After Rancher’s Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

Last month,  Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr.

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Video Captures NYPD Punching Man In Face, Putting Him In Illegal Choke-Hold
Video Captures NYPD Punching Man In Face, Putting Him In Illegal Choke-Hold Video Captures NYPD Punching Man In Face, Putting Him In Illegal Choke-Hold

A boy at Eric Garner’s vigil CREDIT: AP A man in a New York City subway station was put into a choke-hold and repeatedly punched in the face by NYPD officers, according to a video uploaded on YouTube that was first found by DNAInfo. Ronald John had been stopped for jumping a turn-style in the station.

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As Congress Tackles Copyright Remedies, EFF Publishes New Whitepaper on the Broken Penalty System
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Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on “remedies” in copyright law —that is, the penalties, injunctions, and other means of challenging and penalizing alleged infringement. This is hugely important: fixing copyright’s remedy provisions (like excessive, unpredictable monetary penalties and government seizures of domain names) is key to ensuring that copyright does its job—helping to encourage creativity—without unduly interfering with free speech and innovation. To help the Judiciary Committee, and to explain why fixing this part of copyright law is so important, EFF is releasing a white paper today

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Danger Of Flash Floods And Landslides Grow As Washington Wildfire Slows

CREDIT: A.P. Images The largest wildfire in Washington state’s history is now 52 percent contained after powerful storms swept through the area on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and even hail.

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**BEACH ALERT** The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department released Thursday…

**BEACH ALERT** The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department released Thursday, July 24 a water advisory for no body contact above the waist in Bryant Park, Bayside Park, as well as Traverse City State Park. Test results show high E-coli levels due to Wednesday’s strong winds.

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You don’t say? Feds: 75 Percent Of Newark Police Pedestrian Stops Unconstitutional www.huffingtonpost.com WASHINGTON — A three-year federal investigation into the conduct of the Newark Police Department found that the vast majority of pedestrian stops conducted by police were unconstitutional, that many officers used unreasonable force and that some off…

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Coal Exports: “You Don’t Know Longview”
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Last week we highlighted the amazing work of the Longview, Washington , community in standing up against coal exports and speaking out for a strong clean-up of a toxic port site in their town. Residents packed a hearing to say as much.

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192 Arrested in U.S. Crackdown on Human Smuggling

As part of the U.S. Government’s aggressive campaign to respond to the recent rise in illegal migration into South Texas, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, U.S.

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Albuquerque Police Kill Their 6th Person this Year Yesterday Learn more: http://…

Albuquerque Police Kill Their 6th Person this Year Yesterday Learn more: The latest was identified late Tuesday evening as 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson, who was known to APD, having been chased by them for 6 blocks in January until they shot out his tire and he crashed. Albuquerque Police Kill Their 6th Person this Year thefreethoughtproject.com July 23, 2014 Despite reprimands and DOJ findings from a 16-month review into the Albuquerque Police Department, stating that the department’s use of excessive force had caused a number of unjustified fatal shootings- the APD has just done it again! The latest…

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Multi-billion pound UK govt IT contract ‘out of control’ – report

AFP Photo/Jonathan Nackstrand A £10.4 billion government IT contract has spiralled “out of control,” with private contractors reaping more than £1 billion in profits at the behest of British taxpayers. In a highly critical report , the National Audit Office (NAO) said that the Aspire contract, designed to streamline government IT services, went drastically over budget after civil servants commissioned more work than expected. The contract – led by services conglomerate Capgemini, along with IT firms such as Fujitsu – has now cost the government double the amount it originally expected, jumping from £4.1 billion (US$6.9 billion) to £10.4 billion ($17.7 billion) since it began in 2004.

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