksheet reads: "Burned them."
Another question asks: "What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?" The correct worksheet answer is: "Kill them."
The worksheet "doesn't explicitly refer to the Holocaust" but it teaches young children to be "very afraid" and treat non-Jews "very suspiciously because of what they did to us in the past," the source told the paper.
Comment: Just goes to show that followers and leaders of any religion can be racist, intolerant, ignorant, and a harm to children. Rather than work on finding common ground and working together to solve the world's problems, these individuals reinforce fictitious divisions and conflicts, and foster a sense of fear and separation. Is this what religion should be?