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British MP and RT host George Galloway brutally beaten ‘over his Israel views’ - George Galloway has been released from hospital a day after being attacked in London, allegedly for his anti-Israeli views. His spokesman said the UK MP appears to have some broken ribs and bruising to his head. Galloway, who is a MP for the Respect Party, was posing for pictures in the Notting Hill Gate area of west London, when he was attacked Friday evening.   Read more .

Surfers Defy Wealthy California Oceanfront Property Owners Denying Beach Access

Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - A battle for public access to the California beaches on the Pacific Ocean is raging. Although the outcome will impact anyone who wants to partake of the joy of walking on the sand, swimming and viewing the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific, the iconic California surfers are taking center stage in the battle to easily reach the beach. In fact, some of the best waves for surfing near Los Angeles are located in the exclusive Malibu area - where members of the 1% are trying to limit entryway to the oceanfront.  Read more .

Market Basket Victory Declared as Supermarket Standoff Ends With the Return of Worker-Friendly CEO

Deidre Fulton @ Common Dreams - Bringing to a close a summer-long supermarket standoff, a deal was reached late Wednesday to sell the majority stake of family-owned, New England-based Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas for over $1.5 billion. The resolution was seen as a victory for employees and customers who had been engaged in an epic boycott of the grocery chain with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.   Read more .

Everything Is Already Broken, So Let's Bomb Some More Stuff

Akira Watts @ Buzzflash - The Middle East, as a region, went sideways quite a while back, probably about the time a bunch of European countries decided to draw borders in a manner they found to be personally amusing. But if there is a point that future historians might look at, when trying to see when any semblance of coherence was lost, August 26th of 2014, the day Egypt and the United Arab Emirates dropped a few bombs on Libya, might not be a bad candidate. We have civil wars in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Lebanon having a wee bit of a problem with refugees. A simmering uprising in Bahrain. Continuing conflict in Yemen. And Israel continuing to do what Israel does so well.   Read more .

'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims - The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.' The chorus of allegations about Russia's military invasion of Ukraine had President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on Thursday called for a Russian asset freeze.   Read more .

Napa earthquake: Boy, 13, tells of being trapped by fallen chimney

San Jose Mercury News (California) - The boy seriously injured during Sunday's magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake said he is lucky to be alive. Nicholas Dillon, 13, of Napa was hit with bricks from a falling chimney and suffered multiple broken bones in his pelvis that required surgery after he was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center.   Read more.

The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed

Inter Press Service - “People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over,” says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland’s most experienced environmental activists. “The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand this, the better it is for us.”   Read more .

Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-Stakes Chess Match for Argentina

Ellen Brown @ Web of Debt (blog) - Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds.   Read more .

LA Police Refuse to Release Information on In-Custody Deaths, Community Pushes Back

Bethania Palma Marcus @ Truthout - Community activists continue to push the Los Angeles Police Department for transparency after two unarmed men died within days of each other as a result of violent stops by LAPD officers. But to date, no information has been given. Ezell Ford, 25, and Omar Abrego, 37, died on August 11 and August 2, respectively. Police placed a "security hold" on the autopsy reports of both men on August 15, meaning neither report will be released to the public until the hold is lifted. As of now, the LAPD has not released the names of the officers involved. The deaths happened within blocks of each other, and community outrage coincided with civil unrest in... read more .

Making a Living on a Living Planet

Joe Uehlein @ Common Dreams - On Labor Day 1940, American workers faced the aftermath of the Great Depression, with mass unemployment persisting and a divided labor movement facing a renewed counterattack from corporate America. They were barely becoming aware of an even greater threat, one that would determine the future of their country and their labor movement: the threat of Nazi armies mobilizing for war. On Labor Day 2014, American workers face the lingering results of the Great Recession, with unemployment still at historic highs, burgeoning inequality, and attacks on the very right to have a union. But, like workers in 1940, we are being pressed by another threat, one that will far overshadow our current problems if we do not take it on.   Read more .

Despite Calls for Humanity, Detroit Resumes Water Shutoffs

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Despite widespread public outcry and international condemnation, the city of Detroit on Tuesday resumed shutting off the water supply to thousands of city residents. Ending the month long moratorium on shutoffs, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) public affairs specialist Gregory Eno confirmed to Common Dreams that the city turned off the water to roughly 400 households that are delinquent on their water bills and have not yet set up a payment plan. More shutoffs are expected.   Read more .

Massachusetts mayor says her city feeling effects of immigrant surge

PBS Newshour - Lynn, Massachusetts is 1,500 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico, but the old factory city has found itself strained because of the recent surge of Central American minors into the country. Mayor Judith Kennedy, who spoke at a press conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies this morning in Washington, is on a mission to ask for federal action as Lynn schools struggle to handle a rising tide of Central American students.   Read more .

For Black Youth in America, No "Mistakes" Allowed

Eugene Robinson @ Buzzflash - To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.   Read more .

About 620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

MIchele Chen @ The Nation - This month, the US military announced that the air force had delivered more than 110,000 meal rations to stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq, in a mission that prompted President Obama to hail “the skill and professionalism of our military, and the generosity of our people.” Also this month, a new report found that the nation’s food pantries serve 620,000 families with a member in the military—another troubling indication that service members battling against poverty must often rely on the generosity of our charities.   Read more .

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA's 'Own Secret Google'

Ryan Gallagher @ The Intercept - The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.   Read more .

Cartoon: Fear of a black victim

Image Credit ( Matt Bors @ Daily Kos )

Mourners, civil rights leaders attend funeral of slain Missouri teen

Reuters - Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer. Brown's body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.   Read more .

Holocaust survivors and their descendants accuse Israel of ‘genocide’

Independent UK - Dozens of Holocaust survivors, together with hundreds of descendants of Holocaust survivors and victims, have accused Israel of “genocide” for the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza since the conflict erupted in July. In an open letter released by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and published as an advert in The New York Times, the group calls for a full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel over its “wholesale effort to destroy Gaza”.   Read more .

St. Louis holds peace festival, with message from Michael Brown's family

LA Times - Hundreds gathered at a downtown park Sunday for an annual "Peace Fest" attended by relatives of three young black men killed in controversial shootings: Trayvon Martin of Florida, Oscar Grant of California and Michael Brown, 18, shot two weeks ago in nearby Ferguson by a white police officer. Brown's parents thanked the crowd for their support, and asked that they remain peaceful Monday for their son's funeral.   Read more .

Israel demolishes high-rise buildings in Gaza, because ‘They housed Hamas op centers’ - IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict. A seven-story office building in the Gaza Strip’s southern town of Rafah was completely destroyed by an Israeli strike on Sunday morning, according to eyewitnesses. It’s not yet clear if there were injured or dead in the attack... read more .

Police who killed Michael Brown was once a member of police force disbanded over racial tension

NY Daily News - The officer who shot Michael Brown six times on Aug. 9 was a former member of the Jennings Police Department, which its city council disbanded in 2011 over corruption and racial tension among its residents. Wilson reportedly did not have any disciplinary issues with the department, but all 45 officers were fired.   Read more .

Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - Demonstrators in Oakland, California marching in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday held up mirrors in the faces of police officers as a creative protest tactic. "I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves," one protester, Nichola Torbett, told KPIX 5. "Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing."   Read more .

Police failed to heed pleas as man died, reports say

LA Times - From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help. "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," he pleaded. "I have asthma, I have asthma." In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened.   Read more .

"Less Lethal" Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

ProPublica - Peter Callahan was caught between two police lines in the West Florissant section of Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday night, when something fiery hot singed his leg. A nearby protester's shirt briefly caught fire. Callahan, a Washington D.C.-based journalist, deduced that he had been hit by a flash-bang device. "I was also at Occupy Wall Street," he said. "This is a lot worse."   Read more .

A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson

The Nation - As smoke hangs over the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, it's important to understand its source. Some of this understanding will require us to reassess the history of police militarization in the United States. This will mean acknowledging its origins in the aftermath of the Watts Riots (1965) and the birth of the SWAT team shortly thereafter. It will mean noting the conservative reaction to the Warren Court's civil libertarian protections in the 1950s and 60s to President Nixon's launching of the drug war at the end of that same tumultuous decade. It will mean harping on President Reagan's wholehearted embrace of racial policing and mass incarceration in the 1980s. It will mean interrogating the devastating effects of the 1208 Program (1990), which became the 1033 Program (1996), both of which authorized the transfer of military hardware to domestic precincts, a practice that has only accelerated in the wake of the Battle of Seattle (1999) and the attacks

White Supremacy's Deep Pockets: Crowdfunding campaign for officer who killed Michael Brown spurs controversy - A crowdfunding campaign in support of the officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown is under fire as it has raised more money to date than all of the campaigns for the victim of the shooting combined. Calls to have the website hosting the campaign, GoFundMe, take down thedonation page reached a fever pitch when the internet was alerted to the fact that many of the comments being left alongside donations were hateful and racist in nature. As of Friday, donations to Officer Darren Wilson stood at $234,910 after five days of activity.   Read more .

Bank of America's $16.6 Billion Mortgage Fraud Agreement Is Another Public Relations Stunt

Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - The settlement this week between the DOJ and Bank of America for its role in the financial fraud that busted the economy in 2008 (including its acquisition of the scam company it acquired, Countrywide Financial) is yet another example of a large fine that looks like punishment, but amounts to much, much less than meets the eye. Indeed, that is the assessment ... read more .

CNN says FOX News "orbital fracture" story about Michael Brown killer completely false

The Blaze - CNN on Thursday, citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, reported that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson did not suffer a fractured eye socket prior to fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. The report directly contradicts a recent Fox News story, which also cites an anonymous source “close to the [police] department’s top brass.”   Read more .

Michael Brown And The Phantom Menace Of Drug-Crazed Blacks

Forbes Magazine - Darren Wilson thought Michael Brown was “on something.” Or so says one of Wilson’s friends, describing the police officer’s state of mind when he shot and killed the unarmed black teenager on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. “He really thinks he was on something, because he just kept coming,” the friend, identified only as “Josie,” said during a phone call to a St. Louis radio show on Monday afternoon. “It was unbelievable.” Earlier that same day, Fox News commentator Jim Pinkerton made a similar suggestion. “Eyewitnesses said that Brown was charging the cops,” Pinkerton said on the channel’s Happening Now show. “We’ll know more with a blood test. If he was high on some drug, angel dust or PCP or something…it’s entirely possible you could take a lot more than six bullets and keep charging.” In other words, if Brown was high on PCP, firing just six rounds into him would be a mark of restraint.   Read more .

Co-founder of “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” drowns at age 27

Boston Globe - Corey Griffin loved working for Bain Capital Ventures, a job he landed after an impressive showing during a coveted internship, but he loved his family even more, and he wanted to give his younger brother a chance to work there, too. While trying to get him hired as an analyst, Mr. Griffin heard that his bosses had misgivings about letting brothers work closely in the same area of the venture capital firm.   Read more .

Police have 'a power trip problem,' Ferguson residents say

CNN - Mike Knox, owner of Freestyle Barber & Beauty in Ferguson, Missouri, said police have pulled him over twice for what he calls "DWB" -- driving while black. When he questioned why he was stopped, officers pressed him for insurance information -- not something a driver should be pulled over for, he said. "People are just tired of that happening," Knox said. "Why should we get pulled over every time we get in the car?"   Read more .

Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

Glen Ford @ Black Agenda Report - “The military character and mission of the police is more clear today than when the Black Panther Party and others sounded the alarm in the Sixties.” The brave and besieged people of Ferguson, Missouri, have already caused serious complications for the U.S. National Security State. By virtue of simply standing their ground in their own small city, the demonstrators have forced the local, county and state police to show their true, thoroughly militarized colors. Ferguson’s righteous agitators and rebellious Black youth have succeeded in... read more .

The Disease of American Democracy

Robert Reich @ Common Dreams - Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement. A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.  Put simply, most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?   Read more .

In LA Protests Emrerge for Ferguson Solidarity and the Police Killings of Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego

Bethania Palma Markus @ Truthout - As tear gas hung over protesters Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri, parallel feelings of being worn down and dehumanized by ongoing police violence on communities of color hung over the hundreds of people who came out to demonstrate in Los Angeles. The August 17 protest outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown was both in solidarity with Ferguson and to demand accountability for the deaths of 25-year-old Ezell Ford and 37-year-old Omar Abrego - an unarmed black man and unarmed Latino - at the hands of LAPD officers within the span of a week.   Read more .

The Con Artistry of Charter Schools

In These Times - There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country. From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge, from Hartford to Cincinnatti to Albuquerque, FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents and making arrests leading to high-profile indictments.  Read more .

Is the prosecutor in charge of the Michael Brown case biased?

Salon - A grand jury could begin to hear evidence regarding 18-year-old Michael Brown’s fatal shooting as soon as Wednesday, according to the office of the county prosecutor in St. Louis. “We’re going to attempt to present evidence to the grand jury on Wednesday,” said Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. McCulloch is the only one who has the power to actually charge Darren Wilson with murder, if he sees fit, but some object to McCulloch being the prosecuting attorney in the case given its extremely high profile and his potential bias.   Read more .

Ferguson prosecutor does not have the trust of African-Americans

The Washington Post - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley on Friday said he is leading an effort to remove the county prosecutor from investigating the Michael Brown case because he thinks the prosecutor’s personal experiences and recent statements have tainted his ability to act objectively. Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Wilson is white.   Read more .

Stonewall Jackson blocks justice for Michael Brown

The Washington Post - For more than a week, we have watched and read with astonishment the stunning ineptitude of Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson. “We couldn’t care less” appears to be his and his department’s motto. Not about the residents of that tense Missouri town, not about state and local federal officials trying to keep a lid on tensions and not even about their own reputation. Each Jackson appearance is followed by an immediate facepalm. And little tidbits in the Sunday papers only add to the negative impression.   Read more .

KKK Vows to Help Ferguson Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

Liberty Voice (Nevada) - The local branch of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has vowed to help the officer accused in the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The officer’s name has finally been released by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department. The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, as he was walking home from a convenience store, has ignited several days of protests.   Read more .

Rick Perry indicted

Washington Post - Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, where he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges he faces.   Read more .

Police shoot and kill another black man in Ferguson a few miles away from the Michael Brown killing

Guardian UK - Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as the authorities struggled to quell the nightly confrontations over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week. Angry residents of a black neighbourhood in St Louis, not far from Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets into a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically. The man has not yet been named but he was well known in the area and was said to have learning difficulties.   Read more .

Most Whites Still Don't Understand the Dangers of Being a Black Man in the US

Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - Years ago, I heard a speaker discuss how the history of the United States cannot be viewed through a focused lens unless one considers the legacy of slavery, the suppressive humiliating period of Reconstruction, the plantation ghettos of cities in the north and south, and the criminalization of being a black male. All of these require an open racism among many whites and a sub-conscious racial bias among many persons who think of themselves as liberals.   Read more .

US corporations boycott Glasgow over Gaza support - Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza. The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy.   Read more .

Toronto Launches First Men's Fashion Week

Forbes Magazine - Following in the footsteps of Milan, Paris and London, Toronto is the latest city to inaugurate a men’s fashion week of its own. By doing so, the city which is known for drawing a global audience to  its annual Toronto International Film Festival, becomes the eighth city in the world to host a fashion week entirely dedicated to menswear.   Read more .

Mother of Travon Marton writes open letter to the parents of Michael Brown

Sybrina Fulton @ TIME Magazine - I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.   Read more .

Crowdfunding Effort Raises $60K to Feed Ferguson's Children

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Schools in Ferguson, Missouri continued to be closed on Monday amid the ongoing community upheaval that has plagued the low-income St. Louis suburb since the police shooting of an unarmed teen—leaving many schoolchildren, normally reliant on the school-lunch program, to go hungry. Highlighting the wide public support for the residents of Ferguson, an online fundraising campaign to help provide food for the children has raised over $62,000 in just four days.   Read more .

More U.S.-Made Wind Turbines Are Being Sold Overseas As Congress Fails To Support Wind Power

Think Progress - A report released by the Department of Energy Monday shows a substantial increase in the percentage of American-made small wind turbines being sold to other countries, driven in part by Congress’ refusal to act on renewing a key subsidy for the U.S. wind industry, which has created uncertainty in the market. A vast majority — 76 percent — of the small wind turbines manufactured in the United States were exported to other countries last year... read more .

'Whose Schools? Our Schools': Chicago Students Rise Up

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city's Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country.   Read more .

Anti-Semitic attacks soar across Europe amid Israel’s operation in Gaza - Jewish communities around the world are getting to grips with a recent upswing in anti-Semitic incidents after the latest Israeli-Hamas conflict. These have included physical assaults, firebombing of synagogues and calls for violence against Israelis. Organizations such as Britain’s Community Security Trust are cataloging occurrences and attempting to make some sort of sense out of the data. Meanwhile, the American Agudath Israel organization linked the violence to the steady rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe... read more .

Burning the Future of Gaza’s Children

Inter Press Service - “My child became blind and lost the ability to speak, his dad died and his three brothers are seriously wounded. He still has not been told about the loss of his dad,” says the mother of 7-year-old Mohamad Badran.  Mohamad is in hospital for treatment after being seriously injured in Israel shelling of Gaza. “My only way to communicate with him is by hugging him,” his mother adds.   Read more .

Julian Assange plans to leave embassy 'soon', no details given - Julian Assange plans to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in the near future, he told a press conference at the embassy's London compound, where he's been holed up for two years. The WikiLeaks founder gave no further details. "I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons [reported]," he told journalists, refusing to clarify what his reasons are.   Read more .

Curfew expires in Ferguson; 1 person shot

USA Today - Police and protesters clashed for another night Sunday after a couple hundred protesters remained on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in violation of a curfew that took effect at midnight. The curfew, put in place by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, was designed to quell ongoing unrest in the St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.   Read more .

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Washington Post - Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are really sick of hearing from reformers. Altman is an award-winning high school English teacher in Athens, where he has lived since 1993, as well as an advocate for teachers and students.  He has presented at several national conferences and published in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. He won the 2014 University of Georgia College of Education Distinguished Alumni Crystal Apple Award as well as the 2012 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award.   Read more .

Three-year-old girl dies after father, police engage in gun battle

Washington Post - A 3-year-old girl who was a passenger in her father’s vehicle was shot Saturday and later died of her injuries after her father engaged in a gun battle with Prince George’s police and other law enforcement officers and led them on a chase through the county. The man, who has not yet been identified, was killed when at least five law enforcement officers fired on his car. Police had been pursuing in connection with the shooting of the girl’s grandfather and great-grandmother.   Read more .

First test-tube baby penguin says hello to the world

Yahoo News - To science, she’s simply known as “184.” But on the empirical cuteness scale, the world’s first test-tube penguin scores a “100.” The still unnamed baby Magellanic penguin was hatched at SeaWorld in San Diego 12 weeks ago, but the first images of her were released to the public this week.   Read more .

Pay no attention to the dead teenager: Ferguson Police tries to shift the blame in Michael Brown shooting - Police Chief Tom Jackson identified Darren Wilson, the six-year veteran cop with no disciplinary record, as the officer responsible for fatally shooting teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, yet somehow has done nothing to further our understanding of what really happened that day. Although the withholding of the shooter’s identity was what the department was most criticized for, the announcement of simply the name “Darren Wilson” does little to quell public unrest.   Read more .

New witness emerges in the shooting death of Michael Brown

MSNBC - A new witness to the killing of Michael Brown emerged Thursday, corroborating major details offered by earlier witness, Dorian Johnson. Both described the initial interaction between Brown and the officer as a tug-of-war in which the officer grabbed Brown as Brown tried to free himself from the officer’s grip through a car window.   Read more .

All Work No Play: Nearly 1 in 4 US workers go without paid time off

Boston Globe - Every summer, coworkers around the country ask each other the same exhilarating question: “Where are you going on vacation?” But many of them aren’t going anywhere — not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t. Nearly a quarter of the American private-sector workforce, some 26 million workers, doesn’t get paid time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — compared with... read more .

"Anonymous" Releases Name of Alleged Michael Brown Shooter, as Missouri's Governor Takes Local Police Off the Case

Candice Bernd @ Truthout - The hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday released the name of the police officer it believes shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, a day after releasing raw audio files from the St. Louis police dispatch the day of the killing, but neither has been confirmed by authorities. Meanwhile, it was announced Thursday that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will relieve the St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the demonstrations in Ferguson, clearing the way for state or federal intervention. Anonymous has threatened to release the alleged officers' photo at 10 am and his address at 12 pm and "full documents" at 2 pm Central Time if the St. Louis County Police Department does not respond. The tapes convey the mood at the St. Louis Police Department on the day Brown was shot and reveal that no EMS was called to the scene.   Read more .

Stanford professor is first woman to win the Nobel Prize for math

SF Gate - A Stanford mathematician has won the coveted 2014 Fields Medal for her original work understanding the mathematical symmetry of curved surfaces and saddle-shaped spaces. Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman ever to win what scientists around the world call the "Nobel Prize for mathematics." She is the second person from Stanford to win the award.   Read more .

Michael Brown's Hometown Is Under Occupation

Daily Beast - The people here don’t feel like they’re living in America’s heartland; they feel like they’re living in occupied territory. The occupied land is small, virtually microscopic in comparison to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The neighborhoods off West Florissant Avenue, including the apartment complex where Michael Brown lived before he was gunned down by a policeman Saturday night, are where most of the city’s black population reside. Patrolling it is Ferguson’s police department of 55 officers, 52 of them white. “It’s like the elephant in the room,” said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. “We are being occupied.”   Read more .

'Stand your ground' states see increase in homicides

Al Jazeera - States that desire to combat violent crime or reduce overall homicide rates should either repeal or refuse to enact so-called “stand your ground” legislation, according to a recent report issued by a taskforce commissioned by the American Bar Association [PDF]. The National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, convened in 2013, conducted a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the impact of “stand your ground” legislation on public safety, individual liberties, and the criminal justice system.   The 62-page report, issued on Friday, found that “stand your ground” laws, which vary from state to state, obstruct law enforcement, confuse law enforcement personnel, and disproportionately affect minorities.  Read more .

Michael Brown: Witness says teen friend shot by cop 'like an animal'

USA Today - A friend who was walking beside black teenager Michael Brown when he was killed by a white police officer says the 18-year-old victim had turned and put his hands in the air when he was shot "like an animal" in the head and chest. Dorian Johnson, who was finally summoned by police and FBI Wednesday to give his account... read more .

Israel always the victim… especially when it’s the executioner

Nile Bowie @ - A global outpouring of sympathy for the Palestinian cause has again arisen since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza earlier this month. And the only people who seem unmoved by scenes of indiscriminate bloodletting are Israelis themselves. As the operation enters its fourth week, the death toll has reached almost 1,400, while over 7,000 have been injured. Cases of entire families being killed in airstrikes have become routine.   Read more .

Lauren Bacall's enduring allure

USA Today - One of the most glamorous Hollywood legends to ever light up the silver screen is gone. Lauren Bacall, of the smoky voice and sultry gaze, suffered a stroke and died Tuesday at her Manhattan home, just a month shy of her 90th birthday.   Read more .

Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall, whose long career brought two Tonys and a special Oscar, died in New York. The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, said that Bacall died at home, but declined to give further details.   Read more .

Police teargas crowds protesting killing of Missouri teenager - Violence has broken out again as authorities dressed in riot gear in a St. Louis, Missouri suburb – where an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by police over the weekend – have used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a large crowd. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the Associated Press that a group gathered throughout the day on Monday at a burned-out convenience store, then turned rowdy at nightfall. Along with tear gas, observers tweeted that police fired rubber bullets into the crowd.   Read more .

Parents of teen killed by police in St. Louis suburb plead for peace

LA Times - The mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer in suburban St. Louis, sparking a night of rioting, pleaded with outraged residents Monday to keep the peace "because Michael wouldn’t have wanted violence." Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, held up a photo of her son, who had just graduated from high school and was to start college Monday. "And instead of celebrating, we gotta plan a funeral," she said, crying. "He didn’t deserve that, our child; he didn’t deserve none of that." But she spoke out against the mayhem that took place in Ferguson. Flanked by her attorney and NAACP leaders, she said: "We are going to do this right. We don’t want no violence."   Read more .

In racially segregated Missouri town FBI probes killing of unarmed black teen; mom urges non-violence

Reuters - The mother of a black teenager from suburban St. Louis who was shot to death by police over the weekend begged for non-violence on Monday in the wake of riots, as the FBI opened a probe into the racially charged case. Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday afternoon... read more .

Turkish activists prepare new Gaza flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade - A Turkish NGO said it would send ships to the Gaza Strip to provide emergency aid to Palestinians trapped in a month-long offensive by Israel. The decision comes four years after Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound ship, killing 10. The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) announced in an emailed statement that members of a "coalition" of activists from a dozen countries had met... read more .

Anonymous launches #OpFerguson in Missouri after cop kills unarmed black teen - Hacktivists have set their sights on the town of Ferguson, Missouri after police there on Saturday shot and killed an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, elevating a wave of protests that have occurred in the days since to the digital realm. Demonstrations and vigils across the St. Louis, MO suburb have taken place ever since Saturday afternoon’s incident in which Brown was shot eight times by a Ferguson cop after an altercation allegedly occurred between the two, reportedly just days before the victim was expected to begin college.  Read more .