A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should be thrown out because they didn’t write the ads, so they’re not liable.
But the victims’ lawyer said the website, Backpage, doesn’t have immunity under the federal Communications Decency Act because the website markets itself as a place to sell “escort services” and provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works, making them a participant in the largest human-trafficking website in the U.S.
The justices plan to rule on the case at a later date.
Two conflicting autopsy reports are calling events into question once more; a third autopsy report from the Federal investigation will be helpful in clearing this conflict.
In protests held in Ferguson, Mo., for more than two months, some said 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Hence the clarion call: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
But a St. Louis Post-Dispatch analysis of Brown’s official county autopsy suggests the teenager may not have had his hands raised after all. Experts told the newspaper Brown was shot Aug. 9., at close range — and may have been reaching for Wilson’s weapon. The autopsy found material “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm” in a wound on Brown’s thumb. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said this “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.”
Melinek, who was not involved in the investigation, said the autopsy did not support those who claim Brown was attempting to flee or surrender.
Three teen girls from Arapahoe County told their parents they were on their way to school Friday morning, but within hours they were flying overseas potentially seeking to join Islamic State militants, officials said Tuesday.
The girls, two of them sisters of Somali descent and another of Sudanese descent, were stopped at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany. One of their families reported that $2,000 was missing after the girls fled with their passports, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said.
“The families indicated they didn’t know where they were at and they did not know where they were going,” said sheriff’s Bureau Chief Glenn Thompson.
For some people in Fort Collins, the annual arrival of Count Chocula cereal is a highlight of the year. So when shoppers in the Colorado town went searching for the monster-themed marshmallow delicacy, they were perturbed that they couldn’t find it at either of the local Albertsons locations. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey [sic] goodness,” Kristen Clark wrote to the Coloradoan, adding that even though she’s a “vegetarian and organic food eater,” she gives that up at Halloween to get her Chocula fix. The culprit has finally stepped forward: Black Bottle Brewery admitted it scooped up the entire Chocula supply from two Albertsons stores in order to concoct the next variety in its Cerealiously beer series.
Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93.
From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines. His charm and gift for leadership helped him hire and inspire a talented staff and eventually made him the most celebrated newspaper editor of his era.
The most compelling story of Mr. Bradlee’s tenure, almost certainly the one of greatest consequence, was Watergate, a political scandal touched off by The Post’s reporting that ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history.
America’s No. 1 holiday celebrating violence and candy is just around the corner, and this year it looks to be better than ever, as the glorious union of art and technology has given us several exciting new ways to decorate our houses for the bitchingest Halloween party in history. Provided you have, like, tons of money. Otherwise you can’t afford any of this nonsense. But maybe you can score an invite from someone who can, because a party where everyone is wearing digitally amorphous face masks in front of a glowing Herculean skull is something we all deserve to attend.
Personally, I think the article started with the best one. I look forward to the day that one comes down in price so it can be deployed at “haunted” attractions. “I ain’t afraid of no ghWhat the f*** is that?!”
First episode of the six-part series co-created by and starring Harry Shearer. Nixon learns how the taping system works, gets a butt-kissing from Henry Kissinger, lectures dairy lobbyists on how to sell milk, and orders the tapes destroyed.
PhillyMag has a Q&A with Mike Whitier, the recipient of Philadelphia’s first summary citation for marijuana smoking in public after Mayor Michael Nutter signed a new city council resolution de-criminalizing possession of under 30 grams and public consumption.
Meet Mike Whiter, Recipient of Philly’s First Marijuana Citation
The marine corps vet, diagnosed with PTSD, says, “Weed saved me, man.”
BY MALCOLM BURNLEY | OCTOBER 20, 2014 AT 2:36 PM
As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You’ll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams — but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall’s courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I’ve ever seen.
On the eve of his marijuana citation, I sat down with Whiter to understand the motivation behind the ceremony, what led to him founding Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana, and why he thinks marijuana can help millions with PTSD.
I don’t feel sorry for the criminal. As the man is very young, I wonder if a felony conviction and prison time are going to change his behavior and work to the benefit of society. Hopefully, anger management classes or something similar are part of his incarceration.
The cases are remarkably similar, except for one thing
Note that it isn’t that the death penalty is being sought against one and 25 years for the other - one is being charged with capital murder and the other with felony marijuana possession.
No peeking; which defendant is white and which defendant is black?
Wow, you all guessed right!