As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she’s spent behind bars. As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest. She will wear an ankle monitor and be permitted to leave her home only to go to work, church, her children’s school, and doctors’ appointments. Alexander will remain in custody until January 27.
Alexander, an African-American survivor of domestic violence and the mother of three children, was initially sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault, charges that resulted from a 2010 incident during which Alexander fired warning shots to stop her estranged husband, Rico Gray, from assaulting her. Alexander had previously locked herself in a bathroom to escape Gray, who then broken down the door and grabbed Alexander by the neck. She then tried to flee the home through a garage, but could not open the door to the outside. While in the garage, Alexander grabbed a gun. She fired the warning shot only after Gray, who had a history of domestic violence with Alexander, threatened, “Bitch, I’ll kill you.” No one was injured as a result of Alexander’s actions.
Conspiracy or not, I’m seeing many of my otherwise friends on Facebook wholeheartedly buying into the belief that “the problem in Ferguson is the
black residents looters” and not racial apartheid or the actual murder itself.
From the very beginning, before St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch had uttered the first word of his defensive and dissembling speech, the fix was in. The conspiracy this time was not to protect Officer Darren Wilson from standing trial for the killing of Michael Brown, though that was certainly related. This time, the conspiracy was to organize the announcement of Wilson’s exoneration in as provocative a way possible.
Read more at Alternet.
Japan, which once looked like a world leader as it pushed its Home Energy Management System (HEMS) and the smart home standard, is now trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
If last week’s conference programs and exhibits at Embedded Technology 2014 show here were any indication, Japan’s M2M, HEMS, and Echonet Lite programs have been rebranded as a part of the IoT effort.
In the late 1990s, NTT Docomo talked about how the communication traffic of the future would be driven by machines calling up other machines (M2M) to help humans without human involvement.
Backed by the Japanese government, Japanese companies established Echonet (later, Echonet Lite), communication protocols for linking appliances made by different manufacturers — a decade before the emergence of Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Thread.
Researchers commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry found carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid, a health ministry official told AFP.
Formaldehyde — a substance found in building materials and embalming fluids — was present at much higher levels than carcinogens found in the smoke from regular cigarettes, the official said.
“In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette,” said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.
“Especially when the… wire (which vaporises the liquid) gets overheated, higher amounts of those harmful substances seemed to be produced.”
Hundreds of people marched through downtown Oakland, blocked traffic on Interstate 580 and broke windows and set small fires during a night of protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said early Tuesday that more than 40 people had been arrested, but that no serious injuries were reported .
At one point, protesters marched onto westbound Interstate 580, bringing traffic to a standstill before climbing the center divider and stopping cars in the eastbound direction. An Oakland police spokeswoman confirmed around 9:45 p.m. that officers were arrestingf people who had walked onto the freeway.
Another case of a law enforcement officer secretly obtaining an explicit photo of a female arrestee emerged Wednesday with the release of an independent police auditor’s report on a Palo Alto detective who forwarded a burglary suspect’s picture to his supervisor.
The report, which includes no names or dates and only summarizes the department’s internal probe, says the detective received some type of discipline, but the auditor told this newspaper that he remains on the force.
Police Auditor Mike Gennaco said the case was not forwarded to a district attorney’s office for review, despite a recent similar California Highway Patrol case that resulted in felony computer theft charges.
The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were mostly quiet overnight after two days of racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager.
On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, wintry weather kept many indoors across the state and other parts of the Midwest and the East Coast, though hundreds demonstrated against the killing in the California cities of Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Protesters also held up banners reading “Solidarity with Ferguson” and “Black Lives Matter” outside the U.S. embassy in London. Among those who attended was the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in north London in 2011, prompting Britain’s worst civil unrest for decades.
AT&T now says it isn’t really going to halt a huge fiber investment because of net neutrality despite its CEO recently claiming the company would do just that.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told investors on November 12 that “We can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed.” Stephenson was referring to an April announcement in which AT&T said it would “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.”
Because of uncertainty about net neutrality rules, Stephenson said at the investor event this month that it would be better to “pause” instead of proceeding with the 100-city investment. Construction in all 100 cities was never guaranteed to begin with, as it was contingent on municipal cooperation with AT&T.
My thanks go to health sciences this day.
An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus appears safe and commands a strong immune response against the virus, according to tests in 20 healthy people in the United States. The results of the ‘phase 1’ trial appear online today in the New England Journal of Medicine1.
“All in all, I would say it was a successful phase 1 study,” says Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, which co-developed the drug with the London-based drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). “The next steps are to move ahead with a larger efficacy trial in West Africa.”
The vaccine is similar —- but not identical — to one that is on track to be tested in larger trials in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are likely begin in early 2015. In these phase 2 and phase 3 trials, thousands of people who are at risk of contracting the virus, such as health workers, will receive the vaccine, in order to determine whether it can protect against infection
A team of U.S. special operations forces conducted a joint raid in a remote region of Yemen to rescue eight hostages being held in a cave by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Elements of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six participated in the daring pre-dawn raid Tuesday in a remote region near the border with Saudi Arabia.
A U.S. official confirmed that about two dozen U.S. special operations forces and a team of Yemeni counterterrorism troops conducted a raid early Tuesday morning near the border with Saudi Arabia that rescued six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian. It was unclear how long the hostages had been held by the al Qaeda affiliate.