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Jay-walking cop throws hot coffee at biker, caught on video

© Elijah Bling/Facebook
Uniformed officer throws hot coffee at a motorcyclist as he drives by.
A jaywalking Chicago cop became upset at a group of motorcyclists speeding through city streets, so he tossed a hot cup of coffee at one of the bikers. Apparently, the cop was unaware the biker was recording him, capturing the incident on video.

"I got you on camera, bro," said the man who goes by Elijah Bling on Facebook. "Yeah, I got you."

The man then speeds away with the other bikers as the video cuts out.

The video was posted to Facebook on Sunday and shows a group of bikers speeding through the area of what appears to be near E. Hubbard Street and N. State Street. The coffee cup appears to be an extra large sized coffee cup from a nearby 7-11 or maybe a Starbucks, both who are known to give free coffee to cops.

In fact, it's an open secret that many restaurants and franchises provide free food and coffee to cops to thank them for keeping them safe. The equivalent of protection money.

Comment: #BluePrivilege, let's not hold our breath until they discipline this officer. In all likelihood he'll get a slap on the wrist, if anything. If a normal citizen threw hot coffee on people that they passed on the street, there'd be jail time and civil lawsuit.

Comment: We'll have to wait and see what comes of this investigation.


Father of slain Palestinian dies 'of shock' in Umm al-Hiran

Father of Yacoub Abu al-Qee'an reportedly died Thursday morning, after succumbing to shock over the death of his son, who was killed while defending his village of Umm al-Hiran.

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, a sword has hung over the heads of Umm al-Hiran's 1,000 inhabitants for many months, now, as the Israeli government has advanced plans to raze the Palestinian Bedouin village of 150 homes and replace it with a town exclusive to Israeli Jews.

Raed Abu al-Qee'an, Yacoub's 40-year-old nephew, said that not only did the police kill him in cold blood, "but now they are holding his body hostage to try to make more convincing their ridiculous story that he is a terrorist." Al-Qee'an's body was laid to rest Thursday afternoon, alas without a chance to bid farewell to his son

Video link via the Alternative Information Center interview: Akram Abu al-Qiyan, Umm al Hiran


Ex-Livermore cop charged with purchasing sex from a teenager will have his charges dismissed

© Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley attends a news conference where she announced that her office plans to charge seven current or former police officers for crimes related to a sexually exploited teenager who goes by Celeste Guap on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Oakland, Cali
On the eve of trial, a former Livermore police officer accused in an expansive sexual misconduct scandal reached a plea bargain Thursday that may erase all the allegations against him.

Daniel Black agreed to plead no contest to one misdemeanor count of lewd conduct in public. Prosecutors said that while off duty as a police officer in April, Black and a teenager engaged in sexual acts in his motor home on two occasions and that he paid for her dinners and gave her alcohol in exchange.

Five other misdemeanor charges against Black — including lewd conduct, engaging in prostitution and giving alcohol to a minor — were dismissed with the deal.

The 19-year-old woman, whose mother is an Oakland police dispatcher, has said officers and sheriff's deputies from around the Bay Area had sex with her in the past two years. She told The Chronicle that some of the officers paid her, while others tipped her off about prostitution stings or ran the names of people she knew through law enforcement databases.

Comment: An unfortunately timed medical emergency, we hope the young woman is okay.

Related reading:

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Federal judge dismisses tribe request to stop final link of Dakota Access Pipeline

© Stephanie Keith / Reuters
A federal judge in Washington, DC has dismissed a request by a group of Native American tribes seeking to stop construction of the final link of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes claimed the project will prevent them from practicing religious ceremonies at Oahe Lake which they say is surrounded by sacred ground. District Court Judge James Boasberg stated there was no imminent harm to the tribes' religious practices as oil is not flowing through the pipeline yet.

The ruling will allow Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the $3.8 billion, 1,170 mile pipeline, to finish the final 1,100ft (335m) connection under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, completing the project. The company's stock rose 0.3 percent after the announcement, according to Seeking Alpha.


U.S. senators propose legislation to improve volcano monitoring, early warnings

© NPS photo/Janice Wei
U.S. senators in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii have proposed legislation intended to improve volcano monitoring efforts and early warning capabilities.

The measure would put the Alaska, Cascades and Hawaiian volcano observatories into a connected system and create a 24-hour Volcano Watch Office to provide ongoing situational awareness of active volcanoes in the U.S. and its territories.

A Senate energy committee release says the Alaska Volcano Observatory has long been underfunded and is among the busiest observatories in the world. The Cascades observatory, in Washington, monitors volcanoes in that state, Oregon and Idaho, and two of the more active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, are monitored by the Hawaiian observatory.

The bill is from Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Maria Cantwell of Washington and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, all energy committee members.


32 people killed in Taiwan tour bus crash

Taiwan: Tour bus crashes, 32 killed
At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus crashed near Taipei on Monday night, with television footage showing the bus careening toward a road barrier before flipping on its side.

Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department said, adding that 12 people were still being treated in hospitals around Taipei, the capital.

Many of the passengers were elderly, although the age range was early 20s to late 60s, according to city authorities.

The trip had been arranged by the Tieh Lien Hua Travel Agency, according to Taiwan's tourism bureau.

An official with the agency said the tourists were "likely" all from Taiwan, but that it was still looking at passenger information.


Tennessee teacher fired for posting 'the only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter' on Facebook

Rutherford County Schools said a substitute teacher will no longer be working in the school district after he was accused of posting "inappropriate, threatening" comments on social media regarding President Donald Trump.
© Scripps Media
Rutherford County Schools received several messages about David Colin on Wednesday. Colin is accused of posting on Facebook, "the only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter," on Facebook Nov. 9 at 9:29 a.m.

Colin is not employed by RCS, but is contracted through PESG. The schools said Colin is no longer permitted to work in the district.

The school district has notified PESG about Colin. The contractor indicted that it will conduct an internal investigation of the allegations immediately. "Information was presented to us by the school district," a PESG spokesperson said. "We are investigating it."

Colin is also accused of writing this on Facebook on Jan. 16:
I spent a lot of time today thinking about the state of this mess. There are huge numbers of people that are upset, mad, angry, (pretty much every negative word), but what I have not seen is a plan. Everyone is looking for leadership to start this off, but there is no one carrying the banner. Without that we will all settle in to becoming angry hateful people and there will be no solutions. So, where do we go from here? Rallies and demonstrations are pretty much futile, since the lunatics just laugh at us knowing we haven't the guts to stand up ad take the actions needed. Writing and complaining falls on deaf ears. Not until the first shot is fired will the recovery begin.

Comment: Another post from December 12th as reported by The Blaze:

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Airport detainment: US-born NASA employee forced to hand over phone and pin code

"One moment please..."
A US citizen who works for NASA received an unfriendly welcome upon re-entering his own country, detained by a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent who forced him to hand over his phone and access code, despite the device containing sensitive NASA information.

Sidd Bikkannavar - who has worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) for the past 10 years - was expecting a speedy re-entry into the United States when he returned from South America on a personal trip, particularly because he is enrolled in the Global Entry program, which allows citizens to have expedited entry into the country after undergoing thorough background checks.

However, a smooth process wasn't at all what Bikkannavar received when he arrived at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on January 30 - just over a week into the Trump administration and shortly after the president's travel ban had been chaotically rolled out at airports across the country.

The scientist, whose expertise is on a type of optics technology which will be used on the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, told the Verge that he was detained by CBP agents when he tried to enter the US after a trip to South America, where he had pursued his hobby of racing solar-powered cars.

Comment: Was Mr. Bikkannavar's detainment and search provided as an example? Were the parameters of the initial executive order confusingly inconclusive? One would think Mr. B's credentials should have afforded him at least a phone call.


Pennsylvania superintendent bans cafeteria forks after stabbings, revokes hall passes

Superintendent Frank Dalmas thinks Sto-Rox High School students have proven they can't be trusted with forks.

After incidents of students forking each other in the cafeteria and other bad behavior, Dalmas pulled the utensils out of the school and instituted other "extreme" security measures that are irking some parents, WPXI reports.

"They are taking the kids' utensils from them for lunch, telling them to eat with their fingers and they are not allowed to use bathrooms," parent Emanuel Rodriguez said. "It's just ridiculous."School officials also reportedly revoked hall passes and took other measures to limit access to bathrooms over problems with fights and drug use.

Student Hailey Kwiatanowski seemed to understand exactly why the drastic action was necessary. "We've had multiple school fights in the last few days. We've had girls get jumped, police here, ambulances here," she said.

Rodriguez still thinks school security is overboard. "They make these kids come down here and stand outside in a line, just to enter the building," he said, adding that school officials have not discussed problems with parents. "No parent has been updated about anything."


UNICEF: Proposed Philippines law lowers age of criminal responsibility to 9, 'wrong from every angle'

© Romeo Ranoco / Reuters
Incarcerated at age nine.
A proposed law that would lower the age of criminal responsibility for Filipino children from 15 to nine is "wrong from every angle," the head of the United Nations children's agency in the Philippines has warned. "If they grow up spending their teenage years in a prison, they most probably will be damaged for life," UNICEF representative Lotta Sylwander told the Guardian in a telephone interview from Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte's allies have been pushing for the age of criminal responsibility to be lowered. The draft bill was introduced by house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who said the current age of 15 was "pampering ... youth offenders who commit crimes knowing they can get away with it."

Another draft bill under consideration aims to restore the death penalty.

Children in the Philippines can be arrested and detained from the age of nine - a law which has affected over 50,000 youngsters since 1995, according to UNICEF. It's unclear whether lawmakers would seek to apply the death penalty to children.

Comment: Adult criminal status at age nine...fourth graders by western standards.