Somebody REALLY wanted a Darwin Award.
But he forgot to smash the camera of the woman taping the woman taping.
Cellphone video of a U.S. marshal rushing a woman filming police activity in metro Los Angeles, grabbing her cellphone, throwing it to the ground and kicking it has gone viral, prompting a U.S. congresswoman to take action.
U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., said in a statement that she was “alarmed and upset” at the video of the incident between a law enforcement officer and resident Beatriz Paez and has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate.
“I condemn the actions of the U.S. marshal who violently and improperly responded by destroying Ms. Paez’s property, terrifying her and denying her rights,” Hahn’s statement read.
Along with the investigation, she said she also wants all members of law enforcement to receive training on how to treat citizens recording video.
The U.S. Marshals Service referred the Los Angeles Times to the South Gate Police Department.
A woman who answered the phone at the South Gate Police Department referred a phone call to a line that rang with no pick up or voice mail.
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.
With the help of Mark Cantor of http://jazz-on-film.com we finally our hands on three “Soundies” Alice appeared in, and were able to show them to her for the very first time. She had never seen herself in motion in her life!
Our daughter, Bailey, had complete paralysis from the waist down for 11 days with no explanation as to why. This video is of one of her favorite nurses coming onto her shift and not knowing that Bailey had started walking this day.
And this study will probably not convince a single anti-vaxxer of how wrong they are:
The study, the results of which are published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved a cohort of nearly 100,000 children, and is the latest in a long line of research that shows no link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism spectrum disorders.
Children whose older siblings have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are considered to be at higher risk of developing these conditions, themselves. The JAMA study was designed to investigate whether these high-risk children were more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder after receiving an MMR vaccine than those with older siblings not diagnosed with ASD.
A Texas-based chef who was recently ticketed for feeding the homeless will soon appear in court to fight her citation. Earlier this month, chef Joan Cheever was fined $2,000 for giving away food to a line of hungry and homeless people. The Atlantic writes that Cheever has been donating meals every Tuesday night for the last 10 years at the same park in downtown San Antonio. However, last week she was given a ticket by the police. While she prepared her menu of lamb meatballs, pasta, vegetable soup, and braised greens in a commercial kitchen and had a food handler’s license, that wasn’t enough for the cops. Cheever was lacking an oddly specific permit to give away “food free of charge.”
Cheever is not alone: The Atlantic notes a number of local governments around the country are “coercing individuals and organizations to stop helping their least-well-off neighbors.” The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that 71 cities last year restricted or banned food sharing.” The Washington Post writes that last year, police in Florida busted a 90-year-old man twice in one week for feeding the homeless. Church groups say that authorities have “threatened to arrest them” if they kept trying to feed the homeless as well.