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Cop charged with manslaughter in murder of Terence Crutcher released on bond

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Officer Betty Shelby of the City of Tulsa Police Department in Tulsa, Oklahoma is shown in this undated photo provided September 21, 2016.
Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, has been released on a $50,000 bond.

Officer Shelby was booked at the Tulsa County Jail on Friday morning and was released about 20 minutes later, ABC news reported.

On September 16, she shot dead Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. The shooting was caught on video. Shelby acted "unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation" with Crutcher, according to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.

Crutcher was wearing baggy clothes but Shelby "was not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present," according to the affidavit.

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Eyewitnesses confirm cop called 13yo boy a "stupid n****r" after killing him

Sometimes, if not frequently, the truth in fatal shootings by law enforcement comes not from police, but from witnesses to the incident — and in how authorities behave after the fact.

For a week — and, more broadly, over the course of years — the highly dubious deaths of three individuals at the hands of perpetually-frightened police ripped open scars leftover from America's violently racist past, bleeding the protests and riots symptomatic of a wound that might never heal.

Under questionable circumstances still flaring factious public division, police stole the lives of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, the latter sparking peaceful protests later turned so violent on the streets of Charlotte, one reporter from an albeit conservative outlet likened the scene to the military assault on the West Bank by Israel.


Pope Francis warns that journalism based on gossip is akin to terrorism

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Speaking with Italian reporters, Pope Francis warned they should be careful as one can kill a person with their tongue. This is even more so for journalists, so their work should be very professional and never based on "rumors."

On Thursday, Francis addressed a gathering of 400 people from the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists, emphasizing the importance of professionalism in journalistic activity, as it is the cornerstone of an independent and pluralist society.

However, "you can kill a person with the tongue," Catholic news website Cruxnow cited the pontiff as saying.

"I have often spoken of rumors as 'terrorism,' of how you can kill a person with the tongue," Pope Francis said. "If this is valid for an individual person, in the family or at work, so much more it's valid for journalists, because their voice can reach everyone, and this is a very powerful weapon."

Denunciation of evil, he continued, must not come at the cost of disrespecting another, because "the unjustly defamed can be destroyed forever."

Red Flag

Study finds religious conflict in French workplaces on the rise

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The presence of religion in workplaces is rising in France, with 65 percent of employees saying they've noticed it, according to new research.

The study was published on Thursday by the Observatory for Religion in the Workplace (OFRE) and the Randstad Institute. A total of 1,405 people participated, and all religions were taken into account.

"The 2016 survey by Randstad Institute and OFRE shows a significant increase of religion in business," says Laurent Morestain, secretary general of the Randstad France group and president of the Randstad Institute for Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development.

Last year, the same survey showed 50 percent, so the jump is significant.

Among those polled, 21 percent said they saw people wearing religious symbols, 18 percent said they'd heard people ask for time off work for religious reasons, and 8 percent saw people praying during breaks.

"The majority of the time, these instances do not hinder work," Lionel Honoré, director of the OFRE, told French newspaper Le Figaro.


Professor who has predicted 30 years of presidential outcomes correctly says Trump is headed for a win

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Nobody knows for certain who will win on Nov. 8 — but one man is pretty sure: Professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1984.

When we sat down in May, he explained how he comes to a decision. Lichtman's prediction isn't based on horse-race polls, shifting demographics or his own political opinions. Rather, he uses a system of true/false statements he calls the "Keys to the White House" to determine his predicted winner.

And this year, he says, Donald Trump is the favorite to win.

Mr. Potato

Trump calls on Killary to return donations from pervert Anthony Weiner

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Anthony Weiner, Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump's campaign is calling on Hillary Clinton to return money it received from Anthony Weiner, the husband of the vice chair of the Clinton campaign.

"The announcement by the FBI and New York Police Department that they are investigating close Clinton ally Anthony Weiner's inappropriate relationship with an under-aged female is extremely disturbing," deputy communications director Jessica Ditto said in a statement released Thursday night.

People 2

More than a million Brits trapped in miserable relationships with their partners

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More than a million people in the UK are trapped in miserable relationships with their spouse or long-term partner, new research has found.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate the number of people in an "extremely unhappy" relationship has doubled since 2010, while the proportion of those who described their relationship as "perfect" took a sharp fall.

Experts at Relate, the relationship counseling charity, said the economic downturn caused by the 2008 financial crash has been followed by a "social recession" which is making people unhappier.

One in 20 of those polled (4.8 percent) in 2014 said they were "extremely unhappy" - double the proportion in 2010, according to the ONS' annual wellbeing survey.

Comment: This data begs the question, if one is extremely unhappy in a relationship, why do they continue to stay in that relationship?

Red Flag

Classical image of man disappearing as fashion industry blurs line between men and women

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Muscular, classically chiseled male models are a dying breed as men are ever more chosen for thinness, even androgyny, in a fashion world playing with the notion of gender.

It only takes looking back a decade to male fashion shows -- at Versace, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton or Gucci -- to see the change on the catwalk.

Shoulders have lost their squareness, chests have sunk.

Back then, "male models were a little bit bigger... not so, so skinny," said Tricia Romani, head of the Canadian branch of the Wilhelmina international modeling agency.

Hedi Slimane, while at Saint Laurent and Dior, was among the designers who transfigured the dominant vision of the masculine look into lank, languorous and unique.


Cops manhandle and pepper spray 15yr old girl after she was knocked unconscious in a bike accident

Police in Maryland have defended the pepper-spraying arrest of a 15-year-old girl as "justified" after police body-cam footage of the incident sparked protests.

The black teenager was arrested last Sunday by Hagerstown Police for "not cooperating" with officers after she allegedly hit a moving car with her bicycle.

Police released two officer bodycam videos of the incident Wednesday. In the footage, the girl refuses questioning and attempts to cycle away from officers who then pull her off the bike by her backpack and forcibly handcuff her hands behind her back.

Comment: Is this the standard procedure for cops to manhandle and pepper spray a 15-year-old girl after she was just knocked unconscious in a bike crash?! It seems almost unbelievable but for the fact that it's happening more and more all the time.


War weary U.S. soldiers deeply skeptical about America's foreign interventions

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A boy watches soldiers from the U.S. Army's Charlie Company during a patrol near Dokalam village in Kunar Province.
After 15 years of wars, a majority of US service members are deeply skeptical about America's foreign interventions. The US should focus on homeland defense and jobs instead of invading and "stabilizing" countries like Afghanistan or Iraq, a new poll shows.

Most active-duty members of the US military would prefer the government to refrain from overseas missions involving so-called nation-building, a number of costly and ambiguous efforts to reconstruct post-war countries, according to a poll run by the Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).

The survey, described by the Military Times as a first-of-its-kind study, included a question: "How do you view the US government's continued involvement in nation-building efforts, establishing democracies in the Middle East and North Africa using US military and financial support?"

About 55 percent of service members said they "strongly oppose"or "somewhat oppose" those efforts, while 23 percent responded positively to an idea of carrying out such missions. The remaining 22 percent were either unsure or of no opinion on the issue.