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Double amputee sues Nebraska city and the police he says brutalized him

Police forced an innocent, double-leg amputee to get out of his car at gunpoint, with hands up, then beat and ridiculed him as "a cripple crawling around," the African-American man claims in court.

Leroy Duffie claims Lincoln city police handcuffed and beat him and left him lying on the street for half an hour before they finally "removed the handcuffs and allowed the plaintiff to crawl under the van to retrieve his prosthetic legs." Duffie sued the City of Lincoln in Lancaster County Court.

Duffie describes himself in the lawsuit as "an African American ... with a diagnosis of depression and post traumatic stress disorder and ... a double amputee with prosthetics." He says Lincoln police pulled him over for no discernible reason on Sept. 3, 2011.

The complaint states: "When plaintiff was stopped, he was confronted by LPD officers with their service revolvers drawn and pointed at him and he was immediately ordered to raise his hands and get out of the van. Plaintiff politely responded that he couldn't raise his hands and get out of the van at the same time due to his being a double amputee and needed his hands to help lift his improperly fitted prosthetic legs that were only duct taped to the upper remaining portions of his legs.

Comment: No amount of money can compensate Mr. Duffie for what these pathological police officers put him through, and whatever monetary award, if any, he receives will be paid by working class taxpayers, not the cops who assaulted him. The psycho police who committed this heinous act have not been disciplined and continue to swagger around wearing badges that entitle them to commit crimes any ordinary citizen would be imprisoned for.


Man stole father's body from Detroit cemetery 'to bring him back to life'

© Associated PressVincent Bright pleaded guilty to stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery in exchange for avoiding a jail sentence.
A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

Vincent Bright, 49, stole the body of 93-year-old Clarence Bright from Gethsemane cemetery on 14 January and stored it in a home freezer.

Police, acting on a tip from other family members, found the corpse in Bright's home on Detroit's east side. Police said Bright took the body in the hope his father would be resurrected.

Bright pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of disinterring a body and faces sentencing on 24 September.

"He seems to be doing well," his defence lawyer Gerald Karafa told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

A conviction on the charge of disinterring a body could have brought up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors sought a mental health examination for Bright, which found he was competent to stand trial.

Source: Associated Press


Bald eagle crashes into window as crowd chants 'USA! USA!'

A special spirit day at Oral Roberts University took a tragicomical turn last week when a bald eagle released into the school's Christ Chapel by a professional handler crashed into a window just as students began chanting "USA! USA!"

The eagle was unharmed, but many of the students could be heard screaming at the sight of America's national animal wiping out in metaphorical fashion.

The bird had apparently become disoriented from the crowd's patriotic hollering.

"It was a bit shocking to see, but we're thankful the eagle is OK," an ORU spokeswoman told Tulsa World.

After the eagle's trainer recovered the bird, university president Dr. William M. Wilson continued with the service, at one point urging students to become "eagles for Christ."

In other words, get led astray by the mindless repetition of an arrogant conviction until you eventually crash into an invisible construct.


Independent news as vehicle for character assassination

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Gilad Atzmon
Common decency demands that when someone slanders you in a public forum that you should have the right to respond in that same forum.

TRNN is an independent news network that provides thought-provoking news, analysis, and commentary. TRNN is much more than news headlines. For the greatest part, news events are reported in context and with relevant background information. This distinguishes TRNN very much from state and corporate media news. In addition, TRNN senior editor Paul Jay is very adept at playing devil's advocate, laying out the corporate media/government line whereby guest analysts can probe and expose propaganda and disinformation.

Since criticizing the corporate media is very much like flogging a dead horse and because getting the real news out there is so important, I tend to focus my media criticism on TRNN. For instance, I criticized TRNN for parroting a corporate-state media message about North Korea (without providing relevant background information).1 Its US electoral coverage in 2008 and 2012 was fundamentally anti-democratic because of its inordinate focus on the evilist parties rather than alloting equal coverage to all parties (albeit third party coverage did increase from 2008 to 2012).

Recently TRNN has been presenting a series called "Reality Asserts Itself." Some fine insight has been provided by Chris Hedges, Vijay Prashad, and Max Blumenthal. However, in a recent installment of the show, Blumenthal engaged in, what can best be described as, character assassination. Blumenthal's target was the jazz musician/author Gilad Atzmon. 2

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Bank former CEO admits to using bailout money to buy a luxury condo in Florida

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Darryl Layne Woods, the former CEO of a Missouri bank, admitted in court yesterday to using financial crisis bailout funds to purchase a luxury waterfront condo in Florida, Dealbook's Peter Lattman reports.

In November 2008, Woods, 48, who was the head of Mainstreet Bank and the bank's holding company Calvert Financial Corporation, applied for TARP money on behalf of his bank, a press release states.

In January 2009, his bank received $1,037,000. A month later, he used $381,487 of it to buy a place in Fort Myers, Florida.

He pleaded guilty to misleading federal investigators about how he used the TARP money.

Woods is no longer allowed to work in the banking industry, according to the release. He also faces a sentence of up to one year in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $100,000 plus restitution.


Man killed by Brooklyn Center police was shot in chest while handcuffed, according to witnesses

Edmond D. Fair was fatally shot in the chest by police during a traffic stop and struggle in Brooklyn Center last week, authorities said Tuesday. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the shooting, said it couldn't comment on the case. Michael Padden, an attorney hired by Fair's girlfriend, said he had separate interviews with the four passengers in Fair's van. They told him that Fair was handcuffed when he was shot and that he wasn't resisting arrest, he said.

© Richard Sennott, Star Tribune This is the scene at the west bound ramp to 694 where there was an overnight fatal police officer involved shooting on Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Fair, 24, died about 2:20 a.m. Friday after being shot in the chest during an encounter with police near Shingle Creek Parkway and the entrance ramp to Interstate 694, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said.

© Richard Sennott This is the scene of a fatal police officer involved shooting on Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
The officer involved in the shooting - Ryan Soliday - was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Since being hired by the department in January 2010, Soliday has had no disciplinary action taken against him and has received five Chief's Certificates of Commendations and a Merit of Achievement award.

Elizabeth Fair, Edmond's mother, said Tuesday that she's upset that no police official notified her about her son's death. She learned about it from a relative who was a passenger in Fair's van at the time of the shooting.

"Somebody took away my son," she said. "They took something you can't get back, and that's not right."

Kelia Gregory dated Edmond four months after having met him at church in 2007. She described him as a wonderful person who loved playing with their new kitten and pit bull, and he treated her seven children like his own.

"I'm in a lot of grief right now," she said.

Fair, of Minneapolis, was driving Gregory's van the night he was killed.

Padden plans to file suit Wednesday in an attempt to get her van back from police custody. The vehicle has no relevance in the shooting investigation, Gregory told him, because all four passengers heard officers say "van all clear" after they searched it for contraband.

To prove his case, Padden interviewed all the passengers separately and recapped their accounts in the lawsuit to come, he said.

But on Tuesday, he was told by a representative of the Sheriff's Office that authorities have now found a narcotic and weapon in the van and will not release it.

After the shooting, all the passengers were arrested and interviewed by deputies, Padden said. They were asked questions about the shooting, but nothing about contraband in the van, he said. They were held in jail for nine hours.


Russian adoptee sues over childhood sex abuse

A woman adopted as a child from Russia and sexually abused by her millionaire adoptive American father who spread video of the abuse online has sued the father and 13 other men under a US law bearing her name, media reported.

The woman, adopted from a Russian orphanage in 1998 at the age of five and who is now 20 years old, was known as Masha Allen but now lives under a different name in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Courthouse News Service reported this week.

She is seeking at least $150,000 - the minimum payout under the "Masha's Law" passed by the US Congress in 2006 - apiece from the adoptive father, Matthew Mancuso, and the 13 other men charged with possession of child pornography including images of her, the reports said.


Fukushima radioactive plume to reach U.S. in three years

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The radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the shores of the US within three years from the date of the incident but is likely to be harmless according to new paper in the journal Deep-Sea Research 1.

While atmospheric radiation was detected on the US west coast within days of the incident, the radioactive particles in the ocean plume take considerably longer to travel the same distance.

In the paper, researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and others used a range of ocean simulations to track the path of the radiation from the Fukushima incident.

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Best of the Web: 'No War With Syria' rallies happening this Saturday August 31, worldwide

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The following notice has been posted all over the internet, please help to pass the word along.

Here's the plan of action to oppose the illegal and unconstitutional war with Syria:

We are launching a global rally on Saturday August 31st in every city and town in the world.

Here's how you get involved

Go to the FB search bar and search for 'No War With Syria Rally (your city)' example: 'No War With Syria Rally San Diego'

Join the event, invite ALL of your friends to join it as well, then get involved with the locals that are already in the event page to help them any way you can.


Four emergency landings due to "technical malfunctions" in the past three days

There have been four emergency landings since Monday. Most of the emergency landings were due to malfunctioning engines.

Emergency Landing at Irkutsk

A British airways, Boeing 747, carrying 289 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after the captain of the plane reported avionics, i.e., flight software malfunctioning. The flight had to make an emergency landing at Irkutsk.

Emergency Landing at Idaho

A Houston bound plane from Seattle made an emergency landing at Idaho after one of the engines gave away. United Airlines 737 was flying from Seattle with 116 passengers onboard. Police reported that the plane made a safe landing at Pocatello Regional Airport on Tuesday. The plane had 6 crew members as well.

Emergency Landing at Moscow

An United Airlines with 267 passengers on board made an emergency landing on Tuesday because of some mechanical problems as reported. The flight was travelling to Newark from New Delhi but was stranded at an airport after the emergency landing at Moscow. As the official reports say the problem was with the central accumulator unit that caused the emergency landing. The passengers had to face hassles as they were stranded at the airport for hours without food or place to sleep.

Emergency landing at Pearson International Airport

Another incident of Emergency landing hit at Pearson International Airport on Monday. The plane makes and emergency landing at the airport due to some malfunctioning in the cockpit. The plane had to land 15 minutes after the flight took off in the morning when the pilot detected an electrical odour in the cockpit. The plane was carrying 116 passengers.

Comment: Pay no attention to the airplanes falling out of the sky, massive amount of radiation spewing into the air, giant sinkholes appearing out of nowhere, the rapid buildup to World War 3, etc., etc.
Just focus all your attention on the anorexic stripper humping the crack head in the zebra suit and enjoy your bread and circus like good little sheeple.
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