Any Discussion – Lots of News

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Rather than writing separate posts, here’s a summary of things in the news. Feel free to share other news or whatever is on your mind. By going to the links embedded, you can find additional information and news on the summaries below.

In effort to stop policing for profit, Ferguson, MO. Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, has announced sweeping changes to the city’s court system. All active warrants issued before December 2014 will be withdrawn. The accused will be given new court dates and alternative penalty options such as payment plans or community service.

FogleJared Fogle who is famous for pitching Subway for losing weight, has plead guilty to federal charges of distribution and receipt of child pornography and unlawful sex acts with minors. He has agreed to pay restitution of $1.4 million to be divided among the 14 minor victims.

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The Guinea worm is a debilitating parasitic disease that used to infect millions in the developing world. Former President Jimmy Carter established the Carter Center to eradicate the guinea worm. Only 17 cases of guinea worm were reported in the first 5 months of 2015. President Carter has cancer that has reached his brain, and said that his last wish is that the last Guinea worm dies before he does.

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LaDoris Cordell, the recently retired head of San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor, filed a complaint Wednesday against the San Jose Police Department for the shooting death of Richard Jacquez. Richard, who was unarmed, was shot in the back as he fled from officers, but that police said that Richard was reaching for his waistband when the officer shot him.

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Steven Vincent. R.I.P.

Louisiana trooper, Steven Vincent, 43, died Monday, a day after a stranded motorist shot him in the head. The shooting was caught by dash cam video. Fifty-four year old Kevin Daigle, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Trooped Vincent leaves behind a wife and a 9-year-old son.



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Three Americans who helped thwart an attack by an AK-47-toting gunman on a high-speed train received France’s highest honor on Monday.

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AvatarIt was first announced that the sequel to the movie Avatar would be released in December 2015, then it was December 2016, and now it’s December 2017. The sequel is being filmed along with “Avatar 3” and “Avatar 4”, which are tentatively scheduled for release in 2018 and 2019.

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Any Survivor fans other than myself? Season 31 of the hit reality show, “Survivor: Cambodia, Second Chance, “ starts September 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. eastern time on CBS.

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Posted on 08/24/2015, in Ferguson, open discussion, Potpourri and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. my wife and i enjoy survivor….dancing with the stars….big bang theory……mike and molly…….mick dodge…..alaskan bush people…….gold rush……duck dynasty…..and a few more comedies and reality shows…….now we have the hopper with dish so no scheduling conflicts.

    • Hey Bill! Survivor is the only television program that I set aside time to watch. I caught a program on Animal Planet about a vet, and managed to see it several times before I lost track for when it comes on.

      Watching Boxing

  2. So much going on.. My heart is breaking for Jimmy Carter. The State Trooper and that monster that shot him. Why, why would he do that?

    The shooting in San Jose, This: “”In communities of color, this is the concern, that the standard response is that ‘he made a furtive movement and went for something in the waist,'” she said. “We’ve heard it a million times. Now we hear it again in this one. I can tell you, I’m getting emails from people in San Jose saying ‘How are we going to trust the police department?’ You don’t build trust in this fashion.”

    And this: “Michael Haddad, an Oakland civil rights lawyer who has represented families of police shooting victims, says deadly force is only allowed if police reasonably believe they are facing an immediate threat of death or serious injury.

    “You can’t shoot someone in the back just because they’re running away and they used to be dangerous,” Haddad said. “They have to pose an immediate threat. You can’t just make up a lot of possibilities in your mind and shoot him to avoid what you’re afraid might happen.”

    And this: “But Dudley, the former San Francisco police captain, said all the circumstances leading up to the deadly encounter must have convinced the officer that he had to shoot. “I know of no cop who would stone-cold shoot someone in the back without reasonable cause.”

    pfffttt.. as if.

  3. I am loving this, the changes in Ferguson, “The judge also said that defendants with an arrest warrant for a minor traffic violation will no longer face incarceration. Additionally, driver’s licenses that were suspended solely for failing to appear in court or failure to pay a fine will be reinstated. ”

    This is how you do it!!

    Oh lordy Jared from Subway.. good grief. What was HE thinking? To have everything in the world going for ya and screw it up like that..

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Thanks for posting this article, Mindy.

      Good that Melendez is being charge.

      It’s official.
      After being fired from the Inkster Police Department, Bill “Robocop” Melendez has officially been charged three charges including felony assault, mistreatment of a prisoner and misconduct in the brutal beating of Floyd Dent, an upstanding grandfather and Ford Motor employee, outside of Detroit, Michigan.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Disgusting, depraved behavior by these LE officers. Fire them all!

      • I think it was reported 2 of the officers resigned. They should all be charged.

        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Seeing that video and knowing the horribly brutal beating that innocent Floyd Dent endured is so upsetting. Inkster PD has a major problem….and to hide that video of those Inkster police for so long is inexcusable.

  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    I enjoyed Avatar Looking forward to the sequels.

  5. Did you see this? these look like the memes zimmerman groupies posted all over twitter.
    now throwing them on ppl’s lawns.

    • Shannon,
      Sometimes all I can do is shake my head. People who truly want to help on issues, whether crime, race relations, police brutality, etc., will never accomplish anything positive by using hate as the foundation.

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