Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

… calendared events was something one might really hope to find in the context of an (illegal) informant program. For instance, court records indicate that one section of the jail, called L-20, which was officially designated a mental health ward but has recently come to be understood as an informant tank, appears to have been used for years to obtain evidence in violation of defendants rights. The use of informant tanks is not discussed in the grand jury report. Grand jury may have …


London fire: Inquest versus inquiry – BBC News

June 23, 2017

The coronial system can be traced back to the 11th century. The inquest is inquisitorial and not adversarial – that is, the process does not seek to determine or apportion responsibility for the death. Its remit is limited: it solely determines who, where and how the deceased died. But inquests can be expanded if Article 2 of the European Convention on Human rights – the right to life – is invoked. There is a general duty on the part of the state to protect life, and …


Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

… dollars) for violating privacy rights of people in the EU. Such violations include using personal data to target specific ads to EU residents, something that happens all the time in the U.S. This latest legal battle between an EU government and an online titan shows the fight isn’t just about privacy, but also about how much responsibility social media sites have for what people say on them. WATCH: 12 cringe-worthy YouTube comments that only a troll could love More From this publisher …


Matador Fatally Gored After He Trips On Cape In French Bullring

June 19, 2017

… matadors attempted to distract the bull. The bull was put down. The sport is particularly controversial in France, where close to 1,000 bulls a year are killed for sport. A matador hasnt been killed in the ring in France for almost a century. The sport was officially declared legal in France in 2012 after a challenge by animal rights activists. The Spanish royal family mourned Fandinos passing Sunday, and French bullfighter Sebastien Castella lamented thatdeath has taken a friend and …


Independence Day Fast Facts

June 16, 2017

… they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of …


Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

… authorities are trying to quash the voices of the next generation of voters, Hugh Williamson, HRWs director for Europe and Central Asia, said in the report. The opinions of children and young adults matter, and the government should listen to their concerns, not silence them. Credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images Those calls were echoed by another watchdog group, Amnesty International, who said actions by Russian police demonstrated the authorities utter contempt for fundamental human rights. …


LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, comes despite …


Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government decisions – both poor and good decisions – …


Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

Comedian Kevin Bridges, singer Annie Lennox and Scottish band Texas will provide entertainment at the event and young people will also be involved. Thirteen-year-old Mila Stricevic, from Glasgow, will read a poem after winning a schools competition. Harry Potter prize And schools have been taking part in a competition to win a table for 10 at the event. Auction prizes include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film from the Harry Potter franchise, and the naming rights to the …

May 26, 2017

Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American soccer, table tennis, and Crossfit. Professional baseball marks …

May 19, 2017

CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

… the social network, especially as it competes for live sports deals and audience attention with Twitter and Amazon. Twitter recently lost out to Amazon for the digital rights to stream NFL’s Thursday night football games. Few things bring people together like live sports events, so we look forward to fans on Facebook rallying around CrossFit’s biggest moments, Dan Reed, Facebooks head of global sports partnerships, said in a statement. WATCH: This might be the cutest and tiniest …

May 18, 2017

What It’s Like To Spend A Day In The Life Of The Women’s March Leaders

… I met St. Bernard at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator in South Williamsburg. Alexandra Svokos Shed also had a busy morning as her 2-year-old son was sick. Her husbands family was in town for Passover, so they were taking care of him for the day. The acceleratoris where her fashion line, Tabii Just, gets made. The labelis zero-waste, and St. Bernard is an advocate for workers rights. She tried out a few factories before finding one that both treated workers respectfully and treated …

May 15, 2017

Our New American Gods: A Celebration of Immigrants in the Face of Trumpism

… adapting his work for the screen. The Sandman and Stardust authornow 56 and a father of four, with graying strands peppering his famously wild hairfirst wooed HBO with a pilot script for American Gods back in 2011. An executive there loved it so much they snapped it up immediately. But by the time Gaiman had finished two drafts and a polish, that executive had moved on to another company. The HBO suits still standing, meanwhile, were far less enthused. They gave the rights back and were very …

May 15, 2017