Many were dismayed, if not surprised, at the Monday announcement of an Ohio grand jury’s decision to not indict police officers who were caught on tape shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he held a toy gun. In Rice’s case, the prosecutor argued that the officers couldn’t have known they weren’t in mortal danger. But cities like Chicago, which saw two new police shootings of Black citizens last week, are turning to new police training. Next week the Windy City is to begin teaching officers to employ restraint and Tasers before deadly weapons.
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Can they be recalled? Over the past week, missile issues have endangered the nuclear agreement that’s supposed to be Obama’s signature foreign policy breakthrough. But it wasn’t the unguided Persian rockets reportedly test-launched within a mile of a U.S. aircraft carrier last Saturday. It was two earlier launches Washington alleges the Islamic Republic used to test ballistic missiles, which the administration says justify drafting new sanctions against companies helping the missile program. After Iran’s Supreme Leader said those measures violate the deal, the administration said it would put the sanctions on hold — for now.
They have a strong constitution. When Irish voters registered a resounding “yes” for gay marriage last May, many thought legalizing abortion would be next. But changing social mores may not have shifted the historically Catholic country from its staunch pro-life position. While 81 percent of the nation supports widening access to abortion, which currently can land women in prison, pro-choice advocates haven’t gained much legal ground. Now many groups are calling for a referendum to repeal their constitution’s ban — but political scientists say change is far from assured.
This debate won’t dry up. Farmers in the state’s San Joaquin Valley comprise just 2.2 percent of the state’s economy, but supply a quarter of the nation’s food. Battling over the state’s drought-ravaged water supply, the influential Westlands Water District has launched a $1.1 million campaign enlisting Latino farmers, adding a new — some say misleading — face to the previously Republican-dominated effort to loosen irrigation restrictions. Tied up with this are court-protected water allocations that hydrate waterways for endangered fish, which farmers will again seek to tap during Congress’ 2016 session.
Bundy Clan ‘Leads’ Armed Federal Land Occupation in Oregon, Iran Arrests 40 in Attack on Saudi Embassy
Armed Occupation of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Building Continues. (LA Times)
Iranians arrest 40 in storming of Saudi embassy in Tehran. (USA Today)
Trump: ‘They use other people, too’ in jihadist recruitment videos. (CBS)
New Web post purports to show ISIS executing five ‘British spies.’(AP)
Las Vegas police suspect Chris Brown in new battery case. (Washington Post)
It’s a delicate balance. All but the top echelon of celebrities have to play the social media game. It develops an intimacy with fans and allows them to make money from brands they subtly promote. But their vacation photos can offer clues to mentally ill followers, and friendly tweets can exacerbate the connection — and eventual rejection — obsessed hangers-on feel. Celebrity stalking cases are now 20 percent of the LAPD Threat Management Unit’s caseload, and cops say they’re working overtime to protect Justin Bieber and Lana del Rey from their biggest fans.
There can be only one. GigaOM founder Om Malik writes that the demise of ride sharing company Sidecar is indicative of the “virtual monopolies” running rampant through Silicon Valley. Whereas analog industries like soft drinks and cars thrive with multiple big competitors, digital wars are increasingly settled by titans like Google, Facebook and Amazon, who tower over any potential competitors. Ride-hailing titan Uber has already raised $12 billion — and is investing that cash in infrastructure to help ensure its hold on the market for years to come.
It’s no longer if. Inspired by an impossible military request, a group of UK researchers set out to manufacture blood. Not artificial hemoglobin, but the real thing, made from stem cells. So far, the cells have proven fickle, and few develop into red blood cells — so the equivalent of a $200 bag of donated blood now runs more than $40,000. But if the scientists’ firm discovers how to stimulate the cells properly, they could prevent thousands of childbirth deaths and remove the risk of unanticipated infection during transfusions.
Since 1975, she’d suffered in silence. But — inspired by recent public accusations against Bill Cosby — Jackie Fuchs went public with the story of being drugged and raped by the manager of her band, The Runaways, when she was 16 and known as Jackie Fox. She writes that she’s faced a lot of upsetting reactions — including from bandmates — in the six months since the article went live, but the mental release and support she’s received is finally helping her heal.
Can they join forces? While the sport has attracted a surge of fans and even sponsors like Dunkin’ Donuts, it remains precariously split between two competing leagues: Canada’s CWHL and the new American NWHL. The latter pays its players a small salary, something its northern neighbors will reluctantly emulate, but the Canadians enjoy the tacit support of the NHL. Officials from both leagues agree the best solution is to avoid a cross check and merge leagues to showcase their collective talent. But they’ll need to act fast — before both end up against the boards.