Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Must Reads

LA: 'Pleading suspect dies in police custody: 'You can breathe just fine'"'

"Dash-Cam Video Clears Man in Violent Traffic Stop" 

" . . . now police are facing charges"
"Alleged Police Misconduct Caught on Tape"
VIDEO Feb 2014…/dash-cam-video-clears-nj-man…/story… 
"Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence after a 2012 traffic stop. But after his attorney filed a request for records, Jeter was freed – and now police are facing charges."

"The Snitch Who Stole Christmas: How Trinidad's War on Drugs Attacked the Innocent" 
"The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Trinidad police, alleging that two detectives fabricated and misrepresented evidence in the 40-person drug sting carried out in 2013. The organization brought the suit on behalf of two former suspects, probation officer Danika Gonzales and school employee Felicia Valdez, who lost their jobs after being implicated in the case."


"Man Doesn’t Stand for Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Orders Police to Remove Him"

"Two Dallas Men Released After Serving 15 Years for a Murder DNA and Other Evidence Proves They Didn’t Commit" 

"Did Texas execute an innocent man?"

"Death by Fire: An Update" FRONTLINE 
"Earlier this year, Webb changed his story. In a series of taped interviews with the Innocence Project, a legal advocacy group, Webb said that he lied about Willingham’s guilt and that former prosecutor John H. Jackson promised to help him in an unrelated robbery case. . . . "

"Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000"   

"Dontre Hamilton case: Former officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting"
"A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday."

"Video appears to show NYPD beating teen" 

"Family of Boy Injured by 'Grenade' Has $1M in Medical Bills"

"They raided the wrong house.”
"Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying."

"Court rules officer's mistake of law can still justify traffic stop" 
"The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled . . . 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina . . . that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment . . . requires to justify a traffic stop. . . . "

 "New evidence sheds light on deadly traffic stop" 

"Camera captures officer tasing 76-year-old man" 

"3rd Man Exonerated in 1975 Cleveland Slaying" 

"Watch Tina Fey Joke About Bill Cosby Rape Allegations on SNL in 2005" 

"Officer who shot Cleveland boy had "dismal" review" 

"Choke-hold cop sued in prior misconduct cases"
"The white New York City police officer whose choke hold led to the death of an unarmed black man has been sued three times for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of other blacks he and fellow cops arrested. . . . "  

"NYPD Officer Not Indicted in Eric Garner Choke Hold Death"

"No charges in NYC chokehold death; federal inquiry launched"  

"Boy with replica gun shot by Cleveland police"
"Police released the 9-1-1 call from a man who said he was across the street from the park.
"There is a guy with a pistol, its probably fake, but he's pointing it at everyone," the caller says. The caller later repeats that the gun is probably fake, and adds that "he's probably a juvenile." . . . "

"Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles"

"Horror as man is shoved to death in NYC subway" 
"New York City police are hunting a man who pushed a Chinese immigrant to his death in front of a subway train in the Bronx. . . . "

"Sony to launch PlayStation Vue, an online TV service that challenges cable"

"The service will bundle around 75 channels and initially be available to PS3 and PS4 owners before expanding to other devices."

"Woman Awakens in Morgue Bag Hours After Declared Dead"

"Unconscious woman with medical insurance is taken to out-of-network hospital, owes $50K"

"Brown Student Tests Positive For Date-Rape Drug After Drinking Punch At Frat Party"

"NJ Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Robbing Elderly Clients"

"A New Jersey attorney is facing prison time after pleading guilty to bilking elderly clients out of millions of dollars using phony powers of attorney and . . . "

"Judge Suspended for Creating, Concealing Conflict"

"Court Overturns the Conviction of a Philadelphia Man Who Has Served 23 Years for a Murder DNA Testing Reveals Was Committed by Another"

"Restroom arrests bring allegations of overzealous policing"  "Cornell Holden, a 28-year-old baker, was one of the men arrested. He tells the Times he was standing at a urinal when he noticed a bald man at the next urinal was staring at him. Holden says he was arrested though he did nothing wrong; a police officer claims he was rubbing himself in a manner “consistent with masturbation.” At the police station, Holden alleges, he overheard a cop refer to the bald plainclothes officer who arrested him as the “gay whisperer.” . . . "

"Man whose dogs killed woman gets sentence of 15 years to life"

"Reporter drops F-bomb on live TV, quits in the name of marijuana"

"Police: Medford Man With 49 License Suspensions Arrested" 

"Woman punched by Calif. cop settles for $1.5M"

"Former California city manager sentenced to 12 years for corruption"

"Woman accused of using Facebook while driving is charged with homicide"

"Ousted Border Patrol Official: Agency Covered Up ‘Highly Suspect’ Deaths"

"Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Himself to Death, Says Coroner"

"Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks"

 "9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor" 

"Teen Taking Lamborghini Test Drive Dies in Crash"

"Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Beach"

"Oklahoma cop charged with raping, abusing 8 women"

"Cobra's severed head bites, kills chef"

"LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show"

Spring 2014

"Chief: St. Louis County cop on leave after video tirade"
"Video has surfaced showing a St. Louis County, Mo., police officer engaging in an hour-long lecture in which he rails against "our undocumented president," the "black-robed perverts" of the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. laws that promote equality, prompting the police chief to put him on administrative leave."

"Pilot Loses Control of Airline as Prosthetic Arm Detaches"

"Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce"
"Because his wife was unable to conceive children, and because Beatie still had female reproductive organs, he was artificially inseminated and became pregnant. . . "

"Reports of Alcohol-Related Family Trouble Remain Up in U.S."


"States with stand-your-ground laws have seen an increase in homicides, reports task force"

" . . . 9-year-old boy is stabbed to death on playground" 

"Oklahoma Teacher Accused of Showing Up Drunk, Pantless on First Day at Work, Police Say" 

"Philly Drug Officers Charged With Stealing Drugs, Money" 

"Six officers face a total of 26 indictments"

"Murder Charges for Couple Whose Dogs Killed Runner"

"Student Could Get 8 Years for Sharing Paper Online" 

"Immunity lets bad judges off hook for bad behavior"
"Wade McCree Jr. lost his job, but he won't lose his shirt.
The disgraced judge — who once texted a shirtless photo of himself to a female court bailiff — had an affair with a woman while overseeing her child custody case, had sex with her in his chambers and sexted her from the bench.
But he can't be sued for money damages over any of that because judges are immune from civil lawsuits  . . "
"Dad Charged After Fallen Dresser Kills 2 Toddlers"

"Video appears to show man who died put in chokehold by N.Y. police" YouTube VIDEO:

"Death of NYC man after police chokehold prompts probe"
"A passerby captured the interaction between Eric Garner, 43, and police on video, and the tape shows Garner saying at least eight times "I can't breathe" as police appear to push his head into the ground. Garner, an asthmatic who weighed between 350 and 400 pounds, later died."

"Ex-prosecutor seeks pardon for woman convicted after crash now linked to GM ignition-switch issues"

"Full un-edited video presented in Kelly Thomas murder trial" 

"Kelly Thomas case: why police were acquitted in killing of homeless man (+video)" 

Jan 2014 

"FL Police Dept Somehow Manages to Hire Three Klan Members" 

"Police to Take Graphic Photos of Teen as Evidence"
"A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state . . . "

"The Crazy Weapons Seized by TSA Will Blow Your Mind, and Likely Your Plane"

"Man Dies at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest"

"Video shows cop punching woman on L.A. freeway"

"Soccer referee declared dead after being punched in game"

"Newly discovered DNA points to the innocence of a man convicted of being a serial killer in Minnesota."

"Cops: Vendor Shoots Woman at Pennsylvania Gun Show"
"A vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster at a central Pennsylvania gun show, police said."

VIDEO: "Bride snaps selfie, dies 8 mins. later"

"Firefighters Rescue American Student from Giant Vagina Sculpture" 

"Father arrested in connection with 4-year-old daughter's shooting death"

"Woman Helps Two Ducklings, Ends Up Killing Two Humans"

"Hillary Clinton’s Handling of 1975 Rape Case Emerges Again"

"Pot-smoking driver crashes into CNN headquarters: police"

"Doctor suspended amid charges of sexting during surgery"

"Two Dead, Three Injured After Trying to Get Woman’s Cell Phone Out of Toilet"

"Almost 800 'forgotten' Irish children dumped in septic tank mass grave at Catholic home"

"Ireland mass graves: Nuns have no records from former home for unmarried mothers"
"Nuns in charge of an institute for single mothers where hundreds of babies were buried in a septic tank have said they no longer hold records from the home."

"Mass grave of 800 children found at nun-run home"

"Woman Sues After STD Diagnosis Posted on Facebook"

"U.S. soldier convicted of Iraq rape, murders found hanged in prison" 

Feb 2014
"A former U.S. Army soldier sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing of her parents and sister, was found hanged in his cell, . . . at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona . . . "

"Man spent 11 years in prison for rape he didn't commit"
" . . . DNA evidence in 2008 proved he didn't sexually assault . . . Three more years passed before he was released from prison . . . April 4, . . . prosecutors in Marshall County finally dropped all charges."

'Video: Judge to attorney: "If you want to fight, let's go out back" '

"Brevard judge accused of hitting public defender" 

"Cleveland Police Officers Indicted in Large Chase"
"Patrol officer Michael Brelo, indicted on manslaughter charges, fired at least 15 shots, including fatal shots, while standing on the hood of the car after the vehicle was trapped by police cruisers and other officers had stopped firing, McGinty said. . . . "VIDEO:
"Baby in Coma After Police 'Grenade' Dropped in Crib During Drug Raid"
"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back" 
"Brooklyn Bar Forbids Parents to Bring Kids Inside"

"A Brooklyn bar is drawing the ire of some mothers and fathers . . . "
"One angry mother posted about the ban on a parents' message board over the weekend, complaining she had been kicked out of the bar with her 15-month-old son, the Post said. . . . "

"North Carolina Court Points to Prosecutorial Misconduct in Conviction Reversal"
" . . . former prosecutor Mike Nifong and Durham police detective Daryl Dowdy violated Howard’s constitutional rights by failing to turn over exculpatory evidence and giving false and misleading testimony."

"Guard in Hot Cell Death Has Record of Leaving Post" 
"A Rikers Island jail guard who investigators say left her post without permission as a mentally ill inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell in February had been disciplined four years earlier for a similar infraction, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. . . . "

"Joe The Plumber Argues 'Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' In Open Letter" 

"Police: 3-Year-Old Shot, Killed Younger Brother"
"A 3-year-old . . . boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment"

 "Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes crash"

"Teen Tied to Shopping Cart Drowns in Georgia Lake"

"Consumer Reports Recommends 7 of 20 Sunscreens"

"Police: Teen Killed Cabbie for Rejecting His Route"

"Texas woman claims she gave birth alone in jail, baby died"

 "Student charged with felony via hand sanitizer"
"LAKELAND, Fla. — A 14-year-old has been arrested, accused of trying to poison his teacher with hand sanitizer."

"Businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs"
"Judge ruled jailing him would harm his small business, employees, community"

"Two boys arrested, accused of putting poison in teacher's water bottle"

"Police chief calls President Obama the N-word"
" . . .  police commissioner is refusing to apologize  . . . "

"Man in bulletproof vest says 'shoot me,' is killed"
Deputies have charged an 18-year-old South Carolina woman with the fatal shooting of a male friend . . . "

"Report Highlights Child Labor on US Tobacco Farms"
" . . . children as young as 7 . . . "

"NSA reportedly installing spyware on US-made hardware"
"NSA documents reveal the agency is allegedly receiving or intercepting routers, servers, and other computer network devices to embed surveillance tools before international export. . . . "
"Report: Notorious sex offender gave kids drug-laced Oreos"

"Cyclist arrested for recording an officer during a red light stop"!MYpR4

"Woman Charged with Wiretapping Her Own Arrest"

"Abuse in court? Deputy strikes boy in court, boy charged with assault"

"WATCH: This Might Be the Most Heartbreaking Family Feud Ending Ever"

"Son Dies While Competing in Extreme Obstacle Course"

"Two Denver deaths tied to recreational marijuana use"

"Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight"

"Missouri Man Sent to Prison 13 Years Late Is Released"

"LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show"

"Chinese Zoo Disguises Dog as Lion, Visitors Outraged"

"Mom ‘Looking Over Shoulder’ After Cop-Husband Convicted of Framing Her"

"Eagle Scout's arrest reveals a dark side"

"IRS workers who didn't pay taxes got bonuses"

"Out of 257 Chicago-area juveniles charged as adults over a 2-year period, 1 was white"

"Terrifying Video of Child Nearly Drowning Becomes Warning to Parents"

"Puyallup teen killed by accidental shotgun shooting"

"Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying"

"Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches"

"Iowa House OKs Gun Silencers in Landslide"

"Idaho lawmakers OK guns on college campuses"

"Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother who was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was just a BB gun"

"Man Tries to Show How Safe His Guns Are, Kills Self"

"Little Girl Accidentally Shot By Brother; Parents Charged"

"Parents of 13-year-old boy may face charges in accidental shooting"!EAqwA
"Boy Records Kids Bullying Him, Gets Charged for It"   


"Breathless and Burdened"
"This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering."
"Cab Driver Sues New Orleans over False Imprisonment in Explicit Video Case"

"Police: Suspects wore GPS trackers during killings" 

"TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing" 

"Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison"

"Excessive and deadly force by Albuquerque police violated civil rights, Justice Department concludes"

"Law student suit says NYC cops handcuffed him when he questioned them during a lunch break"

"Guns bought at same shop in Fort Hood shootings"

 "Missing Alaska man found dead in his home after a year"

"Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie"
"British spy agency kept images of Yahoo webcam chats" 

"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back"

"A third have less than $1,000 socked away"
"Most people aren't trying to figure out how much they'll need in their golden years." 

"Elderly woman is jailed once again after food is discovered in her yard"

"Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper"   

"See the video: Both $4 plastic cup of beer and taller $7 version hold the same amount, lawsuit says"

"Video: Wash. woman carjacks pickup with two children inside"

"Drug Company Agrees to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Allegations Involving Chicago Psychiatrist"
"Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. was accused of paying Michael Reinstein, a psychiatrist who has figured into two ProPublica investigations, to overprescribe a risky antipsychotic."

"Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter"

"Cops: Texas teens may have killed clasmate over a girl"

"Man Who Spent Decades on La. Death Row Is Freed" 

"Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper"

"Man Who Pierced Condoms Convicted of Sex Assault"

Cop Accused of Assaulting Woman Who Called for Help"

"Family Hospitalized After Eating LSD-Laced Meat" 

"Diseased Beef Might Have Reached Up To 35 States"

"Michigan woman's auto-payments hid her death for six years"

"Was a death row inmate framed?"   (DEAD LINK; story from KSPR)

"Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother who was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was just a BB gun"

"Turn Off That Camera! Idaho Gov Signs Tough 'Ag-Gag' Into Law"
"Idaho  . . .  making the state the seventh in the nation to criminalize hidden camera recording inside farm facilities . . . "
"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back" 

"9th Circuit tells Google to take down YouTube clip, calls threats to plaintiff irreparable harm"  

"Heavy metal frontman charged with manslaughter during concert film, creating ‘searing’ legal drama"

"Family sues Petco after deadly rat bite"

"Cops may search home when suspect objects but girlfriend later consents, Supreme Court says"

"Man Bites into Birthday Cake, Finds Dead Rat"

"Police: Oregon teens torture classmate, cut swastika into his head"

"Pizza Hut 'embarrassed' over peeing video"

"Crew member accused of attacking cruise passenger, trying to push her overboard"

"Hospital Lapse Exposed 18 People to Deadly Brain Disease"

"Man paralyzed by toppled portable toilet wins $5M settlement"

"Girl, 12, details alleged abuse in ex-doctor's trial"


"Police slice off woman's hair weave"
"Security cameras show police cutting off a woman's weave at a Michigan jail. WXYZ's Heather Catallo has the story."VIDEO

"Before Apple's iPad, there was the Intel IPAD. Seriously."
"CNET takes you back to 2001, when Intel almost jumped into the tablet business."


"Cop Shoots Man After Running Down Daughter"

"Architect gets 1 year for death of firefighter in ceiling collapse of LA home he built"

"Americans Would Rather Save for Vacation Than Kids' College"
"Despite the economic slowdown, more Americans are saving up for a new car or big vacation than putting money away for their kids’ college education, according to a survey released this week by America’s financial planners. . . . "

"Children More Likely to Drink & Drive if Parents Drink: Study"

"Resurgence of car leasing may not be good thing – Consumer Reports News"
"Leasing generally is the most expensive way to drive a new car. "

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