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Virginia Has Been Putting 'Habitual Drunkards' on a Shady Blacklist and Targeting Them

Virginia Has Been Putting 'Habitual Drunkards' on a Shady Blacklist and Targeting Them
A questionably legal program unfairly targets poor residents, sweeping them off the street and into jail.

Virginia cops and prosecutors in four counties are using a bizarre legal code to secretly blacklist and outright ban residents deemed “habitual drunkards” from purchasing alcohol, a Daily Beast report on a class-action lawsuit filed by the Legal Aid Justice Center claims. The penalties can range from huge fines to jail time.

By prohibiting “habitual drunkards” from buying, consuming, or being near alcohol, the blacklist—which appears to target homeless people—sweeps poor residents, many of them with alcohol problems, off the streets and into jails where no one has to look at them. Cops are reportedly making arrests over the mere scent of booze, without even using a breathalyzer to detect consumption. These “drunkards,” the Daily Beast says, “can’t even go into 7-Eleven without suspicion.”
The law reportedly targets the most vulnerable, impoverished members of the community, putting them behind bars and also hitting them with hefty fines. The punishment for “habitual drunkards”—the majority of whom are homeless— is more severe than for unlisted folks committing alcohol-related crimes:

When most Virginians are caught with an open container, they’re given a citation and a $250 fine. But when [a] person on the interdicted list is caught with a brown bag of hooch, the fine leaps up to $2,500 and [they] can be jailed for up to one year for committing a Class 1 misdemeanor.

More than 600 people have been jailed under the statute in Virginia Beach since 2007 and at least 140 have been in Roanoke so far.

If the law sounds antiquated, that’s because it’s from 1867.

Virginia’s Legal Aid Center also says it’s unconstitutional, since the homeless people primarily impacted by it have no legal representation to protect them from a practice that does not even have clear procedural guidelines.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:55 AM (7 replies)

Companies dont want their ads running during new Duggers show

Nine months after TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal and backlash from consumers and advertisers, the Duggars returned with a brand-new series on March 15, Jill & Jessa: Counting On.

But In Touch has exclusively learned that seven brands whose ads appeared during Counting On were surprised — and not happy — to learn that their spots ran during the show.
The UPS Store: The company explains it made a large media buy as well.

“It was not our intention to advertise on the program. This specific program is [now] on our list of exclusions as well as any other potential Duggar programming,” says a rep.

· Verizon Wireless: A rep says the company made a “direct response buy, which means we did not have control over where the advertisement ran. We never intended to advertise on the program or on TLC.”

RELATED: Spurgeon Seewald is Four Months Old — See How Big He Got

· Pure Michigan: The state’s tourism arm also wants nothing to do with the Duggars.

“The Pure Michigan ads were not supposed to air during this program, and we were disappointed to hear that they had,” a rep confirms. “We contacted TLC immediately after learning about this mistake, and have been assured no Pure Michigan ads will run on this program moving forward. The Counting On program does not meet our brand guidelines.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Mar 24, 2016, 01:04 AM (6 replies)

Company reinvents the lunch box

Packing attention to detail, intelligent design and delicious food into lunchtime is San Francisco-based team Prepd, founded by Chris Place and Will Matters. Their creation, ‘Prepd Pack’, is a modern take on the classic lunchbox, launched in January 2016 via a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1 million.

The traditional brown bag crumples in comparison to the durability and maturity of ‘Prepd Pack’. Magnetic cutlery rests securely within the centre of the ‘Prepd Case’, while an in-built silicone placemat allows diners a proper mealtime setup. Pack lunches in advance within the leak-proof, clear containers and stack them up in the freezer for the week ahead or pop them in the microwave to reheat and enjoy. The containers can also be worked into different configurations to suit your individual needs. Transporting lunch to the workplace – sans spills, rips or blips – has never been simpler.

Upgrading your lunchbox to the ‘Prepd Pack’ also means incorporating the speed and ease of technology into how meals are chosen and regulated. Using the ‘Prepd App’, you can browse ‘make at home’ recipes and meal plans developed by professional nutritionists and chefs. The app integrates effortlessly into your daily routine, devising customised shopping lists that help you keep track of your grocery spending, while advising on what and how much to buy. ‘Prepd Pack’ makes meeting health goals and diet types easier and once you join the Prepd community, you have the option to create your own profile page where you can save and develop recipes, as well as share tips and food tricks with other users.

Further, the 'Prepd App' automatically collects data to quantify how many calories have been consumed. This info is visualised in the app to give meaningful feedback about the diner’s diet.

Encouraging people to pack their own lunches, Prep also hopes to decrease the amount of food and packaging waste in the world. The lunchbox materials are all created from high quality recycled and sustainable materials, meaning ‘Prepd Pack’ both looks great, and is good for the environment too.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:58 AM (61 replies)

Front pages around the world

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:14 AM (0 replies)

Virginia State Police Trooper Arrested, Accused of Shooting Pit Bull

Virginia State Police trooper is accused of shooting and killing a pit bull during the evening of March 8.
Trooper Daniel Campbell, 28, assigned to the Fairfax Division, was arrested Friday by Manassas Park Police detectives. He is charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and one count of cruelty to an animal.
Police were called to the area near the Manassas Park Community Center and Dog Park around 9:45 p.m. on March 8 for gunshots fired. When officers arrived, they found a tan colored pit bull, suffering from a single gunshot wound.
The dog was rushed to an emergency animal hospital, where it died from its injuries.
Virginia State Police supervisors were alerted to the incident on March 16 and got in touch with Manassas Park Police detectives. In accordance with state police policy, Campbell is on unpaid leave from the department, pending outcome of the investigation.

UPDATED: State trooper charged in shooting death of dog - Headlines - InsideNova.com


A Virginia State Police trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a pit bull in Manassas Park earlier this month, but the dog's owners still have few answers.

Trooper Christopher Daniel Campbell, 28, of Yost Street was arrested March 18 and charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm in a public place, Manassas Park police said in a news release Monday.

He is accused of fatally wounding family pet, Che, who family members said was in their yard at 111 Runyon Court at the time.

Police did not say how Campbell was developed as a suspect in the case. He was apparently off-duty at the time of the incident.

The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. March 8. Officers were called to investigate gunfire in the area and arrived to find Che suffering a gunshot wound. He was rushed to an emergency vet where he died of his injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing two suspects running from the area. Manassas Park police have not said if they are still looking for a second suspect.

Che would have turned 5 years old next month.

"We have no idea why it happened," said Luci Marisol Flores. "We are still in shock that someone like him who is supposed to protect our community would commit such a cruel crime against a dog."

Police have not released a motive for the crime.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Mar 22, 2016, 01:10 AM (2 replies)

Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor,receiving palliative care

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is "resting comfortably" in palliative care as he battles cancer, his family said Monday, adding he is sometimes being sedated to help him deal with pain.

Members of Ford's family are at his side throughout the day at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, and some also stay the night, the family said in a statement.

"At this time, the treatment that Councilor Ford is receiving is palliative in nature." the statement read. "To be clear, he has not been transferred to any kind of 'palliative care unit,' he remains on the same floor, and on the same wing where he has received his chemotherapy treatments."

Part of the palliative care includes sedation, which is part of Ford's pain management, they said.

"As Councilor Ford and his brother Doug have said several times throughout the course of treatment, pain has been an ongoing issue, and the councilor is now resting comfortably thanks to the efforts of his medical team."
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Mar 22, 2016, 12:52 AM (3 replies)

Domestic violence advocate killed by husband; few red flags

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A retired Utah lawyer used her expertise to help victims of domestic violence before her husband killed her and then himself, a grim reminder of the unpredictability of domestic abuse and how it can affect older couples, experts said Wednesday.

Authorities found the bodies of Mary Flynn Palley, 73, and her husband, Dell Andrew Johnson, 82, after the newspaper in their town of Logan alerted police to a handwritten letter to the editor it received Friday.

Palley had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and her husband been caring for her, but she was still strong and active in the community, said her son, John Palley. The Herald-Journal said the letter mentioned her illness.

Johnson apparently shot his wife to death and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Mar 22, 2016, 12:19 AM (1 replies)

Total votes by candidate: Hillary 8,668,136 Trump 7,548,429 Sanders 6,131,951 Cruz 5,484,494

Overall vote
Republicans 20,375,925
Democrats 15,070,178

By candidate
Clinton 8,668,136
Trump 7,548,429
Sanders 6,131,951
Cruz 5,484,494
Rubio 3,394,134
Kasich 2,725,327
Carson 677,307
Bush 249,894
O'Malley 94,692


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 05:07 AM (11 replies)

DJ Fined For Playing ‘F**k Tha Police’ While Cops Cleared Out Bar

DJ Fined For Playing ‘F**k Tha Police’ While Cops Cleared Out Bar

Officers say the music represented “an intentional act... to incite the crowd.”
DJ has reportedly been charged with disorderly conduct for playing N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police” as officers tried to clear out an overcrowded bar.

Kashawn Harris, aka DJ Boogy, was spinning at Shenanigans Pub in Westfield, Massachusetts, last October when police began trying to disperse a crowd more than twice the size of the bar’s capacity, MassLive reports.

As the officers ordered people out and tried to clear a path, police say Harris started to play the 1988 protest song.

A police report argues that the music selection was “an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd which showed a reckless disregard for public safety.”

Harris, 25, denies the accusation and says the song was cued up before police even arrived.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 04:30 AM (4 replies)

Can you guess how many girls are in this picture?

People have been trying to figure out hw many girls are pictured and they just can't agree,
with guesses ranging from two girls all the way up to 12. The picture was entered into the
#WHPidentity contest on Instagram by self-described phoneographist Tiziana Vergari. There's no word on
the answer yet from Vergari, but if you consider the power of mirrors, you'll figure it out.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 05:10 PM (20 replies)
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