Oklahoma City police officer accused of multiple rapes

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City police officer is behind bars, accused of shocking sex crimes.

So far, 7 victims have come forward, all African-American women.

“We’re hoping this doesn’t affect public trust, but we know that it can,” said Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

“It puts a bad light on Oklahoma City police,” said Shelton.

Holtzclaw is on paid leave while the case is investigated.
Submitted by painterfox at 2014-08-22 16:18pm to the Crime forum.

Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours

Many people crawl into bed at the end of a long day, but tenants in a north London house had to crawl on all fours to access their rented room.

Barnet council has taken the landlord of a house in Sunningfields Road, Hendon, to court after discovering he was renting out a room that could not be accessed standing up. The head height along the course of the staircase was between 0.7m (2ft 3in) and 1.2m (3ft 11in) and the door to the room was also reduced in size.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2014-08-22 14:30pm to the Crime forum.

How Philly's Little Leaguers Reclaimed "Taney" From America's Shame

You may never hear from Mo'ne Davis again. But even so, she and her teammates have already accomplished something amazing: They've taken back the name "Taney" from history's shit list. In a wonderful stroke of ironic resonance, the name that now evokes a mixed-race, inner-city little league team that made a lot of people happy for a moment first belonged to the man who declared, on behalf of the United States, that African-Americans weren't people.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-08-22 14:18pm to the Sports forum.

Chicago Cubs Tarp Fiasco Caused By Attempt To Weasel Out Of Obamacare Mandate, Report Says

Major League Baseball fans have never heard that one before, but according to a report in The Chicago Sun Times, that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night when the Cubs grounds crew, in the midst of a sudden downpour, failed to cover the field with a waterproof tarp fast enough to prevent the Wrigley Field playing surface from getting soaked so badly that it became unplayable.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-08-22 12:14pm to the Sports forum.

Florida pageant mom fed daughter tapeworms to make her lose weight

Upon checking into the emergency room with severe stomach pains, nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio thought the teen was pregnant. But an ultrasound showed no fetus -- although there was an inexplicable growth in her intestines.

Recounted and reenacted for Discovery Fit & Health's anything-but-subtle medical scare docudrama, the unfortunate teenage contestant's condition became clear upon a fateful trip to the bathroom.

"It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms," Cabral-Osorio recalled.

"It was so ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2014-08-22 10:43am to the Health & Beauty forum.

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno's alt-weekly newspaper, the News & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case, that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn't help but wonder how often it happened.

I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media
Submitted by nocash at 2014-08-22 10:36am to the Crime forum.

Employers Can Legally Lie to Workers, Court Rules

Let the worker beware: in Texas it is now entirely legal to lie to your staff.

A recent decision from the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that at-will employees can't sue their employer for fraud over the loss of their jobs. In his opinion, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht held that "while an employee can sue an employer for fraud in some situations... [a] claim cannot be based on illusory promises of continued at-will employment."

In 2002 E.I. du Pont de Nemours announced plans to turn some of its ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-08-22 10:30am to the The Economy forum.

The Trucking Industry Needs More Drivers. Maybe It Needs to Pay More.

Swift Transportation’s 20,000 workers haul goods in almost 14,000 big-rig trucks that travel the interstates and back roads of the United States every day. The company’s performance is closely tied to the nation’s economy, which has been looking increasingly sunny lately.

So it was surprising last month when Swift’s stock plummeted nearly 18 percent in a single day. The tumble came for an odd reason. It wasn’t because there was too little business — but rather, too much.

“We ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-08-22 9:18am to the The Economy forum.

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

A northwest Indiana Republican has backtracked on outrageous comments he made on Facebook about poor people.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat, said during a social media discussion on poverty that “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

The Valparaiso resident told The Post-Tribune on Tuesday that his comments were simply hyperbole, and he told the paper no thoughtful society would allow people to go hungry.
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-08-22 9:07am to the Politics forum.

Public Advocate James Pushes NYC Hard On Police Body Cameras

Compelled by video of a police chokehold death and the lack of such evidence in the fatal shooting of a Missouri teenager, a top New York City official Thursday intensified her push to equip the city’s 35,000 officers with body-worn cameras.

On Thursday, Public Advocate Letitia James held a demonstration of the cameras, which she said would protect residents from misconduct and police officers from false allegations, all while saving the city millions of dollars in legal costs.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-08-22 8:32am to the Crime forum.

Westboro Baptist Church Accepts Comedian's Offer of Free Trip to Iraq

Last week, comedian Adam Hills, who hosts The Last Leg on Britain's Channel 4, took the Westboro Baptist Church to task for threatening to picket Robin Williams' funeral like a bunch of dickheads. He also put his money where his mouth is and offered to fly every WBC member to Iraq to picket "the people threatening to behead Christians if they don't convert."
Submitted by nocash at 2014-08-22 7:51am to the The World forum.

Stanford Student Compares Rape to Not Locking Up a Bike

"Some men feel that too much responsibility for preventing sexual assault has been put on their shoulders, said Chris Herries, a senior at Stanford University. While everyone condemns sexual assault, there seems to be an assumption among female students that they shouldn't have to protect themselves by avoiding drunkenness and other risky behaviors, he said.

'Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad?' Herries, 22, said. 'We have to encourage people not to take on ...
Submitted by Nirari at 2014-08-22 1:40am to the Crime forum.

New Orleans Police Officer Turns Off Body Camera Minutes Before Shooting Suspect In Forehead

In New Orleans, Armand Bennet, 26, was shot in the forehead during a traffic stop by New Orleans police officer Lisa Lewis. However, the police department did not reveal until much later that Lewis turned off her body camera just before shooting Bennett. Bennett survived and has now been charged under prior warrants for his arrest. It also reviewed that Lewis had had a prior run in with Bennet who escaped about a week earlier.
Submitted by noise at 2014-08-21 20:33pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Two men arrested after South African worker is 'pelted to death with oranges'

Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker by throwing oranges at him.

Citing witness accounts, police lieutenant-colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspects had allegedly argued with the man, then collected oranges and begun hurling them at him.
Submitted by terriblefred at 2014-08-21 18:36pm to the Food forum.

Asheville officials: Don’t go to topless rally

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and every City Council member denounced the upcoming Go Topless rally in an open letter Wednesday to residents, business owners and visitors.

“We believe that it does nothing to help our community and we recognize it disappoints and embarrasses many of our citizens and visitors,” the letter said. “We wish it were not happening.”
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2014-08-21 15:49pm to the Politics forum.

The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire

Though still a matter of some dispute amongst military historians, World War I largely ushered in the end of British dominance of the high seas and the beginning of the end of the British Empire. The Grand Fleet’s enormous number of first-class battleships—some 35 ships, including a half-dozen from the US—played a key role in the war effort. They forced Germany to pour huge sums into its own navy, making it difficult to effectively finance its war effort. However, the massive cost of the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-08-21 14:55pm to the The World forum.

Human Excrement Smeared on Police Cars in Greenwich Village

Call it a case of NYPD poo.

Human excrement has been smeared on the door handles of several police cars parked outside an NYPD facility in Greenwich Village, sources told “On The Inside.”
Submitted by nocash at 2014-08-21 12:34pm to the Crime forum.

'Orange is the New Black' fight sparks new House Of Representatives Wikipedia ban

For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday.

The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.

The final straw came on ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-08-21 12:23pm to the Television forum.

A Bunch Of Terrible People Have Raised Over $130,000 For Darren Wilson

Someone has started a Gofundme page for Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Mike Brown earlier this month. The fund exists to raise financial support for Wilson and his family to use during this "trying time in their lives." So far, nearly $140,000 has been raised, and a lot of it is coming from plainly awful people.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-08-21 11:44am to the Crime forum.

Saudi Arabia: Surge in Executions

Saudi Arabia has executed at least 19 people since August 4, 2014. Local news reports indicate that eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses, seven for drug smuggling and one for sorcery.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-08-21 11:38am to the Crime forum.