Thursday, April 7, 2016

Titanic





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Round One: Two Judges in Washington D.C. Get Into Physical Altercation

by jonathanturley

oah-logo-new_0It is rare to have a judge involved in fist fight but it is even more rare when the other combatant is also a judge. That was the scene this week downtown Washington where Administrative Judge Joan Davenport, 63, went toe-to-toe with Administrative Judge Sharon Goodie. Davenport was charged with misdemeanor simple assault.



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Saudi Arabia Sentences Man To Death For Renouncing Islam and Ripping Up Koran

by jonathanturley
190px-WLM_-_roel1943_-_Koran125px-Coat_of_arms_of_Saudi_Arabia.svgSaudi Arabia has produced almost weekly stories of grotesque and medieval sentencing out of its Sharia court system. The Sharia courts apply Islamic law that can be both brutal and primitive in flogging and beheading people for crimes against the faith. The latest is the sentencing of a man to death for renouncing Islam and allegedly posting a video ripping up a Koran and hitting it with his shoe. Saudi Arabia still enforces death sentences for apostasy for those denying their Islamic faith. It is crime that places the Kingdom well outside of the most basic guarantees of human rights and civil liberties.


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Knesset Member Calls For Segregated Israeli Hospitals

by jonathanturley
300px-Being_a_twin_means_you_always_have_a_pillow_or_blanket_handyKnesset member Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party is calling for the segregation of Arab and Jewish mothers in maternity wards in Israeli hospitals. He insists that Israeli mothers should not have to have their babies next to Muslim babies "who might want to murder" them in 20 years. Media reported that Shaare Tsedek and Hadassah hospitals in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv’s Ichilov and the Meir hospital in Kfar Saba were all segregating patients.




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EU Citizens Spend $27.3 Billion On Drugs Annually

by jonathanturley
220px-Crack_CrackThere is a new report that contains a surprising figure on the level of drug use in the European Union. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), EU citizens spend more than 24 billion euros ($27.3 billion) every year on illegal drugs such as cannabis and heroin. The report warns about the funding for terrorism and organized crime but the report is an insight into the level of drug use in Europe.


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Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson of Iceland was surrounded by members of the news media as he left a meeting with President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in Reykjavik on Tuesday.
Iceland's Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Panama Papers Scandal

By STEVEN ERLANGER, STEPHEN CASTLE and RICK GLADSTONE

The departure of Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson is the most prominent fallout from the leaked papers. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain is also battling revelations that involve his family.
. The Upshot: In Panama Papers, Finding the Good News in Widespread Tax Cheating
. What We Know About the Panama Papers


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San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave

By THOMAS FULLER

The Board of Supervisors approved a measure Tuesday making the city the first in the country to have fully paid leave for new parents.


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Mr. Trump in 2010 with, from left, his children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. at the Trump SoHo ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Donald Trump Settled a Real Estate Lawsuit, and a Criminal Case Was Closed

By MIKE McINTIRE

In 2011, Mr. Trump and his co-defendants settled a suit involving one of his buildings amid a storm that threatened to cast a harsh light on how he did business.

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President Obama spoke on Tuesday about so-called inversions.
Pfizer and Allergan Are Said to End Merger as Tax Rules Tighten

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and LESLIE PICKER

The broader reach of regulations, intended to keep companies from cutting deals to move income overseas, appears to have caught many by surprise.

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Restorers at the Metropolitan Museum remounting the damaged right wing of a 15th-century terra-cotta relief of St. Michael, by Andrea della Robbia.
Met Museum's Broken Angel Reveals Its Creator's Methods

By RANDY KENNEDY

In reassembling a damaged sculpture of St. Michael, conservators gain insights into the techniques of the Renaissance master Andrea della Robbia.



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Good friend.  You know you have a good friend when he loans you his expensive Mercedes Benz sports car for as long as I wanted.  The only stipulation was that it not leave his garage.  He trust me so much there was only one armed security guard present during the shoot.








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Far Right France Leader Jean-Marie Le Pen Found Guilty and Fined For “Contesting Crimes Against Humanity”

by jonathanturley
Jeanmarielepen-profile-harounaaron_(cropped)I have been a long critic of the criminalization of speech in Europe and particularly in France. An ever-expanding range of speech is being subject to charges in France as racially or culturally or religiously insensitive. The latest such example isthe $34,000 fine imposed on former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for calling the Nazi gas chambers a "detail" of World War Two. I can certainly understand the anger over the comment and it may indeed reflect a questioning of the holocaust. However, it is also free speech that should be protected in France and other countries.



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Activist Reportedly Fired After The Posting Of Videotape Of Her Stomping On American Flag

by jonathanturley
erica-walker2-701x467There is another story of an employee fired over her exercise of free speech in her private life. The speech itself is vile and upsetting. Erica Walker is a radical activist associated with the the New Black Panthers Party and extremist Eric Sheppard Jr. Sheppard is on the run after organizing a protest at Valdosta State University Campus in Georgia where he stomped on an American flag. A gun was found in his backpack and he is wanted by the police. Walker has staged her own protests in walking on the flag. However, after she was identified, her employer, 1380 WAOK The Voice of the Community, reportedly fired her. As we have previously discussed, there is a trend where private and public employees are being disciplined or terminated for their exercise of private speech. There is no indication that Walker associated her disgraceful action with 1380 WAOK The Voice of the Community.



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Killer Executed in 12-Year-Old Boy's Death





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