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Information sought in case of police officer assaulting a gay man at a gas station


Officer Smith
The Free Thought Project received a tip involving interaction with a Mount Joy Borough Police Officer and two men. A video was sent to us with the following title, "Mount Joy Borough, PA Police Officer Smith, Strikes and Harasses Local Latino, Gay Male."

They used to be called "Liquor Cycles" as the two-wheeled gas powered scooters were the only personal transportation option for those who'd been convicted of Driving Under The Influence (DUI). Now, with many states requiring insurance, license plates, and registration, liquor cycles are now just an economical way to get around.

But for two men, who stopped at a local gas station for slushies, the night took a turn for the worse when they ran into a police officer, who supposedly called one of them a "dick wad." That's when the video begins.

The officer, whose last name is allegedly Smith, proclaimed, "If you want to go out there and start putting out things, why don't you start trying to tell the truth for once," the officer said. "I didn't call you a dick wad, you just called me a douchebag," he proclaimed.

Megaphone

Women protest and launch petition over rampant sexual harassment in Parisian district

© Ana Zaragoza / Getty Images
Outraged women in an eastern Parisian district have staged demonstrations and launched an online petition receiving 7,000 signatures within 24 hours - all over a "male den" in their neighborhood where women are subject to harassment and sexist remarks.

In what is described as "a few hundred square meters" in the neighborhood of Chapelle-Pajol, cafes, bars, and restaurants are effectively banned for local women, Le Parisien reports. Residents say that over the past year, the area has changed completely, with groups of men of unidentified origin, as well as street vendors, harassing local women.

Locals staged a protest on Friday to draw attention to what is going on in the area.


Heart - Black

Teen couple charged with neglect after rat chews holes in baby's head


Erica Shyrock and Charles Elliott
A teenage couple have been charged with crimes linked to child neglect after their 15-day-old baby girl was discovered with up to 100 rat bites leaving her skull exposed.

The newborn baby needed facial reconstruction surgery after she was left with a hole in her forehead when the rodents attacked her entire body at a home in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Her parents Erica Shyrock, 19, and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Charles Elliott, were arrested and subsequently charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

The baby girl weighed just 5lbs when she was taken to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center on Sunday (14 May) after being bitten 75 to 100 times by rats.

Police in Arkansas were called after the bites were discovered on her arms, fingers, hands and face including an inch-long cut on her forehead.

Light Sabers

Town in Austria refuses to accept any more refugees after 15yo girl 'brutally raped'

© Jure Makovec / Agence France-Presse
The mayor of Tulln in Lower Austria has announced the town will stop accepting refugees and asylum seekers. The ban comes after a sexual assault on a teenage girl, allegedly carried out by refugees.

The ban was announced in Tulln earlier this week, with the mayor having informed senior authorities in the region that his town refuses to accept any refugees or asylum seekers "until further notice," local media reported.

"We have zero tolerance against criminal asylum seekers who abuse the rights while being guests. In view of what these criminals have done to the girl, the full severity of the law is demanded," Mayor Peter Eisenschenk said in a statement, as cited by Heute News.

Horse

Study: Journalists' brains show a lower level of executive function due to lifestyle

A recent scientific study just proved something that viewers of CNN have probably suspected for years: Journalists' brains function at a lower level than the rest of the population.

A study conducted by neuroscientist Tara Swift and the London Press Club determined that "the highest functions of journalists brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, due to dehydration, self-medicating, and fueling their brains with caffeine and high-sugar foods"

However, the pressures of the job are not affecting journalists ability to endure and bounce back from adversity in the long term, due to a belief that their work has meaning," according to a press release from the London Press Club.

Che Guevara

Negotiations fail: Nearly 40k AT&T workers go on strike after contract

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AT&T workers have begun a three-day strike, accusing the company of failing to make fair proposals during contract negotiations. It is the largest strike in the US since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year.

On Friday, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced that roughly 38,000 AT&T wireless, wireline and DirecTV workers had walked off the job after AT&T failed to "present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future."

Family

Trump promises 6 weeks of paid maternity & paternity leave

© Michaela Rehle / Reuters
New parents would receive six weeks of paid leave, under a new initiative in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. New details released by the White House also show the "first step" in his promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

The budget will call for funds to create a program that would grant mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two senior White House officials told reporters on Thursday on condition of anonymity to describe a program that has not yet been formally proposed. The details of the program still must be negotiated with Congress, including how it will be funded, although states would be required to run their own programs.

"The states would have a big stake in it," said one of the White House officials. "They could help design the program."

Cut

Courageous Indian woman hailed after cutting off genitals of 'rapist' guru

© Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters
Members of All India Students Association protest against rape in New Delhi, India, October 18, 2015.
A young Indian woman who chopped off the penis of her alleged rapist has been praised for her 'courage' by local officials.

The 23-year-old law student from Kerala, southern India, removed the appendage as well as 90 percent of the man's genitals in the attack, according to The Hindu. She reportedly contacted police immediately after the incident and was taken to a refuge for safety.

The man, identified as Swami Ganeshananda, a self-proclaimed religious guru, was treated for his injuries at a local government hospital.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hailed the young woman, declaring the action "a courageous and strong act."

Pills

FDA-approved psychoactive drug was likely behind Chris Cornell's tragic death says wife

On Thursday, rock fans worldwide were shocked and saddened to hear that the legendary Soundgarden singer, Chris Cornell, had killed himself.

"Chris's death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend," Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell wrote following the death of her husband.

According to authorities, Chris Cornell died by hanging himself in his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room after a concert at the Fox Theatre.

But, why, many are asking, would a man who was worshiped by his fans, had a beautiful family, and successful career, take his own life. Well, his wife and family attorney have come forward with a potential reason.

Chris Cornell was taking Ativan, a psychoactive drug in the Benzodiazepines class.

Airplane

Turkish man attempts cockpit break-in on Hawaii flight

© Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Hawaiian Air National Guard F-22 jets were scrambled to escort American Airlines Flight 31 after a man reported to be Turkish tried to break through the cockpit door of a commercial plane flying from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Crewmembers and an off-duty Honolulu police officer subdued a Turkish man after he attempted to break down the cockpit door after the flight departed Los Angeles International Airport on Friday at 8:34am local time, HawaiiNewsNow reported.