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Friday, August 29, 2014

A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million damages from the facility for duct-taping their 2-year-old son to a mat because he was unruly at nap time, their lawyer said on Wednesday. Kristi and Brad Galbraith are suing for fraud and negligence in the incident that occurred in June at the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park. "This is a parent's worst nightmare," Dallas attorney Larry Rasansky said.


Police in Georgia fired a Taser at a man 13 times and caused his death in April because he refused their orders to walk, a new lawsuit has revealed. Gregory Towns died after he was repeatedly Tased by East Point in an effort to make him get up and walk after a chase. "This is a direct violation of their own rules," said Chris Stewart, the attorney for Towns' family. "You cannot use a Taser to escort or prod a subject. ... He wasn't cursing. He wasn't being abusive. He was saying, 'I'm tired.'" read more


Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept: Nobody disputes the brutality and extremism of ISIS, but that is a completely different question from whether the U.S. should take military action against it. ... [W]hat are air strikes going to accomplish? All one has to do is look at the horrific chaos and misery in Libya -- the "Successful Humanitarian Intervention" -- to know that bombing Bad People out of existence accomplishes little in the way of strategic or humanitarian value. If you like running around sermonizing on the need to destroy ISIS, at least be honest enough to acknowledge what that will really require and then advocate that. Anything short of that is just self-glorifying deceit: donning the costume of Churchillian Resolve and Moral Purpose without any substance. read more


Islamist militants battling the Syrian government seized control of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, according to an Israeli military spokesman and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among the fighters were members of al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda, according to the Israel Defense Forces. And while the Islamist forces are no match for Israeli troops in the heavily militarized zone, the takeover represents a new dynamic in a war long feared not only for its deadly effects inside Syria but for threatening to widen into a destabilizing regional conflict, CNN's Ben Wedeman reported Wednesday. "Essentially, now you have the Nusra Front facing off just a couple of hundred meters from the Israeli army," he said, adding that United Nations peacekeepers are stationed between the two. read more


California prosecutors have declined to file charges against a sheriff's deputy who struck and killed an entertainment attorney with his patrol car last year. Deputy Andrew Wood was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when his patrol car drifted into the bike lane, running over cyclist Milton Olin Jr. Olin, a 65-year-old attorney and former chief operating officer of Napster, was riding in Calabasas in December when he was hit. read more


Alexandra Petri, Washington Post: If you were wondering whether everything is a lie, the answer is: yes. Everything is a lie. Hello Kitty is not a kitty. I repeat: Hello Kitty is not a kitty. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty -- whom you have seen on literally every consumer product at an increasing rate over the past 40 years -- is in fact a human child. Sanrio, Kitty's manufacturer, corrected the curator of an LA exhibit on this ubiquitous icon when she tried to label Hello Kitty a cat, according to the LA Times. Curator and Hello Kitty expert Christine Yano said the company informed her that "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."


Thursday, August 28, 2014

"If you had to imagine the platonic form of a failed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it would probably involve a guy in camo cargo pants and an American flag vest, waving an even bigger confederate flag, who sets his own hair on fire." -- Gawker read more


A crew member with the Cops television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha, Nebraska, officers confronted a robber armed with an air gun at a midtown restaurant, police said. The robber also was shot and killed. The Omama World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy's near 43rd and Dodge Streets. Officials said it appears the only shots fired came from police. Cops sound engineer Bryce Dion, 38, worked on numerous TV series as a sound mixer and assistant cameraman. "Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing," the show's producer Langley Productions said in a statement.


A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. Police failed to produce a murder weapon linked to the killing, gunpowder residue tests on Barajas' hands were negative and no witnesses saw anything that transpired on the dark December night.


A federal judge declared a portion of Utah's polygamy ban unconstitutional late Wednesday, essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the state. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled the phrase in the law "or cohabits with another person" is a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is without a rational basis under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment." read more


A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to "concealing payments" from Paul's campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann's campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul's policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the Paul campaign as part of the deal.


No. 21 Texas A&M plays No. 9 South Carolina Thursday night at 6 p.m. Eastern as the college football season kicks off. No. 18 Ole Miss faces Boise and No. 19 Arizona State goes against Weber State in the night's other two games involving ranked teams. This is the first season in the sport that will end in a playoff -- four teams will be picked to participate. "It does feel different. The prize out there is just a little bit bigger. But the road doesn't change," said Stanford coach David Shaw.


Max Fisher, Vox: There are two things happening between Ukraine and Russia right now. First, Russian and Ukrainian leaders are meeting in Belarus to negotiate a peace deal in the Ukrainian conflict that Russia insists it has nothing to do with. Second, Russian military forces are crossing the border into Ukraine in what is clearly a hostile invasion and act of war. That includes Russian artillery, Russian tanks, Russian-trained irregular forces, and even uniformed Russian soldiers who have admitted on camera that they are Russian military ordered to invade by their commanders.


The star of the Discovery firearm seller reality series Sons of Guns, Will Hayden, has been arrested on charges of aggravated rape in Louisiana, prompting the cancellation of his show. Hayden is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl "almost daily" since March 2013. The alleged victim claimed to police that Hayden told her "don't tell them nothing because I'm all you got." The series Son of Guns followed Hayden and his Red Jacket Firearms company, which buys, sells, designs and rebuilds firearms. read more


A new campaign ad from Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn hits her Republican opponent David Perdue for taking over and bankrupting a North Carolina factory as CEO while he "walked away with his $1.7 million." The ad is reminiscent of a devastatingly effective PAC ad run against Mitt Romney for closing a plant and making millions at Bain Capital. Cynthia Hanes, a Pillowtex employee for 31 years, said of Perdue, "All we were was people to make money off our backs." read more


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