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L.A. cops to get video cameras

December 24, 2014
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Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday the city will buy more than 7,000 police body cameras, enough to equip every officer on patrol.

“I want to make sure LAPD is on the cutting edge when it comes to crime suppression and constitutional policing,” Garcetti said in announcing the moves.

While calls for video cameras on police officers have grown in light of events in Ferguson, Mo., and nationwide protest demonstrations about police tactics, Garcetti said Los Angeles police have been testing use of body cameras for months, and that he was pleased with the results.

The mayor said more than $1.5 million in donations and grants have been raised by the city’s Police Commission toward the project. The city will make an initial purchase of about 800 Axon cameras, and he will provide funding in his fiscal 2015-2016 city budget for amounts needed to acquire the remainder of approximately 7,000 cameras,he said.

Los Angeles has almost 10,000 police officers on the city force.

The initial cameras will go to patrol and special detail officers in specific areas of the city, including South Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and areas near downtown, Garcetti said.

“These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth — and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows,” Garcetti said

City council member Mitchell Englander said Los Angeles will be “the first major city to have a camera on every police officer.”

City council member Curren Price, who represents South Los Angeles, said, “Our community, and in particular communities of color, have asked for transparency” in policing. “This city-wide body camera program will help us answer that call, increasing public trust in our police department in our communities that need it most.”

Nationally, one in six police officers are equipped with the cameras, Associated Press reported.

Los Angeles police commission President Steve Soboroff said he estimated the cameras would cost roughly $10 million for the first two to three years.

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Pope Francis sharply criticises Vatican bureaucracy

December 22, 2014
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Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip”.

He said the Curia – the administrative pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church – was suffering from 15 “ailments”, which he wanted cured in the New Year.

Pope Francis – the first Latin American pontiff – also criticised “those who look obsessively at their own image”.

He has demanded reform of the Curia.

There was silence at the end of the Pope’s speech.

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Addressing the Curia on Monday, Pope Francis said some power-hungry clerics were guilty of “cold-bloodedly killing the reputation of their own colleagues and brothers”.

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Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

December 22, 2014
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Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70, his agent has confirmed.

The Sheffield born singer song-writer had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed he had died of an undisclosed illness.

He was “simply unique” and “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” he added.

Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.

He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of The Beatles’ With A Little Help from My Friends reached number one in 1968.

He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, Up Where We Belong – from An Officer And A Gentleman – hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.

He was made an OBE in 2007.

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Roger Todd Perry charged with second-degree murder over death of slap victim in Miami food market

December 17, 2014
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A man accused of knocking another man unconscious inside a North Beach food market was charged with second-degree murder after the victim, who had been in a coma since the attack, died over the weekend, police said.

Roger Todd Perry, 53, was initially arrested and charged with one count of felony battery, but police upgraded those charges Monday after the victim, 58-year-old Mohammad Hussein, died at the hospital on Saturday. The cause of death was complications of blunt head injury, according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Dec. 1, Perry fled the M&L Food Market, 7446 Collins Ave., after he backhanded Mohammed A. Hussain following an argument while standing in line at the store.

Video taken of a checkout line shows the two men first standing beside each other simply talking, before the discussion escalates, with Perry making a sharp pivot and backhanding Hussain across the face.

Hussain can be seen falling backwards to the floor unconscious. He was rushed to the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where the father of two remained in a coma with severe brain bleeding until his death Saturday.

Perry was found in Palm Beach County on Dec. 11, taken into custody and brought back to Miami Beach, where witnesses picked him out of a lineup.

Miami Beach police said Perry waived his rights to an attorney and “admitted his involvement.”

Perry remains in custody at Turner Guilford Knight jail in West Miami-Dade.

Miami Herald staff writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.

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Spurned wife leaves cheating husband and twin naked in busy car park

December 17, 2014
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Wife leaves husband and twin naked in car park for cheating on her
The woman’s twin sister was left naked in a car park (Picture: Europics)

As far as revenge goes, this woman has it covered.

Ting Su, 29, caught her husband and twin cheating on her and followed them to a shopping centre using a mobile phone tracker.

She went to find husband Cheng, 30, who was completely naked in a car along with her sister.

She caught her husband cheating on her with her twin (Picture: Europics)

They both jumped out of the car with not a thread of clothing.

But Ting saw her opportunity, jumped into the car and drove off, leaving the embarrassed pair where they stood.

Witness You Meng, 33, said: ‘It was so funny. Loads of people were grabbing their phones and I did as well. He was banging his fist on the window and shouting at her, and she just wasn’t playing ball.’

Ting has filed for divorce and revealed that Cheng and her sister had been having an affair since she gave birth to twins of her own.

The wife has now filed for divorce (Picture: Europics)
The wife has now filed for divorce (Picture: Europics)


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Report: Celtics, Lakers Had Brief Discussion About Rajon Rondo Trade

December 16, 2014
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Assisted suicide of Peter Smedley

December 15, 2014
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The death of Peter Smedley, the British billionaire who ended his days at a clinic for assisted suicide from Switzerland.

The businessman was 71 years old, and he suffered of an incurable disease/ motor neurone diseases has agreed to be filmed in the last moments of life.

Controversial documentary director was Terry Pratchett, who suffers of Alzheimer already a few years.


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This Lady Feels One Way About the Mike Brown & Ferguson Situation…

December 13, 2014
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TTW Host Catfish Hughes is Joined by Cortez for NBA Talk

December 11, 2014
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Cortez from Balls in Our Court joins Catfish Hughes to discuss the NBA including, Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic, Victor Oladipo, and more!

VinLa’Infinite (Vin-La-In-Fin-Knit) ” Reazon” @Vintherebel

December 4, 2014
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New Jersey Artist, Producer, and Engineer, VinLa’Infinite, currently unsigned who holds affiliation with Hip Hop Collective “B.R.E.D.”, hailing with sounds and content influenced by Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Pharrell, and Kid Cudi. Including a lyrical prowess containing context of hardships, psychological twist, and social norms.


Social Links: Twitter: @Vintherebel; Instagram: @xvzrdx;

Website: www,theinfinitesound.com

Contact: vkjohnson.dr@gmail.com

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