Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission.
Now, there’s a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.
Rhett cannot be vaccinated, because his immune system is still rebuilding. It may be months more before his body is healthy enough to get all his immunizations. Until then, he depends on everyone around him for protection — what’s known as herd immunity.
But Rhett lives in Marin County, Calif., a county with the dubious honor of having the highest rate of “personal belief exemptions” in the Bay Area and among the highest in the state. This school year, 6.45 percent of children in Marin have a personal belief exemption, which allows parents to lawfully send their children to school unvaccinated against communicable diseases like measles, polio, whooping cough and more.
The Utah State Supreme Court has taken what it describes as a “drastic measure” in forfeiting a convicted racist killer’s right to an attorney for a pending appeal.
Curtis Michael Allgier has forfeited his right to an attorney — paid for by taxpayers — because he “has repeatedly engaged in extreme dilatory, disruptive and threatening conduct,” the state’s highest court said in an 8-page ruling on Friday. Specifically, Allgier threatened the lives of his court-appointed defense attorneys, even mailing a letter to the home of one of them, the ruling said.
Forfeiture of the constitutional right to a court-appointed defense attorney “is a drastic measure,” the state high court ruling said, and a “defendant must engage in extreme conduct” before it may be imposed. “We conclude that making threats to the welfare of appointed counsel may constitute extreme conduct justifying a forfeiture of counsel,” the ruling said.
Named in separate indictments were Jeremiah Jerome Mauer, 30, the alleged founder of the United Aryan Empire, and members Warren Gerald Browning, 35, and Gregory Charles Tinnell, 43, all of Pendleton. Because of their prior records, they each face lengthy prison terms if convicted.
The racketeering indictments were returned less than three weeks after Pendleton police arrested the three felons on charges of shooting into occupied homes, detonating an explosive device and involvement in a large gang fight. At least five firearms, including an illegally sawed-off shotgun, were recovered during the investigation. Two other affiliates of the gang, Steven Ray Grangood, 22, and Sarah Frankfort, 30, also were arrested and face related criminal charges.
Federal authorities were made aware of the investigation and, at a minimum, easily could have brought federal firearms charges against the three defendants. But the federal investigative timeline, involving assistant U.S. attorneys in Portland and a federal grand jury, is a much longer one.
Good decision from the Judge in this case.
A landlord must face claims over the concrete that crushed a 7-year-old’s skull after a boy chucked it from his apartment, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled.
The ruling notes that Victory Properties LLC was aware of the poor conditions outside of its six-family apartment building at 138 North Street in New Britain.
In addition to the discarded home furnishings and abandoned car wreck that took up space in the back yard that young tenants used as a playground, “chunks of concrete were lying about, along with piles of construction material, trash and rocks” because of the deteriorating concrete sidewalks and retaining walls, the record shows.
The owner of Victory Properties, who served as the building manager, allegedly knew that tenants had concerns about these conditions since their children would play with the broken concrete and other debris.
More: Courthouse News Service
A federal judge has dumped the bulk of a sprawling class action accusing smartphone makers of installing software that spies on customers, logs keystrokes and other data, sends information to telecom providers and drains batteries - in violation of federal and state wiretap laws.
Carrier IQ and various telecoms were hit in 2011 with a raft of class actions alleging that it used a device called IQRD to access smartphones while hiding its presence and subverting standard operating system functions or other applications.
A consolidated amended class action in San Francisco federal court alleges violations of the Federal Wiretap Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Stored Communications Act, as well as multiple federal and state-law warranty and consumer-protection claims.
More: Courthouse News Service
Twitter added two new services today to a) help people DM bomb lots of people at the same time and b) try to compliment Vine with (slightly longer) in-app ad support video support.
Yes, Twitter now lets you capture, edit, and share video directly from the Twitter app. Unsurprisingly, the video interface looks a lot like Vine, which Twitter acquired in 2012, except instead of seven-second clips, you can create videos as long as half a minute. The interface is primarily made up of thumbnails of clips in your camera roll. You can also choose to shoot a new video on the spot and upload to Twitter.
This move is probably motivated, in part, by other platforms like Facebook and Instagram steadily adding video support in their timeline, and also to (obviously) gives companies the opportunity to flood the internet with their carefully crafted 30-second ads. So adding video for Twitter is a win-win, for all us—maybe not so much. Thankfully, Twitter promises that videos won’t immediately begin playing in your feed, so you can choose whether or not to listen to one of your followers’ (or advertisers’) visual piece of genius.
I remember hearing similar complaints about CB radios and truckers.
al-time traffic app Waze’s police spotting feature is a deterrent for dangerous driving, not a tool that can “track” police officers, company officials said in response to concerns from the Los Angeles police chief.
In a Dec. 30 letter to Google, which acquired Waze in 2013, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wrote that by pointing out police locations, the app compromises officer safety, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Times.
Beck noted that in the days before Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20, he used the application to monitor police movements.
But in a statement, Waze spokeswoman Julie Mossler said the app is actually welcomed by many law enforcement agencies and keeps citizens “safe.”
Alexis Tsipras: “Our priority is a new renegotiation with our partners, seeking a just, viable and mutually beneficial solution”
Addressing his first cabinet meeting since Sunday’s victory, Mr Tsipras said he would negotiate with creditors over the €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout.
“We won’t get into a mutually destructive clash, but we will not continue a policy of subjection,” said the left-wing Syriza party leader.
The EU has warned his government to stick to its commitments. A default could force Greece out of the euro.
With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.
It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict convicting Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey of multiple charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery. The jury saw powerful video evidence and photographs of the then-21-year-old neuroscience major being sexually assaulted on a dorm room floor. Some of those videos were taken by Vandenburg, who sent them to friends while the attack was ongoing.
Four IDF soldiers were wounded along Israel’s border with Lebanon Wednesday around noon after a Hezbollah anti-tank missile hit an IDF convoy. Hezbollah claimed responsiblity for the attack, which it said was in returbution for an Israeli assult in Syria that saw a group of its fighters killed. Prime Minister Netanyhau vowed to respond “with force” to Wednedsay’s attack.