Des Moines Officer Won’t Be Charged After Gunning Down Unarmed Man From Her Car

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man from her patrol car in June will not face criminal charges.  A grand jury decided Wednesday that charges were not warranted.

28-year old Ryan Bolinger was gunned down by Officer Vanessa Miller June 9th.  Police say Bolinger was acting erratically when he pulled up to an officers police car, got out, began dancing, then drove off.  Police chased him for a few blocks.  He was stopped on Merle Hay Road.  Officers say Bolinger then got out of his car and approached Miller’s patrol car “Walking with a purpose”, so she opened fire through the window of her closed car door, striking Bolinger in the torso.

Zach Piper was friends with Bolinger.  He says Bolinger lived for his family.   “He had a girl with a baby on the way and it’s not…

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Male Victim Hospitalized After Apparent Shooting on 210 Freeway in Pasadena


Not sure if this is true, but it seems that the victim of this shooting is Phora of the Yours Truly collective. We are trying to confirm this and will post updates on our social sites.

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A male victim was hospitalized and listed in stable condition Tuesday after an apparent shooting on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, local police Lt. John Luna said. This video aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.

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Hollywood DJ Dies After Being Beaten Into a Coma During Club Fight; Suspects Sought

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A 20-year-old disc jockey at a Hollywood nightclub died hours after being beaten into a coma while defending a friend during a fight at the club, family members said Monday.

Officers responded to the Cashmere nightclub about 12:45 a.m. Saturday and discovered a fight had occurred on the club’s upstairs level, according to Lt. Ling of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division.

 Jose Silva is seen in a picture from his Facebook page. Jose Silva is seen in a picture from his Facebook page.

Jose Silva was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He was unconscious and later determined to be in a coma.

Silva, known as DJ Steez, was hanging out at the club after his shift when the fight started, his cousin told KTLA.

“A fight broke out and he tried to save his friend,” Dinora Lopez said. “We just heard that he had been attacked by couple of men.”

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DOJ opens civil rights investigation into shooting of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond by officer

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SENECA, South Carolina — The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting of a 19-year-old man in South Carolina.

The department’s civil rights division, the FBI office in Columbia, South Carolina, and the U.S. attorney for the state have launched the probe into the shooting of Zachary Hammond, Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson announced Wednesday, August 12th.

Hammond was shot by a police officer on July 26th while in the parking lot of a Hardee’s fast-food restaurant in Seneca, according to Eric Bland, one of the attorneys representing the late teen’s family. Seneca is a community of about 8,000 people 35 miles southwest of Greenville.

“The investigation will run parallel to the state’s investigation,” said Iverson, referring to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, which also is looking into the case.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Shares Amazing Similarity to the Original N.W.A Members

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ hits theatres tomorrow. This segment aired on the KTLA News at 10p.m. August 13, 2015.

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IMPD: No video from officer-involved shooting that killed 15-year-old Andre Green

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INDIANAPOLIS (August 9, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers shot and killed a teenager on the city’s northeast side late Sunday night.

Police identified the deceased as 15-year-old Andre Green.

According to police, officers were following a car from an armed carjacking around 10:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Thompkins Square Court. The suspects allegedly shot out the windows at citizens as they fled the scene.

Around 11 p.m. police spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle stolen in the carjacking.

The vehicle turned onto Butler Avenue into a cul-de-sac, and the officers turned on their lights to initiate a traffic stop. An IMPD spokesperson said the vehicle then rammed into the driver’s side of a police car.

Police say multiple passengers got out of the suspect vehicle and ran between the fence line of a nearby apartment complex. The driver of…

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10 Beautiful Books for Creative Thinkers

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Whether you’ve been bursting with big ideas you don’t know what to do with or you’re feeling a creative slump, take heed. Here are ten beautifully designed books for visual learners, creative thinkers, and arty types who need a kick in the pants to get motivated and express themselves to the fullest.

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‘Selma’ director says dashcam video of #SandraBrand arrest was altered; Authorities investigating; Update: Technical issue, not edited?

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Ava DuVernay, director of the 2014 film “Selma,” thinks someone has altered the dashboard video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman who allegedly committed suicide in a Texas jail after being arrested during a traffic stop on July 10. She tweeted last night:

The Los Angeles Times analyzed the video and found discrepancies as well:

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Of affluent rats and man

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Monday, 25th May, 2015

Of affluent rats and man

Alfred E. Baldacchino

I was still in my early teens. Television was still black and white. But I still clearly remember a documentary based on Konrad Lorenz’s studies on animal behaviour.

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Konrad Lorenz (7 November 1903 – 27 February 1989) hailed from Austria.  Besides being a zoologist and ornithologist he was also an ethologist. He is best known as one of the founders of modern ethology – the study of animal behaviour.  In 1973 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch.

The documentary was based on the behaviour of a number of rats confined in a large circular cage built with interconnecting radial divisions. It housed a rat society living under affluent conditions, but in a limited space.

rat-overpopulation-1An over populated rat society

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Rep. Clyburn: How to Take Down the South Carolina Confederate Battle Flag Once and for All

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If you’re going to honor a flag, you should know what it represents.

The flag currently flying on the South Carolina statehouse grounds is not, as many believe, the flag of the Confederate States of America. At various times there were three different flags of the Confederate states, but the one in front of South Carolina’s State Capitol was never one of them. It’s actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia‎. Not many, if any, South Carolinians fought under that flag. Those Virginians who did obeyed General Robert E. Lee’s request to furl the flag when the war ended. The Commonwealth of Virginia does not fly it today.

An elongated version of that flag, the Confederate Navy Jack—also known as the “Tennessee flag”—became the rallying symbol of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a founder and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. After relative obscurity, it was…

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