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Arkansas chemistry professors 'on administrative leave' after arrests for manufacturing meth

Terry David Bateman & Bradley Allen Rowland, Arkansas meth dealers

Terry David Bateman, left, and Bradley Allen Rowland
A director and an associate professor in Henderson State University's chemistry department were arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a media release said.

Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson arrested Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland, both of Arkadelphia, Friday afternoon on charges of manufacturing meth and use of drug paraphernalia, the release said.

The release did not say whether investigators believe the two associate professors manufactured methamphetamine on campus, but said Arkadelphia police, a narcotics task force and Henderson State University contributed to the investigation.

The university's website listed Bateman as an associate professor and as the director of undergraduate research in the chemistry department. An online profile under Bateman's name said he has been working at Henderson State University since 2009.

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Snakes in Suits

Brazen liar: Prince Andrew claims he has no memory of meeting Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre

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© East News / Justin Sutcliffe
The UK's Prince Andrew says he has no memory of meeting an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who says she was coerced into sex with him while underage, despite seemingly appearing alongside her in a 2001 photo.

While Andrew says he regrets spending time with the New York financier after he had been implicated in sex trafficking, the prince insisted in an interview with the BBC he did not recall ever meeting Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced into sex with Andrew between 1999 and 2002, during the time she says Epstein kept her as a "slave."
I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.

Comment: Here's the full interview, if you can stomach it:

The royal family is screwed. But then, so is the whole British regime.


Heart - Black

Kelsey Berreth murder trial: Patrick Frazee had hit list of witnesses to kill, inmate says in testimony

Patrick Frazee
© Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP
Teller County Sheriff deputies lead Patrick Frazee out of the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., April 5, 2019.
At the trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee, an inmate told the jury in bombshell testimony Friday that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill a number of witnesses in the case.

Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.

Prosecutors allege Frazee, who's on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth's body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.

But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.

Comment: See also: Nurse reportedly investigated in Kelsey Berreth case may have struck plea deal, fiance charged with murder


Arrow Down

Blaming the messenger: Ecuador cuts off RT Spanish broadcast after minister complains about protest coverage

RT communications
© Global Look Press / Jaap Arriens
Ecuador's public television provider, the National Telecommunications Corporation, has cut off its broadcast of RT Spanish. The move comes weeks after Ecuador's interior minister complained about RT covering local protests.

The broadcast was cut off on Thursday without any prior notice or explanation. The NTC's only comment was to tell its customers that the channel 778, which was the one carrying RT Spanish, is not included in the package anymore, and offer three sports channels instead.

RT has still not received any comment from the NTC and its reasons remain unclear. Last month, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo blamed RT for the increased level of "violence" President Lenin Moreno faced in the media field during the massive protests that gripped the Latin American nation.

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Airplane

High anxiety: American Airlines flight crews are 'begging' not to fly on 737 MAX

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© Reuters / Louis Nastro
Some flight attendants with American Airlines remain fearful of flying the Boeing 737 MAX, despite the plane-maker nearing regulatory approval for a software update. The jet has been grounded after two fatal crashes left 346 dead.

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), they want to be fully versed on what has happened and why the plane is safe to fly now. The union said it will consider information from Boeing, US regulators, American Airlines, the carrier's pilots and others before making a final decision.

"I hear from some flight attendants every day and they are begging me to not make them go back up in that airplane," APFA President Lori Bassani told reporters. "We want to know without a doubt that it's safe to fly."

Boeing, which has been striving to end the MAX's worldwide grounding, said this week the US Federal Aviation Administration is on track to certify its redesigned flight-control software by mid-December. The manufacturer could then start delivering new MAX jets to the world's airlines.

Comment: How transparent will the company be with flight crews regarding safety this time? And with the ongoing malfunctions in various Boeing aircraft, it's no wonder people are reluctant to board them.


Eye 1

Arbuthnot out as Assange's judge, says WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson

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© Euan Cherry/Photoshot
Emma Arbuthnot, senior district judge (chief magistrate), based at Westminster magistrates court.
UPDATED: WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson said Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the judge presiding over Julian Assange's extradition proceedings who is embroiled in a conflict of interest, will no longer be sitting on the case.

Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate enmeshed in a conflict of interest, will no longer be presiding over the extradition proceedings of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, said WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson, at an event in Sydney on Friday night.

"Yes, there was some controversy about her sitting on the case," Robinson said. "She won't be sitting on the case going forward." Robinson told Australian journalist Quentin Dempster at the event that she was "not sure" who would take over from Arbuthnot.

Comment: The deck has been stacked against Assange from the get-go. His "trial" is nothing but a sham.

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Fire

Major fire 'crawls up cladding' of student building in Bolton, UK

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Image of the blaze at The Cube student accommodation, Bolton
Two people have been injured in a large fire at a student accommodation building in Bolton amid rising concern that the cladding on the building may have contributed to the blaze.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire on the top floors of a six-storey building known as the Cube on Bradshawgate from about 8.30pm on Friday, with one witness describing the fire as "crawl[ing] up the cladding like it was nothing".

Paramedics treated two people at the scene, including one person rescued by crews via an aerial platform, as about 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines worked to tackle the blaze at its height.

Comment: As noted in the article, cladding of this kind, that has become prevalent with new buildings and refurbishments as a cheap way to make a building look more appealing, has been implicated in England's Grenfell tower block tragedy that killed 72 people.

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Extinguisher

Inept ABC 'searching staff emails' 'pressuring colleagues to turn against each other' as they freak out over the identity of the Amy Robach video leaker

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An ABC insider has claimed top execs are 'freaking out' as they struggle to ID who admitted in a letter signed Ignotus that they leaked an Amy Robach tape (pictured)
Top executives at ABC are 'freaking out' amid a probe into who leaked a hot mic video where Amy Robach is seen ranting that the network spiked a Jeffrey Epstein story, an insider has claimed.

The source claims ABC has searched emails and news logs in a bid to find the culprit and has been isolating and encouraging staff to turn against each other amid their investigation.

Confusion surrounds a letter published after former ABC News producer Ashley Bianco, 25, was 'wrongly accused' and fired from CBS, in which the author admitted they sent the tape to Project Veritas and was mysteriously signed off 'Ignotus'.

Comment: Good luck in your investigation, ABC. We can see that you've got a veritable Sherlock Holmes on the case.

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Attention

Judge in 'Baby Body Parts' trial orders guilty verdict against journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood

David Daleiden
© Eric Kayne/Getty Images
The judge in the "Baby Body Parts" trial of activist and journalist David Daleiden has ordered the jury find him guilty of trespassing at Planned Parenthood conferences and clinics — before the jury retired to consider a verdict.

Planned Parenthood is suing Daleiden and his colleagues after they released secretly recorded videos of executives haggling over the sale and price of baby body parts from abortions in their facilities.

Daleiden is contesting all the charges. However, Judge William Orrick told the jury that he has decided to find Daleiden guilty of trespass during his undercover journalism. Daleiden previously lost an attempt to have Judge Orrick removed from the case, alleging he was biased against the defendants.

Comment: They're trying to set a dangerous precedent here - making it a punishable offense for journalists to go undercover to expose the wrongs of corporations and governments. It's very noteworthy that Planned Parenthood have not disputed the disgusting information being exposed about their practices, only that a journalist should be punished for exposing them. One can find parallels in the latest ABC-Epstein cover-up and the trial of Julian Assange.

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Handcuffs

Sixty-six Iraqi security officers on trial over violence against protesters

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© AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban
Sixty-six Iraqi security officers have been put on trial over the excessive use of force in dispersing protesters, government spokesman Saad Hadisi, said amid unrest in the Middle Eastern country.

On Thursday, the spokesman said live on Al Arabiya that "1,600 demonstrators arrested for participating in protests have been released and 66 security officers faced trial".

The UN Human Rights Council said last week that at least 269 people had been killed in the protests.


Comment: Imagine the press coverage if this had been in Russia...


Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that he would carry out a cabinet reshuffle and introduce changes to election laws. Mahdi said that the government's resignation, demanded by protesters, would throw the country into chaos.

Comment: And the protests continue...

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