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Woman sues City Hall for $1.7billion after radiation from parking meters' WiFi signals 'made her sick'

A Santa Monica, California, woman claims that the city's new parking meters are causing her to have ear infections and tightness in her neck - so she wants the city to pay her billions for the inconvenience. Denise Barton has demanded the city pay her $1.7billion for the damage done since the new meters were installed in April and $1.7million every month thereafter.

The city has denied the meters emit dangerous levels of radiation, saying the WiFi 's range is only five to eight feet and is on par with other consumer electronics. 'I know it seems a little big,' said Barton, a well-known local activist, to the Santa Monica Daily Press. 'But they can't do things that affect people's health without their consent. I think that's wrong.'

She says the city began rolling out the new meters in April and her problems started shortly thereafter. The smart meters use wireless signals to process credit cards and monitor when a car arrives or departs. A month after the devices were installed, Barton went to a doctor for an ear infection and needed antibiotics. Barton believes that the radiation emitted by the smart meters is harming her health.


Animal Rescuer in Georgia Killed by Own Dogs

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A Georgia college student who cared for abandoned animals for nearly a decade was attacked and killed by a dog, police said.

Rebecca Carey, 23, was killed at her Decatur home sometime over the weekend, MyFoxAtlanta.com reports.

Authorities said Carey, who worked with dogs since she was a young teenager, had five dogs living with her at the time of her death. They included a pit bull, which she had owned for six years, a boxer mix and a Presa, a large Spanish breed. She was also dogsitting another Presa for a friend.

Carey's body was discovered Sunday afternoon after she failed to show up for work at Alpharetta's Loving Hands Animal Clinic. The dogs that she was caring for in her home were euthanized on Wednesday. It was unclear which dog killed Carey.

Life Preserver

Massachusetts couple drowns trying to rescue dog from lake

A Massachusetts couple boating on a pond drowned Monday trying to rescue their dog, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities said Daniel Cyr, 64, and his wife, Patricia, 61, were on their pontoon boat at Hampton Ponds State Park when their female terrier dog ended up in the water around 6:25 p.m.

The Westfield News reported that Daniel Cyr jumped in after the dog and became distressed, prompting Patricia to go in after him and she then ran into trouble herself. Boaters in the area heard screams and came to assist the couple.

Witnesses said a boat pulled Patricia out of the water while a jet skier pulled Daniel to the surface so a second boater could take him to shore.


South African Official Defends Police Massacre of 34 Miners During Protest

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A protest on Friday near the mine where 34 miners were killed by the police
South Africa's police commissioner on Friday defended the actions of officers who opened fire on miners a day earlier during a wildcat strike at a platinum mine. She said the episode left 34 people dead and 78 wounded, a sharply higher toll than initially reported.

The commissioner, Riah Phiyega, described a desperate struggle by the police to contain the machete-wielding crowd of thousands of angry miners who broke through two lines of defense, leaving officers with no choice but to open fire with live ammunition.

"The militant group stormed toward the police firing shots and wielding dangerous weapons," Ms. Phiyega said at an emotional news conference here, using an extensive array of aerial photographs and video to demonstrate how the violence unfolded. Previous attempts by the 500-strong police force to repel the crowd with rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades had failed, she said.

Arrow Up

Outcry After Military Veteran Detained for Anti-Government Facebook Posts

Brandon J. Raub
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Former marine Brandon J. Raub has been detained for psychiatric testing.
A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia's Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: "Sharpen my axe; I'm here to sever heads."

Police -- acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional -- took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.

A Virginia-based civil liberties group, The Rutherford Institute, dispatched one of its attorneys to the hospital to represent Raub at a hearing Monday. A judge ordered Raub detained for another month, Rutherford executive director John Whitehead said.

"For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon," Whitehead said.

Raub's mother, Cathleen Thomas, said by telephone that the government had overstepped its bounds.

"The bottom line is his freedom of speech has been violated," she said.


Mystery surrounds Tony Scott suicide leap from Los Angeles bridge as reports that the 'Top Gun' director had inoperable brain cancer are shot down

 Tony Scott
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Director Tony Scott arrives at the premiere of Unstoppable in Los Angeles in 2010
On Sunday afternoon Scott, 68, parked his car at the crest of the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge in San Pedro, scaled a towering 18-foot barrier fence and - as witnesses looked on in horror - jumped some 185 feet to his death in Los Angeles Harbor.

An element of mystery surrounded Tony Scott's suicidal leap from a Los Angeles bridge as authorities Monday shot down a report that the action movie maestro had suffered from inoperable brain cancer.

"Through a family spokesperson, we have been advised that Mr. Scott did not have brain cancer or (an) inoperable tumor," Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told the Daily News late Monday.

ABC News had reported the dire health diagnosis earlier in the day, citing a source close to the famed director of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and Crimson Tide.

An autopsy was begun Monday. "We will look at any medical history," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told The News. "We don't have anything medically confirmed at this time."


Police Shoot Mentally Ill Homeless Man 46 Times

Six officers shot a homeless man 46 times after he failed to follow their instructions in a parking lot.

A police investigation into alleged police brutality is underway in Michigan after six officers shot a homeless man 46 times after he failed to follow their instructions in a parking lot.

Amateur video captures the fatal exchange between Saginaw police and 49-year-old Milton Hall after he called the police following an argument with a convenience store clerk.

Refusing to drop a knife after repeated requests, the video shows officers unleash a volley of bullets at the agitated Hall in a move his mother, Jewel Hall Milton, described as a 'firing squad dressed in police uniforms.'


Aurora Shooting Documents to Remain Sealed

William Sylvester, the judge presiding over the criminal case against James Holmes decided on Monday that most of the documents in his case should remain sealed, but he did release some documents, which at least provide a clue to what evidence is going to come into play during the trial of the accused Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter. A cadre of news organizations filed a motion (PDF here) last week asking Judge Sylvester to lift a gag order he's placed on the University of Colorado preventing the sharing any information related to Holmes, and to open sealed court documents, but the judge largely refused the request, and only allowed the release of 34 documents in the case, mostly boilerplate motions or motions already discussed publicly, the Denver Post's Jessica Fender reported. But there is some interesting stuff in the limited document release, at least insofar as it suggests much more that has yet to be disclosed.

Bad Guys

Stirring the Pot: Republican Committee Calls for 'Armed Revolution' If Obama Re-Elected

In Virginia, the Greene County Republican Committee sent out a newsletter that reportedly calls for an armed revolution if President Obama is re-elected this November.

Greene County rests in central Virginia and sits north of Charlottesville, Virgiana

According to politicususa.com, the newsletter says that President Obama "shuns biblical praise, handicaps economic ability, disrespects the honor of earned military might," but does not present any actual proof of these claims.


Ukrainian Environmentalist Brutally Beaten to Death

Chairman of the Social Movement of Ukraine
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Chairman of the Social Movement of Ukraine 'For the Right of Citizens to Environmental Safety,' was beaten to death on August 1.
JOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) reports the horrific news that, four days after conducting a press conference to warn that 180 tons of dangerous chemical and radioactive industrial waste had arrived at the city of Kryvyi Rih (in the Dnipropetrovsk area of Ukraine), which was likely to be "recycled" into the consumer product stream, 57 year old Volodymyr Goncharenko (photo, left) was brutally beaten to death. He was the Chairman of Social Movement of Ukraine: For the Rights of Citizens to Environmental Security.

As reported by EJOLT, "According to Goncharenko, during the past several years, scavengers have removed from the Chernobyl exclusion zone 6 million metric tons of scrap metal that was subsequently smelted at metallurgical combines and reprocessed into new metal. While in theory each metallurgical combine should be equipped with radiation-monitoring equipment to check all incoming scrap, financial shortfalls have meant this was rarely the case. In 2007 Ukraine ranked eighth in global steel production and steel is Ukraine's leading export. One can only guess how much radioactive scrap metal has ended up in exported steel."