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Eviction of London Occupy camp under way

Occupy London Stock exchange
Occupy London Stock exchange has been camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral since last October

After winning a High Court injunction, police move in to dismantle the Occupy London site outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Police and bailiffs began evicting British occupy activists from a protest camp outside St Paul's Cathedral in London in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Occupy London was last week refused permission to appeal against a High Court decision to allow their eviction to proceed.

The Court of Appeal's decision meant the City of London Corporation was free to clear the site.

Light Saber

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed Over Boycott of Israeli Goods

Court Finds Suit Is Effort to Chill Boycotters' Public Statements On Issue of Public Concern

Olympia, Wash. and New York -- February 27 - Today, in a lawsuit brought against current and former members of the Olympia Food Co-op board of directors for their decision to boycott Israeli goods, a Washington State court dismissed the case, calling it a SLAPP - Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation - and said that it would award the defendants attorneys' fees, costs, and sanctions. The judge also upheld the constitutionality of Washington's anti-SLAPP law, which the plaintiffs had challenged.

In a court hearing last Thursday, lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP argued that the court should grant the defendants' Special Motion to Strike and dismiss the case because it targeted the constitutional rights of free speech and petition in connection with an issue of public concern.

"We are pleased the Court found this case to be what it is - an attempt to chill free speech on a matter of public concern. This sends a message to those trying to silence support of Palestinian human rights to think twice before they bring a lawsuit," said Maria LaHood, a senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.


Naked Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison for Child Porn

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US, Texas - You knew the story wouldn't end well when it began with a 57-year-old man wandering around his Fort Worth workplace - naked.

A judge in Fort Worth recently sentenced Kenneth Clyde Jackson to a total of 18 years in prison.

During the trial prosecutors presented evidence that on July 3, 2010, police officers found Jackson at the Regal Plastics warehouse, off East Loop 820.

Officers were not only interested in why Jackson was at the warehouse, but why it was he didn't have on any clothes. When questioned, Jackson said he was at the warehouse catching up on work and was naked because he was hot.

When officers took Jackson back to his workstation, presumably to get his clothes, they saw child pornography pulled up on his computer.


Lap Dance Extortion Plot Rocks New Mexico Mayoral Election

Two city hall employees in Sunland Park, N.M., are wanted in an alleged blackmail investigation of a mayoral candidate that has already snared the city's acting mayor and city manager.

Dario Hernandez, the Sunland Park public works director, and Martah Alonda Lozano, a human resources assistant, are wanted in connection with the alleged extortion of mayoral candidate Gerardo Hernandez, who is not related to Dario Hernandez.

Last week a video of Gerardo Hernandez surfaced which appeared to show him receiving a lap dance at his office.


Officers hurt in Occupy clash in California Capitol

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Sacramento police are in riot gear.
US, California - At least two peace officers were injured during a clash with members of the Occupy movement who were in the state capital to protest a rally by a pro-white group.

The clash erupted about 3 p.m. Monday as California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police officers were escorting about 35 members of the South Africa Project to a parking garage following their protest outside the Capitol building.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said roughly 50 members of Occupy Oakland began throwing cans and bottles at the South Africa group and at the officers, then rushed the officers as those with the pro-whites group rushed into the parking garage.

A city police officer was injured when a member of the Occupy group jumped on him, and a CHP officer was hurt after being struck by an object. Both were taken from the scene by ambulance.

At least two Occupy members were arrested. The violence abated after a large contingent of law enforcement arrived at the scene, about one block from the Capitol.


Schapelle Corby Railroaded in Indonesia

It was meant to be a holiday: a two-week break to a tropical paradise to celebrate a sister's birthday. But for Schapelle Corby it ended up a never ending nightmare.

Arrested at Denpasar airport in 2004 after marijuana was found in her board bag, she had become the victim of every traveler's darkest fear. The drugs had been placed in her bag after she'd checked it in and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are barbaric. Her trial became a major news story, as it was glaringly obvious that the evidence she pleaded to be considered was being ignored, and thorough investigation she begged for was being shrugged off. She was sentenced to a shocking 20 years in an Indonesian jail. Her appeals were dismissed equally as lightly, with the end of the judicial process being reached in March 2008.

Today, she remains in that squalid cell, as she will for countless years unless something is done. She will miss the best years of her life, never have kids, never see them play.... the list is endless. Despair and misery doesn't even begin to describe it.


Fashion's High Price: How Heels Damage the Body

High Heels
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Fashionable feet come at a price.

The laundry list of damage that high heels can do to your body just got longer: According to podiatrists, high-heeled shoes are one of the most common causes of ingrown toenails.

This toenail problem, which occurs when the toes are compressed so that the big toenail grows into the skin, is usually nothing more than a painful annoyance. But ingrown toenails can become infected, sometimes necessitating the removal of the entire nail.

"Ingrown toenails can be painful, but many women are willing to cope with the discomfort in order to continue wearing their high heels,"Rodney Stuck, a professor of podiatry at the Loyola University Health System, said in a statement. "However, more serious complications can arise and cause permanent damage to the toenail, if they are left untreated."

Stuck suggested avoiding overly pointy, tight shoes and tight hosiery. Trimming the toenails straight across can also reduce the risk of ingrown nails. Soaking the feet in lukewarm, soapy water, drying them thoroughly and then applying a mild antiseptic can prevent infection if toenails are already ingrown.

But heels can harm more than just the toes. Research has linked high heels in youth to heel and ankle pain in older adults. One study published in October 2009 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research analyzed foot-examination data from more than 3,300 men and women and found that more than 60 percent of women reported wearing shoes with poor support, including heels, pumps and sandals, compared with only 2 percent of men. In women, wearing these shoes in the past was linked with heel and ankle pain.


Wisconsin Governor Will Not Challenge Recall Signatures

Scott Walker
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Scott Walker
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not challenge any of the more than one million signatures gathered by opponents to force a vote to recall the controversial Republican, saying his campaign did not have enough time to review them.

Walker faced a deadline Monday to file challenges after a Dane County judge granted him a 20-day extension beyond the 10 days allotted under state law. Walker also sought an additional two weeks but was turned down.

"We faced an impossible timeline," Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews told wispolitics.com.

Walker has been in office only a year but he angered Democrats and union members by pushing through the state legislature a law stripping public sector unions of many of their powers. Republicans said the law was necessary to improve the condition of state finances but Democrats accuse him of "union busting." Tens of thousands of people marched on the state capital to protest last winter.

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Fatal school fight between 2 girls was over a boy, friends, family say

US, California - An 11-year-old girl who died after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach cried, complained of a headache and vomited after the altercation, friends and family said.

Long Beach police said the girl underwent surgery hours after the fight but declined to say what type and have not revealed a cause of death.

"There are still many questions, many questions that cannot be answered," said Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna.


RFK's Son Arrested For Trying To Take His Baby Out Of Hospital

douglas kennedy
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Surveillance video shows Douglas Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment relating to a Jan. 7 scuffle in the maternity unit of Northern Westchester Hospital, in a violent scuffle with two nurses.

Two nurses allege Kennedy twisted one's wrist and kicked the other while they tried to prevent him from taking his two-day old son outside.

Kennedy says he was trying to take his son, Beau, out for some fresh air, when nurses tried to stop him.

On the surveillance video, you see Kennedy lift his leg and a nurse fall backwards on the floor.