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Man shot dead in Florida movie theatre for texting

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Wesley Chapel - A retired police officer is in custody after he allegedly shot a fellow theatre patron dead because he would not stop texting.

The incident happened yesterday around 1:20 p.m in a movie theatre in Wesley Chapel, Florida, just outside of Tampa.

The theatre was showing Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg. The movie was just about to begin and Chad Oulson, 43, was texting his three-year-old daughter. Oulson was at the theatre with his wife Nicole. Curtis Reeves, 71, was seated behind the Oulsons and apparently Oulson was making some sort of noise when he was texting. Reeves asked him to stop but he refused.

According to a witness, Reeves then became agitated and left his seat, presumably to find the manager. After he returned, the argument with Oulson continued.

Reeves then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the 43-year-old once in the chest. When Oulson's wife saw the gun, she put her hand on her husband's chest in an attempt to protect him. She was hit with the same bullet that killed her husband and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


Nigeria violence: Bomb blast in Maiduguri

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Boko Haram has carried out many attacks as part of its push for Islamic rule.
A car bomb has exploded in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, and there are fears of many casualties. Witnesses spoke of bodies on the ground and AFP news agency quoted police as saying 17 people had died.

Blood-spattered people were seen fleeing the scene near a market. Vehicles collided trying to leave. No organisation has said it was behind the attack, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active in the region.

Boko Haram, which translates as "Western education is sin", has been conducting a four-year campaign of violence to push for Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.

The military was unable to give the BBC a firm casualty figure for the explosion in Maiduguri, which is the capital of Borno state, but said a suspect had been arrested.


Four years after earthquake, many in Haiti remain displaced

Four years ago Sunday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, destroying its capital of Port-au-Prince and killing more than 200,000 people. Today, much of Port-au-Prince looks like it did before the quake. Most of the tent camps in the city itself are gone, and streets are loaded with overcrowded buses and women selling vegetables.

Most of those whose lives were upended by the quake are back in some kind of home. Most of the rubble has been cleared from the streets. The severely damaged presidential palace has finally been razed. And the government is rebuilding its ministries downtown.

But for nearly 150,000 people, life hasn't moved on. They still live in the temporary plastic and plywood structures erected after the disaster.
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Boys at a camp for earthquake victims look out from their shelter in Petion-ville, Haiti, outside of Port-au-Prince in November.

Heart - Black

To serve and commit murder? U.S. cops acquitted in beating death case

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The officers were charged with striking Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless, with a baton and a stun gun after they arrested him two and half years ago at the Fullerton Transportation Center.
A jury in Santa Ana, California, on Monday found two former Fullerton police officers not guilty in the beating death of a homeless man.

The two officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, were charged with striking Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless, with a baton and a stun gun after they arrested him two and half years ago at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Comment: This SoTT article and video is the reality for people faced against despicable thug cops with clubs.

Che Guevara

Riots in Spain over costly city plans

Local residents in the Spanish city of Burgos have resorted to street riots to express their frustration over a reported eight million-euro revamp of the city's main thoroughfare.

During the three consecutive days of violent protests, 40 people were arrested and eleven police officers were said to have been injured.

The plans for the thoroughfare include decreasing the road's size by half and taking away free parking spaces in favour of a new, underground, "pay and display" carpark.

One resident, angry at the way the city's money is being spent, said:

"Considering the era we're living in and the debt our city has, I find the situation lamentable."


Nuts! Retired police captain kills man, wounds his wife after cell phone argument in movie theater

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Patrons come out of the theater after the shooting
A man is dead and a woman is hospitalized after they were shot Monday afternoon over the use of a cell phone during movie previews at the Grove 16 theater, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

A retired captain with the Tampa Police Department was charged in the shooting, the sheriff's office reported.

The husband and wife, Chad and Nicole Oulson, were taken by ambulance to a Tampa area hospital, the sheriff's office reported. Chad Oulson, 43, died, and Nicole Oulson, 33, was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand, the sheriff's office said.

The retired police captain, Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide.

The Oulsons were sitting in front of Reeves and his wife, and Chad Oulson was texting on the phone as they awaited a showing of "Lone Survivor," the sheriff's office reported. Detectives said Reeves asked him to stop several times. At one point, Reeves left the theater and returned and Oulson asked him if he had reported him to management, the sheriff's office reported.

Then an argument began and Reeves pulled out a gun and shot Oulson in the chest, the sheriff's office reported. Nicole Oulson put her hand in front of her husband as the shot was fired and one bullet struck both of them, the sheriff's office reported.


Southwest Airlines plane lands at wrong airport and almost careens off cliff

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When the wheels of Scott Schieffer's airplane touched the ground at his destination, something didn't seem right.

"We landed very abruptly with the pilot applying the brakes very hard. We smelled burnt rubber from the stop," he told me privately over Twitter.

The flight, Southwest Airlines LUV -1.47% 4013, which left from Chicago's Midway airport this afternoon was originally scheduled to fly to Dallas with a stop in Branson, Missouri (BKG) but instead, the aircraft touched down at Taney County Airport (PLK), 8.6 miles away from its intermediate stop. According to airportguide.com, PLK's runway is about half the length of BKG's at 3738 feet versus 7140 feet.

Mr. Schieffer, a Dallas tax attorney and CPA reported that that crew and passengers remained calm and professional during the erroneous landing, saying "The flight attendants are now passing out peanuts liberally. Everyone is in good spirits, but we haven't heard anything from the pilot," adding "the pilot keeps repeating, 'we apologize for the inconvenience.'"


High crimes: What happens to Colorado's pot convicts?

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about what's happening in Colorado - it's marijuana mayhem! Weed has finally become legal for retail sale in that state, and more might follow. And yet, there are still hundreds of marijuana convicts sitting in jail. We talk to social justice journalist Matt Fleischer about America's policy of not guaranteeing "retroactive ameliorative relief," or letting marijuana convicts out of prison after the law changes.

Red Flag

Yelp critics must be identified, court rules in online landscape altering decision

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Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive and co-founder of Yelp.com, defends his Web site as it deals with transparency issues. Some business owners and consumers are struggling to understand how user-generated sites, such as Yelp.com, operate
Decision could reshape rules for online consumer reviews of products, businesses

In a decision that could reshape the rules for online consumer reviews, a Virginia court has ruled that the popular website Yelp must turn over the names of seven reviewers who anonymously criticized a prominent local carpet cleaning business.

The case revolves around negative feedback against Virginia-based Hadeed Carpet Cleaning. The owner, Joe Hadeed, said the users leaving bad reviews were not real customers of the cleaning service - something that would violate Yelp's terms of service. His attorneys issued a subpoena demanding the names of seven anonymous reviewers, and a judge in Alexandria ruled that Yelp had to comply.

The Virginia Court of Appeals agreed this week, ruling that the comments were not protected First Amendment opinions if the Yelp users were not customers and thus were making false claims.

"The Virginia statute makes the judge a gatekeeper to decide whether or not there's a common-sense reason for someone in our position to get this information," said Raighne Delaney, a lawyer at the Arlington firm Bean, Kinney & Korman who represented Mr. Hadeed. "In order for someone like Joe Hadeed to find out who these people are, he has to explain his case, and if he can convince the judge that there might be a real lawsuit against this person, the judge can then say, 'Yes, you can get this information.'"

But Paul Levy, a lawyer who represented Yelp, said the ruling might be concerning to consumers.

Arrow Down

Florida police break into wrong backyard, shoot owner's dog

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Holly Hill - A police officer opened fire and seriously wounded a man's dog after forcing his way into the wrong residence while searching for a woman convicted of a consensual sex act.

Officers were searching for Josie Bobbitt - a woman who had violated probation for soliciting sex - when one of them disregarded "no trespassing" signs and warrantlessly wrenched open the gate leading to Richard Stotler's backyard where his four-year-old Rottweiler named Lady resided.

Records show that it was 11:04 p.m. when the officers entered the property.

Lady was shot multiple times as she investigated the unwelcome intruders. Police claimed that she "lunged" at them, prompting at least one officer to open fire.

"They shot her for no reason," Stotler wrote on his Facebook page Justice for Lady, which has amassed over 14,000 "likes" since the incident occurred December 27. "They were searching for a person that has not lived there nor been there for as long as we know."

Stotler says after talking with officers for "about 10 minutes," he went to watch television in his living room before the sound of gunfire suddenly erupted from his backyard. "I ran through the front door with my hands raised asking them what they had done. They started yelling at me to get on the ground, handcuffed me and put me in the back of a car."