Friday, January 6, 2017

Foursome in custody after live streaming kidnapping and torturing Trump supporter

A disturbing video of a white man being tortured by four black individuals while tied up and gagged has surfaced as a Facebook Live yesterday from a woman named Brittany Herring. During the video, the white man’s clothes are cut, peppered with cigarette ash, is kicked, punched, and cut as Herring speaks to the camera. The reason for the torture is that the white man supposedly voted for Donald Trump. The victim is reportedly special needs, and was a “high-risk missing person” according to police. During the video, the foursome can be heard saying thing and laughing as they torture the man. Chicago police have said that the foursome are now in custody and the charges have yet been filed to include Hate Crimes. The young man is was treated at an undisclosed hospital, but has since been released. (CBS 2 Chicago)


Can’t breathe here? Neither can China.

Earlier this week, China’s weather went from smog to worse. That caused Chinese officials to issue a red alert for fog. It’s the first time fog’s been bad enough for China to give it a code red. It comes after more than 20 Chinese cities gave the same alert for smog. Smog causes the visibility to be really bad. Hundreds of flights have been canceled in recent days. China’s been trying to do something about its pollution issues for awhile. So far, outlook’s hazy. (News Week)


Rider struck by lightning during the third stage of the Dakar Rally… and makes it 15th

Slovakian motorcycle racer Ivan Jakes was competing in the grueling Dakar rally in Argentina this past Wednesday (1/4) when he was struck by a bolt of lightning as he sped through the Salar Centenario region….and he just kept going. He was barely past the midway point of the 485-mile-long stage when he got jolted, but managed to finish the third day of the 12-day-long endurance event in 15th place with just a pain in his arm. When he did arrival at base camp, he was checked out by medical professionals, and his team credited the insulating effect of the motorcycle’s rubber tires for limiting injuries, saying that if he’d had his feet on the ground at the time of the hit it would’ve been a much different story. (Motorsport)


New Beberage Tax in Philadelphia is giving shoppers shock

Philadelphia may be known as the city of brotherly love, but it is not showing any love to your wallet when it comes to soft drinks. In fact, you might want to avoid purchasing sweetened drinks of any kind, given the new city tax on them. Whoa and behold – the tax isn’t a percentage of the drink’s purchase price — instead it’s 1.5 cents per ounce! So, the fewer the ounces, the less extra cash out of your pocket. But if it’s a big batch o’ sweet liquid — even the artificially sweetened diet kind? The beverage tax revenue is to help fund Mayor Jim Kenney’s pre-K program. Total annual revenue from the tax is estimated at $91 million. (WPVI TV)


Sheriff offering inmates to help build Trump’s proposed border wall

A Massachusetts sheriff wants to help President-elect Donald Trump build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — by offering up inmates to work on the project. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson presented his idea at an inauguration speech on Wednesday marking his fourth six-year term in office. So far, the sheriff has not heard from Trump himself, but his idea is being reviewed by the new administration’s staff. Advocates of more lenient immigration policies quickly denounced the sheriff’s proposal while the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is threatening to go all out to block the sheriff’s plans. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has expressed misgivings over Hodgson’s proposal and released a statement saying he prefers that inmates provide services “closer to home.” Hodgson says other sheriffs would like to send inmates to help construct a wall. (Boston Herald)


Horse neighs, whimpers at beloved owner’s funeral: ‘He began to walk around the coffin’

There were dozens of family and friends mourning the sudden loss of a 34-year-old man killed in a motorcycle crash in Brazil, one of them was Sereno, the beloved horse of Wagner Lima, who died New Year’s Day. The bereft gray horse brayed, stomped his feet and laid his head on his owner’s coffin, according to the deceased’s brother. “This horse was everything to him. It was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye,” the brother said. “All the way to the cemetery, he would whimper and beat his paws on the ground.” Mourners were heartbroken by the animal’s behavior. Sereno “began to walk around coffin, smelling the coffin. Then he neighed,” Kyioshi Abreu told The Dodo website. “It was a very strong emotion. Everyone who was there was moved. I cried myself when I saw that scene.” The brother said he would now care for the horse, which Wagner considered his best friend. (AOL)


Vermont Governor Pardons 192 for Marijuana Convictions

Nearly 200 of the approximately 450 people who asked Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont to forgive their misdemeanor marijuana convictions had their wish fulfilled this week. In one of his final acts in office, Governor Shumlin on Tuesday (1/3) pardoned 192 people convicted of marijuana possession, fulfilling a promise he made early last month to consider forgiveness for anyone who applied by Christmas. “While attitudes and laws about marijuana use are rapidly changing, there is still a harmful stigma associated with it. My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it,” Mr. Shumlin said in a statement. Such charges can stand in the way of finding work, being accepted to college and traveling internationally. The pardons were limited to people who had no violent criminal histories or felony convictions, and who had not been found guilty of driving under the influence or reckless driving. (NY Times)


It’s FRIDAY!!!! It’s also:

*Epiphany or Twelfth Night
*National Technology Day
*Three Kings Day

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