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Police Divestment Efforts Must Include Universities

Police Divestment Efforts Must Include Universities

Despite their intended role as peacekeepers, private university officers are often responsible for violence against students and local residents alike. In July 2015, a University of Cincinnati police officer fatally shot unarmed 37-year-old Sam DuBose. Tyrone West, a 44-year-old Black man, was killed by Morgan State University police in 2013 during a traffic stop. And in 2018, a University of Chicago police officer shot fourth-year student Charles Thomas.  Sam DuBrose, Tyrone West, and Charles Thomas are just three names on…

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Prosecutors Disappoint During the Pandemic — 3rd Edition

Prosecutors Disappoint During the Pandemic — 3rd Edition

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to become a death sentence for people trapped in prisons and jails across the U.S., the actions — or inaction — of prosecutors to decarcerate have had a tangible life or death impact. We examined the responses from prosecutors in the 20 biggest cities in this country. This is the third post in the series — you can also read the first and second. 11. Austin, Texas Austin’s Margaret Moore understood the need to respond to…

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Prosecutors Disappoint During Pandemic — 2nd Edition

Prosecutors Disappoint During Pandemic — 2nd Edition

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to become a death sentence for people trapped in prisons and jails across the U.S., the actions — or inaction — of prosecutors to decarcerate have had a tangible life or death impact. We examined the responses from prosecutors in the 20 biggest cities in this country. This is the second post in the series. You can also catch up on the first, or jump ahead to the third. 6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner’s…

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Communities Deserve Better Than Bayonets and Grenade Launchers: The Defense 1033 Program Must End Now

Communities Deserve Better Than Bayonets and Grenade Launchers: The Defense 1033 Program Must End Now

Police do not need an 18th Century infantry sword to “protect and serve” communities. Nor do they need Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), grenade launchers, or other weapons of war. Despite the dangerous nature of these weapons, local police departments continue to have access to them, free of charge, through the Department of Defense 1033 program. As we face a past due reckoning over our nation’s policing practices, it is time our leaders take the steps necessary to prevent…

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Prosecutors Disappoint During the Pandemic

Prosecutors Disappoint During the Pandemic

From the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, it was clear that the impact on people living and working in jails and prisons was potentially catastrophic. Advocates, including the ACLU, were sounding the alarm by early March in the United States. Five million people cycle through jails every year — where people live in close quarters and lack basic sanitary supplies — creating a petri dish for the transmission of COVID-19. Of course, prison walls can’t contain the virus — which…

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New Child Rape Charges For CA Megachurch Leader

New Child Rape Charges For CA Megachurch Leader

The Christian Post reports: New charges of child rape were filed against Naasón Joaquín García, leader of the La Luz del Mundo megachurch, four months after an appeals court dropped a criminal case against him. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra refiled the charges this week and added at least six additional felony charges each against the 51-year-old leader of the Mexico-based church — which claims to have a membership of more than a million globally — and the 37-year-old co-accused,…

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Mangled by a studio, witness the resurrection of ’54’

Mangled by a studio, witness the resurrection of ’54’

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch. The Restored: 54-The Director’s Cut Director Mark Christopher vied for indie filmmaker stardom with his feature debut as a writer/director, 54. Named for the famous New York City hotspot that merged underground queer culture with mainstream celebrities, Studio 54 has become notorious for its hedonism. Christopher aimed to retell that story using a cast of up-and-comers, including Ryan Phillippe,…

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Orlando Bloom’s chest tat, Max Emerson’s bad job & Matt Lister’s summer escape

Orlando Bloom’s chest tat, Max Emerson’s bad job & Matt Lister’s summer escape

This week a former associate described Bryan Singer’s “monster”-like behavior, the Canadian government promoted glory holes during COVID-19, Antoni Porowski shaved his head, and the cast of Pose got some major shade from the Emmys. Here’s what happened on Instagram: Orlando Bloom got a tattoo. View this post on Instagram Mighty’s on the other side now. After 7 days of searching from sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours, today, the 7th day ~the number of completion~ we found…

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US Mint: Please Use Coins When Making Purchases

US Mint: Please Use Coins When Making Purchases

Via press release from the US Mint: Simply put, there is an adequate amount of coins in the economy, but the slowed pace of circulation has meant that sufficient quantities of coins are sometimes not readily available where needed. You may be experiencing this in your local communities. We are asking for your help in improving this coin supply issue. You can do so by paying for things with exact change and by returning spare change to circulation. Until coin…

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